Airs Saturday at Noon on KWTU Classical 88.7-1
The 2011-12 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata. Natalie Dessay sings her first Met performances of the iconic leading role, Violetta Valéry. Matthew Polenzani co-stars as her love, Alfredo, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the performance in the second of his four consecutive radio broadcasts this season. The opera will be seen in Willy Decker’s striking production, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Met in 2010. La Traviata will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at noon. The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 1,700 movie theaters in 54 countries.
In recent seasons, Dessay has sung Violetta at the Vienna State Opera, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and the Santa Fe Opera. Since her Met debut in 1994 as Fiakermilli in Richard Strauss’s Arabella, her numerous appearances with the company include Zerbinetta in his Ariadne auf Naxos, and the title roles in the new production premieres of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (2007) and La Fille du Régiment (2008), and Bellini’s La Sonnambula (2009). Next season, she will make her Met role debut as Cleopatra in a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare.
The single intermission will feature live backstage interviews with the stars, conducted by HD host Deborah Voigt.