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Original transmission date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Set in ancient Egypt, Aida is both a heartbreaking love story and an epic drama full of spectacular crowd scenes. A cast of powerful voices and a grand production bring the story to life on the Met stage (and on the HD screen). Violeta Urmana stars in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess, with Dolora Zajick as her rival. Johan Botha plays Radamès, commander of the Egyptian army, and Daniele Gatti conducts. Among the score’s highlights is the celebrated Triumphal March.
Conductor: Daniele Gatti; Production: Sonja Frisell; Violeta Urmana, Dolora Zajick, Johan Botha, Carlo Guelfi, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Stefan Kocán
Original transmission date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Anna Netrebko gives an electrifying portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king in this Met premiere production by David McVicar. Ekaterina Gubanova is her rival, Jane Seymour, Ildar Abrdazakov sings Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
Conductor: Marco Armiliato; Production: David McVicar; Ekaterina Gubanova, Anna Netrebko, Ildar Abdrazakov, Keith Miller, Stephen Costello, Eduardo Valdes, Tamara Mumford
Original transmission date: Saturday, May 1, 2010
This mythical story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison has inspired operatic settings by a multitude of composers, including Gluck, Haydn, and Dvorˇák. Renée Fleming stars in the title role of Rossini’s version, opposite no fewer than six tenors. Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman returns to direct this new production of a work she describes as “a buried treasure, a box of jewels.” The fanciful and magical tale, Zimmerman says, “has an epic, enchanted quality and a tremendous visual element.” Conductor: Riccardo Frizza; Production: Mary Zimmerman; Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Bruce Ford, Barry Banks, Kobie van Rensburg
Original transmission date: Saturday, March 24, 2007
One of the most beloved operatic comedies of all time, The Barber of Seville is presented in a production by Tony® Award-winning director Bartlett Sher. Superstar tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Count Almaviva is joined by American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Rosina and Peter Mattei in the title role of the swaggering barber.
Conductor: Benini; Production: Bartlett Sher; Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, John Relyea
Original transmission date: Saturday, April 5, 2008
A magnificent cast comes together for Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production of the Puccini favorite. The exciting young conductor Nicola Luisotti presides over a glorious vocal ensemble led by the mesmerizing Angela Gheorghiu, opposite golden-toned tenor Ramón Vargas as her lover, Rodolfo. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, Quinn Kelsey, Oren Gradus, Paul Plishka
Original transmission date: Saturday, October 23, 2010
René Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky’s epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk leading the huge cast.
Valery Gergiev; Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Oleg Balashov, Evgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Vladimir Ognovenko
On Opening Night of the 2008–09 season, Renée Fleming dazzled audiences when she sang the final scene of Strauss’s wise and worldly meditation on art and life. Now she performs the entire work, in which the composer explores the essence of opera itself. Joseph Kaiser and Sarah Connolly also star, and Andrew Davis conducts.
Andrew Davis; Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, Peter Rose
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 16, 2010
One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen "is about sex, violence, and racism—and its corollary: freedom," says Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre about his new production of Bizet's drama. "It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It's sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking." Elīna Garanča sings the seductive gypsy of the title for the first time at the Met, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don José.
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Production: Richard Eyre; Barbara Frittoli, Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Mariusz Kwiecien
Original transmission date: Saturday, May 9, 2009
Hot on the heels of her triumphant Met debut as Rosina in last season’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Elīna Garanča portrays another Rossini charmer in this bel canto Cinderella story. Lawrence Brownlee is her Prince Charming. Veteran baritone Alessandro Corbelli demonstrates his impeccable comic timing to match the gravitas of Met favorite John Relyea.
Conductor: Maurizio Benini; Production: Cesare Lievi; Elīna Garanča, Lawrence Brownlee, Simone Alberghini, Alessandro Corbelli, John Relyea
Original transmission date: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Bartlett Sher, director of the Met’s hit productions of The Barber of Seville and The Tales of Hoffmann, describes the world of the opera as, “a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both—with the most beautiful love music Rossini ever wrote.”
Maurizio Benini; Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, Michele Pertusi
Original transmission date: Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 1:00
Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directs this new production, returning after the triumph of his Met Barber of Seville (seen live in HD in the 2006–07 season). Offenbach’s fictionalized take on the life and loves of the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann is a fascinating psychological journey. Met Music Director James Levine conducts Joseph Calleja in the tour-de-force title role. Anna Netrebko is the tragic Antonia and Alan Held sings the demonic four villains.
