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CHANNEL 75

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Thrilling live performances from the Met, plus gems from the archives — commercial-free, around the clock.

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Massenet: Werther

Massenet: Werther

6:00 am - 9:00 am

4/16/1988-Fournet; Kraus, von Stade, Upshaw, Stilwell

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Massenet: Werther

Massenet: Werther

6:00 am - 9:00 am

4/16/1988-Fournet; Kraus, von Stade, Upshaw, Stilwell

Massenet: Werther

Massenet: Werther

6:00 am - 9:00 am

4/16/1988-Fournet; Kraus, von Stade, Upshaw, Stilwell

Handel: Giulio Cesare

Handel: Giulio Cesare

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

4/21/2007-Bicket; Daniels, Swenson, Coote, Bardon, Zazzo

Handel: Giulio Cesare

Handel: Giulio Cesare

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

4/21/2007-Bicket; Daniels, Swenson, Coote, Bardon, Zazzo

Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore

Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3/16/1968-Cleva; Kraus, Peters, Corena, Sereni

Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore

Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3/16/1968-Cleva; Kraus, Peters, Corena, Sereni

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2/19/1983-Guadagno; Bergonzi, Neblett, Nucci, Peters, Berini

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2/19/1983-Guadagno; Bergonzi, Neblett, Nucci, Peters, Berini

Ponchielli: La Gioconda

Ponchielli: La Gioconda

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

4/20/1957-Cleva; Milanov, Poggi, Warren, Rankin, Siepi

Ponchielli: La Gioconda

Ponchielli: La Gioconda

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

4/20/1957-Cleva; Milanov, Poggi, Warren, Rankin, Siepi

Strauss: Salome

Strauss: Salome

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

2/12/1977-Leinsdorf; Rysanek, Ulfung, Varnay, Bailey, Riegel

Strauss: Salome

Strauss: Salome

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

2/12/1977-Leinsdorf; Rysanek, Ulfung, Varnay, Bailey, Riegel

Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca

12:00 am - 3:00 am

4/17/1965-Cleva; Crespin, Kónya, Merrill

Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca

12:00 am - 3:00 am

4/17/1965-Cleva; Crespin, Kónya, Merrill

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

6:00 am - 9:00 am

2/25/67-Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines

Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

6:00 am - 9:00 am

2/25/67-Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1/6/1973-Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

1/6/1973-Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena

Boito: Mefistofele

Boito: Mefistofele

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2/19/2000-Elder; Ramey, Villarroel, Margison

Boito: Mefistofele

Boito: Mefistofele

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2/19/2000-Elder; Ramey, Villarroel, Margison

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Güden, Harrell, Thebom

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Güden, Harrell, Thebom

Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

3/11/1961-Schick; de los Angeles, Morell, Krall, Testi, Wilderman

Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

3/11/1961-Schick; de los Angeles, Morell, Krall, Testi, Wilderman

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

2/9/2002-Runnicles; Furlanetto, Uecker, Isokoski, Mattei, Jepson

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

2/9/2002-Runnicles; Furlanetto, Uecker, Isokoski, Mattei, Jepson

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

12:00 am - 3:00 am

3/17/1973-Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

12:00 am - 3:00 am

3/17/1973-Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

6:00 am - 9:00 am

2/28/1998-Slatkin; Domingo, Graves, Leiferkus

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

6:00 am - 9:00 am

2/28/1998-Slatkin; Domingo, Graves, Leiferkus

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2/24/2007-Gergiev; Hvorostovsky, Fleming, Vargas, Zaremba, Aleksashkin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2/24/2007-Gergiev; Hvorostovsky, Fleming, Vargas, Zaremba, Aleksashkin

Britten: Billy Budd

Britten: Billy Budd

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

4/14/1984-Atherton; Duesing, Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Clark

Britten: Billy Budd

Britten: Billy Budd

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

4/14/1984-Atherton; Duesing, Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Clark

