The Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Information Center
Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 82nd season begins on December 8, 2012, with Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, kicking of the celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 11, 2013. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series’s host for her ninth season, joined by commentator Ira Siff.
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The 2012–13 Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Season is sponsored by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®, 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.