Conductor:James Levine; Production: Bartlett Sher; Kathleen Kim, Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova, Kate Lindsey, Joseph Calleja, Alan Held
The Live in HD production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann will not include the partial nudity seen in the stage production.
Original transmission date: Saturday, November 22, 2008
Robert Lepage, one of theater’s most imaginative directors, applies his artistry to Berlioz’s contemplation of good and evil. Using projections, Lepage has created a vision for La Damnation de Faust that seamlessly marries art and technology. Marcello Giordani stars in the title role opposite Susan Graham as Marguerite and John Relyea as Méphistophélès. James Levine conducts this rarely staged masterwork.
Conductor: James Levine; Production: Robert Lepage; Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, John Relyea
Original transmission date: Saturday, November 8, 2008
John Adams’s contemporary masterpiece explores a momentous episode of modern history: the creation of the atomic bomb. Director Penny Woolcock made her Met debut with this gripping story that changed the course of history. Baritone Gerald Finley plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the title character.
Conductor: Alan Gilbert; Production: Penny Woolcock; Sasha Cooke, Meredith Arwady, Gerald Finley, Eric Owens, Richard Paul Fink
Original transmission date: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Nicholas Hytner's new production "earned an enthusiastic ovation." Marina Poplavskaya, with her "luminous singing, beautiful pianissimo high notes and unforced power" is a "noble, elegant Elisabeth." Roberto Alagna's singing is "poignant," and Yannick Nézet-Séguin brings "youthful passion and precocious insight to his work." — Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Eric Halfvarson
Original transmission date: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Fabio Luisi conducts Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage's new production, featuring an all-star cast including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Ramón Vargas, and Luca Pisaroni.
Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Michael Grandage; Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Mojca Erdmann, Ramón Vargas, Mariusz Kwiecien, Luca Pisaroni, Joshua Bloom, Štefan Kocán.
Original transmission date: Saturday, November 13, 2010
Anna Netrebko revives her sensational turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy, opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo in the title role. Music Director James Levine conducts. When Otto Schenk’s production premiered in 2006, the New York Times called it “brilliant” and “wonderful.”
James Levine; Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, John Del Carlo
Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien spoke with host Patricia Racette about Don Pasquale during the Live in HD presentation of Boris Godunov. Watch the 3-minute interview!
Composer: George Friedrich Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau
Devised and written by Jeremy Sams
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 21, 2012
In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on his other-wordly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto devised and written by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phleim McDermott and Julian Courch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).
Conductor: William Christie; Production Julian Crouch & Phelim McDermott; Danielle de Niese, Lisette Oropesa, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Plácido Domingo, Luca Pisaroni
Original transmission date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Angela Meade takes center stage in Verdi's thrilling early gem. Marcello Giordani is her mismatched lover, and all-star Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the cast.
Conductor: Marco Armiliato; Production: Pie Luigi Samaritani; Angela Meade, Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ferruccio Furlanetto
Original transmission date: Saturday, February 24, 2007
Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s masterpiece is one of the most romantic and lyrical works ever written for the stage. Valery Gergiev conducts, and Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky star in this moving tale of mistimed love.
Conductor: Valery Gergiev Production: Robert Carsen; Renée Fleming, Ramon Vargas, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sergei Aleksashkin
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 8, 2011
Puccini’s wild-west opera had its world premiere in 1910 at the Met. On the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the “girl of the golden west,” starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Nicola Luisotti; Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, Lucio Gallo
Watch a slideshow of images from La Fanciulla del West, narrated by Deborah Voigt
Original transmission date: Saturday, December, 2011
With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Dec McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. Yannick Nézét-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.
Conductor: Yannick Nézét-Séguin; Production: Dec McAnuff; Marina Poplavskaya, Michèle Losier, Jonas Kaufmann, Russel Braun, René Pape
Original transmission date: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Laurent Pelly’s hilarious new production, called “the operatic show of the season” by The Times of London during its Covent Garden run, features Natalie Dessay’s fearless coloratura and impeccable comic timing and Juan Diego Flórez’s remarkable musicality—complete with the famous nine high Cs. The production also boasts stage legend and Tony Award® winner Marian Seldes as the Duchess of Krakenthorp.
