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Cosi fan tutte

In cinemas 15 October 2016

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s barbed romance Così fan tutte, a comic masterpiece about the romantic complications that ensue when a pair of friends decide to test their fiancée’s fidelity. Lesley Koenig’s sleek production features a cast filled with rising Met stars, including Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid Despina. Maurizio Muraro is the cynical Don Alfonso.


La Bohème

In cinemas 17 September 2016

In one of the most dramatic saves in Live in HD history, soprano Kristine Opolais sang the role of Mimi with only a few hours notice in Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Featuring a cast of hundreds, a glorious onstage snow scene, and a detailed reconstruction of the Latin Quarter in Paris, La Bohème also stars Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the passionate poet Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as the flirtatious Musetta, and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello. Stefano Ranzani conducts.

Tosca

In cinemas 27 August 2016

Puccini’s enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, features acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy’s production. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini’s sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and political intrigue.

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.