Metropolitan Opera: Aida

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Grand opera at its grandest: the splendors of ancient Egypt return to the stage of the Met. Verdi’s mythic love triangle features Liudmyla Monastyrska, Tamara Wilson, and Oksana Dyka sharing the title role, with Olga Borodina and Violeta Urmana as Amneris and Marcello Giordani and Marco Berti singing Radamès. Marco Armiliato and Plácido Domingo share conducting duties. Saturday at 1pm on Classical 90.5.

Metropolitan Opera: Hansel and Gretel

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Christine Rice as Hansel, Robert Brubaker as the Witch, and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel in Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.” Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Returning for the holidays, this season’s family entertainment is Richard Jones’s witty production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, in which two children face off against a wicked witch. In a lush setting of giant chefs, suit-clad trees, and an industrial kitchen where the Witch gets what’s coming to her, Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel lead a visual and delightful feast for our younger patrons.

Originally created for Welsh National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Richard Jones’s “arresting… haunting” production stars Christine Rice as Hansel, whose voice is “bright and lean, her diction crisp and energetic.”
Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel is “a veteran of this production whose slender tone has lately gotten subtly fuller… Their chemistry delightful, Ms. Rice and Ms. Kurzak danced, crept and cowered with ease, radiating sweetness without ever tipping over into sentimentality… The poignant moments of Humperdinck’s luminous score [are] conducted with a light, sensitive touch by Andrew Davis.” (New York Times)

Metropolitan Opera: Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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The Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinee broadcasts are back on Classical 90.5. This week is Wagner’s epic comedy, back at the Met for the first time in eight years. James Morris and Michael Volle share the central role of Hans Sachs. Johan Botha reprises his indomitable Walther, and the elegant Annette Dasch is Eva.

Metropolitan Opera Finale

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The Metropolitan Opera wraps up its Saturday Matinee broadcasts for the season, this Saturday at 1pm, with Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella). Opera will continue on Saturday’s with Lyric Opera of Chicago and other productions from around the country. (Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

La Traviata from the Met

Natalie Dessay sings the role of Violetta in Saturday’s live broadcast of La Traviata from the Metropolitan Opera, starting at 12:30pm. Here’s a look at the staging: