Metropolitan Opera

Saturday afternoons on WVTF Music

The Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. 

Verdi’s Il Trovatore

The 2017-2018 Met Opera season:

Saturday, December 2nd at 1 PM: Verdi’s Requiem

Saturday, December 9th at 1 PM:  Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Saturday, December 16th at 1 PM: Bellini’s Norma

Saturday, December 23rd at 1 PM: Mozart’s Le Nozze Di Figaro

Saturday, December 30th at 1 PM: Lehár’s The Merry Widow

Saturday, January 6th at 1 PM: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel

Saturday, January 13th at 1 PM: Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci

Saturday, January 20th at 1 PM: Massenet’s Thaïs

Saturday, January 27th at 1 PM: Puccini’s Tosca

Saturday, February 3rd at 1 PM: Verdi’s Il Trovatore

Mozart’s Così fan tutte

Saturday, February 10th at 1 PM: Donzizetti’s L’elisir D’amore

Saturday, February 17th at 12 PM (This is a change): Wagner’s Parsifal

Saturday, February 24th at 1 PM: Puccini’s La Bohème

Saturday, March 3rd at 1 PM: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Saturday, March 10th at 1 PM: Rossini’s Semiramide

Saturday, March 17th at 1 PM: R. Strauss’ Elektra

Saturday, March 24th at 1 PM: Puccini’s Turandot

Saturday, March 31st at 1 PM: Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

Saturday, April 7th at 1 PM: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Saturday, April 14th at 1 PM: Verdi’s Luisa Miller

Saturday, April 21st at 1 PM: Adès’ The Exterminating Angel

Saturday, April 28th at 1 PM: Massenet’s Cendrillon

Saturday, May 5th at 1 PM: Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette   

More information about the Metropolitan Opera is available here.

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Each Friday afternoon during Met Opera season, Conductor Steven White will provide a preview of Saturday's matinee performance.

Each Friday afternoon during Met Opera season, Conductor Steven White will provide a preview of Saturday's matinee performance. 

Steven White made his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2010 and has since conducted a number of MET performances. He also continues a longstanding relationship with Opera Roanoke as Principal Guest Conductor and will conduct two performances of La boheme in Roanoke in April 2018.

This week, Conductor Steven White previews Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, a dramatic work that has been described as "an opera in ecclesiastical garb."