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Metropolitan Opera's 2017-2018 Season

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Andriana Chuchman as Valencienne in Lehár's The Merry Widow."

On Saturday, December 2nd, JPR's Classics & News Service will begin the Metropolitan Opera's 87th season of Saturday matinee broadacsts with Verdi's Requiem. All broadcasts begin at 10am except Wagner's Parsifal on February 17th which starts at 9am.

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season will feature 23 performances, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions.

The season opens on December 2nd with Verdi’s towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem. December 16th features a new production of Bellini’s Norma, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, directed by Sir David McVicar, and starring Sondra Radvanovsky, one of the world’s leading interpreters of the role, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa and Joseph Calleja as Pollione. A new production of Puccini’s Tosca will air January 27th, with Andris Nelsons conducting Sir David McVicar’s staging. Kristine Opolais stars in the title role opposite Jonas Kaufmann as her devoted lover Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. A new staging of Così fan tutte, set in the 1950s on Coney Island, opens March 15 and is conducted by David Robertson and directed by Phelim McDermott. The new production will star an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara in her role debut as the maid Despina.

Among the season’s revivals are some rarely performed stagings, including Verdi’s Luisa Miller, starring Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala, and Plácido Domingo; Rossini’s Semiramide, last performed at the Met in 1993, with Angela Meade in the title role; and two recent new productions having their first revivals, François Girard’s staging of Wagner’s Parsifal and Patrice Chéreau’s celebrated production of Strauss’s Elektra.

The Met's 2017-2018 Season includes:
(*indicates New Production)

Dec 2 Requiem (Verdi)
Dec 9 The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Dec 16 Norma* (Bellini)
Dec 23 Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Dec 30 The Merry Widow (Lehár)

Jan 6 Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
Jan 13 Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Jan 20 Thaïs (Massenet)
Jan 27 Tosca* (Puccini)

Feb 3 Il Trovatore (Verdi)
Feb 10 L'elisir d'Amore (Donizetti)
Feb 17 Parsifal (Wagner)
Feb 24 La bohème (Puccini)

Mar 3 Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
Mar 10 Semiramide (Rossini)
Mar 17 Elektra (R. Strauss)
Mar 24 Turandot (Puccini)
Mar 31 Così fan tutte* (Mozart)

Apr 7 Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Apr 14 Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Apr 21 The Exterminating Angel* (Adès)
Apr 28 Cendrillon* (Massenet)

May 5 Roméo et Juliette (Gounod)

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.