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Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Dasch, Botha, Appleby, Volle, Kränzle, KönigMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 49 min.
James Levine leads a stirring performance of Wagner’s epic comedy, seen in Otto Schenk’s classic production. Baritone Michael Volle stars as Hans Sachs, the cobbler-poet at the heart of this story of love, art, and youth vs. age. Leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha is Walther von Stolzing, the young knight whose new ideas upset the traditional ways...
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Cesare Sterbini
Mariotti; Leonard, Brownlee, Maltman, Muraro, BurchuladzeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 48 min.
A youthful cast brings Rossini’s immortal comedy to sparkling life, led by Christopher Maltman as Figaro, the resourceful barber and man-about-town of the title. The lovely Isabel Leonard is Rosina, the clever young woman at the center of the story, and Lawrence Brownlee sings Count Almaviva, the man who loves her and—with Figaro’s help—rescues her...
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...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
Levine; Majeski, Petersen, Leonard, Mattei, AbdrazakovMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 18 min.
Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which opened the Met’s 2014–15 season, sets the action of Mozart’s timeless social comedy in a manor house in 1930s Seville. Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast as the resourceful Figaro set on outwitting his master, the philandering Count Almaviva, played by Peter Mattei. Marlis Petersen sings Susanna, the object of ...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave and Andrea Maffe
Luisi; Netrebko, Calleja, Lučić, PapeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 49 min.
Star soprano Anna Netrebko created a sensation with her riveting performance as the malevolent Lady Macbeth, the central character in Verdi’s retelling of Shakespeare’s tragedy. She is joined by Željko Lučić, who brings dramatic intensity and vocal authority to the title role of the honest general driven to murder and deceit by his ambitious wife. ...
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Jacopo Ferretti
Luisi; DiDonato, Flórez, Corbelli, SpagnoliMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 52 min.
Rossini’s charming take on the Cinderella story features a brilliant cast, led by bel canto stars Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Juan Diego Flórez as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli delivers a comic tour de force as Don Magnifico, Cinderella’s stepfather. Pietro Spagnoli is Dandini, the Prince’s valet, who, disguised as his master, p...
Levine; Phillips, Leonard, de Niese, Polenzani, Pogossov, MuraroMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 22 min.
Met Music director James Levine conducts a cast of youthful stars in Mozart’s sophisticated comedy about testing the ties of love. Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, who are led to believe their fiancés have gone off to war. Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are Ferrando and Guglielmo, the lovers who r...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Ranzani; Opolais, Phillips, Grigolo, Cavalletti, GradusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
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,...
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann
Altinoglu; Oropesa, Koch, Kaufmann, Bizic Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Children's Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann brings aching intensity and vocal charisma to the tortured title hero of Massenet’s Goethe adaptation. Sophie Koch, in her Met debut, is an appealing and elegant Charlotte, the object of Werther’s passionate affection that will lead to tragedy. Lisette Oropesa as Sophie, David Bižić as Albert, and Jonathan Summers as Le Ba...
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
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...
Composer: Antonín Dvorák
Librettist: Jaroslav Kvapil
Nézet-Séguin; Fleming, Magee, Zajick, Beczala, RelyeaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Otto Schenk’s storybook production perfectly captures the fairy-tale world of Dvořák’s supremely romantic opera. Star soprano Renée Fleming, in one of her most acclaimed portrayals, takes on the title role of the water nymph who longs to be human, opposite Piotr Beczala as the Prince, the object of her affection. John Relyea is the Water Gnome, Dol...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Levine; Meade, Oropesa, Blythe, Vassallo, MaestriMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Music Director James Levine conducts his first new Met production after a two-year absence: Robert Carsen’s hit staging of Verdi’s great human comedy. Ambrogio Maestri is an ideal Falstaff, leading an extraordinary ensemble cast of veteran and up-and-coming Met stars, including Angela Meade (Alice), Stephanie Blythe (Mistress Quickly), Franco Vasal...
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