Archive for the ‘Met Opera’ Category

Mar. 22 2015

05/09/15 – The Rake’s Progress – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky Libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman Approximate running time 3 hrs. 10 min. James Levine revisits one of his favorite 20th-century classics: Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, with its wondrous neo-classical score, back on the Met stage for the first time in 12 years. Paul Appleby adds another leading role […]

Mar. 22 2015

05/02/15 – Un Ballo in Maschera – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Antonio Somma Approximate running time 3 hrs. 20 min. Tenor Piotr Beczala sings King Gustavo for the first time at the Met in his very first collaboration with Music Director James Levine. Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky reprise their acclaimed interpretations in the revival of David […]

Mar. 22 2015

04/25/15 – Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni Libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci Pagliacci music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo Libretto by Alexander Preys and the composer Approximate running time 3 hrs. 5 min. Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar (Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Il Trovatore), who sets […]

Mar. 22 2015

04/18/15 – Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk by Dmitri Shostakovich Libretto by Alexander Preys and the composer Approximate running time 3 hrs. 15 min. Shostakovich’s towering tragedy of adultery and murder stars the commanding dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the heroine who suffers the vicissitudes of her treachery. Brandon Jovanovich is her co-conspirator and lover, and James Conlon conducts. […]

Mar. 22 2015

04/11/15 – Don Carlo – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle Approximate running time 4 hrs. 35 min. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s ambitious score with a stand-out cast in Nicholas Hytner’s handsome production. Yonghoon Lee sings the title role, with Barbara Frittoli, Ekaterina Gubanova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, James Morris, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, reprising […]

Mar. 22 2015

04/04/15 – Ernani – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Hernani by Victor Hugo. Approximate running time 3 hrs. 25 min. James Levine and Plácido Domingo reunite for Levine’s first Met Ernani since 1983 and Domingo’s first-ever performances of the baritone role of Don Carlo. Francesco Meli stars in the title role, and Angela […]

Mar. 08 2015

03/28/15 – Lucia di Lammermoor – 1:00pm

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Metropolitan Opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor. Approximate running time 3 hrs. 30 min. New coloratura talent Albina Shagimuratova sings bel canto’s unhinged bride, delivering opera’s most thrilling mad scene. Joseph Calleja is her tragic lover. Mary Zimmerman’s production evokes the moors and […]

Mar. 07 2015

03/21/15 – Manon – 1pm

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Metropolitan Opera Manon by Jules Massenet  Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost Approximate running time 3 hrs. 55 min. The vocally high-flying soprano Diana Damrau sings her first Met performances of Massenet’s beguiling heroine, opposite the ardent tenor Vittorio Grigolo, in […]

Mar. 07 2015

03/14/15 – La Donna del Lago – 1:00pm

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Metropolitan Opera La Donna del Lago by Gioachino Rossini Libretto by Andrea Leone Tottola Approximate running time 3 hrs. 5 min. Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king […]

Mar. 03 2015

03/07/015 – Carmen – 1:00pm

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Metropolitan Opera Carmen by Georges Bizet Libretto by  Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée Approximate running time 3 hrs. 20 min. Richard Eyre’s stunning production returns with its original star, Elina Garanca, who plays the title role of the ill-fated temptress. Jonas Kaufmann and Yonghoon Lee play Carmen’s desperate […]

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