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Elektra

Strauss’ Elektra

Screening from August 6, 2016

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NEW PRODUCTION!    The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducts.

Composer: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Production: Patrice Chéreau
Cast: Nina Stemme, Waltraud Meier, Adrianne Pieczonka, Eric Owens

Sung in German with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 2 hours 10 minutes inc. intermission

Roberto Devereux

Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux

Screening from July 2, 2016

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MET PREMIERE!   Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.

Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Production: David McVicar
Cast: Sondra Radvanovsky, Matthew Polenzani, Elīna Garanča, Mariusz Kwiecien

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes inc. intermission

Madama Butterfly

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Screening from June 4, 2016

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Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

Conductor: Karel Mark Chichon
Production: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 40 minutes inc. intermission.

Manon Lescaut

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

Screening from April 30, 2016

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NEW PRODUCTION!    The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Roberto Alagna (in his first-ever performances of des Grieux!) join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Alagna is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Production: Richard Eyre
Cast: Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes inc. intermission

Turandot

Puccini’s Turandot

Screening from April 2, 2016

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Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Cast: Nina Stemme, Marco Berti

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 35 minutes inc. intermission

Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)

Screening from March 5, 2016

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NEW PRODUCTION!    Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.

Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Production: Penny Woolcock
Cast: Diana Damrau, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien

Sung in French with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 2 hours 55 minutes inc. intermission


Lulu

Alban Berg’s Lulu

Screening from February 6. 2016

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NEW PRODUCTION!    Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.

Production: William Kentridge
Cast: Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna, Johan Reuter

Sung in German with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 4 hours 30 minutes inc. intermission.

Tannhäuser

Wagner’s Tannhäuser

Screening from from December 5, 2015

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James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.

Conductor: James Levine
Production: Otto Schenk
Cast: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Johan Botha, Peter Mattei

Sung in German with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 35 minutes inc. intermission

Otello

Verdi’s Otello

Screening from November 14, 2015

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NEW PRODUCTION! Verdi’s masterful Otello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production: Bartlett Sher
Cast: Sonya Yoncheva, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Željko Lučić

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes inc. intermission


Il Trovatore

Verdi’s Il Trovatore

Screening from October 24, 2015

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Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Production: David McVicar
Cast: Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Sung in Italian with Met subtitles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 10 minutes inc. intermission