Classical 91.5

The Metropolitan Opera

Seasonal, Saturdays 1pm to TBA on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by Mary Jo Heath

The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.  Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history.  Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Met has been under the musical direction of James Levine since 1976. Maestro Levine is credited with having created one of opera’s finest orchestras and choruses. Since the summer of 2006, Peter Gelb has been the Met’s general manager—the 16th in company history. Under his leadership, the Met has been elevating its theatrical standards by significantly increasing the number of new productions, staged by the most imaginative directors working in theater and opera, and has launched a series of initiatives to broaden its reach internationally.

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The new season from the Metropolitan Opera kicks off this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on Classical 91.5 with Puccini's Manon Lescaut.  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.

On December 1st (airing on Classical 91.5 on Sat Dec 10 at 1:00 p.m.) the Metropolitan Opera will present the first fully staged opera composed by a female composer since 1903. 

December 2016 Listings for The Metropolitan Opera

Nov 27, 2016

Anna Netrebko dazzles as Manon Lescaut, and a contemporary opera by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho makes its debut at the Metropolitan Opera.

Peter Allen, the voice of The Metropolitan Opera for decades, passed away over the weekend at age 96.  

Classical 91.5 listeners will remember his comforting tenor voice, painting a verbal picture of the costumes and staging for radio listeners world-wide. 

Current Met Opera broadcast host Mary Jo Heath, and former Classical 91.5 casual announcer said this of Allen: