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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

Pietro Mascagni’s

Cavalleria Rusticana

and

Ruggero Leoncavallo’s

Pagliacci

NEW PRODUCTION

Screening from July 4, 2015

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.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
CAST: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, Željko Lučić

PAGLIACCI
CAST: Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, Lucas Meachem

CONDUCTOR: Fabio Luisi
PRODUCTION: David McVicar
Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: LA DONNA DEL LAGO – Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini’s

La Donna del Lago

NEW PRODUCTION

Screening from June 13, 2015

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.

CONDUCTOR: Michele Mariotti
CAST: Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn, Oren Gradus
PRODUCTION: Paul Curran
Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: IOLANTA & DUKE BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE

Peter Tchaikovsky’s

Iolanta

and

Bela Bartók’s

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

NEW PRODUCTION

Screening from May 2, 2015

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.

IOLANTA
CAST: Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Alexey Markov, Elchin Azizov, Alexei Tanovitski

DUKE BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE
CAST: Nadja Michael, Mikhail Petrenko

CONDUCTOR: Valery Gergiev
PRODUCTION: Mariusz Treliński
Approximate running time: 3 hours 39 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: LES CONTES D’HOFFMAN – Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach’s

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

Screening from April 11, 2015

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.

CONDUCTOR: Yves Abel
PRODUCTION: Bartlett Sher
CAST: Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Vittorio Grigolo, Thomas Hampson
Approximate running time: 3 hours 46 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: THE MERRY WIDOW – Lehar

Franz Lehár’s

The Merry Widow

NEW PRODUCTION

Screening from March 14, 2015

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.

CONDUCTOR: Andrew Davis
PRODUCTION: Susan Stroman
CAST: Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Alek Shrader, Thomas Allen
Approximate running time: 2 hours 57 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG – Wagner

Richard Wagner’s

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Screening from February 21, 2015

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back 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.

CONDUCTOR: James Levine
PRODUCTION: Otto Schenk
CAST: Annette Dasch, Karen Cargill, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, Johan Reuter, Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Hans-Peter König, Martin Gantner, Matthew Rose
Approximate running time: 6 hours incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: CARMEN – Bizet

Georges Bizet’s

Carmen

Screening from December 6, 2014

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.

CONDUCTOR: Pablo Heras-Casado
PRODUCTION: Richard Eyre
CAST:Anita Hartig, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Ildar Abdrazakov
Approximate running time: 3 hours 38 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO – Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

NEW PRODUCTION

Screening from November 22, 2014

,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.

CONDUCTOR: James Levine
PRODUCTION: Richard Eyre
CAST: Marina Poplavskaya, Marlis Petersen, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei, Ildar Abdrazakov
Approximate running time: 3 hours 52 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: MACBETH – Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi’s

Macbeth

Screening from November 1, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Fabio Luisi
PRODUCTION: Adrian Noble
CAST: Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić, René Pape
Approximate running time: 3 hours 13 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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.

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Met Opera Winter Encores 2014 – Romeo et Juliette

Charles Gounod’s

Roméo and Juliette

Screening from October 11, 2014

The world’s most famous love story comes to operatic life with superstars Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna as the star-crossed young couple. Their performances brought audiences to their feet in both the opera house and in movie theaters. Gounod’s ultra-sensual interpretation of Shakespeare also features Nathan Gunn as Mercutio and Plácido Domingo on the podium.

Originally screened in the 2010-2011 season

Running time: 3 hours 2 minutes including intermission

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