Conductor: Marco Armiliato; Production: Laurent Pelly; Natalie Dessay, Felicity Palmer, Juan Diego Flórez, Alessandro Corbelli, Marian Seldes
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 13, 2007
Chinese composer Tan Dun’s epic opera features legendary tenor Plácido Domingo as Emperor Qin, who founded an empire that would survive for 2,000 years. Tan Dun’s music is a fascinating mix of East and West, and the monumental production is by revered Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern and House of Flying Daggers) with costumes by designer Emi Wada (Kurosawa’s Ran).
Conductor: Tan Dun; Production: Zhang Yimou; Jill Groves, Elizabeth Futral, Plácido Domingo,
Original transmission date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
With its cataclysmic climax, the Met's new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde and Jay Hunter Morris is Siegfried—the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. Fabio Luisi Conducts.
Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Robert Lepage; Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens, Hans-Peter König
Original transmission date: Saturday, March 27, 2010
The works of Shakespeare have inspired more operatic adaptations than any other writer’s. Simon Keenlyside and Marlis Petersen bring two of Shakespeare’s unforgettable characters to life in this new production of Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet. For the role of Ophelia, the French composer created an extended mad scene that is among the greatest in opera.
Conductor: Louis Langrée; Production: Patrice Caurier/Moshe Leiser; Natalie Dessay, Jennifer Larmore, Toby Spence, Simon Keenlyside, James Morris
Original transmission date: Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Richard Jones’s innovative staging reveals the darker underpinnings of this charming and beloved tale. Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer play the siblings lost in a shadowy world of unknown menace, pursued by the Witch, portrayed by tenor Philip Langridge, who seeks to devour them. This English-language production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s masterful treatment of the Brothers Grimm story was the second in the Met’s annual series of special holiday presentations. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski; Production: Richard Jones; Christine Schäfer, Alice Coote, Rosalind Plowright, Philip Langridge, Alan Held
Original transmission date: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo reprise their starring roles in Gluck’s nuanced and elegant interpretation of this primal Greek myth. Tenor Paul Groves also returns to Stephen Wadsworth’s insightful production, first seen in 2007. Patrick Summers conducts.
Patrick Summers; Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, Gordon Hawkins
Watch and Iphigénie audio slideshow!
Original transmission date: Saturday, February 7, 2009
Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Donizetti’s fragile heroine in her Met role debut, with tenor Piotr Beczala in the part of her lover, Edgardo. Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien is her tyrannical brother. Mary Zimmerman’s hit production is staged as a Victorian ghost story.
Conductor: Marco Armiliato; Production: Mary Zimmerman; Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ildar Abdrazakov
Original transmission date: Saturday, March 19, 2011
Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on Opening Night of the 2007–08 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo.
Patrick Summers; Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja, Ludovic Tézier, Kwangchul Youn
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 11, 2008
Giuseppe Verdi’s longstanding affinity for Shakespeare is explored in Adrian Noble's dark yet exhilarating vision for this disturbing work. James Levine conducts and acclaimed baritone Željko Lucic stars in the towering title role, opposite Maria Guleghina as his ambitious wife. Bass-baritone John Relyea plays the role of the doomed Banquo. Conductor: James Levine; Production: Adrian Noble; Maria Guleghina, Roberto Aronica, Željko Lucic, John Relyea
Original transmission date: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Patricia Racette sings the title role in Anthony Minghella’s stunning production, a new classic of the Met repertory, opposite Marcello Giordani.
Conductor: Patrick Summers; Production: Anthony Minghella; Patricia Racette, Marcello Giordani
Original transmission date: Saturday, December 30, 2006
Enter a magical world of dancing bears, giant birds, and colorful adventure in Mozart’s ever-popular masterpiece The Magic Flute. This abridged 100-minute version, sung in English, is perfect for opera fans of all ages. Tony® Award winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King) directs a youthful cast conducted by Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine. Sung in English.
Conductor: James Levine; Production: Julie Taymor; Ying Huang, Erika Miklósa, Matthew Polenzani, René Pape, Nathan Gunn
Original transmission date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Laurent Pelly's new production stars Anna Netrebko in the title role, opposite Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Laurent Pelly; Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Paulo Szot, David Pittsinger, Christophe Mortagne, Bradley Garvin
Original transmission date: Saturday, February 16, 2008
Finnish phenomenon Karita Mattila stars as the free-spirited beauty Manon Lescaut in Puccini’s first hit opera. The story of the magnetic attraction between two young lovers is the perfect vehicle for the soprano’s exhilarating charisma, especially when matched by the ardent tenor of Marcello Giordani. Music Director James Levine conducts.
