Hear Met Opera Radio’s week-long tribute to opera great Jessye Norman

SiriusXM’s Met Opera Radio celebrates the life and legacy of American soprano, Jessye Norman, with broadcasts of memorable performances such as Tannhauser, Bluebeard’s Castle & more.

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October 3, 2019

Jessye Norman. (Photo Credit: Metropolitan Opera)

With the passing of Jessye Norman, the Metropolitan Opera family has lost one of its most treasured artists. This week, SiriusXM’s Met Opera Radio (Ch. 75) is paying tribute to the celebrated American soprano by airing five of her memorable performances.

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Norman gave nearly 90 performances with the company in 11 roles, beginning with her breakout debut as Cassandra in Berlioz’s Les Troyens on the opening night of the Met’s centennial 1983–84 season. Just a few months later, she would make Met history by singing both Cassandra and Didon in Berlioz’s towering grand opera, on a Saturday matinee radio broadcast in February 1984.

Over the course of her career, Norman thrilled audiences with soaring performances and moving characterizations across a range of repertoire, but she is best remembered for her portrayals of the great heroines of German opera. She appeared in three operas by Richard Wagner, including as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser in 1987, and to this day, she holds the company record for the most performances in the commanding title role of Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. She also helped expand the Met repertory by appearing in a number of lesser-known masterpieces, as in 1996, when she sang Emilia Marty in the company premiere of Janáček’s The Makropulos Case.

Broadcast schedule


Recorded Jan. 24, 1987


  • Friday, Oct 4 at 3pm ET
  • Sunday, Oct 6 at 12pm ET

Les Troyens

Recorded Feb. 18, 1984


  • Monday, Oct 7 at 3pm ET
  • Wednesday, Oct 9 at 9am ET
  • Sunday, Oct 13 at 9pm ET

Bluebeard’s Castle

Recorded Jan. 28, 1989


  • Tuesday, Oct 8 at 12am ET
  • Thursday, Oct 10 at 9am ET
  • Sunday, Oct 13 at 3pm ET

The Makropulos Case

Recorded Jan. 20, 1996


  • Tuesday, Oct 8 at 9am ET
  • Thursday, Oct 10 at 3pm ET
  • Saturday, Oct 12 at 6pm ET

Ariadne auf Naxos

Recorded Mar. 12, 1988


  • Tuesday, Oct 8 at 6pm ET
  • Thursday, Oct 10 at 9pm ET
  • Friday, Oct 11 at 12pm ET
  • Sunday, Oct 13 at 9am ET

    Watch some of Norman’s Met Opera performances