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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
Levine; Vaness, Battle, von Stade, Allen, RaimondiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 12 min.
From the \"James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met\" DVD box set.\r\rJean-Pierre Ponnelle’s landmark production of Mozart’s most human comedy provides the perfect setting for this superb cast under James Levine’s ebullient leadership. The philandering and arrogant Count Almaviva (Thomas Allen) is no match for his wily servant Figaro (Ruggero ...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Jules Massenet, Richard Strauss
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave, Henri Meilhac, Philippe Gille and Clemens Krauss
Levine, Armiliato, Summers; Fleming, Vargas, HampsonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
There are few occasions to match the excitement and glamour and of an Opening Night at the Met. This spectacular gala showcased the extraordinary soprano Renée Fleming in three different, equally dazzling roles, each costumed by a different designer. The famous productions by Franco Zeffirelli (Verdi’s La Traviata, Act II, conducted by James Levine...
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist: Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Levine; de Niese, Murphy, BlytheMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 39 min.
Director and choreographer Mark Morris’s production of Gluck’s masterpiece updates the immortal story from its ancient Greek roots to the timeless present, where, he says, “the union of chorus and dancers feels inevitable and inseparable.” With costumes by Isaac Mizrahi and a set designed by Allen Moyer, this production surrounds the action with th...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito, based on the play by William Shakespeare
Bychkov; Fleming, Botha, StruckmannMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 46 min.
In Verdi’s retelling of Shakespeare’s towering tragedy, Renée Fleming gives a captivating performance as the innocent Desdemona, a role long considered one of her calling cards. Johan Botha as the title hero delivers an imposing portrayal of a proud warrior brought down by jealousy, and Falk Struckmann is thrilling as the villainous Iago. James Mor...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Levine; Fleming, Domingo, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Verdi’s monumental score is fully the equal of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy—and both demand great actors. This is one performance where both playwright and composer are well served. Plácido Domingo’s Otello is one of the glories of the operatic world, beautifully sung and so commandingly acted that audiences are devastated by the end. Renée Fleming...
Levine; Cruz-Romo, Domingo, MilnesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 29 min.
In an Opening Night performance for the history books, the great Plácido Domingo sings the title role of Verdi’s Otello for the first time at the Met. This supremely demanding part was to become his signature role, an accomplishment against which other interpreters are still measured to this day. Domingo stars opposite Sherrill Milnes’s conniving I...
Levine; Scotto, Vickers, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 23 min.
Jon Vickers was one of the most magnetic singing actors of the 20th century and Otello one of his greatest roles. He understood how to combine Shakespeare’s rich characterization and Verdi’s dramatic music to create an overwhelming figure, one whose death left audiences deeply shaken. Vickers is perfectly partnered by James Levine’s conducting and ...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Gatti; Dalayman, Kaufmann, Mattei, Nikitin, PapeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 50 min.
The Met assembled an ideal cast for François Girard’s acclaimed new production of Wagner’s final masterpiece. Jonas Kaufmann in the title role of the fool “made wise by compassion” is as convincing vocally as he is haunting dramatically, delivering a thoroughly moving portrayal. René Pape is equally compelling as Gurnemanz, the veteran Knight of th...
Levine; Meier, Jerusalem, Weikl, Mazura, MollMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 24 min.
James Levine’s conducting of Wagner’s last opera was once described as “a model of concentrated rapture.” The Met’s orchestra and chorus—to say nothing of the all-star cast—are certainly spellbinding in this performance, in Otto Schenk’s atmospheric production (with sets by Günther Schneider-Siemssen). Siegfried Jerusalem is Parsifal, the wise fool...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Felice Romani, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, Antonio Ghislanzoni
Levine; Swenson, Pavarotti, de Candia, Nucci, Dessì, Arteta, Croft, Guleghina, Zajick, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Celebrating a great artist is always a gala occasion, but when the honoree is the legendary Luciano Pavarotti, the event is one to treasure. To pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of Pavarotti’s Met debut, the company featured him in fully staged excerpts of three operas: Act II of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Act III of Puccini’s La Bohème (the o...
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Montagu Slater
Runnicles; Racette, Griffey, Michaels-MooreMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 48 min.
Anthony Dean Griffey creates a haunting portrait of the outcast fisherman who struggles under the burden of presumed guilt. This chilling production by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle also features the superb Patricia Racette as the sympathetic Ellen Orford and the Met chorus in a truly hair-raising performance as the oppressively judgmenta...
Composer: Alexander Borodin
Librettist: Alexander Borodin, after a scenario by Vladimir Stasov
Noseda; Dyka, Rachvelishvili, Semishkur, Abdrazakov, Petrenko, Kocán Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 22 min.
Dmitri Tcherniakov’s acclaimed new production of Borodin’s Russian epic—the opera’s first Met staging in nearly a century—stars Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role of the tormented prince who leads his army against the Polovtsians. The stellar all-Russian-language cast also includes Oksana Dyka as his wife, Yaroslavna, Anita Rachvelishvili as Koncha...
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