Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West on WJOP 96.3 FM Saturday, December 22 at 1:00December 18, 2018
**METROPOLITAN OPERA RADIO BROADCAST ALERT**
The Met Broadcasts La Fanciulla del West, Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek
and Jonas Kaufmann, a Performance from the Fall
Saturday, December 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET
The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, a performance taped live on October 27, 2018. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the title role of the “Girl of the Golden West,” the saloon owner Minnie, opposite tenor Jonas Kaufmann as the outlaw Dick Johnson, with baritone Željko Lučić as the jealous sheriff, Jack Rance. Marco Armiliato conducts. Set during the California Gold Rush, La Fanciulla del West had its world premiere at the Met in 1910, with the composer himself in the audience. La Fanciulla del West will be heard over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22.
Eva-Maria Westbroek previously sang Minnie at La Scala and the Vienna State Opera. She made her Met debut in 2011 as Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre, followed by performances as the title character in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, Katerina Ismailova in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Later this season, she will return to reprise the role of Sieglinde, and also appear at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Kundry in Wagner’s Parsifal, and at the Bavarian State Opera as Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro.
Jonas Kaufmann had sung the role of Johnson at the Vienna State Opera before he brought it to the Met. Since his 2006 Met debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, his roles with the company have included the title characters in new productions of Parsifal, Massenet’s Werther, and Gounod’s Faust, as well as Siegmund in Die Walküre and Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca. Upcoming performances include the title role in Verdi’s Otello at the Bavarian State Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Paris Opera, and Don Alvaro in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Željko Lučić made his Met debut in 2006 as Barnaba in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and has sung 14 roles with the company, including the title roles in Verdi’s Macbeth, Rigoletto, and Nabucco, as well as Scarpia in Tosca and Iago in Otello – the last a role he will reprise this winter. His other future performances include Scarpia at the Paris Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germont in La Traviata at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino at the Paris Opera.
Marco Armiliato has conducted more than 400 performances at the Met since his company debut in 1998. He has appeared in numerous major opera houses throughout the world, including in recent seasons the Vienna State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Zurich Opera, and Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Upcoming performances include Tosca, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, and Verdi’s Aida at the Vienna State Opera; Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Massenet’s Manon at the Zurich Opera.
The intermissions will include artist interviews.
About the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts
The Metropolitan Opera celebrates its 88th season of Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts—the longest-running classical music series in American broadcast history. Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts have brought opera into millions of homes and enriched the lives of many, playing a vital and unparalleled role in the development and appreciation of opera in this country. Mary Jo Heath hosts, joined each week in the broadcast booth by commentator Ira Siff.
The broadcasts are heard worldwide, reaching millions of opera lovers in more than 35 countries.
Listeners can visit www.Metopera.org/SaturdayMatineeBroadcasts for a wealth of information about the Met broadcasts. For details about all Met performances this season, as well as ticket information, visit the Met’s website at www.metopera.org.
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