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

3/4/1967-Krips; Raskin, Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

3/4/1967-Krips; Raskin, Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

3/7/1959-Böhm; Edelmann, Nordmo-Lövberg, Feiersinger, Dönch, Tozzi, Franke

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

3/7/1959-Böhm; Edelmann, Nordmo-Lövberg, Feiersinger, Dönch, Tozzi, Franke

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

12:00 am - 3:00 am

2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Güden, Harrell, Thebom

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

12:00 am - 3:00 am

2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Güden, Harrell, Thebom

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

6:00 am - 9:00 am

2/9/2002-Runnicles; Furlanetto, Uecker, Isokoski, Mattei, Jepson

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

6:00 am - 9:00 am

2/9/2002-Runnicles; Furlanetto, Uecker, Isokoski, Mattei, Jepson

Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3/11/1961-Schick; de los Angeles, Morell, Krall, Testi, Wilderman

Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3/11/1961-Schick; de los Angeles, Morell, Krall, Testi, Wilderman

Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2/25/67-Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines

Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2/25/67-Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

1/6/1973-Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

1/6/1973-Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena

Boito: Mefistofele

Boito: Mefistofele

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

2/19/2000-Elder; Ramey, Villarroel, Margison

Boito: Mefistofele

Boito: Mefistofele

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

2/19/2000-Elder; Ramey, Villarroel, Margison

Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

12/19/1998-Rizzi; Racette, Álvarez, Chernov

Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

12/19/1998-Rizzi; Racette, Álvarez, Chernov

Britten: Billy Budd

Britten: Billy Budd

12:00 am - 3:00 am

4/14/1984-Atherton; Duesing, Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Clark

Britten: Billy Budd

Britten: Billy Budd

12:00 am - 3:00 am

4/14/1984-Atherton; Duesing, Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Clark

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

6:00 am - 9:00 am

2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Güden, Harrell, Thebom

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

6:00 am - 9:00 am

2/14/1953-Reiner; Conley, Güden, Harrell, Thebom

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3/17/1973-Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3/17/1973-Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2/28/1998-Slatkin; Domingo, Graves, Leiferkus

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

2/28/1998-Slatkin; Domingo, Graves, Leiferkus

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2/24/2007-Gergiev; Hvorostovsky, Fleming, Vargas, Zaremba, Aleksashkin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2/24/2007-Gergiev; Hvorostovsky, Fleming, Vargas, Zaremba, Aleksashkin

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

6:00 pm - 7:55 pm

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

6:00 pm - 7:55 pm

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Met Opera Live: R. Strauss: Elektra (P)

Met Opera Live: R. Strauss: Elektra (P)

7:55 pm - 11:55 pm

Nézet-Séguin; Goerke, van den Heever, Schuster, Petrenko, J. H. Morris

Met Opera Live: R. Strauss: Elektra (P)

Met Opera Live: R. Strauss: Elektra (P)

7:55 pm - 11:55 pm

Nézet-Séguin; Goerke, van den Heever, Schuster, Petrenko, J. H. Morris

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

11:55 pm - 12:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

11:55 pm - 12:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

12:00 am - 3:00 am

3/4/1967-Krips; Raskin, Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

12:00 am - 3:00 am

3/4/1967-Krips; Raskin, Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

6:00 am - 9:00 am

3/7/1959-Böhm; Edelmann, Nordmo-Lövberg, Feiersinger, Dönch, Tozzi, Franke

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

6:00 am - 9:00 am

3/7/1959-Böhm; Edelmann, Nordmo-Lövberg, Feiersinger, Dönch, Tozzi, Franke

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

12/19/1998-Rizzi; Racette, Álvarez, Chernov

Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

12/19/1998-Rizzi; Racette, Álvarez, Chernov

Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

3/11/1961-Schick; de los Angeles, Morell, Krall, Testi, Wilderman

Puccini: La Bohème

Puccini: La Bohème

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

3/11/1961-Schick; de los Angeles, Morell, Krall, Testi, Wilderman

Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

2/25/1967-Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines

Verdi: Aida

Verdi: Aida

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

2/25/1967-Schippers; Price, Bergonzi, Bumbry, Merrill, Hines

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

1/6/1973-Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

1/6/1973-Bonynge; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Resnik, Corena

