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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Somma
Levine; Millo, Blackwell, Quivar, Pavarotti, NucciMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 15 min.
This atmospheric production by Piero Faggioni, conducted by James Levine, captures all the brooding power and elegance of Verdi’s drama of love and politics. Luciano Pavarotti stars as Riccardo, the unlucky ruler in love with his best friend’s wife, Amelia (Aprile Millo). Leo Nucci is the husband torn between loyalty and his thirst for revenge, and...
Patanè; Ricciarelli, Blegen, Berini, Pavarotti, QuilicoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 25 min.
Director Elijah Moshinsky’s production sets Verdi’s poignant opera in colonial Boston, where Riccardo (Luciano Pavarotti) is the British governor, in love with his best friend’s wife. “Perhaps the most complete role for a tenor…a severe test, both vocally and dramatically,” is how Pavarotti described his role. Of course, he’s brilliant—with his dis...
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Cesare Sterbini
Benini; DiDonato, Flórez, Mattei, Del Carlo, RelyeaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 45 min.
Audiences went wild for Bartlett Sher’s dynamic production, which found fresh and surprising ways to bring Rossini’s effervescent comedy closer to them than ever before. The stellar cast leapt to the challenge with irresistible energy and bravura vocalism. Juan Diego Flórez is Count Almaviva, who fires off showstopping coloratura as he woos Joyce ...
Composer: Bedřich Smetana
Librettist: Karel Sabina
Levine; Stratas, Gedda, Vickers, TalvelaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
Every bit of the spontaneous charm that infuses Smetana’s colorful opera is conveyed in this English-language performance by a spectacular cast. Teresa Stratas as Mařenka is determined to marry her lover Jenik (Nicolai Gedda), but her father in under obligation to Micha and wants her to marry Micha’s son—the stuttering, rather foolish Vašek (Jon Vi...
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, based on the short novel "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville
Bedford; Langridge, Croft, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 38 min.
John Dexter’s brilliant production of Britten’s searing opera stars Dwayne Croft in the title role of the handsome young sailor whose kindness and innocence cause his downfall. The great James Morris is Claggart, master-at-arms on the 18th-century warship Indomitable, who falsely accuses Billy of inciting a mutiny. Philip Langridge sings Captain Ve...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Ranzani; Opolais, Phillips, Grigolo, Cavalletti, GradusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
A new generation of rising stars shines in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of Puccini’s most popular opera. Vittorio Grigolo is the poor poet Rodolfo who falls head over heels for his neighbor, the seamstress Mimì, sung by the radiant Kristine Opolais. Susanna Phillips is the flirtatious Musetta, Massimo Cavaletti is her sweetheart Marcello,...
Levine; Scotto, Niska, Pavarotti, WixellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Puccini’s heartbreaking story of young love in the garrets of Belle Epoque Paris has attracted many famous singers through the years. But with James Levine at the helm and the starry duo of Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto as Rodolfo and Mimi, every bit of emotion in the score pours across the footlights and seduces the audience. In this case, t...
Luisotti; Gheorghiu, Arteta, Vargas, TézierMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 16 min.
Puccini’s evergreen paean to young love and the bohemian life has captivated generations of Met-goers through Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production. Movie theater audiences for the high-definition transmission of this staging got to see it with fresh eyes in a touching performance starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas as the frail seamstress a...
Levine; Stratas, Scotto, Carreras, StilwellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 4 min.
Franco Zeffirelli’s sensational production of Puccini’s haunting opera of young love is one of the great classics in the history of the Met. Many great singers have appeared in it over the years, but there is something especially endearing about this magical first cast: the touching and fragile Teresa Stratas as the dying Mimi, and young, handsome ...
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Librettist: Modest Mussorgsky
Gergiev; Semenchuk, Antonenko, Balashov, Nikitin, Pape, Petrenko, OgnovenkoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 23 min.
Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Mussorgsky’s epic masterpiece brilliantly captures the suffering and ambition of the Russian people at a critical time in their nation’s history. René Pape is riveting as the Tsar of the title, giving a commanding and charismatic performance of one of the greatest bass roles in the repertoire—his Boris is dominatin...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss
Davis; Fleming, Connolly, Kaiser, Larsen, Braun, Rose Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 28 min.
Renée Fleming is Countess Madeleine, the beautiful, enigmatic woman at the center of Strauss’s sophisticated “Conversation Piece for Music.” She is being courted by two men: Joseph Kaiser sings the composer, Flamand, and Russell Braun is Olivier, the poet. The stellar cast also includes Peter Rose as the theater director La Roche, Sarah Connolly as...
Composer: Georges Bizet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac & Ludovic Halévy
Heras-Casado; Hartig, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, AbdrazakovMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 51 min.
Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili gives a dynamic performance as Bizet’s iconic gypsy, the woman who lives by her own rules. Aleksandrs Antonenko is Don José, the soldier who falls under her spell, and Ildar Abdrazakov plays Escamillo, the swaggering bullfighter who takes Carmen away from Don José—an action that seals Carmen’s tragic fate...
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