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TOLL BROTHERS–METROPOLITAN OPERA
INTERNATIONAL RADIO NETWORK
2021-22 SATURDAY MATINEE BROADCAST SEASON

All broadcasts at 1 PM Eastern Time except as noted

December 4, 2021
Aucoin’s Eurydice Network Broadcast Premiere
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Erin Morley (Eurydice), Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus), Jakub Józef Orliński (Orpheus's Double), Nathan Berg (Father), Barry Banks (Hades)

Interviews: Matthew Aucoin, Erin Morley, Nathan Berg, Joshua Hopkins, Jakub Józef Orliński, Peter Gelb, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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December 11
Puccini’s Tosca
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Sondra Radvanovsky (Tosca), Brian Jagde (Cavaradossi), George Gagnidze (Scarpia), Patrick Carfizzi (Sacristan)

Interviews: Sondra Radvanovsky, Brian Jagde, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Isabel Leonard
Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz 2nd Intermission; Guest Artist: Emily D'Angelo
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December 18
Mozart’s The Magic Flute – abridged English-language version
Jane Glover; Matthew Polenzani (Tamino), Hera Hyesang Park (Pamina), Rolando Villazón (Papageno), Morris Robinson (Sarastro), Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night), Rodell Rosel (Monostatos), Patrick Carfizzi (Speaker)

No intermission
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December 25
Aida at the Met
Highlights from great Met broadcasts of Verdi’s Aida in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Met broadcasts and the 150th anniversary of Aida


January 1, 2022
Massenet’s Cinderella – abridged English-language version
Emmanuel Villaume; Isabel Leonard (Cinderella), Emily D'Angelo (Prince Charming), Stephanie Blythe (Madame de la Haltière), Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe), Jessica Pratt (Fairy Godmother)

No intermission; Post-Performance Interviews: Isabel Leonard, Emily D'Angelo
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January 8
Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in my Bones Network Broadcast Premiere
Performance from October 23, 2021
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Will Liverman (Charles), Angel Blue (Destiny/Loneliness/Greta), Latonia Moore (Billie)

Interviews/Features:  Charles Blow, Terence Blanchard, Kasi Lemmons, Will Liverman, Latonia Moore, Angel Blue, Rueben Shelton
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January 15
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Daniele Rustioni; Ryan McKinny (Figaro), Lucy Crowe (Susanna), Golda Schultz (Countess Almaviva), Adam Plachetka (Count Almaviva), Isabel Leonard (Cherubino), Elizabeth Bishop (Marcellina),  Maurizio Muraro (Dr. Bartolo)

Interviews: Lucy Crowe, Golda Schultz, Ryan McKinny, Adam Plachetka
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January 22
Puccini’s La Bohème
Carlo Rizzi; Maria Agresta (Mimì), Charles Castronovo (Rodolfo), Gabriella Reyes (Musetta), Lucas Meachem (Marcello), Peter Kellner (Colline), Alexander Birch Elliott (Schaunard),  Donald Maxwell (Benoit/Alcindoro)

Interviews: Maria Agresta, Charles Castronovo, Lucas Meahem
Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz (2nd Intermission) – Guest Artist: Joseph Calleja
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January 29
Verdi’s Rigoletto
Daniele Rustioni; Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto), Rosa Feola (Gilda), Piotr Beczała (The Duke of Mantua), Andrea Mastroni (Sparafucile), Varduhi Abrahamyan (Maddalena)

Interviews: Peter Gelb, Quinn Kelsey, Rosa Feola, Daniele Rustioni, Donald Palumbo, Piotr Beczała
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February 5
The Met’s First Decade on the Air
Marking the 90th anniversary season of Met broadcasts, we share historic moments from the 1930s and early 40s featuring stars such as Kirsten Flagstad, Lily Pons, Rosa Ponselle, Bidù Sayão, Jussi Bjoerling, Lauritz Melchior, Lawrence Tibbett, Leonard Warren, and Ezio Pinza.


February 12
Verdi’s Requiem
Performance from September 11, 2021
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Ailyn Pérez, Michelle DeYoung, Matthew Polenzani, Eric Owens
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February 19
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov
Performance from October 9, 2021
Sebastian Weigle; René Pape (Boris), David Butt Philip (Grigory), Ain Anger (Pimen), Maxim Paster (Shuisky), Aleksey Bogdanov (Shchelkalov),  Ryan Speedo Green (Varlaam)
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February 26
Celebrating Black History Month: Groundbreaking Artists on the Air
Highlights showcasing the Met's most revered African American stars, including Marian Anderson, who broke the Met’s color barrier in 1955, and others from the next three decades, including Martina Arroyo, Kathleen Battle, Reri Grist, Grace Bumbry, Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman, Shirley Verrett, George Shirley, and Simon Estes.

