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Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
Librettist: Giuseppe Bardari, based on the play by Friedrich Schiller
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, RoseMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 41 min.
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: Richard Wagner
Librettist: Richard Wagner
Levine; Mattila, Heppner, Polenzani, Morris, Allen, PapeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 51 min.
Wagner’s enchanting Nürnberg has perhaps never looked as marvelous as in this production by Otto Schenk, with sets designed by Günther Schneider-Siemssen. James Levine’s conducting is as authoritative as it is affectionate, and the orchestra, the chorus, and the all-star cast which could not be equaled anywhere else in the world—respond with a rive...
Composer: John Adams
Librettist: Alice Goodman
Adams; Kim, Kelly, Brubaker, Braun, MaddalenaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 56 min.
John Adams’s groundbreaking work vividly brings to life President Nixon’s 1972 visit to communist China. Peter Sellars’s Met production, based on his 1987 world-premiere staging, features choreography by Mark Morris and stars James Maddalena as Nixon, Robert Brubaker as Chairman Mao, Janis Kelly as First Lady Pat Nixon, Russell Braun as Chinese Pre...
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: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
Levine; Fleming, Bartoli, Mentzer, Croft, TerfelMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 3 min.
The Met assembled a vocal dream team for Jonathan Miller’s stylish production of the eternal Mozart masterpiece: Renée Fleming as the Countess, Cecilia Bartoli as Susanna, and Bryn Terfel as Figaro. With James Levine—one of the world’s great conductors of Mozart—in the pit, Bartoli interpolating two rarely heard alternate arias, and Dwayne Croft as...
Levine; Vaness, Battle, von Stade, Allen, RaimondiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 12 min.
From the "James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met" DVD box set.
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s landmark production of Mozart’s most human comedy provides the perfect setting for this superb cast under James Levine’s ebullient leadership. The philandering and arrogant Count Almaviva (Thomas Allen) is no match for his wily servant Figaro (Ruggero Raim...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, Jules Massenet, Richard Strauss
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave, Henri Meilhac, Philippe Gille and Clemens Krauss
Levine, Armiliato, Summers; Fleming, Vargas, HampsonMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
There are few occasions to match the excitement and glamour and of an Opening Night at the Met. This spectacular gala showcased the extraordinary soprano Renée Fleming in three different, equally dazzling roles, each costumed by a different designer. The famous productions by Franco Zeffirelli (Verdi’s La Traviata, Act II, conducted by James Levine...
Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Librettist: Ranieri de' Calzabigi
Levine; de Niese, Murphy, BlytheMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 39 min.
Director and choreographer Mark Morris’s production of Gluck’s masterpiece updates the immortal story from its ancient Greek roots to the timeless present, where, he says, “the union of chorus and dancers feels inevitable and inseparable.” With costumes by Isaac Mizrahi and a set designed by Allen Moyer, this production surrounds the action with th...
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: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Levine; Fleming, Domingo, MorrisMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Verdi’s monumental score is fully the equal of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy—and both demand great actors. This is one performance where both playwright and composer are well served. Plácido Domingo’s Otello is one of the glories of the operatic world, beautifully sung and so commandingly acted that audiences are devastated by the end. Renée Fleming...
Levine; Cruz-Romo, Domingo, MilnesMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 29 min.
In an Opening Night performance for the history books, the great Plácido Domingo sings the title role of Verdi’s Otello for the first time at the Met. This supremely demanding part was to become his signature role, an accomplishment against which other interpreters are still measured to this day. Domingo stars opposite Sherrill Milnes’s conniving I...
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 ...
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