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Mozart's Così fan tutte

April 26 at 1pm - Tickets
May 7 at 6:30pm - Tickets

Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.

 

This Saturday’s live transmission of the Met’s production of Mozart’s comic masterpiece Così fan tutte, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine, and described by The New York Times as “glowing, crisp, and buoyant,” will offer viewers around the world exclusive backstage content and behind-the-scenes interviews with the stars and conductor.
 
Hosted live by soprano Renée Fleming, the opera’s intermission features will include:
 
* Live backstage interviews with the charismatic stars of Così fan tutte, including Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard, who play the lovelorn sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov, who play their unfaithful fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Danielle de Niese and Maurizio Muraro, who play the scheming roles of Despina and Don Alfonso.

* Met General Manager Peter Gelb interviews James Levine, who looks back on his historic return to conducting after paralysis and surgery.
 
* A performance preview of the May 10 final HD of the season, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, starring Joyce DiDonato as Cinderella.
 
* An interview with Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Susan Stroman about her plans for next season’s new production of The Merry Widow.

*Subject to change

 

 

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Rossini's La Cenerentola

May 17 at 1pm - Tickets
May 21 at 6:30pm - Tickets

A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in La Cenerentola—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.


 

 

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    2014 Summer Encore Series

 

 

Wednesdays at 7pm

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Verdi's

RIGOLETTO  

June 22, 2014 (Sunday 1pm)

 


 

 

Puccini's

LA RONDINE

June 25, 2014

 


 

 

Verdi's

OTELLO

July 9, 2014

 


 

 

THE ENCHANTED ISLAND

July 16, 2014

 


 

 

Gounod's

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE

July 23, 2014

 


 

 

Puccini's

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

July 30, 2014

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

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Verdi's

Macbeth


October 12, 2014 at 12:55pm

 

Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

 

 


 

     NEW PRODUCTION!

 

Mozart's

Le Nozze di Figaro

 

 

October 18, 2014 at 12:55pm

 

(The Marriage of Figaro)

Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in a 19th-century manor house in Seville, but during the gilded age of the late 1920s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Marina Poplavskaya as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Bizet's

Carmen

 

November 8, 2014 at 12:55pm

 

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.

 

 

 


 

            NEW PRODUCTION!

 

Adams'

The Death of Klinghoffer

 

November 15, 2014  at 12:55pm

 

Composer John Adams’s meditative opus about the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship has its highly anticipated Metropolitan Opera premiere. The Death of Klinghoffer—considered by many to be Adams’s greatest opera—overwhelmed audiences when it premiered just a few years after the tragic incident. Featuring breathtaking choral passages and inventive video projections, the dreamlike production of director Tom Morris (War Horse) balances the opera’s poetic libretto and intense dramatic narrative. Tony Award winner Paulo Szot stars in the leading role and David Robertson conducts.

 


 

 

 

Wagner's

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

 

December 17, 2014 at 6:30pm

 

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedyback at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.

 


 

 

    NEW PRODUCTION!

 

Lehár's

The Merry Widow

 

January 18, 2015 at 12:55pm

 

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.

 


 

 

 

 

Offenbach's

Les Contes d'Hoffman

 

February 1, 2015 at 12:55pm

 

(The Tales of Hoffmann)

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.

 


 

 

     NEW PRODUCTION!

 

Tchaikovsky's            Bartók's

IOLANTA          Duke Bluebeard's Castle

 

February 21, 2015 at 12:30pm

 

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

 


 

 

  

 

Rossini's

La Donna del Lago

 

March 21, 2015 at 12:55pm

 

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.

 


 

 

Mascagni's                                Leoncavallo's

Cavalleria Rusticana    Pagliacci

 

April 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm

 

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

 


 

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