Met Opera 2010: Winter Highlights

WINTER HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LAST RECORD BREAKING SEASON OF THE MET OPERA

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Giacomo Puccini's

TURANDOT

Sat June 26 at 11:30am Sun June 27 at 1:00pm (Check local directory for possible extra weekday screening)

Director Franco Zeffirelli's breathtaking production of Puccini's last opera is a favourite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can't solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Càlaf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous 'Nessun dorma.'

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Guiseppe Verdi's

AIDA

Sat July 17 at 11:30am Sun July 18 at 1:00pm (Check local directory for possible extra weekday screening)

Set in ancient Egypt, Aida is both a heart-breaking love story and an epic drama full of spectacular crowd scenes. A cast of powerful voices and a grand production bring the story to life on the Met stage (and on the HD screen). Violeta Urmana stars in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess, with Dolora Zajick as he rival. Johan Botha plays Radamés, commander of the Egyptian army, and Daniele Gatti conducts. Among the score's highlights is the celebrated Triumphal March.

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Jacques Offenbach's

THE TALES OF HOFFMAN

Sat August 7 at 11:30am Sun August 8 at 1:00pm (Check local directory for possible extra weekday screening)

Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directs this new production, returning after the triumph of his Met Barber of Seville (seen live in HD in the 2006-07 season). Offenbach's fictionalised take on the life and loves of the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffman is a fascinating psychological journey. Met Music Director James Levine conducts Joseph Calleja in the tour-de-force title role. Anna Netrebko is the tragic Antonia and Alan Held sings the demonic four villains.

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Richard Strauss'

DER ROSENKAVALIER

Sat August 28 at 11:30am Sun August 29 at 1:00pm (Check local directory for possible extra weekday screening)

Strauss' comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna stars Renée Fleming as the aristocratic Marschallin and Susan Graham in the trouser role of her young lover. Music Director James Levine conducts a cast that also includes Kristinn Sigmundsson and Thomas Allen.

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Georges Bizet's

CARMEN

Sat September 11 at 11:30am Sun September 12 at 1:00pm (Check local directory for possible extra weekday screening)

One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen, is about "sex, violence, and racism - and its corollary: freedom," says Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre (and director of films such as Notes on a Scandal) about his new production of Bizet's drama. "It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It's sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking." Elina Garanča plays the seductive gypsy of the title in her role debut, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don José.

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Guiseppe Verdi's

SIMON BOCCANEGRA

Sat October 2 at 11:30am Sun October 3 at 1:00pm (Check local directory for possible extra weekday screening)

Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Plàcido Domingo makes history singing the title role in Verdi's gripping political thriller, which is written for a baritone. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, and James Morris are his co-stars in this moving and tragic story of a father and his lost daughter. James Levine conducts.

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