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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: 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: George Frideric Handel
Librettist: Nicola Francesco Haym
Handel; Dessay, Bardon, Daniels, Coote, Dumaux Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 5 min.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Luisi; Monastyrska, Borodina, Alagna, Gagnidze, KocánMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 52 min.
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: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Somma
Luisi; Radvanovsky, Kim, Blythe, Álvarez, HvorostovskyMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
David Alden’s elegant 2012 production moves Verdi’s thrilling drama to a timeless setting inspired by film noir. Marcelo Álvarez is Gustavo III, the Swedish king in love with Amelia (Sondra Radvanovsky), the wife of his best friend and counselor, Count Anckarström (Dmitri Hvorostovsky). When Anckarström joins a conspiracy to murder the king, traged...
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Libretto by Caterino Mazzolà, after Pietro Metastasio
Bicket; Frittoli, Garanča, Lindsey, FilianotiMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 35 min.
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s dramatic production brings ancient Rome to life for this gripping tale of revenge, terror, and attempted murder. Giuseppe Filianoti is the Emperor Tito who chooses Servilia (Lucy Crowe) to be his Empress. But when she tells him she is already in love with Annio (Kate Lindsey) he decides to wed Vitellia (Barbara Frittoli) inst...
Composer: Thomas Adès
Librettist: Libretto by Meredith Oakes, after the play by William Shakespeare
Adès; Luna, Leonard, Oke, Shrader, KeenlysideMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Met premiere of his powerful opera based on Shakespeare’s last play, in Robert Lepage’s brilliantly inventive production. Simon Keenlyside is the magician Prospero, who conjures the storm that shipwrecks his enemies and sets in motion the course of events. Rising Met stars Isabel Leonard and Alek Shrader are the yo...
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