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Composer: George Frideric Handel
Librettist: Nicola Francesco Haym
Handel; Dessay, Bardon, Daniels, Coote, Dumaux Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 5 min.
David McVicar’s inventive hit production of Handel’s most popular opera sets the story of Caesar’s conquest of Egypt—and of its queen, Cleopatra—in the era of British 19th-century imperialism while also including elements of Baroque theater and Bollywood movies. David Daniels in the title role and Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra lead the cast. Christop...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Luisi; Voigt, Morris, König, Meier, Paterson, HarmerMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 45 min.
Robert Lepage’s landmark staging of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, unveiled over the course of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, was the first new Met production of the complete cycle in more than 20 years. Combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional storytelling, it brings Wagner’s vision into the 21st century. The four-part epiccomes...
Levine; Behrens, Jerusalem, Raffell, SalminenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 35 min.
The stupendous climax to Wagner’s four-part Ring cycle is brilliantly realized by the Otto Schenk/Günther Schneider-Siemssen production and byJames Levine’s monumental conducting. The Met orchestra, chorus, and an all-star cast make this Götterdämmerung one that truly rises to the occasion. Hildegard Behrens’s Brünnhilde must be experienced to be b...
Composer: Ambroise Thomas
Librettist: Michel Carré and Jules Barbier
Langrée; Petersen, Larmore, Keenlyside, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 49 min.
After over a century out of the Met’s repertoire, audiences were thrilled to discover just what a sensational evening in the theater Thomas’s Hamlet can be. Simon Keenlyside’s riveting performance as the tortured Prince of Denmark in Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s starkly brooding production had critics raving that Keenlyside’s superb singing, ...
Composer: Engelbert Humperdinck
Librettist: Adelheid Wette
Jurowski; Coote, Schäfer, Plowright, Held, LangridgeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 0 min.
This deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, was part of the Met’s popular English-language holiday series. Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer star as the famous siblings lost in the woods, who battle the ravenous Witch—a zany portrayal by tenor Philip Langridge—while the Met orchestra, un...
Fulton; von Stade, Blegen, Kraft, Devlin, EliasMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 42 min.
Director Nathaniel Merrill and designer Robert O’Hearn work operatic magic in this brilliant production of Humperdinck’s cherished favorite. What Christmas is complete without this sumptuous musical retelling of the classic fairy tale, replete with guardian angels, a sandman, dew fairy, and, of course, a witch and her enticing gingerbread house. Th...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Giambattista Varesco
Levine; Pavarotti, Behrens, von Stade, CotrubasMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 1 min.
Mozart’s once-rare opera has become a favorite at the Met, thanks to James Levine’s loving conducting of the score and this stunning production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. In fact, this telecast follows the Met’s premiere of the opera by only a few weeks, fully capturing the excitement of the audience as it discovered not only a masterpiece, but also ...
Levine; Troyanos, Domingo, Price, Horne, MilnesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 10 min.
These highlights from three now-legendary concerts feature an impressive lineup of Met stars in selections from Handel to Puccini: Tatiana Troyanos and Plácido Domingo; Leontyne Price and Marilyn Horne; and Plácido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes. The program includes repertoire they never sang at the Met as well as excerpts from roles that helped defi...
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist: Nicolas-François Guillard, based on the play by Guymond de la Touche (based on Euripides)
Summers; Graham, Domingo, Groves, HawkinsMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 55 min.
Gluck’s gripping adaptation of the ancient Greek myth is vividly brought to life by a stellar cast in Stephen Wadsworth’s atmospheric production. Plácido Domingo is Oreste, driven by the Furies to atone for killing his mother Clytemnestre. When he and his companion Pylade (Paul Groves) are shipwrecked on the island of Tauride, the king Thoas (Gordo...
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Angelo Anelli
Levine; Horne, Montarsolo, Ahlstedt, MonkMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 36 min.
The great Marilyn Horne stars in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s charming production of Rossini’s opera. Isabella (Horne) has been shipwrecked while trying to find her lost lover, Lindoro (Douglas Ahlstedt) who, it turns out, has been captured by Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers (Paolo Montarsolo). Isabella has conveniently been cast ashore near the palace of Mu...
Levine; Marton, Rysanek, Hofmann, Roar, MacurdyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 43 min.
Wagner’s Romantic opera demands singing actors who can truly inhabit their parts, and that’s just what we have here. Is it possible for a Knight of the Holy Grail to look more enticing than Peter Hofmann? No wonder Elsa (Eva Marton) falls in love at first sight. Marton’s heroine is innocent, but she is also a passionate, real-life young woman—which...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Temistocle Solera
Levine; Flanigan, Pavarotti, Beccaria, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
James Levine’s love for this seldom-heard score infuses every measure of Verdi’s music. Superstar Luciano Pavarotti heads the cast as the Muslim warrior prince Oronte who converts to Christianity out of love for the Italian Giselda (Lauren Flanigan)—before dying of the wounds he received in battling the Crusaders. Samuel Ramey is the Crusader-turne...
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