Starting Dec. 7: Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinees On Classical WWNO2

Dec 2, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Rigoletto. The Met's Saturday Matinees will air weekly on Classical WWNO2, beginning this week.

On Saturday, December 7, Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee performances will air on 24-hour Classical WWNO2. This 83rd season of 23 operas begins with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, airing at noon.

This production, by director Michael Mayer, moves the action from 16th-Century Mantua to neon-lit Las Vegas in 1960, and stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Matthew Polenzani and Sonya Yoncheva.

A summary of the entire season is available at, and from there you can also link to details about each performance and a wealth of other information about The Met and the performers.

Note that performance times given at are in Eastern Time, and may vary from the WWNO2 local broadcast time. The complete Classical WWNO2 schedule is available here.

If you would like to request a printed copy of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and Radio Program Guide, please click here.

Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The matinees will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 10, 2014. Margaret Juntwait returns as the host of the series, joined by commentator Ira Siff.

The 2013–14 Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Season is sponsored by Toll Brothers, with generous long-term support from The Annenberg Foundation, The Neubauer Family Foundation, and the Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media, and through contributions from listeners worldwide.