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Opening Night Gala

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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), Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (Massenet’s Manon, Act III), and John Cox (Strauss’s Capriccio, final scene) were fully staged. With Ramón Vargas, Thomas Hampson, Dwayne Croft, and Robert Lloyd.

Performance Info

Performance Date

Sep 22, 2008


Giuseppe Verdi, Jules Massenet, Richard Strauss


Francesco Maria Piave, Henri Meilhac, Philippe Gille and Clemens Krauss

Run Time

2 HRS 22 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet