Opening Night in Photos!

  • Three thousand opera lovers watched the performance on Lincoln Center Plaza.
    Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

    Met Music Director James Levine conducted Luc Bondy's new production of Puccini's Tosca to kick off the company's 2009–10 season on Monday, September 21. Karita Mattila starred in the title role opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi, with George Gagnidze as Scarpia.

    Continuing the new tradition of broadcasting Opening Night for free to open-air audiences, the Met beamed the gala—including live pre-performance and intermission interviews, hosted by soprano Patricia Racette—to giant screens in Times Square and on Lincoln Center Plaza, drawing several thousand spectators. Personalities from stage and screen turned out for the performance to walk the red carpet.

  • Karita Mattila and Marcelo Álvarez starred in Puccini’s operatic thriller.
    Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
  • George Gagnidze and Karita Mattila in a scene from Act II
    Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
  • Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze (in the background), and Karita Mattila
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  • Karita Mattila and Marcelo Álvarez
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  • Celebrities attended the Met’s season opener, including Renée Fleming (at left), who is interviewed here by transmission host and fellow soprano Patricia Racette.
    Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera
  • Martha Stewart
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  • Opera legend Licia Albanese (second from right)
    Photo: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera
  • Actress Patricia Clarkson
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  • Billy Joel with Deborah Dampiere
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  • Actor Edward Norton
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  • Actress Joy Bryant
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  • Model Karolina Kurkova
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  • Actress Leelee Sobieski
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  • Designer Diane von Fürstenberg with her husband, Barry Diller
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  • The performance was seen at the opera house…
    Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera
  • …on Lincoln Center Plaza…
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  • …and in Times Square…
    Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
  • …where an additional 2,000 seats had been provided.
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  • Marcelo Álvarez and Karita Mattila on the NASDAQ screen
    Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
  • Transmission host Patricia Racette…
    Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
  • …interviewed set designer Richard Peduzzi.
    Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
  • Met special interviewer Mary Jo Heath spoke to Luc Bondy, director of the new production…
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  • …as well as Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero.
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  • At curtain call, from left to right: Keith Miller,Joel Sorensen, James Courtney, George Gagnidze, Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, Paul Plishka, David Pittsinger
    Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
  • Met Music Director James Levine (who made his company debut in 1971 with Tosca)
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  • Marcelo Álvarez
    Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
  • Karita Mattila
    Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
  • Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
  • The cast and production team takes a bow on the Met’s front balcony for the plaza audience.
    Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera
  • Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera