The 2021-22 Met Opera Saturday Matinee Radio broadcast season returns today to CapRadio, beginning the Met's 90th consecutive season of radio broadcasts.
Debra Lew Harder is the Met's new broadcast host with commentator Ira Siff. Before and after the Met broadcast, CapRadio's own Sean Bianco is your local host.
The season of radio broadcasts runs through June 11, 2022; you can find the list of this season's Saturday matinee broadcasts at the link on CapRadio's main "Met Opera" page. Opening the season today:
by Matthew Aucoin
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the Underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Brilliant American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story — a product of the Met’s commissioning program. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin oversees the momentous Met premiere from the podium, leading Aucoin’s evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter-ego. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice’s father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself.
Erin Morley (Eurydice)
Joshua Hopkins (Orpheus)
Jakub Józef Orliński (Orpheus's Double)
Nathan Berg (Father)
Barry Banks (Hades)