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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...
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist: Nicolas-François Guillard, based on the play by Guymond de la Touche (based on Euripides)
Summers; Graham, Domingo, Groves, HawkinsMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 55 min.
Gluck’s gripping adaptation of the ancient Greek myth is vividly brought to life by a stellar cast in Stephen Wadsworth’s atmospheric production. Plácido Domingo is Oreste, driven by the Furies to atone for killing his mother Clytemnestre. When he and his companion Pylade (Paul Groves) are shipwrecked on the island of Tauride, the king Thoas (Gordo...
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Angelo Anelli
Levine; Horne, Montarsolo, Ahlstedt, MonkMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 36 min.
The great Marilyn Horne stars in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s charming production of Rossini’s opera. Isabella (Horne) has been shipwrecked while trying to find her lost lover, Lindoro (Douglas Ahlstedt) who, it turns out, has been captured by Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers (Paolo Montarsolo). Isabella has conveniently been cast ashore near the palace of Mu...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Marton, Rysanek, Hofmann, Roar, MacurdyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 43 min.
Wagner’s Romantic opera demands singing actors who can truly inhabit their parts, and that’s just what we have here. Is it possible for a Knight of the Holy Grail to look more enticing than Peter Hofmann? No wonder Elsa (Eva Marton) falls in love at first sight. Marton’s heroine is innocent, but she is also a passionate, real-life young woman—which...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Temistocle Solera
Levine; Flanigan, Pavarotti, Beccaria, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
James Levine’s love for this seldom-heard score infuses every measure of Verdi’s music. Superstar Luciano Pavarotti heads the cast as the Muslim warrior prince Oronte who converts to Christianity out of love for the Italian Giselda (Lauren Flanigan)—before dying of the wounds he received in battling the Crusaders. Samuel Ramey is the Crusader-turne...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Salvatore Cammarano
Summers; Dessay, Calleja, Tézier, YounMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
The tragic tale of \"the bride of Lammermoor\" has always been a favorite of opera-goers and sopranos alike. Yet with the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay in the title role, Lucia's plight and descent into madness take on another dimension. Joseph Calleja is an ardent Edgardo, the man she loves but is not allowed to marry. Instead, her broth...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Salvadore Cammarano
Bonynge; Sutherland, Kraus, Elvira, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 16 min.
This telecast offers a rare opportunity to see the legendary Joan Sutherland in the role that first catapulted her to international stardom. She drove audiences wild by the way her opulent voice caressed the music’s long phrases and sprinted effortlessly through the fiendish runs, trills, embellishments and stratospheric high notes. One of the glor...
Armiliato; Netrebko, Beczala, Kwiecien, AbdrazakovMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Star soprano Anna Netrebko adds Donizetti’s hapless heroine to her growing list of Met triumphs in this production by Mary Zimmerman that updates the events to the 19th century. Rising young tenor sensation Piotr Beczala is Edgardo and Mariusz Kwiecien plays Lucia’s brother Enrico whose brutal authority forces her to deny her heart and marry for th...
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