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Composer: Tan Dun
Librettist: Tan Dun and Ha Jin
Dun; Futral, Domingo, GrovesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 57 min.
The incomparable Plácido Domingo began a new chapter in his legendary Met career when he created the role of Emperor Qin in the world premiere of Tan Dun’s epic opera. Staged by revered film director Zhang Yimou, The First Emperor is both a rich pageant of ancient China and a fascinating study of the ruler who united it. Conducted by the composer,...
Composer: Johann Strauss Jr.
Librettist: Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
Tate; Te Kanawa, Blegen, Troyanos, Rendall, Hagegård, DevlinMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 38 min.
“A sumptuous fantasy out of some grand hotel of the Belle Epoch”—this was one critic’s comment when this production of the most Viennese of all operettas opened at the Met. Staged by Vienna’s own Otto Schenk (who also does a star turn as the jailer Frosch), with gorgeous sets and costumes by Günther Schneider-Siemssen and Peter J. Hall, it’s the es...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Price, Giacomini, Nucci, GiaiottiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 59 min.
Verdi painted an immense canvas with this dark but tuneful opera, vividly brought to life in John Dexter’s production, with sets by the great Eugene Berman. The legendary Leontyne Price is seen in one of her greatest roles, Leonora. Price’s soaring voice encompasses every nuance of Leonora’s emotion as she moves from joy through resignation to ulti...
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
Bicket; 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...
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