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From its opening in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world’s leading opera companies. Today, the Met continues to present high-quality performances with many of the world’s most renowned artists, a superior company of orchestral and choral musicians, a large repertory of works, and the resources to make performances available to the public. Each season the Metropolitan stages more than 200 opera performances in New York which more than 800,000 people attend. Millions more, throughout the world, experience the Metropolitan Opera on television, through cinemacasts, radio, on tour and recordings.

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 ...

Wagner’s Siegfried

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.

Puccini’s Tosca

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 ...

Verdi’s Falstaff

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 ...

Verdi’s Rigoletto

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.

Double Bill: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta & Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle

February 9, 2019

Mariusz Treliński’s haunting production of the pairing of Tchaikovsky’s and Bartók’s one-act operas makes its first return to the stage since its Met premiere in the 2014–15 season.

Bizet’s Carmen

February 2, 2019

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Louis Langrée conducts.

Nico Muhly’s Marnie

January 26, 2019

Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities.

Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande

January 19, 2019

Debussy’s only opera, a mesmerizing meditation on love and betrayal, returns to the Met stage for the first time in almost a decade, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the landmark score.

Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur

January 12, 2019

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion.

Verdi’s Otello

January 5, 2019

Conducting sensation Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut leading Verdi’s towering Shakespearean masterpiece, in the first revival of Bartlett Sher’s gripping 2015 production.

The Magic Flute, by Mozart

December 29, 2018

Ben Bliss (Tamino), Erin Morley (Pamina), Nathan Gunn (Papageno), and Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night) headline this live performance of Julie Taymor's production of The Magic Flute. Harry Bicket conducts.

La Fanciulla del West, by Puccini

December 22, 2018

Eva-Maria Westbroek stars as Minnie in this performance of Puccini’s romantic opera set in the days of the California Gold Rush. Tenor Jonas Kaufmann  plays her love interest, Dick Johnson, baritone Željko Lučić is the sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

La Traviata, by Verdi

December 15, 2018

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this performance of the Verdi favorite starring soprano Diana Damrau, tenor Juan Diego Flórez, and baritone Quinn Kelsey.

Il trittico (Puccini)

December 8, 2018

This performance of Il trittico features some of opera’s leading voices performing in three one-act Puccini operas (Trittico is Italian for triptych). The program features tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner in Il tabarro; soprano Kristine Opalais sings the titular character in Suor Angelica, and Plácido Domingo leads as the title role in Gianni Schicchi. Bertrand de Billy conducts.