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Metropolitan Opera's 2015-16 Season

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut (March 5)

On December 7th at 10am, JPR's Classics & News Service is proud to kick off the Metropolitan Opera's 85th season of Saturday broadcasts with Puccini's La Boheme. This year, all broadcasts begin at 10am.
This year's new productions include stagings of Otello, Lulu, Manon Lescaut, and Elektra; the company premiere of Roberto Devereux; and the first Met performances of Les Pêcheurs de Perles since 1916. Also this year, Sondra Radvanovsky becomes the first singer in Met history to star as the three heroines of Donizetti’s “Tudor Queens” trilogy, singing the roles of Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Queen Elizabeth I.

The Met's 2015-16 broadcast season (The Met's 131st!) will feature 23 operas, including a new production of Verdi’s Otello. The full season includes:
(* Indicates New Production)

Dec 5: La Boheme (Puccini)
Dec 12: Rigoletto (Verdi)
Dec 19: La Donna Del Lago (Rossini)
Dec 26: The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Jan 2: Die Fledermaus (Strauss)
Jan 9: Anna Bolena (Donizetti)
Jan 16: Les Pecheurs De Perles* (Bizet)
Jan 23: Tannhauser (Wagner) Jan 30: Turandot (Puccini)
Feb 6: Cavaleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Feb 13: Il Trovatore (Verdi)|
Feb 20: Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)
Feb 27: Lulu (Berg)
Mar 5: Manon Lescaut* (Puccini)
Mar 12: Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Mar 19: L'Elisir D'Amore (Donizetti)
Mar 26: Le Nozze Di Figaro (Mozart)
Apr 2: Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Apr 9: Simon Boccanegra (Verdi)
Apr 16: Roberto Devereux* (Donizetti)
Apr 23: Otello* (Verdi)
Apr 30: Elektra* (Strauss)
May 7: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Mozart)

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.