Conductor: James Levine; Karita Mattila, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft, Dale Travis
Original transmission date: Saturday, February 12, 2011
“All of my operas have dealt on deep psychological levels with our American mythology,” says composer John Adams, who conducts the Met premiere of his most famous opera. “The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history.” Acclaimed director and longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work, an exploration of the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon’s 1972 encounter with Communist China. Baritone James Maddalena stars in the title role.
John Adams; Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Russell Braun, James Maddalena, Richard Paul Fink
Explore our special website on John Adams's Nixon in China!
Original transmission date: Monday, September 22, 2008
La Traviata (Act II) – VerdiManon (Act III) – MassenetCapriccio (Final Scene) – Richard Strauss The Opening Night Gala of the 2008–09 season stars Renée Fleming in fully staged performances of the second act of Verdi’s La Traviata, the third act of Massenet’s Manon, and the final scene from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio. Music Director James Levine, Marco Armiliato, and Patrick Summers conduct. Fleming is joined by tenor Ramón Vargas and baritones Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft.
Conductors: James Levine and Marco Armiliato; Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, Thomas Hampson, Dwayne Croft
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 24, 2009
This acclaimed production, directed and choreographed by Mark Morris, with costumes by Isaac Mizrahi, features the artistry of Stephanie Blythe in the male title role. The alluring Danielle de Niese is Orfeo’s adored wife, Euridice, who inspires the hero to face the underworld for her sake. Music Director James Levine conducts.
Conductor: James Levine; Production: Mark Morris; Stephanie Blythe, Danielle de Niese
Original transmission date: Saturday, March 15, 2008
Peter Grimes is under investigation for unthinkable transgressions, yet Benjamin Britten’s probing exploration of the nature of guilt and judgment implicates an entire village. Tony Award®-winner John Doyle directs tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in the complex title role of this engrossing and haunting theatrical journey. The riveting Patricia Racette plays Ellen Orford, the woman who refuses to abandon Grimes.
Conductor: Donald Runnicles; Production: John Doyle; Patricia Racette, Anthony Dean Griffey, Anthony Michaels-Moore
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 6, 2007
The sensational Russian soprano Anna Netrebko takes on the role of the fragile Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani, who goes mad when abandoned at the altar. This has been a supreme role for great singing actresses from Maria Callas to Beverly Sills.
Conductor: Patrick Summers; Production: Sandra Sequi; Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, John Relyea
Original transmission date: Saturday, October 9, 2010
Two unparalleled artists join forces for the first installment of the Met's groundbreaking new Ring: Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage. "The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it's a cosmos," says Lepage, who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world's greatest theatrical journey. Bryn Terfel as Wotan heads the extraordinary cast.
James Levine; Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Bardon, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, Franz-Josef Selig, Hans-Peter König
Original transmission date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth's much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She's joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.
Conductor: Harry Bicket; Production: Stephen Wadsworth; Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Shenyang
Original transmission date: Saturday, December 15, 2007
Gounod’s ultra-sensual interpretation of Shakespeare is an ideal vehicle for star soprano Anna Netrebko and the remarkable tenor Roberto Alagna, both of whom bring their incandescent appeal to the title roles. The irresistible Nathan Gunn is Mercutio and Plácido Domingo presides on the podium. Conductor: Plácido Domingo; Production: Guy Joosten; Anna Netrebko, Isabel Leonard, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn, Robert Lloyd
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 10, 2009
Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna star in this ravishing romance from the world’s most popular opera composer. Gheorghiu plays the kept woman who gambles on true love, and Alagna is the man who makes her question the cost of her glittering existence, in a new production by Nicolas Joël.
Conductor: Marco Armiliato; Production: Nicolas Joël; Angela Gheorghiu, Lisette Oropesa, Roberto Alagna, Marius Brenciu, Samuel Ramey
Original transmission date: Saturday, January 9, 2010
Strauss’s comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna stars Renée Fleming as the aristocratic Marschallin and Susan Graham in the trouser role of her young lover. Edo de Waart conducts a cast that also includes Kristinn Sigmundsson and Thomas Allen.
Conductor: Edo de Waart; Production: Nathaniel Merrill; Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Christine Schäfer, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen, Kristinn Sigmundsson
Original transmission date: Saturday, October 11, 2008
Karita Mattila caused a sensation when she sang Salome at the Met for the first time in 2004. She reprises her stunning interpretation of the part, including her unforgettable Dance of the Seven Veils.
