SiriusXM to Launch Sixth Season of Live Broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera Starting with the Met's Opening Night Gala

Metropolitan Opera Radio listeners to hear Donizetti's "Anna Bolena," starring Anna Netrebko, broadcast with live backstage interviews and red carpet coverage of the Met's September 26 Opening Night Gala

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced that its Metropolitan Opera Radio channel will broadcast its sixth season of live performances from the Metropolitan Opera, beginning with the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko's starring appearance in the company premiere of Donizetti's Anna Bolena on Monday, September 26 at 6:00 pm ET on SiriusXM channel 74. The live broadcasts will be hosted by Margaret Juntwait, joined by commentator William Berger.

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SiriusXM will broadcast more than 100 live performances, including each opera from the Met's 2011-12 season, and will feature up to three live broadcasts a week over the company's 34-week season. SiriusXM listeners will hear seven new productions, including Anna Bolena, the world premiere of The Enchanted Island, and 19 revivals.

New this season, Met Opera Radio will offer "This Month at the Met," an inside look at what's happening at the Met with interviews, music, and a monthly chat with Met General Manager Peter Gelb. It will launch Sunday, October 2 at 9:00 pm ET.

In the six seasons since it began in 2006, Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM has aired over 480 live performances and 700 broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera's archives, many of which have been digitally remastered from live recordings going back as far as the 1930s.

A schedule of this season's Metropolitan Opera Radio broadcasts on SiriusXM is available at www.siriusxm.com/metropolitanoperaradio and also at the Met's web site www.metopera.org on the Watch and Listen page.

For more information about the Metropolitan Opera, please visit www.metopera.org

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