The Metropolitan Opera

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The Metropolitan Opera broadcast season begins again on December 6, 2014, with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville starring Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman, and Paata Burchaladze, conducted by Michele Mariotti. The opera begins at noon, with our pre-Met preview at about 11:45 am.

WHRB is pleased to broadcast The Metropolitan Opera to eastern Massachusetts via the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network, bringing listeners the excitement of live performances directly from New York City from the company the world acknowledges as the pinnacle of opera today. The most acclaimed singers and conductors appear with the magnificent Met orchestra and chorus each Saturday afternoon during the broadcast season, which is, as usual, somewhat shorter than the Met's performance season.

Having been fairly consistent with starting times last season, the Met has mixed them up a bit more this year. Over the 23 weeks, 14 performances will start at 1:00 pm, with 9 beginning either at noon or 12:30. The end time of course varies with each opera. Please see our online WHRB Program Guide (the link will be on the opening screen of our website) to be sure you know the accurate beginning time for each week’s opera, and please tune in 10-15 minutes beforehand for our Met preview, which contains bits of interviews and also relevant recordings.

The Met has a website with the complete broadcast schedule and specific information about each week's presentation:

Be sure to stay tuned after the Met for WHRB's post-Met vocal program, bringing you great singers from the past in music from the opera of the day, and other music as well. As with all of WHRB's programs, the Met can also be heard via our web stream accessible through the listen here link in the top-left corner of the page.

The contents of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts are copyrighted by The Metropolitan Opera, all rights are reserved, and any use or reproduction of any of the material therein without permission of The Metropolitan Opera is strictly prohibited and will be prosecuted.

The Metropolitan Opera broadcast season is sponsored by Toll Brothers, America's luxury homebuilder, with generous long-term support from The Annenberg Foundation and the Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media.

Listening Schedule

  • Saturday 1pm-4pm*
  • *Ending time is approximate and varies with the opera. Check the Program Guide on the Programs page for exact end times and listings of the operas and casts.