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WQXR previews the Met Opera season in The Greene Space

On Tuesday, October 4 at 7pm, WQXR the nation’s most-listened to classical radio station – will present a Metropolitan Opera Season Preview, an evening of conversation and performance at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s innovative performance studio. The event will feature Met General Manager Peter Gelb with some of the biggest stars in opera, including Anna Netrebko and Deborah Voigt, and is the first in a season-long partnership in The Greene Space between WQXR and the Met, which will continue in December with a preview of the Met world premiere The Enchanted Island

For the event on October 4, WQXR Host Naomi Lewin will welcome the Met’s General Manager, Peter Gelb, for a lively discussion with two of the opera world’s leading divas, Anna Netrebko and Deborah Voigt. Netrebko stars in the Met’s season-opening production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Voigt sings Brünnhilde in Robert Lepage’s upcoming productions of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, the final two operas in Wagner’s Ring cycle. The conversation will include a video clip of Netrebko in Anna Bolena – giving the audience an advance look at the production before the complete opera airs on WQXR later this fall – as well as a clip from Voigt’s exciting role debut as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre last spring, a role she reprises later this season.

The second half of the evening will feature live performances from three rising stars of the opera stage. Bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, who sings Leporello in a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, will sing his character’s famous “Catalogue Aria,” while tenor Stephen Costello and soprano Angela Meade will sing the Act I love duet from Anna Bolena.

“WQXR is delighted to partner with the Metropolitan Opera to present the first of several special events in our intimate performance space,” said Graham Parker, Vice President, WQXR. “WQXR has been the broadcast home for the Met for generations, and we see this Greene Space collaboration as the next natural extension of this partnership, creating intimate moments to explore and enjoy the artistic delights of the Met.”

Tickets and a live video webcast of this special event are available at In addition, the evening will broadcast live on WQXR 105.9 FM, and the video of the evening will be archived on For more information on the Metropolitan Opera and its 2011-12 season, please visit

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WQXR 105.9 FM is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other city venues. WQXR broadcasts essential shows such as the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, the New York Philharmonic This Week on Thursday evenings, the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on Wednesday evenings, and Symphony Hall each weeknight. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR also operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City’s edgier venues. provides essential playlist info for online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, and videos.

For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Houlihan, WNYC/WQXR: [email protected], (646) 829-4497

Glenn Petry, 21C Media Group: [email protected], (212) 625-2038 

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