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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: 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...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
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...
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
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: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Thielemann; Te Kanawa, Brendel, McLaughlin, Kuebler, McIntyreMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 49 min.
Otto Schenk’s opulent production, conducted masterfully by Christian Thielemann, provides a perfect setting for Strauss’s bittersweet comedy of true love and mistaken identity. The great Kiri Te Kanawa is radiant as Arabella, the daughter of an impoverished aristocrat who must marry a wealthy man to save her family. Wolfgang Brendel sings Mandryka,...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Mattila, Heppner, Polenzani, Morris, Allen, PapeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 51 min.
Wagner’s enchanting Nürnberg has perhaps never looked as marvelous as in this production by Otto Schenk, with sets designed by Günther Schneider-Siemssen. James Levine’s conducting is as authoritative as it is affectionate, and the orchestra, the chorus, and the all-star cast which could not be equaled anywhere else in the world—respond with a rive...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Cotrubas, Domingo, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 9 min.
James Levine leads a remarkable cast in one of Verdi’s most enduringly popular operas and brings fresh insights to this beloved score. Ileana Cotrubas is poignant and touching as Violetta, the consumptive courtesan who finds true love with Alfredo, sung with style and passion by the great Plácido Domingo. Cornell MacNeil is Germont, Alfredo’s fathe...
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...
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Myfanwy Piper
Atherton; Johnson, AllenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Benjamin Britten’s poignant setting of Thomas Mann’s novella is beautifully realized by the authoritative conducting of David Atherton and a distinguished cast. Tenor Anthony Rolfe Johnson delivers a searing portrayal in the central role of Gustav von Aschenbach, a novelist on vacation in Venice who falls in love with the beauty of a Polish boy, Ta...
Composer: Johann Strauss Jr.
Ormandy; Piazza, Munsel, Stevens, Tucker, Kullman, BrownleeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Eugene Ormandy conducts a distinguished cast in this English-language version of Johann Strauss’s effervescent operetta. Risë Stevens is sensational as the extravagant Prince Orlofsky, whose costume ball is at the center of the action. Richard Tucker sings Alfred, the luckless opera singer who is wooing his old flame Rosalinde (Marguerite Piazza) a...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Armiliato; Radvanovsky, Giordani, GagnidzeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 55 min.
Sondra Radvanovsky is splendid as the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca who finds her world turned upside down when she is caught in a triangle of passion, murder, and politics with her lover, the free-thinking painter Cavaradossi (Marcello Giordani), and the villainous Baron Scarpia (George Gagnidze), the Roman chief of police, who wants Tosca for him...
VariousMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 50 min. 28 sec.
Enjoy this playlist compilation for winter, featuring several holiday-themed arias from various operas.
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