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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave and Arrigo Boito
Mitropoulos; Milanov, Bergonzi, Guarrera, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 15 min.
Most politicians have things in their past they hope will never come to light. But the Doge of Genoa, Simon Boccanegra (Frank Guarrera) has a deep personal secret. After the woman he loved died, their illegitimate daughter disappeared. Twenty-five years later, he finds Amelia (legendary Verdi soprano Zinka Milanov)—only to realize she’s in love wit...
Levine; Pieczonka, Giordani, Domingo, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 17 min.
More than 15 years after first thrilling Met audiences with his portrayal of the fiery revolutionary Gabriele Adorno, Plácido Domingo—in an unprecedented artistic tour-de-force—returned to Verdi’s masterpiece, taking on the baritone title role. It’s one of the composer’s richest characters, demanding extraordinary emotional intensity. Audiences hai...
Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
Librettist: Felice Romani
Bonynge; Sutherland, Alexander, GiaiottiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 59 min.
The great Joan Sutherland is Amina, the innocent orphan who sleepwalks her way into scandal. She brings her legendary coloratura skills and sumptuous high notes to Bellini’s bel canto showcase, capping the performance with a sensational final scene in which Amina is reunited with her fiancé Elvino, sung by John Alexander. Bonaldo Giaiotti is the my...
Varviso; Sutherland, Gedda, FlagelloMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
The basic plot of Bellini’s tale of an innocent Swiss girl whose sleepwalking lands her in the middle of a scandal may be difficult to believe. But spectacular singers like Joan Sutherland and Nicolai Gedda sweep away plot concerns with their stylish, impassioned portrayals. Even the most hard-hearted curmudgeon would melt for Joan Sutherland as th...
Composer: Carlisle Floyd
Librettist: Carlisle Floyd
Conlon; Fleming, Hadley, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 39 min.
Renée Fleming stars in the title role of Carlisle Floyd’s powerful opera, the story of a beautiful Tennessee girl who innocently incites the lust of her church Elders, leading to her denouncement as a sinner. Samuel Ramey is the Reverend Olin Blitch, whose concern for Susannah turns into desire, and Jerry Hadley sings Susannah’s brother, Sam, who t...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Szell; Vinay, Harshaw, Varnay, London, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 53 min.
In Wagner’s groundbreaking early masterpiece, the splendid Ramón Vinay sings Tannhäuser, the man and artist torn between love of the sensual and the innocent kind, embodied by the sensational Astrid Varnay as Venus and the radiant Margaret Harshaw as the saintly Elisabeth. George Szell leads a superb cast that also includes George London’s Wolfram ...
Solti; Rysanek, Dalis, Hopf, Prey, HinesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 59 min.
Two major stars made their Met debuts in this sensational performance: conductor Georg Solti and baritone Hermann Prey. Solti brings out all the theatricality and drama of Wagner’s colorful score, leading a top-notch cast. Prey is Wolfram, the kind and sympathetic man who loves the virtuous Elisabeth (an impassioned Leonie Rysanek). But she is in l...
Levine; Norman, Randová, Cassilly, Hagegärd, RooteringMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 15 min.
Wagner’s immortal tale of a man torn between sensual desire and pure, innocent love has always been a specialty of James Levine. Under his direction, the music sweeps passionately one moment and explores the most delicate intimacy the next. The orchestra and chorus provide the full range of color and expression. Jessye Norman gives a sensational pe...
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Louis Gallet
Pritchard; Sills, Gibbs, MilnesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 9 min.
Take one ascetic monk named Athanaël and one ravishingly beautiful courtesan named Thaïs, add Massenet’s sensual, melodious music, with equal dashes of eroticism and religious fervor—and you have a powerful opera that is at once a celebration of the sacred and the profane, of flesh and soul. This rarity had not been heard at the Met for almost 40 y...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica
Luisi; Racette, Kaufmann, TerfelMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 0 min.
Three of today’s great singing actors—Patricia Racette, Jonas Kaufmann, and Bryn Terfel—take on the leading roles in Puccini’s thrilling opera that blends love, politics, and raw passion into an extraordinary theatrical masterpiece. Innocently caught between her lover, the freethinking painter Cavaradossi (Kaufmann), and Baron Scarpia, Rome’s evil ...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Franck; Racette, Álvarez, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
American diva Patricia Racette gives an impassioned performance as the title heroine of Puccini’s drama, the celebrated singer Floria Tosca. Marcelo Álvarez is her lover, the painter Cavaradossi, whose political convictions get him into trouble with Baron Scarpia, Rome’s evil chief of police, sung by the great James Morris. But Scarpia also wants T...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on Victorien Sardou's play La Tosca
Armiliato; Radvanovsky, Álvarez, StruckmannMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 56 min.
Perhaps the most thrilling of Puccini’s operas, Tosca takes place almost in real time, over the course of a few hours from the afternoon of one day to the early morning of the next. The story is set in a specific moment in Italian history in June 1800, with the Napoleonic wars as its background. Floria Tosca (Sondra Radvanovsky), Rome’s most celebr...
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