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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...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Giuseppe Bardari, based on the play by Friedrich Schiller
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, RoseMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Joyce DiDonato gives a sensational performance as Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto drama, opposite Elza van den Heever as Queen Elizabeth. This Live in HD presentation of David McVicar’s acclaimed 2012 production also stars Matthew Polenzani as Leicester, the man caught between the rival queens. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Composer: Georges Bizet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Nézet-Séguin; Frittoli, Garanča, Alagna, Tahu RhodesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Richard Eyre’s stunning new production of Bizet’s opera was the talk of the town when it was unveiled on New Year’s Eve 2009. Elīna Garanča leads the cast as the iconic gypsy of the title—a woman desired by every man but determined to remain true to herself. Roberto Alagna is Don José, the soldier who falls under her spell and sacrifices everything...
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettist: Konstantin Shilovsky and the composer, based on the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin
Gergiev; Netrebko, Beczala, Kwiecien, TanovitskiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 53 min.
Deborah Warner’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s tragic romance, directed by Fiona Shaw, opened the Met’s 2013–14 season. Anna Netrebko stars as Tatiana, the young woman whose impulsive declaration of love is coolly rejected by Mariusz Kwiecien’s Onegin—with unexpected consequences years later. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, the friend-turned-rival Onegi...
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
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...
Composer: Antonín Dvorák
Librettist: Jaroslav Kvapil
Nézet-Séguin; Fleming, Magee, Zajick, Beczala, RelyeaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 52 min.
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: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Levine; Norman, Battle, Troyanos, King, NentwigMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 11 min.
Jessye Norman is a regal Ariadne, the mythological Greek heroine in this opera-within-an-opera, opposite the passionate Bacchus of the great James King. Kathleen Battle delivers the coloratura fireworks of Zerbinetta, the leader of a commedia dell’arte troupe that finds itself stranded on Ariadne’s island. Tatiana Troyanos and Franz Ferdinand Nentw...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
Levine; Vaness, Hadley, Mentzer, Croft, Bartoli, AllenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 11 min.
Mozart’s sophisticated opera about two men seeing just how faithful their fiancées are has seldom been so marvelously done. Leslie Koenig’s production, designed by Michael Yeargan, is as witty and charming as the music, conducted by James Levine. Carol Vaness and Susanne Mentzer are the two sisters being tested by their fiancées, Jerry Hadley and D...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Temistocle Solera
Levine; Guleghina, White, Hughes Jones, Pons, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Verdi’s thrilling early opera is ideally served by the masterful conducting of Music Director James Levine and Elijah Moshinsky’s powerful production. Juan Pons in the title role of the Babylonian King leads the cast of this biblical drama, opposite Maria Guleghina as the ambitious Abigaille and Samuel Ramey as the noble high priest of Jerusalem, Z...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Levine; Marton, Mitchell, Domingo, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 12 min.
Franco Zeffirelli’s sumptuous production of Puccini’s final opera has been a Met favorite ever since its 1987 premiere run, captured in this telecast. James Levine brings out all the color and drama of the composer’s most ambitious score, leading a stellar cast: Plácido Domingo is Calàf, the unknown prince, Eva Marton sings the title role of the ic...
Luisi; Bullock, Voigt, Palmer, Schmidt, NikitinMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 45 min.
Susan Bullock takes on one of opera’s most challenging roles as the title heroine of Strauss’s powerful drama, based on the ancient Greek myth of murder and revenge. Deborah Voigt reprises her acclaimed portrayal of Chrysothemis, Elektra’s sister, and Felicity Palmer gives a chilling performance as their mother, Klytämnestra. Evgeny Nikitin is Ores...
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Adapted by the composer and Peter Pears
Conlon; Kim, Wall, DeShong, Davies, Kaiser, Simpson, RoseMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 26 min.
One of opera’s most original Shakespeare adaptations comes to live in this broadcast with James Conlon conducting a youthful ensemble cast of rising stars, led by Iestyn Davies and Kathleen Kim as Oberon and Tytania, King and Queen of the fairies. The quartet of lovers is portrayed by Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Joseph Kaiser (Lysander), Erin Wall ...
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Luigi Illica
Armiliato; Damrau, Camarena, PertusiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 15 min.
The extraordinary Diana Damrau brings aching lyricism and coloratura fireworks to the role of Amina, the innocent village girl whose sleepwalking causes misunderstandings that almost prevent her marriage to the handsome Elvino, sung by new bel canto star tenor Javier Camarena. Michele Pertusi is Count Rodolfo, and Marco Armiliato conducts Bellini’s...
VariousMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 5 min.
Enjoy a summer playlist compilation of popular arias, featuring many of your favorite Met stars in some of their signature roles—including Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Elīna Garanča, Jonas Kaufmann, Peter Mattei, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, and more.
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