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Composer: George Frideric Handel
Librettist: Nicola Francesco Haym
Handel; Dessay, Bardon, Daniels, Coote, Dumaux Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
David McVicar’s inventive hit production of Handel’s most popular opera sets the story of Caesar’s conquest of Egypt—and of its queen, Cleopatra—in the era of British 19th-century imperialism while also including elements of Baroque theater and Bollywood movies. David Daniels in the title role and Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra lead the cast. Christop...
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: Riccardo Zandonai
Librettist: Tito Ricordi, based on the play by Gabriele d’Annunzio, inspired by Dante’s Inferno
Armiliato; Westbroek, Giordani, DelavanMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Eva-Maria Westbroek stars in the title role of Zandonai’s sensuous drama, opposite Marcello Giordani as Paolo, in this Live in HD presentation. Piero Faggioni’s lush production provides the perfect setting for one of the all-time great tales of tragic passion, adapted from an episode in Dante’s Inferno. Mark Delavan co-stars as Giovanni, the husban...
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: Hector Berlioz
Librettist: Libretto by the composer, based on Virgil’s Aeneid
Luisi; Graham, Voigt, Hymel, CroftMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 20 min.
Berlioz’s epic masterpiece retells the magnificent saga of the aftermath of the Trojan War and the exploits of Aeneas. Rising tenor Bryan Hymel, in his Met debut, stars as the hero charged by the gods with the founding of the city of Rome. Susan Graham is Dido, Queen of Carthage, who becomes Aeneas’s lover, and Deborah Voigt sings Cassandra, the Tr...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Nelsons; Guleghina, Poplavskaya, Giordani, RameyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 8 min.
Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Puccini’s final opera stars Maria Guleghina in the title role of the icy Chinese princess, who has all suitors unable to solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani is Calàf, the prince who eventually wins her love. Marina Poplavskaya sings Liù, the slave girl who also loves Calàf, and Samuel Ramey i...
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: 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: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Angelo Anelli
Levine; Horne, Montarsolo, Ahlstedt, MonkMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 36 min.
The great Marilyn Horne stars in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s charming production of Rossini’s opera. Isabella (Horne) has been shipwrecked while trying to find her lost lover, Lindoro (Douglas Ahlstedt) who, it turns out, has been captured by Mustafà, the Bey of Algiers (Paolo Montarsolo). Isabella has conveniently been cast ashore near the palace of Mu...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Levine; Sweet, Domingo, Chernov, PlishkaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 58 min.
James Levine conducts a brilliant cast in this sweeping performance of Verdi’s rarely heard opera, led by Plácido Domingo in the title role of a Protestant minister. Sharon Sweet is his wife, Lina, who has been lured into adultery, leaving Stiffelio caught between his desire for revenge and his religion’s admonition to forgive. This Giancarlo Del M...
Composer: Richard Strauss
Librettist: Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss
Davis; Te Kanawa, Harries, Kuebler, Keenlyside, RooteringMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Kiri Te Kanawa gives an elegant and touching performance in one of her greatest roles, the wealthy and cultured young Countess Madeleine, who must choose between her two artist suitors: the composer Flamand (David Kuebler) and the poet Olivier (Simon Keenlyside). Jan-Hendrik Rootering is La Roche, the temperamental theater director whose troupe ent...
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Librettist: W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman
Reiner; Güden, Thebom, Conley, HarrellMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 20 min.
This historic broadcast captures the U.S. premiere of Stravinsky’s landmark opera. Legendary conductor Fritz Reiner leads an extraordinary cast, headed by Eugene Conley as Tom Rakewell, the young man whose sudden inheritance leads to his downfall and the loss of his beloved, Anne Trulove, sung by the great Hilde Güden. Mack Harrell is Nick Shadow, ...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave, after the play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas
Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Pirgu, DomingoMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Diana Damrau is heartbreaking as Verdi’s most beloved heroine, the courtesan Violetta who gives up her lavish life for the sake of true love—only to be forced to renounce the one person she cares about. Legendary tenor Plácido Domingo takes on the baritone role of Giorgio Germont, the father of Violetta’s lover, Alfredo, sung by Saimir Pirgu. Risin...
Composer: Alban Berg
Librettist: Alban Berg, adapted from the play by Georg Büchner
Levine; Dalayman, Clark, Forbis, HeldMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 1 hrs. 34 min.
Berg’s gripping score is masterfully brought to life by Music Director James Levine, a longtime champion of this groundbreaking opera. Alan Held gives a wrenching performance as the hapless soldier of the title, whose mind finally snaps under the relentless brutality of his life. Katarina Dalayman is his common-law wife, Marie, who can’t resist the...
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