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Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Cesare Sterbini
Benini; DiDonato, Flórez, Mattei, Del Carlo, RelyeaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 45 min.
Audiences went wild for Bartlett Sher’s dynamic production, which found fresh and surprising ways to bring Rossini’s effervescent comedy closer to them than ever before. The stellar cast leapt to the challenge with irresistible energy and bravura vocalism. Juan Diego Flórez is Count Almaviva, who fires off showstopping coloratura as he woos Joyce ...
Composer: Bedřich Smetana
Librettist: Karel Sabina
Levine; Stratas, Gedda, Vickers, TalvelaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
Every bit of the spontaneous charm that infuses Smetana’s colorful opera is conveyed in this English-language performance by a spectacular cast. Teresa Stratas as Mařenka is determined to marry her lover Jenik (Nicolai Gedda), but her father in under obligation to Micha and wants her to marry Micha’s son—the stuttering, rather foolish Vašek (Jon Vi...
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, based on the short novel "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville
Bedford; Langridge, Croft, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 38 min.
John Dexter’s brilliant production of Britten’s searing opera stars Dwayne Croft in the title role of the handsome young sailor whose kindness and innocence cause his downfall. The great James Morris is Claggart, master-at-arms on the 18th-century warship Indomitable, who falsely accuses Billy of inciting a mutiny. Philip Langridge sings Captain Ve...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Levine; Scotto, Niska, Pavarotti, WixellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Puccini’s heartbreaking story of young love in the garrets of Belle Epoque Paris has attracted many famous singers through the years. But with James Levine at the helm and the starry duo of Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto as Rodolfo and Mimi, every bit of emotion in the score pours across the footlights and seduces the audience. In this case, t...
Luisotti; Gheorghiu, Arteta, Vargas, TézierMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 16 min.
Puccini’s evergreen paean to young love and the bohemian life has captivated generations of Met-goers through Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production. Movie theater audiences for the high-definition transmission of this staging got to see it with fresh eyes in a touching performance starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas as the frail seamstress a...
Levine; Stratas, Scotto, Carreras, StilwellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 4 min.
Franco Zeffirelli’s sensational production of Puccini’s haunting opera of young love is one of the great classics in the history of the Met. Many great singers have appeared in it over the years, but there is something especially endearing about this magical first cast: the touching and fragile Teresa Stratas as the dying Mimi, and young, handsome ...
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Librettist: Modest Mussorgsky
Gergiev; Semenchuk, Antonenko, Balashov, Nikitin, Pape, Petrenko, OgnovenkoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 23 min.
Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Mussorgsky’s epic masterpiece brilliantly captures the suffering and ambition of the Russian people at a critical time in their nation’s history. René Pape is riveting as the Tsar of the title, giving a commanding and charismatic performance of one of the greatest bass roles in the repertoire—his Boris is dominatin...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss
Davis; Fleming, Connolly, Kaiser, Larsen, Braun, Rose Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 28 min.
Renée Fleming is Countess Madeleine, the beautiful, enigmatic woman at the center of Strauss’s sophisticated “Conversation Piece for Music.” She is being courted by two men: Joseph Kaiser sings the composer, Flamand, and Russell Braun is Olivier, the poet. The stellar cast also includes Peter Rose as the theater director La Roche, Sarah Connolly as...
Composer: Georges Bizet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Nézet-Séguin; Frittoli, Garanča, Alagna, Tahu RhodesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 46 min.
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...
Levine; Gheorghiu, Meier, Domingo, LeiferkusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 34 min.
The great singing actress Waltraud Meier stars as Carmen in Franco Zeffirelli’s sumptuous production of Bizet’s colorful opera. A beautiful gypsy driven by passion and love of freedom, she draws the soldier Don José, portrayed by the legendary Plácido Domingo, into a web of love and jealousy that will seal her fate. Angela Gheorghiu is Micaëla, the...
Composer: Pietro Mascagni & Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Librettist: Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti, Guido Menasci and Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Levine; Troyanos, Domingo, Shinall, Stratas, MilnesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 31 min.
This video captures a real rarity: one of the very few times the brilliant Plácido Domingo performed both of the great tenors roles during the same evening at the Met. Domingo singing either Turiddu (in Cavalleria) or Canio (in Pagliacci) would be remarkable, but to get both in the same incandescent performance is to see history. With James Levine’...
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Jacopo Ferretti
Benini; Garanča, Brownlee, Corbelli, AlberghiniMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 43 min.
If ever a composer was born to set the enchanting fairy tale of Cinderella to sparkling music it was Rossini. His much put upon heroine Angelina (Elīna Garanča) has to cope not only with nasty stepsisters, but also an over-the-top, farcical father, Don Magnifico (Alessandro Corbelli). And in this version the Prince (Lawrence Brownlee) and his valet...
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