Interviews: George Shirley and Lawrence Brownlee

March 5
Listeners’ Choice: Donizetti's La Fille Du Régiment
Performance from January 6, 1973
Richard Bonynge; Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Regina Resnik, Fernando Corena

Interview: Richard Bonynge

March 12
R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos
Marek Janowski; Lise Davidsen (Ariadne), Brandon Jovanovich (Bacchus), Brenda Rae (Zerbinetta), Sean Michael Plumb (Harlequin), Isabel Leonard (Composer), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Music Master), Wolfgang Brendel (The Major-Domo)

Interviews: Lise Davidsen, Isabel Leonard, Wolfgang Bredel and Marek Janowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Brenda Rae
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March 19 (12 PM)
Handel’s Rodelinda
Harry Bicket; Elza van den Heever (Rodelinda), Iestyn Davies (Bertarido), Paul Appleby (Grimoaldo), Sasha Cooke (Eduige), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Unulfo), Adam Plachetka (Garibaldo)

Interviews: Elza van den Heever, Iestyn Davies, Paul Appleby, Sasha Cooke, Adam Plachetcka; John Lenti, Daniel Swenberg  interviewed by Anthony Roth Costanzo
Singers' Roundtable  2nd Intermission; Guest Artists: Sonya Yoncheva, Etienne Dupuis, Eric Owens  Host: Deborah Voigt
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March 26 (12 PM)
Verdi’s Don Carlos – Network Broadcast Premiere of French-language version
Patrick Furrer; Matthew Polenzani (Don Carlos), Sonya Yoncheva (Élisabeth de Valois), Eric Owens (Philippe II), Jamie Barton (La Princesse Eboli), Etienne Dupuis (Rodrigue), John Relyea (Le grand Inquisiteur)

Interviews: Matthew Polenzani, Sonya Yoncheva, Eric Owens, Etienne Dupuis, Jamie Barton, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Gelb
Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz (2nd Intermission)
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April 2
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
James Gaffigan; Igor Golovatenko (Onegin), Ailyn Pérez (Tatiana), Piotr Beczała (Lenski), Varduhi Abrahamyan (Olga), Ain Anger (Prince Gremin)

Interviews: Ailyn Pérez, Piotr Beczała
Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz (1st Intermission) – Guest Artist: Lise Davidsen
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April 9
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
James Gaffigan; Christian Van Horn (Figaro), Ying Fang (Susanna), Federica Lombardi (Countess Almaviva), Gerald Finley (Count Almaviva), Sasha Cooke (Cherubino), Elizabeth Bishop (Marcellina),  Maurizio Muraro (Dr. Bartolo)

Interviews: Christian Van Horn, Ying Fang, Federica Lombardi, Gerald Finley
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April 16
R. Strauss’s Elektra
Donald Runnicles; Nina Stemme (Elektra), Lise Davidsen (Chrysothemis), Michaela Schuster (Klytämnestra), Greer Grimsley (Orest), Stefan Vinke (Aegisth)

No intermission
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April 23
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Performance from November 3, 2021
David Robertson; Eric Owens (Porgy), Angel Blue (Bess), Alfred Walker (Crown), Frederick Ballentine (Sportin' Life), Latonia Moore (Serena), Janai Brugger (Clara), Tichina Vaughn (Maria), Ryan Speedo Green (Jake)

Feature/Interview:  Frederick Ballentine, Angel Blue, Janai Brugger, Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Ermonela Jaho
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April 30
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Alexander Soddy; Eleonora Buratto (Cio-Cio-San), Brian Jagde (Pinkerton), Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki), David Bizic (Sharpless)

Interviews: Eleonora Buratto, Brian Jagde, Nadine Sierra
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May 7
Puccini’s Turandot
Marco Armiliato; Liudmyla Monastyrska (Turandot), Yonghoon Lee (Calàf), Ermonela Jaho (Liù), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Timur)

Interviews and Features:  Liudmyla Monastyrska, Ermonela Jaho, Yonghoon Lee, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marco Armiliato
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May 14 (12 PM)
Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Performance from November 4, 2021
Antonio Pappano; Michael Volle (Hans Sachs), Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther Von Stolzing), Lise Davidsen (Eva), Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser), Georg Zeppenfeld (Pogner), Paul Appleby (David), Claudia Mahnke (Magdalene),  Martin Gantner (Kothner), Alexander Tsymbalyuk (Nightwatchman)

Interviews and Features:  Antonio Pappano, Lise Davidsen, Klaus Florian Vogt, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Allan Clayton, MIchael Volle
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May 21
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Riccardo Frizza; Nadine Sierra (Lucia), Javier Camarena (Edgardo), Artur Ruciński (Enrico), Christian Van Horn (Raimondo)

Interviews:  Nadine Sierra, Javier Camarena, Artur Ruciński, Christian Van Horn
Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz (2nd Intermission) – Guest Artist: Golda Schultz
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May 28
Glass’s Akhnaten
Karen Kamensek; Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten), Rihab Chaieb (Nefertiti), Zachary James (Amenhotep III), Disella Lárusdóttir (Queen Tye), Aaron Blake (High Priest of Amon), Richard Bernstein (Aye), Will Liverman (Horemhab)

Interviews:  Anthony Roth Costanzo, Karen Kamensek, Will Liverman
Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz (2nd Intermission)
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June 4
Dean’s Hamlet – Network Broadcast Premiere
Nicholas Carter; Allan Clayton (Hamlet), Brenda Rae (Ophelia), Rod Gilfry (Claudius), Sarah Connolly (Gertrude), William Burden (Polonius), Jacques Imbrailo (Horatio), John Relyea (Ghost), David Butt Philip (Laertes), Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (Rosencrantz), Christopher Lowrey (Guildenstern)

Interviews :  Brenda Rae, Nicholas Carter, Allan Clayton, Sarah Connolly, Rod Gilfry
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June 11
Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress
Susanna Mälkki; Ben Bliss (Tom Rakewell), Golda Schultz (Anne Trulove), Christian Van Horn (Nick Shadow), Raehann Bryce-Davis (Baba the Turk), James Creswell (Trulove)

Interviews :  Ben Bliss, Golda Schultz, Christian Van Horn, Raehann Bryce-Davis
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