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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
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
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...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Georges Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard
Armiliato; Dessay, Palmer, Flórez, CorbelliMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Madcap physical comedy and impeccable coloratura come together for Natalie Dessay’s indelible portrayal of the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers. Juan Diego Flórez is the young Swiss villager who conquers her heart—and a slew of high Cs. Also featuring uproarious performances by Felicity Palmer and Alessandro Corbelli, as well...
Composer: Tan Dun
Librettist: Tan Dun and Ha Jin
Dun; Futral, Domingo, GrovesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 57 min.
The incomparable Plácido Domingo began a new chapter in his legendary Met career when he created the role of Emperor Qin in the world premiere of Tan Dun’s epic opera. Staged by revered film director Zhang Yimou, The First Emperor is both a rich pageant of ancient China and a fascinating study of the ruler who united it. Conducted by the composer,...
Composer: Johann Strauss
Librettist: Karl Haffner and Richard Genée
Tate; Te Kanawa, Blegen, Troyanos, Rendall, Hagegård, DevlinMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 38 min.
“A sumptuous fantasy out of some grand hotel of the Belle Epoch”—this was one critic’s comment when this production of the most Viennese of all operettas opened at the Met. Staged by Vienna’s own Otto Schenk (who also does a star turn as the jailer Frosch), with gorgeous sets and costumes by Günther Schneider-Siemssen and Peter J. Hall, it’s the es...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Price, Giacomini, Nucci, GiaiottiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 59 min.
Verdi painted an immense canvas with this dark but tuneful opera, vividly brought to life in John Dexter’s production, with sets by the great Eugene Berman. The legendary Leontyne Price is seen in one of her greatest roles, Leonora. Price’s soaring voice encompasses every nuance of Leonora’s emotion as she moves from joy through resignation to ulti...
Levine; Sweet, Domingo, Chernov, ScandiuzziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 58 min.
With James Levine at the helm, Verdi’s multi-faceted masterpiece is revealed as a drama of almost Shakespearean proportions. Superstar Plácido Domingo takes on he demanding role of Don Alvaro, the outcast whose noble gesture unwittingly sets the wheels of fate in motion and destroys an entire family. Sharon Sweet is Leonora, the woman he loves, and...
Composer: Riccardo Zandonai
Librettist: Tito Ricordi, based on the play by Gabriele d’Annunzio, inspired by Dante’s Inferno
Armiliato; Westbroek, Giordani, DelavanMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Eva-Maria Westbroek stars in the title role of Zandonai’s sensuous drama, opposite Marcello Giordani as Paolo, in this Live in HD presentation. Piero Faggioni’s lush production provides the perfect setting for one of the all-time great tales of tragic passion, adapted from an episode in Dante’s Inferno. Mark Delavan co-stars as Giovanni, the husban...
Composer: Riccardo Zandonai
Librettist: Gabriele D'Annunzio
Levine; Scotto, Domingo, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 29 min.
This sumptuous production by Piero Faggioni (sets by Ezio Frigerio and costumes by Franca Squarciapino) seduced Met audiences into the enchanting world of Zandonai’s rarely heard opera. His retelling of Dante’s story of the immortal passion of Paolo and Francesca in 13th century Italy is as musically elegant and beautiful as the details of the prod...
Composer: John Corigliano
Librettist: William M Hoffman
Levine; Stratas, Hagegård, Quilico, Clark, Horne, FlemingMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 0 min.
From "James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met" DVD Box Set
What happened to Figaro and his friends after the events told in Rossini’s and Mozart’s operas? One possible sequel is told in John Corigliano’s “grand opera buffa” The Ghosts of Versailles—an uproariously funny and deeply moving work inspired by Beaumarchais’s third Figaro play, La ...
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