Recommendations and highlights after the jump.
The broadcasts run into May 2010. The Tales of Hoffman, which I loved, plays next week on Dec. 19, and the production of From the House of the Dead, which left me lukewarm but thrilled every other NY critic, will play March 20. (It won't be live, but a recording from this fall.) Other highlights include an archival broadcast, from February 1958, of Barber's Vanessa on January 23, to celebrate the composer's 100th birthday, as well as the opera I'm most looking forward to next year, The Nose, which you can hear on March 13.
Seriously, gang: Opera and weekend afternoons combine in a mysteriously beautiful way. If you're sitting around reading the paper and eating oatmeal (as I would be if I didn't have to work on Saturdays), turn on your radios. (Your alarm clock probably has one.)
For complete schedule and information on how to tune in, check out the official radio broadcast website.