Renee Fleming and Elina Garanča in DER ROSENKAVALIER


Saturday Matinee Broadcasts

From the time many of us started listening to the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts Milton Cross was the familiar voice who introduced so many of us to the joys and mysteries of Opera. Peter Allen followed him until the 2003-2004 season, at which point Margaret Juntwait, together with Ira Siff took over until last year, when Mary Jo Heath stepped up to the microphone.

With the start of the MET High Definition video-casts on movie screens in 2006, many opera lovers opted to leave the comforts of home to travel to the nearest cinema on occasional Saturdays to enjoy these HD presentations that can bring one all that much closer to the real thing: the live performance.

But since watching the MET live would necessitate traveling to NYC, paying New York hotel prices and spending several hundred dollars for decent seats at the MET, we in Cincinnati can enjoy the best substitutes: the MET HD presentations and the Saturday Matinee Broadcasts on WGUC FM.

Here follows a complete list of both with dates and casts. For more details, go to In the listing below you will find an asterisk next to those dates where both a radio broadcast and an HD presentation take place on the same day at the same time.


 Springdale 18: Cinema De Lux, 12064 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246

Rave Florence 14, 7860 Mall Road, Florence, KY 41042

Newport Levee 20 with IMAX, 1 Levee Way, Suite 4100, Newport, KY 41071

Cinemark Oakley Station, 3025 Disney Street, Cincinnati, OH 45209

Regal Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Boulevard, Cincinnati, OH 45040

Milford 16, 500 Rivers Edge, Milford, OH 45150


Several new productions promise well-rehearsed casts of top-of-the-line singers. Among those, there is much looking forward to Roméo et Juliette in January starring as the ill-starred lovers Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. Damrau returns in February to join the fast-rising tenor Javier Camarena in one of the two central roles of Bellini’s I Puritani, with baritone Aleksei Markov and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as the other two leading members of the cast.

In March, Gerald Finley essays the title role of Rossini’s final opera, William Tell. Sung in French and with a top notch cast of nine principals, this epic work should prove to be a season highlight and a career turning point for both Finley and tenor Bryan Hymel.

The last broadcast of the season features Renee Fleming as the Marschalllin in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. Opposite her Elina Garanča is Octavian and Erin Morley sings Sophie.

Neither new nor “not-that-again” warhorses, several productions have strong selling points.

OCTOBER 8 – 12 PM – Tristan und Isolde – Wagner – Rattle, Stemme, Gubanova, Skelton, Nikitin, Pape (HD ONLY) A new production Running time: 5 hours.

1380x591_tristan_und_isoldeNina Stemme sings the Liebestod: in Tristan und Isolde


Simon Keenlyside as Don Giovanni

OCTOBER 22, 12:55 PM – Don Giovanni – Mozart – Luisi, Gerzmava, Bystrom, Malfi, Villazon, Keenlyside, Rose (HD ONLY)

DECEMBER 3 – 12:30 PM – Manon Lescaut – Puccini  – Armiliato; Netrebko, Álvarez, Maltman,

DECEMBER 10 – 1 PM – * L’Amour de Loin – Saariaho – Mälkki; Phillips, Mumford, Owens. A new production of a contemporary work by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho

DECEMBER 17 – 1 PM – Salome – R. Strauss – Debus; Naglestad, Herrera, Siegel, Wang, Lučić

DECEMBER 24 – 1 PM – Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck  – Jurowski; Schäfer, Coote, Plowright, Langridge, Held

DECEMBER 31 – 1 PM – L’Italiana in Algeri – Rossini – Levine; DeShong, Barbera, Alaimo, Abdrazakov

JANUARY 7 – 1 PM – * Nabucco – Verdi – Levine; Monastyrska, Barton, Thomas, Domingo, Belosselskiy

Placido Domingo and Liudmyla Monastyrska sing the baritone-soprano duet from Nabucco:

JANUARY 14 – 1 PM – La Boheme – Puccini – Rizzi; Pérez, Phillips, Fabiano, Arduini, Lavrov, Horn, Carlo

JANUARY 21 – 1 PM – * Roméo et Juliette – Gounod – Noseda; Damrau, Grigolo, Madore, Petrenko – A new production


Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau in Romeo et Juliette

Vittorio Grigolo sings Ah, leve toi soleil! From Romeo et Juliette :

JANUARY 28 – 1 PM – Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Rossini – Benini; Yende, Korchak, Mattei, Muraro, Petrenko

FEBRUARY 4 – 1 PM – Rigoletto – Verdi – Morandi; Peretyatko, Volkova, Costello, Lučić, Mastroni

FEBRUARY 11 – 1 PM – Carmen – Bizet – Ettinger; Agresta, Margaine, Álvarez, Ketelsen

FEBRUARY 18 – 1 PM – I Puritani –Bellini – Benini; Damrau, Camarena, Markov, Pisaroni – A new production

Javier Camarena and Diana Damrau sing A te, o cara from I Puritani

FEBRUARY 25 – 1 PM – * Rusalka – Dvořák  – Elder; Opolais, Dalayman, Barton, Jovanovich, Owens – A new production

Kristine Opolais sings the Song to the Moon from Russalka:

MARCH 4 – 1 PM – Werther – Massenet – Gardner; Christy, Leonard, Grigolo, Bižić, Muraro

MARCH 11 – 1 PM – * La Traviata – Verdi – Luisotti; Yoncheva, Fabiano, Hampson


Gerald Finley in Guillaume Tell

MARCH 18 – 1 PM – * Guillaume Tell – Rossini  – Luisi; Rebeka, Brugger, Pizzolato, Hymel, Finley, Spotti, Youn, Relyea – A new production. Running time: 4:30 hours.

Bryan Hymel sings Asile Hereditaire from Guillaume Tell

MARCH 25 – 1 PM – * Idomeneo – Mozart  – Levine; Heever, Sierra, Coote, Polenzani, Opie

APRIL 1 – 1 PM – Fidelio – Beethoven – Weigle; Pieczonka, Müller, Vogt, Portillo, Grimsley, Struckmann, Groissböck

APRIL 8 – 1 PM – Tristan und Isolde – Wagner  – Rattle; Stemme, Gubanova, Skelton, Nikitin, Pape – A new production Running time: 5 hours.

APRIL 15 – 1 PM – Aida – Verdi – Rustioni; Stoyanova, Urmana, Massi, Gagnidze, Morris, Howard

APRIL 22 – 1 PM – * Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky – Ticciati; Netrebko, Maximova, Dolgov, Hvorostovsky, Kocán

APRIL 29 – 1 PM – Der Fliegende Holländer – Wagner – Nézet-Séguin; Wagner, Zajick, Morris, Bliss, Volle, Selig

MAY 6 – 1 PM – Cyrano de Bergerac – Alfano – Armiliato; Racette, Alagna, Ayan, Frontali

MAY 13 – 1 PM – * Der Rosenkavalier- R. Strauss – Weigle; Fleming, Garanča, Morley, Polenzani, Brück, Groissböck – A new production


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