Women on the Verge

From Mozart to Donizetti to Verdi, mad scenes abound in the operatic repertoire—including three sung by the heroine of Bellini’s I Puritani. Discover some of the great divas (including Anna Netrebko, pictured above) who have thrilled and terrified Met audiences with their mad scenes over the past half-century.


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Joan Sutherland as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, 1976

Scotto, Renata Lady Macbeth Macbeth mad scene 3 Klotz.jpgRenata Scotto as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth, 1984

Idomeneo Carol Vaness Elettra Winnie Klotz.jpgCarol Vaness as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, 1991

_MG_1910.jpgNatalie Dessay in the title role of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, 2007

MACBETH Guleghina as Lady Macbeth_0353.jpgMaria Guleghina as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth, 2008

HAMLET Petersen as Ophélie_3012.jpgMarlis Petersen as Ophélie in Thomas’s Hamlet, 2010

Puritani_1538-s.jpgDiana Damrau as Elvira in I Puritani, 2017