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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Sweet, Domingo, Chernov, ScandiuzziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 58 min.
With James Levine at the helm, Verdi’s multi-faceted masterpiece is revealed as a drama of almost Shakespearean proportions. Superstar Plácido Domingo takes on he demanding role of Don Alvaro, the outcast whose noble gesture unwittingly sets the wheels of fate in motion and destroys an entire family. Sharon Sweet is Leonora, the woman he loves, and...
Composer: Riccardo Zandonai
Librettist: Tito Ricordi, based on the play by Gabriele d’Annunzio, inspired by Dante’s Inferno
Armiliato; Westbroek, Giordani, DelavanMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Eva-Maria Westbroek stars in the title role of Zandonai’s sensuous drama, opposite Marcello Giordani as Paolo, in this Live in HD presentation. Piero Faggioni’s lush production provides the perfect setting for one of the all-time great tales of tragic passion, adapted from an episode in Dante’s Inferno. Mark Delavan co-stars as Giovanni, the husban...
Composer: Riccardo Zandonai
Librettist: Gabriele D'Annunzio
Levine; Scotto, Domingo, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 29 min.
This sumptuous production by Piero Faggioni (sets by Ezio Frigerio and costumes by Franca Squarciapino) seduced Met audiences into the enchanting world of Zandonai’s rarely heard opera. His retelling of Dante’s story of the immortal passion of Paolo and Francesca in 13th century Italy is as musically elegant and beautiful as the details of the prod...
Composer: John Corigliano
Librettist: William M Hoffman
Levine; Stratas, Hagegård, Quilico, Clark, Horne, FlemingMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 0 min.
From \"James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met\" DVD Box Set\r\rWhat happened to Figaro and his friends after the events told in Rossini’s and Mozart’s operas? One possible sequel is told in John Corigliano’s “grand opera buffa” The Ghosts of Versailles—an uproariously funny and deeply moving work inspired by Beaumarchais’s third Figaro play,...
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Librettist: Nicola Francesco Haym
Handel; Dessay, Bardon, Daniels, Coote, Dumaux Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 5 min.
David McVicar’s inventive hit production of Handel’s most popular opera sets the story of Caesar’s conquest of Egypt—and of its queen, Cleopatra—in the era of British 19th-century imperialism while also including elements of Baroque theater and Bollywood movies. David Daniels in the title role and Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra lead the cast. Christop...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Luisi; Voigt, Morris, König, Meier, Paterson, HarmerMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 45 min.
Robert Lepage’s landmark staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, unveiled over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, was the first new Met production of the complete cycle in more than 20 years. Combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional storytelling, it brings Wagner’s vision into the 21st century. The four-part epiccomes...
Levine; Behrens, Jerusalem, Raffell, SalminenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 35 min.
The stupendous climax to Wagner’s four-part Ring cycle is brilliantly realized by the Otto Schenk/Günther Schneider-Siemssen production and byJames Levine’s monumental conducting. The Met orchestra, chorus, and an all-star cast make this Götterdämmerung one that truly rises to the occasion. Hildegard Behrens’s Brünnhilde must be experienced to be b...
Composer: Ambroise Thomas
Librettist: Michel Carré and Jules Barbier
Langrée; Petersen, Larmore, Keenlyside, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 49 min.
After over a century out of the Met’s repertoire, audiences were thrilled to discover just what a sensational evening in the theater Thomas’s Hamlet can be. Simon Keenlyside’s riveting performance as the tortured Prince of Denmark in Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s starkly brooding production had critics raving that Keenlyside’s superb singing, ...
Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Librettist: Adelheid Wette
Jurowski; Coote, Schäfer, Plowright, Held, LangridgeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 0 min.
This deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, was part of the Met’s popular English-language holiday series. Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer star as the famous siblings lost in the woods, who battle the ravenous Witch—a zany portrayal by tenor Philip Langridge—while the Met orchestra, un...
Fulton; von Stade, Blegen, Kraft, Devlin, EliasMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 42 min.
Director Nathaniel Merrill and designer Robert O’Hearn work operatic magic in this brilliant production of Humperdinck’s cherished favorite. What Christmas is complete without this sumptuous musical retelling of the classic fairy tale, replete with guardian angels, a sandman, dew fairy, and, of course, a witch and her enticing gingerbread house. Th...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Giambattista Varesco
Levine; Pavarotti, Behrens, von Stade, CotrubasMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 1 min.
Mozart’s once-rare opera has become a favorite at the Met, thanks to James Levine’s loving conducting of the score and this stunning production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. In fact, this telecast follows the Met’s premiere of the opera by only a few weeks, fully capturing the excitement of the audience as it discovered not only a masterpiece, but also ...
Levine; Troyanos, Domingo, Price, Horne, MilnesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 10 min.
These highlights from three now-legendary concerts feature an impressive lineup of Met stars in selections from Handel to Puccini: Tatiana Troyanos and Plácido Domingo; Leontyne Price and Marilyn Horne; and Plácido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes. The program includes repertoire they never sang at the Met as well as excerpts from roles that helped defi...
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