Conductor: Patrick Summers; Production: Jürgen Flimm; Karita Mattila, Ildikó Komlósi, Juha Uusitalo, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser
Original transmission date: Saturday, November 19, 2011
The Met's visually extravagant production returned for its second season. Richard Croft once again is Gandhi in Philip Glass's unforgettable opera, which the Washington Post calls "a profound and beauitful work of theater."
Styagraha features minimal subtitles. Composer Philip Glass used as his text the ancient Sanskrit scripture the Ghagavad Gita, which does not relate to the actual action taking place on stage. Glass did not wish the text to be understood—just to be heard—and to allow the actions on stage to speak for themselves.
Conductor: Dante Anzolini; Production: Phelim McDermott; Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson, Alfred Walker
Original transmission date: Saturday, November 5, 2011
In part three of the Ring, Wagner's cosmic vision focuses on his hero's early conquests while Robert Lepage's revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Jay Hunter Morris sings the title role and Deborah Voigt's Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Robert Lepage; Deborah Voigt, Patricia Bardon, Jay Hunter Morris, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens
Original transmission date: Saturday, February 6, 2010
Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Plácido Domingo makes history singing the title role in Verdi’s gripping political thriller, which is written for a baritone. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, and James Morris are his co-stars in this moving and tragic story of a father and his lost daughter. James Levine conducts.
Conductor: James Levine; Production: Giancarlo del Monaco; Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, Plácido Domingo, James Morris
Original transmission date: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Mary Zimmerman underlines La Sonnambula’s dual elements of sleep and wakefulness in an intriguing staging set in the present. Natalie Dessay, who previously worked with Zimmerman on Lucia di Lammermoor, is reunited for this production with her La Fille du Régiment co-star, Juan Diego Flórez.
Conductor: Evelino Pidò; Production: Mary Zimmerman; Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, Michele Pertusi
Original transmission date: Saturday, December 20, 2008
Renée Fleming stars as the Egyptian courtesan in search of spiritual sustenance. Thomas Hampson is the monk who falls from grace. Massenet’s sensual opera is presented in a new production by John Cox.
Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos; Production: John Cox; Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade
Original transmission date: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Tosca tells the story of three people—a famous opera singer, a free-thinking painter, and a sadistic chief of police—caught in a net of love and politics. Soprano Karita Mattila, recently seen in last season’s Live in HD presentation of Salome, sings the title role for the first time outside her native Finland. Luc Bondy, acclaimed for his imaginative theater and opera productions, directs. The cast also includes Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as Scarpia. Joseph Colaneri conducts.
Conductor: Joseph Colaneri; Production: Luc Bondy; Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, Paul Plishka
Contains brief nudity.
Original transmission date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Natalie Dessay puts on the red dress in Willy Decker's stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dimitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Willy Decker; Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, Dimitri Hvorostovsky
Original transmission date: Saturday, March 22, 2008
Met Music Director and eminent Wagnerian James Levine conducts what may be Wagner’s greatest score. Deborah Voigt, one of the world’s most celebrated dramatic sopranos, sings Isolde in her Met role debut, and American tenor Robert Dean Smith portrays the other half of this archetypal couple on their mystical journey of love, sex, and death. Conductor: James Levine; Production: Dieter Dorn; Deborah Voigt, Michelle DeYoung, Robert Dean Smith, Eike Wilm Schulte, Matti Salminen
This spectacular production by Tony® Award-winning theater luminary Jack O’Brien and a team of leading designers showcases the amazing technical resources of the Met stage as well as a brilliant ensemble cast. Created at Puccini’s peak, the operas present the composer most lyrical and dramatic. The Met’s celebrated Music Director James Levine conducts.
Conductor: James Levine Production: Jack O’Brien; Il Tabarro: Maria Guleghina, Stephanie Blythe, Salvatore Licitra, Juan Pons Suor Angelica: Barbara Frittoli, Heidi Grant Murphy, Stephanie Blythe Gianni Schicchi: Olga Mykytenko, Stephanie Blythe, Massimo Giordano, Alessandro Corbelli
Original transmission date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama premiered in the 2008–09 season. This revival stars four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky—in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.
Marco Armiliato; Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Original transmission date: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Director Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Puccini’s last opera is a favorite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous “Nessun dorma.”
Conductor: Andris Nelsons; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Maria Guleghina, Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey
Original transmission date: Saturday,May 14, 2011
A stellar cast comes together for this second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine. Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods. Deborah Voigt adds the part of Brünnhilde to her extensive Wagnerian repertoire at the Met. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka.
James Levine; Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Hans-Peter König
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