Metropolitan Opera Announces New Broadcast Sponsors for Saturday Matinees
The Metropolitan Opera has announced that The Robert K. Johnson Foundation will become the new sponsor of its Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts.
The Robert K. Johnson Foundation–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network will present 27 broadcasts in the upcoming 2023-24 season. The first is Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” on Dec. 9, 2023.
“Mr. Johnson has long held the Met Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts in a special place in his heart and in his Saturday schedule,” Thomas Patrick Dore, Jr., the foundation’s executive director, said in an official press statement. “The Foundation is thankful for the opportunity to continue in the tradition of the Toll Brothers Family in supporting the Metropolitan Opera.”
The sponsorship agreement will extend until the 2031–32 season, coinciding with the broadcasts’ centennial year; the Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts debuted on December 25, 1931, with Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel.”
Debra Lew Harder currently serves as the host for the broadcasts, following the footsteps of Milton Cross, Peter Allen, Margaret Juntwait, and Mary Jo Heath as the series’ fifth full-time host.
The Robert K. Johnson Foundation is the third sponsor of the Saturday Matinee Broadcasts; previous sponsors were Texaco and Toll Brothers, which sponsored the program over the past 18 years.