|**METROPOLITAN OPERA RADIO BROADCAST ALERT**
Fabio Luisi Conducts Mozart’s Masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro
The cast features Mikhail Petrenko as Figaro, Anita Hartig as Susanna, Luca Pisaroni as the Count, Amanda Majeski as the Countess, and Isabel Leonard as Cherubino
Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET
The 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro – The Marriage of Figaro. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that includes three artists who are singing their roles at the Met for the first time this season: Mikhail Petrenko as Figaro; Anita Hartig as his fiancée, the clever maid Susanna; and Luca Pisaroni as their employer, the lecherous Count Almaviva. Amanda Majeski portrays the long-suffering Countess, a role she sang for her Met debut when this production premiered last season, and Isabel Leonard reprises her acclaimed interpretation of Cherubino, the feisty page. Le Nozze di Figaro will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 26.
Fabio Luisi has led over 200 performances of 28 operas, in addition to five concerts with the MET Orchestra, since his 2005 company debut conducting Verdi’s Don Carlo. As Met Principal Conductor, some of his most notable performances include Verdi’s Macbeth, Wagner’s Ring cycle, Richard Strauss’s rarely heard Die Ägyptische Helena, Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens, and Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow. During the 2016-17 season, Maestro Luisi will conduct Mozart’s Don Giovanni and a new production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell.
Bass Mikhail Petrenko has previously performed the role of Figaro at the Mariinsky Theatre. Following his Met debut in 2002 in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, he returned to sing Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff, Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre, Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Pimen in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Prince Galitsky in Borodin’s Prince Igor, and the title role in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Next season, he will return as Frère Laurent in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Soprano Anita Hartig has appeared as Susanna at the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among other companies. She made her Met debut in 2014 as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème, followed by performances as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen and, earlier this season, as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot, a role she will revisit this spring at the Vienna State Opera.
Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni sings Count Almaviva in this production, having won acclaim earlier in his career performing the opera’s title role in houses around the world, including the Met. He has also portrayed the Count at the Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His other Met roles have been Publio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito for his company debut in 2005, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Caliban in the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, and Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. During the 2016-17 season, Pisaroni will star as Giorgio Walton in the Met’s production of Bellini’s I Puritani.
Soprano Amanda Majeski has also performed the role of the Countess Almaviva with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Glyndebourne Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Dresden Opera, and will sing it next season at Washington National Opera. Her other recent performances include Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust at Zurich Opera, Marta in Weinberg’s The Passenger at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at Frankfurt Opera. She returns to the Met next season for her company role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and will also appear at Glyndebourne as Eva in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Santa Fe Opera as the Countess in Strauss’s Capriccio.
Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard first sang Cherubino at the Met in 2009 and reprised the role on Opening Night of the 2014-15 season, the premiere of the current production. Since her Met debut in 2007 as Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette she has appeared with the company as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Miranda in Adès’s The Tempest, and Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. Earlier this season, she starred as Rosina in the Met’s holiday presentation of The Barber of Seville, and she will return in 2016-17 as Zerlina and as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther.
The intermission will include live backstage artist interviews.
THE STARS OF Le NOZZE DI FIGARO
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About the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts
The Metropolitan Opera celebrates its 85th 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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