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Verdi’s La traviata
January 18, 2020
Aleksandra Kurzak (Violetta), Dmytro Popov (Alfredo), and Quinn Kelsey (Germont) star in this performance of Verdi’s ardent, dramatic opera. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
January 11, 2020
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei making his highly anticipated role debut as the title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate.
Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier
January 4, 2020
Star soprano Camilla Nylund is the worldly Marschallin, with the outstanding mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená as her exuberant young lover, Octavian. Bass Günther Groissböck reprises his definitive take on the lascivious Baron Ochs, and rising soprano Golda Schultz sings the innocent Sophie. Description via Metropolitan Opera
Mozart’s Magic Flute
December 28, 2019
This performance of Mozart’s beloved opera stars David Portillo (Tamino), Ying Fang (Pamina), Joshua Hopkins (Papageno), and Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night), and is conducted by Lothar Koenigs.
December 21, 2019
Željko Lučić and Anna Netrebko star as opera’s most conniving, fearsome couple in this performance of Verdi’s Macbeth led by conductor Marco Armiliato.
Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades
December 14, 2019
Vasily Petrenko leads this performance of Tchaikovsky’s thrilling opera, which stars Lise Davidsen (Lisa), Larissa Diadkova (Countess), and Yusif Eyvazov (Hermann).
Philip Glass’s Akhnaten
December 7, 2019
Karen Kamensek conducts countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role, with Disella Laursdottir (Queen Tye) and J’Nai Bridges (Nefertiti), and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, in a performance of Glass’s Akhnaten.
Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites
May 11, 2019
Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche, and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress. Program description courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.
May 4, 2019
In what should be a highlight of the season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko sings the role of Radamès for the Met’s monumental production. Description courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera, edited for clarity.
April 27, 2019
Wagner’s epic cycle concludes with acts of betrayal, murder, vengeance, and, finally, the destruction of the world. Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, whose heroic self-sacrifice paves the way for humankind’s redemption and rebirth. Andreas Schager plays the hero Siegfried, and Eric Owens is Hagen. Philippe Jordan conducts. Please note that this broadcast will begin on Saturday at 11:00 am. In collaboration ...
Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito
April 20, 2019
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings Sesto at the Met for the first time, and tenor Matthew Polenzani adds yet another role to his extensive Mozartean repertoire as Tito. Mozart’s opera of vengeance and forgiveness, set during the Roman Empire, also stars Elza van den Heever as Vitellia, with Ying Fang, Emily D’Angelo, and Christian Van Horn completing the principal cast. Lothar ...
April 13, 2019
Orphaned at birth, Siegfried learns his true identity and fulfills his destiny to become Brünnhilde’s savior and lover. Tenor Stefan Vinke sings the heroic title character. Christine Goerke sings Brünnhilde, and Michael Volle sings the role of the enigmatic Wanderer. Philippe Jordan conducts. Description courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.
April 6, 2019
Rising star Jennifer Rowley is the title role of the volatile diva at the heart of Puccini’s operatic thriller. Joseph Calleja brings his stylish tenor to the role of Cavaradossi, and Wolfgang Koch takes the role of the nefarious police chief Scarpia. Carlo Rizzi conducts Sir David McVicar’s resplendent production. Description courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.
Wagner’s Die Walküre
March 30, 2019
In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts. In collaboration with Ex Machina Description ...
Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah
March 23, 2019
When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in ...
March 16, 2019
Baritone Ambrogio Maestri brings his larger-than-life portrayal of the title role back for the first time since his Met role debut in the 2013–14 season. Robert Carsen’s insightful production—which moves the action to postwar England in the 1950s—features an exceptional cast that includes soprano Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford and soprano Golda Schultz as Nannetta. A co-production of the Metropolitan ...
Wagner’s Das Rheingold
March 9, 2019
Wagner’s visionary initial installment of the Ring Cycle depicts the original sin of the theft of the sacred golden treasure, the vanity of the gods, the greed of the Nibelungen, the fratricide of the giants, and the building of Valhalla. Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley sings the role of Wotan, the conflicted lord of the gods. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sings her first ...
Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment
March 2, 2019
Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. And in an exciting piece ...
February 23, 2019
Verdi’s tragic jester returns in Michael Mayer’s neon-bedecked, Las Vegas–themed production. Baritone Roberto Frontali plays the title role, and soprano Nadine Sierra reprises her portrayal of Gilda, the role that helped launch her now-blossoming Met career. Tenors Vittorio Grigolo sings the role of the lascivious Duke, and Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
February 16, 2019
Baritone Peter Mattei and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni star as opera’s most notorious seducer in Mozart’s masterpiece of dark comedy. Cornelius Meister makes his Met debut conducting performances that feature sopranos Rachel Willis-Sørensen as Donna Anna, sopranos Federica Lombardi as Donna Elvira, and basses Ildar Abdrazakov as Leporello.