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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francseco Maria Piave
Mariotti; Damrau, Volkova, Beczala, Lučić, KocánMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 32 min.
Michael Mayer’s acclaimed production, first seen in the 2012–13 season, sets the action of Verdi’s masterpiece in 1960 Las Vegas—a neon-lit world ruled by money and ruthless, powerful men. Piotr Beczala is the Duke, a popular entertainer and casino owner who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Željko Lučić sings Rigoletto, his sidekick and c...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Libretto by Caterino Mazzolà, after Pietro Metastasio
Bicket; Frittoli, Garanča, Lindsey, FilianotiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 35 min.
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s dramatic production brings ancient Rome to life for this gripping tale of revenge, terror, and attempted murder. Giuseppe Filianoti is the Emperor Tito who chooses Servilia (Lucy Crowe) to be his Empress. But when she tells him she is already in love with Annio (Kate Lindsey) he decides to wed Vitellia (Barbara Frittoli) inst...
Composer: Thomas Adès
Librettist: Libretto by Meredith Oakes, after the play by William Shakespeare
Adès; Luna, Leonard, Oke, Shrader, KeenlysideMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Met premiere of his powerful opera based on Shakespeare’s last play, in Robert Lepage’s brilliantly inventive production. Simon Keenlyside is the magician Prospero, who conjures the storm that shipwrecks his enemies and sets in motion the course of events. Rising Met stars Isabel Leonard and Alek Shrader are the yo...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito, based on the play by William Shakespeare
Bychkov; Fleming, Botha, StruckmannMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 46 min.
In Verdi’s retelling of Shakespeare’s towering tragedy, Renée Fleming gives a captivating performance as the innocent Desdemona, a role long considered one of her calling cards. Johan Botha as the title hero delivers an imposing portrayal of a proud warrior brought down by jealousy, and Falk Struckmann is thrilling as the villainous Iago. James Mor...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Felice Romani
Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, MaestriMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
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...
Composer: A Bob Eisenhardt Susan Froemke Film
Lepage, Voigt, Hunter Morris, Gelb, Levine, Luisi, The Metropolitan Opera
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 53 min.
The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, the world’s greatest singers, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s Ring cycle. An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera’s most monumental work, the film chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner’s dream of a perfect Ring.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Luisi; Dessay, Polenzani, HvorostovskyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 16 min.
Willy Decker’s stunning production of Verdi’s unforgettable drama stars the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay as Violetta. Exhausted by her restless life as a courtesan, Violetta knows she will die soon. But then she meets the young and idealistic Alfredo (Matthew Polenzani), who offers her true love—with tragic consequences. Dmitri Hvorostov...
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille
Luisi; Netrebko, Beczala, Szot, PittsingerMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 53 min.
Star soprano Anna Netrebko scored a triumph in Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed 2012 production, singing the title heroine for the first time at the Met. Manon’s story—from innocent country girl to celebrated courtesan to destitute prisoner—is one of the great tragic tales in literature and music, and this performance brings out all of its colors, as seen...
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...
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...
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: 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...
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