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Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Felice Romani
Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, MaestriMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Anna Netrebko as the beautiful and wealthy Adina leads the cast in Barlett Sher’s production of Donizetti’s charming comedy, first seen on Opening Night of the Met’s 2012–13 season. Matthew Polenzani is Nemorino, the poor but good-hearted country boy who wins her love—with the help of the magic “elixir” sold by the quack Dulcamara, played by Ambrog...
Levine; Battle, Pavarotti, Pons, DaraMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 7 min.
John Copley’s colorful production, with designs by Beni Montresor, was created around the beloved superstar Luciano Pavarotti. As the simple, good-hearted Nemorino, he enchanted audiences with his larger-than-life personality as well as his golden voice. Enzo Dara as the quack Dr. Dulcamara provides the elixir of the title that helps Nemorino win t...
Rescigno; Blegen, Pavarotti, Ellis, BruscantiniMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 11 min.
The incomparable Luciano Pavarotti at his most eloquent brings Donizetti’s Nemorino to live as only he can, combining vocal fireworks, personal charisma, and charm. The enchanting production by Nathaniel Merrill, with designs by Robert O’Hearn, is the perfect setting for Nemorino’s quest to win the heart of beautiful Adina, sung by the sparkling Ju...
Composer: George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Philippe Rameau, André Campra
Librettist: Devised and written by Jeremy Sams, Inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream
Christie; de Niese, DiDonato, Daniels, Domingo, Pisaroni Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 2 min.
A contemporary take on the 17th-century genre of the pastiche, this delightful Baroque fantasy brings together some of the greatest arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and other composers with a new English libretto by Jeremy Sams, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The all-star cast is headed ...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Armiliato; Meade, Giordani, Hvorostovsky, Furlanetto Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Rising Met star Angela Meade is Elvira, the young woman caught between three men: her lover, the nobleman-turned-outlaw Ernani (Marcello Giordani); her guardian, the rich, elderly de Silva, who wants her for himself (Ferruccio Furlanetto); and Don Carlo, the King of Spain, who also desires Elvira (Dmitri Hvorostovsky). Verdi’s early drama is full o...
Levine; Mitchell, Pavarotti, Milnes, RaimondiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 20 min.
Pier Luigi Samaritani’s romantic production beautifully captures the sweep and passion of Verdi’s music. With James Levine’s marvelous conducting, this cast makes a spectacular case for Verdi’s opera. The great Luciano Pavarotti is at his stunning best in the title role as the wronged nobleman turned bandit. A beautiful and heartbreaking Leona Mitc...
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettist: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Konstantin Shilovsky
Gergiev; Fleming, Vargas, Hvorostovsky, AleksashkinMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 51 min.
The pain of unrequited love is portrayed unforgettably by two of today’s greatest stars. Renée Fleming is musically and dramatically radiant as the shy Tatiana, who falls in love with the worldly Onegin, played with devastating charisma by Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Their mesmerizing vocalism and chemistry explode in one of opera’s most heartbreaking f...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Levine; Freni, Horne, Plishka, Pola, BonneyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 8 min.
All the humor of Boito’s libretto (taken from Shakespeare) is superbly brought to life by a cast of great singing actors in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production. Paul Plishka is the lecherous, aging, fat knight Falstaff. Marilyn Horne’s delicious Dame Quickly gets the best of him, with some help from Mirella Freni (Alice Ford) and Susan Graham (M...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco
Luisotti; Voigt, Giordani, GalloMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Puccini’s musical vision of the American West is vividly brought to life in Giancarlo Del Monaco’s atmospheric production. Deborah Voigt is Minnie, the girl of the title and owner of a bar in a Californian mining camp. Marcello Giordani sings Dick Johnson, the bandit-turned-lover hunted by the cynical sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo), who wants Min...
Composer: Charles Gounod
Librettist: Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Nézet-Séguin; Poplavskaya, Kaufmann, Braun, PapeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 10 min.
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann is riveting as the title character of Gounod’s popular opera, seen in this Live in HD presentation of Des McAnuff’s thrilling 2011 production that places the mythical and timeless story in an early 20th-century setting. René Pape as Méphistophélès is menacing and elegant in equal measure, and Marina Poplavskaya delivers a seari...
Composer: Umberto Giordano
Librettist: Arturo Colautti
Abbado; Freni, Domingo, Croft, Arteta, ThibaudetMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 51 min.
Giordano’s rarely performed opera is brought to life by a superb cast and the idiomatic, passionate conducting of Roberto Abbado. The beloved Mirella Freni is seen in a brilliant star turn as Fedora Romazov, the Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer (Count Loris) only to commit suicide when he denounces her. Sensational Plác...
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Librettist: Joseph von Sonnleithner
Levine; Mattila, Heppner, Struckmann, PapeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 3 min.
Jürgen Flimm’s haunting production of Beethoven’s only opera brings the work’s desperate plea for freedom and justice into the modern era, reminding us just how powerful and urgent its story is. Under James Levine’s passionate leadership, Beethoven’s score blazes, as does the superb cast. Karita Mattila is Leonore, the faithful wife who disguises h...
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