Boito: Mefistofele

Boito: Mefistofele

12:00 am - 3:00 am

2/19/2000-Elder; Ramey, Villarroel, Margison

Boito: Mefistofele

Boito: Mefistofele

12:00 am - 3:00 am

2/19/2000-Elder; Ramey, Villarroel, Margison

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

3:00 am - 6:00 am

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Britten: Billy Budd

Britten: Billy Budd

6:00 am - 9:00 am

4/14/1984-Atherton; Duesing, Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Clark

Britten: Billy Budd

Britten: Billy Budd

6:00 am - 9:00 am

4/14/1984-Atherton; Duesing, Cassilly, Morris, Glossop, Clark

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3/4/1967-Krips; Raskin, Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3/4/1967-Krips; Raskin, Shirley, Uppman, Peters, Macurdy

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Met Opera Live: Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Met Opera Live: Puccini: Madama Butterfly

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Armiliato; Jaho, Aronica, Zifchak, Frontali, Stevenson

Met Opera Live: Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Met Opera Live: Puccini: Madama Butterfly

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Armiliato; Jaho, Aronica, Zifchak, Frontali, Stevenson

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Metropolitan Opera Radio

Metropolitan Opera Radio

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

It’s all things vocal on Met Opera Radio. When we’re not broadcasting historical performances or live broadcasts, enjoy arias, lieder, art songs & oratorio by the greatest composers and artists of all time.

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

3/17/1973-Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco

Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

3/17/1973-Cillario; Domingo, Caballé, Cossotto, Merrill, Vinco

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

2/28/1998-Slatkin; Domingo, Graves, Leiferkus

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

2/28/1998-Slatkin; Domingo, Graves, Leiferkus

Broadcast Archives from The Met

Broadcast Archives from The Met

SiriusXM is pleased to present the largest collection of archival broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera’s long, illustrious radio history. Tune in each day to hear gems from the legendary Saturday matinee broadcasts dating back to 1936, all completely restored and remastered.

Live Performances From The Met

Live Performances From The Met

Join us on Met Opera Radio on SiriusXM for three weekly live performances straight from the stage of The Met! You’ll have your own front-row seat, no matter where you are, to hear the onstage magic as-it-happens. Intermissions feature interviews with artists, conductors, directors, musicians and celebrities along with plot synopses and other onstage highlights led by Host Margaret Juntwait.

Ira Siff

Ira Siff

Ira Siff is a native New Yorker who grew up on the standing room line at the old Met worshipping the great singers of the time – and, of course, listening to the Met broadcasts. While acquiring a degree in visual arts at Cooper Union, his avid interest in opera led to voice lessons and musical studies, and a debut as a tenor in 1970. Ira performed in many new operas and shows at The New York Shakespeare Festival, Judson Poets’ Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and other off-Broadway venues, as well as in various cabarets where he did a one-man show featuring spoofs of opera. This led to an interest in blending opera with comedy. In 1981 he founded La Gran Scena Opera Co., and the troupe became an instant hit, their musically skilled, hilarious-but-affectionate spoofs of opera divas winning great acclaim from the press, public and music world. Gran Scena toured internationally through 2002 to many of the world’s great opera houses and festivals: Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Edinburgh Festival, Venice Festival, Munich Festival, Covent Garden Festival, and, literally, countless others in the U.S., Great Britain, Europe, South America and Australia. Ira continued to perform as Gran Scena’s prima “donna,” Madame Vera, in a solo spin-off of Gran Scena, entitled The Annual Farewell Recital, through 2009. It was as Madame Vera that he first teamed up with Margaret Juntwait, for two seasons of hilarious mock diva interviews on WNYC’s Weekend Music. He has also been teaching voice and coaching singers on interpretation and style for 40 years in New York, as well as giving master classes in Israel, Italy, Holland, and the U.S. Ira began stage directing opera 2000, collaborating since then with such conductors as James Levine, Richard Bonynge, and Christoph Von Dohnanyi. Ira also lectures on opera and writes for Opera News. Ira has served as on-air commentator with host Margaret Juntwait, on the Met’s live, international Saturday radio broadcasts since 2007.

