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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Levine; Scotto, Vickers, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 23 min.
Jon Vickers was one of the most magnetic singing actors of the 20th century and Otello one of his greatest roles. He understood how to combine Shakespeare’s rich characterization and Verdi’s dramatic music to create an overwhelming figure, one whose death left audiences deeply shaken. Vickers is perfectly partnered by James Levine’s conducting and ...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Meier, Jerusalem, Weikl, Mazura, MollMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 24 min.
James Levine’s conducting of Wagner’s last opera was once described as “a model of concentrated rapture.” The Met’s orchestra and chorus—to say nothing of the all-star cast—are certainly spellbinding in this performance, in Otto Schenk’s atmospheric production (with sets by Günther Schneider-Siemssen). Siegfried Jerusalem is Parsifal, the wise fool...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Felice Romani, Luigi Illica, Giuseppe Giacosa, Antonio Ghislanzoni
Levine; Swenson, Pavarotti, de Candia, Nucci, Dessì, Arteta, Croft, Guleghina, Zajick, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Celebrating a great artist is always a gala occasion, but when the honoree is the legendary Luciano Pavarotti, the event is one to treasure. To pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of Pavarotti’s Met debut, the company featured him in fully staged excerpts of three operas: Act II of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Act III of Puccini’s La Bohème (the o...
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Montagu Slater
Runnicles; Racette, Griffey, Michaels-MooreMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 48 min.
Anthony Dean Griffey creates a haunting portrait of the outcast fisherman who struggles under the burden of presumed guilt. This chilling production by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle also features the superb Patricia Racette as the sympathetic Ellen Orford and the Met chorus in a truly hair-raising performance as the oppressively judgmenta...
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Carlo Pepoli
Summers; Netrebko, Cutler, Vassallo, RelyeaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 35 min.
Soprano Anna Netrebko took New York by storm when she performed the role of the fragile Puritan maiden Elvira. Her daring take on the heroine’s famous mad scene earned her rapturous standing ovations from sold-out houses night after night. Overflowing with ravishing arias and ensembles, this bel canto gem also stars Eric Cutler as Elvira’s love A...
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettist: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Gergiev; Gorchakova, Söderström, Domingo, Hvorostovsky, PutilinMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 51 min.
Elijah Moshinsky’s atmospheric production, designed by Mark Thompson, sets the stage for this gripping performance of Tchaikovsky’s passionate setting of Pushkin’s classic novel. Valery Gergiev’s idiomatic and authoritative conducting inspires a superb cast, headed by Plácido Domingo (Ghermann), breathtaking in his portrayal of a man unraveling tow...
Levine; Terfel, Croft, Owens, BlytheMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 53 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. In this first part of t...
Levine; Ludwig, Jerusalem, Morris, WlaschihaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 40 min.
From the gorgeous scene deep in the river Rhine that opens the opera, up to the magic Rainbow Bridge that appears at the end, leading to a glistening Valhalla, Otto Schenk’s production captures the scenic world of Wagner’s Ring as brilliantly as James Levine and the Met orchestra capture the musical world. The cast is incomporable: an astounding J...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Eda-Pierre, Jones, Pavarotti, Quilico, BerberianMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 5 min.
Luciano Pavarotti is the elegant, reckless Duke of Mantua whose betrayal of the innocent Gilda (Christiane Eda-Pierre) leads to a tragic ending. Louis Quilico plays Rigoletto, the court jester and Gilda’s father, who has dedicated his life to keeping his daughter away from the Duke—only to have her sacrifice her own life for the villainous nobleman...
Levine; Cotrubas, Jones, Domingo, MacNeil, DíazMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 4 min.
John Dexter’s riveting production, designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch, captures the dark passions of Verdi’s ever popular opera. Cornell MacNeil, in the role of his sensational Met debut, is the tortured hunchback jester, desperate to protect his daughter, Gilda, from the lascivious Duke of Mantua. Ileana Cotrubas is at her most affecting as the innoce...
Composer: Kurt Weill
Librettist: Bertolt Brecht
Levine; Stratas, Varnay, Cassilly, MacNeilMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 27 min.
John Dexter’s brilliant production, James Levine’s masterful conducting of the eclectic score, and a sensational cast come together to make this Kurt Weill–Bertolt Brecht masterpiece a riveting evening of music theater. At the center of the action is Jimmy Mahoney (Richard Cassilly), a logger who stumbles onto the city of Mahagonny, where (almost) ...
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Librettist: Nicola Haym
Bicket; Fleming, Blythe, Scholl, Kaiser, Shenyang Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 17 min.
Renée Fleming stars in the title role of one of Handel’s greatest dramas, seen in Stephen Wadsworth’s 2004 Met premiere production. Rodelinda is faced with an impossible dilemma: With her husband Bertarido believed dead, she either has to marry the despised Grimoaldo (the elegant Joseph Kaiser), who has usurped her husband’s throne, or see him murd...
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