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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo da Ponte
Levine; Majeski, Petersen, Leonard, Mattei, AbdrazakovMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 18 min.
Richard Eyre’s elegant production, which opened the Met’s 2014–15 season, sets the action of Mozart’s timeless social comedy in a manor house in 1930s Seville. Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast as the resourceful Figaro set on outwitting his master, the philandering Count Almaviva, played by Peter Mattei. Marlis Petersen sings Susanna, the object of ...
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Librettist: Jacopo Ferretti
Luisi; DiDonato, Flórez, Corbelli, SpagnoliMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 52 min.
Rossini’s charming take on the Cinderella story features a brilliant cast, led by bel canto stars Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Juan Diego Flórez as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli delivers a comic tour de force as Don Magnifico, Cinderella’s stepfather. Pietro Spagnoli is Dandini, the Prince’s valet, who, disguised as his master, p...
Levine; Phillips, Leonard, de Niese, Polenzani, Pogossov, MuraroMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 3 hrs. 22 min.
Met Music director James Levine conducts a cast of youthful stars in Mozart’s sophisticated comedy about testing the ties of love. Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, who are led to believe their fiancés have gone off to war. Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are Ferrando and Guglielmo, the lovers who r...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Ranzani; Opolais, Phillips, Grigolo, Cavalletti, GradusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 21 min.
A new generation of rising stars shines in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of Puccini’s most popular opera. Vittorio Grigolo is the poor poet Rodolfo who falls head over heels for his neighbor, the seamstress Mimì, sung by the radiant Kristine Opolais. Susanna Phillips is the flirtatious Musetta, Massimo Cavaletti is her sweetheart Marcello,...
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann
Altinoglu; Oropesa, Koch, Kaufmann, Bizic Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Children's Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 22 min.
Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann brings aching intensity and vocal charisma to the tortured title hero of Massenet’s Goethe adaptation. Sophie Koch, in her Met debut, is an appealing and elegant Charlotte, the object of Werther’s passionate affection that will lead to tragedy. Lisette Oropesa as Sophie, David Bižić as Albert, and Jonathan Summers as Le Ba...
Composer: Alexander Borodin
Librettist: Alexander Borodin, after a scenario by Vladimir Stasov
Noseda; Dyka, Rachvelishvili, Semishkur, Abdrazakov, Petrenko, Kocán Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Dmitri Tcherniakov’s acclaimed new production of Borodin’s Russian epic—the opera’s first Met staging in nearly a century—stars Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role of the tormented prince who leads his army against the Polovtsians. The stellar all-Russian-language cast also includes Oksana Dyka as his wife, Yaroslavna, Anita Rachvelishvili as Koncha...
Composer: Antonín Dvorák
Librettist: Jaroslav Kvapil
Nézet-Séguin; Fleming, Magee, Zajick, Beczala, RelyeaMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Otto Schenk’s storybook production perfectly captures the fairy-tale world of Dvořák’s supremely romantic opera. Star soprano Renée Fleming, in one of her most acclaimed portrayals, takes on the title role of the water nymph who longs to be human, opposite Piotr Beczala as the Prince, the object of her affection. John Relyea is the Water Gnome, Dol...
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Arrigo Boito
Levine; Meade, Oropesa, Blythe, Vassallo, MaestriMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Music Director James Levine conducts his first new Met production after a two-year absence: Robert Carsen’s hit staging of Verdi’s great human comedy. Ambrogio Maestri is an ideal Falstaff, leading an extraordinary ensemble cast of veteran and up-and-coming Met stars, including Angela Meade (Alice), Stephanie Blythe (Mistress Quickly), Franco Vasal...
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Librettist: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Frizza; Racette, Alagna, GagnidzeMetropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 19 min.
Luc Bondy’s dramatic production of Puccini’s operatic thriller stars Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi, the painter whose political ideals lead them both into tragedy. George Gagnidze is Scarpia, the villainous chief of police who wants Tosca for himself. Riccardo Frizza leads ...
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
Bicket; 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...
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