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Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Ludwig, Jerusalem, Morris, WlaschihaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 40 min.
From the gorgeous scene deep in the river Rhine that opens the opera, up to the magic Rainbow Bridge that appears at the end, leading to a glistening Valhalla, Otto Schenk’s production captures the scenic world of Wagner’s Ring as brilliantly as James Levine and the Met orchestra capture the musical world. The cast is incomporable: an astounding J...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francseco Maria Piave
Mariotti; Damrau, Volkova, Beczala, Lučić, KocánMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 32 min.
Michael Mayer’s acclaimed production, first seen in the 2012–13 season, sets the action of Verdi’s masterpiece in 1960 Las Vegas—a neon-lit world ruled by money and ruthless, powerful men. Piotr Beczala is the Duke, a popular entertainer and casino owner who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Željko Lučić sings Rigoletto, his sidekick and c...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Eda-Pierre, Jones, Pavarotti, Quilico, BerberianMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 5 min.
Luciano Pavarotti is the elegant, reckless Duke of Mantua whose betrayal of the innocent Gilda (Christiane Eda-Pierre) leads to a tragic ending. Louis Quilico plays Rigoletto, the court jester and Gilda’s father, who has dedicated his life to keeping his daughter away from the Duke—only to have her sacrifice her own life for the villainous nobleman...
Levine; Cotrubas, Jones, Domingo, MacNeil, DíazMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 4 min.
John Dexter’s riveting production, designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch, captures the dark passions of Verdi’s ever popular opera. Cornell MacNeil, in the role of his sensational Met debut, is the tortured hunchback jester, desperate to protect his daughter, Gilda, from the lascivious Duke of Mantua. Ileana Cotrubas is at her most affecting as the innoce...
Composer: Kurt Weill
Librettist: Bertolt Brecht
Levine; Stratas, Varnay, Cassilly, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 27 min.
John Dexter’s brilliant production, James Levine’s masterful conducting of the eclectic score, and a sensational cast come together to make this Kurt Weill–Bertolt Brecht masterpiece a riveting evening of music theater. At the center of the action is Jimmy Mahoney (Richard Cassilly), a logger who stumbles onto the city of Mahagonny, where (almost) ...
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Librettist: Nicola Haym
Bicket; Fleming, Blythe, Scholl, Kaiser, Shenyang Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 17 min.
Renée Fleming stars in the title role of one of Handel’s greatest dramas, seen in Stephen Wadsworth’s 2004 Met premiere production. Rodelinda is faced with an impossible dilemma: With her husband Bertarido believed dead, she either has to marry the despised Grimoaldo (the elegant Joseph Kaiser), who has usurped her husband’s throne, or see him murd...
Composer: Charles Gounod
Librettist: Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Domingo; Netrebko, Alagna, Gunn, LloydMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 51 min.
The world’s most famous love story comes to operatic life with superstars Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna playing the star-crossed young couple. The abandon and ardor of their performances brought audiences to their feet in both the opera house and in movie theaters. And the unique, up-close-and-personal camerawork takes the viewer onstage to wit...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Adami
Armiliato; Gheorghiu, Alagna, Oropesa, Brenciu, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 54 min.
Puccini’s achingly beautiful score charmingly conveys the plight of Magda (the “swallow” of the title) who unexpectedly finds true love with the handsome young Ruggero. But their idyllic and happy life comes to an premature end as she is haunted by the fear that her checkered past will ruin his future. Real-life couple and operatic stars Angela Ghe...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
de Waart; Fleming, Schäfer, Graham, Allen, SigmundssonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 18 min.
This production of Strauss’s most sumptuous work by director Nathaniel Merrill and designer Robert O’Hearn is almost as beloved as the opera itself. It perfectly captures the glittering never-land of rococco Vienna the way the Viennese—and the rest of the world—wish it had been, and it’s the ideal setting for an adult comedy of love and errors. Sus...
Composer: Antonín Dvorák
Librettist: Jaroslav Kvapil
Nézet-Séguin; Fleming, Magee, Zajick, Beczala, RelyeaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 52 min.
Otto Schenk’s storybook production perfectly captures the fairy-tale world of Dvořák’s supremely romantic opera. Star soprano Renée Fleming, in one of her most acclaimed portrayals, takes on the title role of the water nymph who longs to be human, opposite Piotr Beczala as the Prince, the object of her affection. John Relyea is the Water Gnome, Dol...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hedwig Lachmann after Oscar Wilde
Summers; Mattila, Komlósi, Uusitalo, Begley, KaiserMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 46 min.
It is no wonder that Met audiences have gone wild over Karita Mattila’s sizzling Salome. Indisputably one of the greatest Salomes of our time, Mattila utterly incarnates Oscar Wilde’s petulant, willful, and lust-driven heroine. With Strauss’s groundbreaking music magnifying the degenerate atmosphere and building the erotic tension, this is one oper...
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Librettist: Ferdinand Lemaire
Levine; Borodina, Domingo, LeiferkusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 28 min.
Any time Plácido Domingo sings the demanding role of Samson is a gala occasion, but this time was even more special: the performance opened the Met’s 1998-99 season and honored the great tenor on the 30th anniversary of his Met debut. With James Levine bringing out all the color in Saint-Saëns's exotic score, the rest of the cast rose to the occasi...
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