Met Opera 2010-11 Season

OCTOBER 2010 - JUNE 2011



The Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of operas in HD continues for a fifth season and features twelve transmissions.

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About the 2010-2011 season

In the 2009-10 season, more than 1,000 movie theatres in 44 countries screened live performances from the Metropolitan Opera. With about two million people expected to watch one or more Met operas on the big screen this season, Director Peter Gelb’s new initiative is as close to populism as opera can get. (Vanity Fair, May 2010)

As part of its efforts to reinvigorate opera and reach out to a broader public, the Met launched this groundbreaking program in December 2006 – a series of opera performances transmitted in HD to cinemas around the world.

The series continues to enjoy critical acclaim and global box office success.

Screening concurrently with the New York seasons



Wagner’s Das Rheingold

(New Production)

SAT OCTOBER 23 at 11:30am SUN OCTOBER 24 at 1:00pm

Two unparalleled artists join forces to create a groundbreaking new Ring for the Met: Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage. The cycle launches with Das Rheingold, the prologue to Wagner’s epic drama. “The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it’s a cosmos,” says Lepage, who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world’s greatest theatrical journey. Bryn Terfel sings the leading role of Wotan for the first time with the company, heading an extraordinary cast.

Conductor: James Levine; Production: Robert Lepage Bryn Terfel, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe

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Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov

(New Production)

SAT NOVEMER 6 at 11:30am SUN NOVEMBER 7 at 1:00pm

René Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a production by renowned theatre and opera director Peter Stein, in his Met debut. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky’s epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation. “Boris Godunov is a masterpiece,” Stein says. “The challenge is to transmit the enormous emotional depth of the whole thing. Boris is the czar, but he is expressing a problem we all have: the consequences of human actions.”

Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk lead the huge cast.

Conductor: Valery Gergiev; Production: Peter Stein Ekaterina Semenchuck, Aleksandrs Antonenko More information and images

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

SAT NOVEMBER 27 at 11:30am SUN NOVEMBER 28 at 1:00pm

Anna Netrebko revives her sensational turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy, opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo in the title role. Music Director James Levine conducts. When Otto Schenk’s production premiered in 2006, the New York Times called it “brilliant” and “wonderful.”

Conductor: James Levine; Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani

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Verdi’s Don Carlo

(New Production)

SAT JANUARY 8 at 11:30am SUN JANUARY 9 at 1:00pm

Director Nicholas Hytner (current Director of London’s National Theatre) makes his Met debut with this new production of Verdi’s profound, beautiful, and most ambitious opera. Roberto Alagna leads the cast, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, back after his triumphant debut leading Carmen, conducts. “I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera,” Hytner says. “Right through this opera there is, on the one hand, an implacable expression of impending doom and, on the other hand, a succession of the most gloriously open-throated arias, the most fantastically determined music.”

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Production: Nicholas Hytner Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Roberto Alagna

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Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West

SAT JANUARY 29 at 11:30am SUN JANUARY 30 at 1:00pm

Puccini’s wild-west opera had its world premiere in 1910 at the Met. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the “girl of the golden west,” starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, Juha Uusitalo

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Adams' Nixon in China

(New Production)

SAT FEBRUARY 26 at 11:30am SUN FEBRUARY 27 at 1:00pm

In February 1972, Nixon traveled to China for talks with Chinese leaders Chairman Mao Tse-tung and Premier Chau En-lai. Nixon's trip was the first high-level contact between the United States and the People's Republic of China in more than twenty years, and it ushered in a new era of relations between Washington and Beijing. “The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, John Adams, whose groundbreaking opera Nixon in China was inspired by this important moment in diplomatic relations. Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking work.

Conductor: John Adams; Production: Peter Sellars James Maddalena, Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly

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Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride

SAT MARCH 12 at 11:30am SUN MARCH 13 at 1:00pm

Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo reprise their starring roles in Gluck’s nuanced and elegant interpretation of this primal Greek myth. Tenor Paul Groves also returns to Stephen Wadsworth’s insightful production, first seen in 2007. Patrick Summers conducts.

Conductor: Patrick Summers; Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo

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Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

SAT APRIL 2 at 11:30am SUN APRIL 3 at 1:00pm

Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on Opening Night of the 2007–08 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo.

Conductor: Patrick Summers; Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja

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Rossini’s Le Comte Ory

(New Production)

SAT APRIL 30 at 11:30am SUN MAY 1 at 1:00pm

Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Bartlett Sher, director of the Met’s hit productions of The Barber of Seville and The Tales of Hoffmann, describes the world of the opera as, “a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both—with the most beautiful love music Rossini ever wrote.”

Conductor: Maurizio Benini; Production: Bartlett Sher Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez

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Strauss' Capriccio

SAT MAY 14 at 11:30am SUN MAY 15 at 1:00pm

On Opening Night of the 2008–09 season, Renée Fleming dazzled audiences when she sang the final scene of Strauss’s wise and worldly meditation on art and life. Now she performs the entire work, in which the composer explores the essence of opera itself. Matthew Polenzani and Sarah Connolly also star, and Andrew Davis conducts.

Conductor: Andrew Davis; