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Chevron Texaco Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts

WUTC will be broadcasting the entire 2002 - 2003 season of the Metropolitan Opera. This article will give you a brief overview of the coming season as well as listings of the individual operas.

Chattanooga, TN – On December 7, 2002, Chevron-Texaco will continue a tradition that began on the same day in 1940, when The Texas Company (later called Texaco) sponsored its first live Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, with a legendary cast that included Licia Albanese and Ezio Pinza. No one listening to the broadcast that day could have imagined that this would become the longest continuous sponsorship in broadcast history, extending into the twenty-first century! This remarkable partnership between an arts organization and an oil company has enabled audiences around the world to experience together legendary and historic live opera performances. The performances are augmented with informative and entertaining live intermissions including "Chevron-Texaco's Opera Quiz", a tradition for over six decades. Today the broadcasts are heard on five continents and in forty-two countries.

As part of their continued commitment to the Metropolitan Opera, Chevron-Texaco is sponsoring the new online Opera Information Center. Created in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, www.operainfo.org launched in November 2002, and offers a wealth of information, including a history of the Chevron-Texaco broadcasts (now in their 63rd season), the Metropolitan Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

This season, the Met introduces two operas into its repertoire: William Bolcom's A View From The Bridge and Bellini's Il Pirata. Also the Met celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Hector Berlioz with a new production of his masterpiece, Les Troyens.

Below are the broadcast listings for the 2002-2003 season:

2002

Nov. 30 The Season Preview

Dec. 7 Fidelio (Beethoven)

Dec. 14 Il Trovatore (Verdi)

Dec. 21 Elektra (R. Strauss)

Dec. 28 A View From The Bridge (Bolcom)

2003

Jan. 4 Dialogues Des Carmelites (Poulenc)

Jan. 11 Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss)

Jan. 18 Carmen (Bizet)

Jan. 25 Jenufa (Janacek)

Feb. 1 Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail(Mozart)

Feb. 8 Il Pirata (Bellini)

Feb. 15 Don Giovanni (Mozart)

Feb. 22 Les Troyens (Berlioz)

Mar. 1 Turandot (Puccini)

Mar. 8 La Boheme (Puccini)

Mar. 15 La Traviata (Verdi)

Mar. 22 Othello (Verdi)

Mar. 29 Faust (Gounod)

Apr. 5 Nabucco (Verdi)

Apr. 12 Parsival (Wagner)

Apr. 19 The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky)