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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Luisi; Monastyrska, Borodina, Alagna, Gagnidze, KocánMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
The Met’s spectacular production of Verdi’s Egyptian epic captures both the grandeur and the intimacy of this powerful tale of love and politics. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Aida, the Ethiopian princess-turned-slave in love with the Egyptian warrior Radamès, sung by Roberto Alagna. Olga Borodina is her rival, Amneris, daughter of the Pharao, and George...
Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Giuseppe Bardari, based on the play by Friedrich Schiller
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, RoseMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Joyce DiDonato gives a sensational performance as Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto drama, opposite Elza van den Heever as Queen Elizabeth. This Live in HD presentation of David McVicar’s acclaimed 2012 production also stars Matthew Polenzani as Leicester, the man caught between the rival queens. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Composer: Georges Bizet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Nézet-Séguin; Frittoli, Garanča, Alagna, Tahu RhodesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Richard Eyre’s stunning new production of Bizet’s opera was the talk of the town when it was unveiled on New Year’s Eve 2009. Elīna Garanča leads the cast as the iconic gypsy of the title—a woman desired by every man but determined to remain true to herself. Roberto Alagna is Don José, the soldier who falls under her spell and sacrifices everything...
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Librettist: Konstantin Shilovsky and the composer, based on the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin
Gergiev; Netrebko, Beczala, Kwiecien, TanovitskiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 53 min.
Deborah Warner’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s tragic romance, directed by Fiona Shaw, opened the Met’s 2013–14 season. Anna Netrebko stars as Tatiana, the young woman whose impulsive declaration of love is coolly rejected by Mariusz Kwiecien’s Onegin—with unexpected consequences years later. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, the friend-turned-rival Onegi...
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Librettist: Dmitri Shostakovich, with Yevgeny Zamyatin, Georgy Ionin, and Alexander Preis
Smelkov; Popov, Lewis, SzotMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 1 min.
Acclaimed artist William Kentridge directed and designed this visually dazzling Met premiere production of Shostakovich’s satirical opera, adapted from the classic short story by Nikolai Gogol. Baritone Paulo Szot leads the cast as Kovalyov, the hapless bureaucrat whose nose has mysteriously gone missing. Alexander Lewis and Andrey Popov co-star, a...
Composer: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Gatti; Dalayman, Kaufmann, Mattei, Nikitin, PapeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 50 min.
The Met assembled an ideal cast for François Girard’s acclaimed new production of Wagner’s final masterpiece. Jonas Kaufmann in the title role of the fool “made wise by compassion” is as convincing vocally as he is haunting dramatically, delivering a thoroughly moving portrayal. René Pape is equally compelling as Gurnemanz, the veteran Knight of th...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Frizza; Racette, Alagna, GagnidzeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Luc Bondy’s dramatic production of Puccini’s operatic thriller stars Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi, the painter whose political ideals lead them both into tragedy. George Gagnidze is Scarpia, the villainous chief of police who wants Tosca for himself. Riccardo Frizza leads ...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Levine; Norman, Battle, Troyanos, King, NentwigMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 11 min.
Jessye Norman is a regal Ariadne, the mythological Greek heroine in this opera-within-an-opera, opposite the passionate Bacchus of the great James King. Kathleen Battle delivers the coloratura fireworks of Zerbinetta, the leader of a commedia dell’arte troupe that finds itself stranded on Ariadne’s island. Tatiana Troyanos and Franz Ferdinand Nentw...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
Levine; Vaness, Hadley, Mentzer, Croft, Bartoli, AllenMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 11 min.
Mozart’s sophisticated opera about two men seeing just how faithful their fiancées are has seldom been so marvelously done. Leslie Koenig’s production, designed by Michael Yeargan, is as witty and charming as the music, conducted by James Levine. Carol Vaness and Susanne Mentzer are the two sisters being tested by their fiancées, Jerry Hadley and D...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Temistocle Solera
Levine; Guleghina, White, Hughes Jones, Pons, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Verdi’s thrilling early opera is ideally served by the masterful conducting of Music Director James Levine and Elijah Moshinsky’s powerful production. Juan Pons in the title role of the Babylonian King leads the cast of this biblical drama, opposite Maria Guleghina as the ambitious Abigaille and Samuel Ramey as the noble high priest of Jerusalem, Z...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Levine; Marton, Mitchell, Domingo, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 12 min.
Franco Zeffirelli’s sumptuous production of Puccini’s final opera has been a Met favorite ever since its 1987 premiere run, captured in this telecast. James Levine brings out all the color and drama of the composer’s most ambitious score, leading a stellar cast: Plácido Domingo is Calàf, the unknown prince, Eva Marton sings the title role of the ic...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Somma
Schippers; Stella, Hurley, Madeira, Peerce, MerrillMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 0 min.
Thomas Schippers leads a cast of exceptional Verdians, headed by Antonietta Stella as Amelia and Jan Peerce as Riccardo—the married woman and the king whose forbidden love leads to tragedy. Robert Merrill is Renato, Amelia’s husband and Riccardo’s best friend and advisor, who gets drawn into the plot to kill the king. Jean Madeira is the fortune te...
Composer: Charles Gounod
Benini; Swenson, Vargas, Yun, AbdrazakovMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 31 min.
Gounod’s supremely romantic adaptation of Goethe’s play stars Ramón Vargas in the title role of the aging scientist who enters into a bargain with the devil to relive his youth. Ruth Ann Swenson is the innocent Marguerite, the object of Faust’s affection, and Ildar Abdrazakov sings Méphistophélès. Yung Yun and Karine Deshayes co-star as Valentin, M...
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Librettist: Sergei Prokofiev
Gergiev; Galouzine, Guryakova, Aleksashkin, Diadkova, GassievMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 55 min.
Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts Prokofiev’s rarely performed 1916 opera, based on the short novel by Dostoevsky. Vladimir Galouzine heads the all-Russian cast as Alexei, tutor to the family of the General (Sergei Alexashkin) and in love with the General’s ward, Polina (Olga Guryakova). Larissa Diadkova sings Grammy, Polina’s rich grandmothe...
Leinsdorf; Nilsson, Dalis, Thomas, TozziMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 24 min.
This broadcast captures legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson at the height of her artistry in what was arguably her greatest role—Wagner’s Isolde. She is joined by Jess Thomas, who gives a heroic performance as Tristan. The stellar cast also includes Giorgio Tozzi as King Marke, the man Isolde is forced to marry, Irene Dalis as Brangäne, Isolde’s confi...
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