Programming Notes: December 2016

Dec 6, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts return to WAMC starting December 3rd at 1PM! The Met Opera airs every Saturday at 1PM from December 3rd to May 13th, 2017.

December 3rd @ 1PM-Manon Lescaut-Giacomo Puccini

Anna Netrebko and Kristine Opolais share the title role, a heroine as alluring and irresistible as her adored city of Paris. Marcelo Álvarez is her obsessed lover in the opera that made Puccini famous, showcased in Richard Eyre’s heated,1940s film noir–inspired production, with Marco Armiliato on the podium.

December 10th @ 1PM-L’Amour de Loin-Kaija Saariaho

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.” Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it will now finally have its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

December 17th @ 1PM-Salome- Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss’s revolutionary score and scandalous Oscar Wilde–inspired drama took the world by storm at its premiere and continues to wow audiences today. Patricia Racette takes on the tour-de-force title role, part innocent and part sexual predator, for the first time at the Met. Željko Lučić is her prophetic nemesis Jochanaan, John the Baptist. Gerhard Siegel is Herod, and Johannes Debus conducts.

December 24th @ 1PM-Hansel and Gretel- Humperdinck

Pre-recorded performance from January 1, 2008.

December 31st@ 1PM-L’Italiana in Algeri- Gioachino Rossini

James Levine conducts this comedy of a feisty Italian girl turning the tables on her bumbling captors via Rossini’s blend of madness and fun. Mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato makes her Met debut in the title role, opposite tenor René Barbera and baritone Nicola Alaimo. Bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov plays the pasha who is overcome by love and pasta.