Margaret Juntwait

Margaret Juntwait

It was a teacher who first recommended broadcasting to Margaret Juntwait. “You have a beautiful voice,” he told her. “You should consider a career in radio.” She was flattered but quickly forgot his compliment; she had a math test in her sixth grade class that day. As it turned out, music was always a part of Margaret’s life, as was radio. Her father introduced her to the irreverent rantings of legendary storyteller Jean Shepherd on WOR, and later, NPR became a regular part of her day. Margaret attended the Manhattan School of Music as a lyric soprano, studying with Ellen Repp and receiving a Bachelor of Music degree. She sang at many funerals at her church job in New York, but when the world of opera did not pound on her door, Margaret wondered what else she could do with her life.  She remembered: radio. She was fortunate enough to land a part time job at WNYC, New York Public Radio, typing playlists. One thing led to another and soon she was on the air presenting classical music. She also produced radio features and an afternoon live music program called Around New York. In 2001, Margaret received a phone call from the producer of the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcasts asking whether she’d like to be a cover [understudy] announcer for host Peter Allen. When he retired in 2004, Margaret took over as Host of the Met’s live, international Saturday broadcasts. When the Met Opera Radio channel was created Sirius (not Sirius XM) in 2006, she added the duty of hosting the live, weeknight broadcasts to the Saturday shows. She has three grown sons and lives with her husband, Jamie Katz, a writer and editor, in New York City.

William Berger

William Berger

William Berger grew up in Los Angeles in a bilingual (Spanish and English) and multicultural (Mexican, Italian, and Jewish) home where everyone listened to opera and had strong opinions about it. After spending time during his teen years in various places around the U.S. and Europe, he earned degrees in Latin and Italian Literature at University of California at Santa Cruz. During college, he got his first taste working in the opera world at the San Francisco Opera in various capacities, including merchandising and translating for artists who didn’t speak English. In 1984, Will moved to New York, worked in architecture/design, taught Romance Languages at Baruch College and became a constant presence in audience of the Metropolitan Opera. He can’t remember a time when he didn’t write; he has published on a variety of subjects, including architecture, religion and sports. Will is the author of several books on opera, including Wagner Without Fear, Verdi With a Vengeance, and Puccini Without Excuses, (Vintage Books), and the tribute “Chris De Blasio” in Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS (University of Minnesota Press). He is a frequent lecturer/speaker on opera at a variety of venues, including the Embassy of Finland, the Italian Cultural Institute (New York), the Smithsonian Institute, the Wagner Society of America (New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Boston), and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as well as for the opera companies of Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. He was a frequent contributor to the NPR program At the Opera, and was the host of WNYC’s Overnight Music in 2004-2006, which included the weekly show El Salón, focusing on Hispanic issues in classical music. Will has worked at the Metropolitan Opera since 2006 as a writer, producer, and on-air commentator with host Margaret Juntwait, for the live, weeknight broadcasts on Met Opera Radio. He is also a writer and producer for the Metropolitan Opera’s famed Quiz, heard as part of its live, international Saturday broadcasts. His recent articles have appeared in the publications of the opera companies of Seattle, Washington D.C., and Barcelona’s Theatre de Liceu. He lives in New York’s East Village with Stephen Miller, his partner of 14 years.

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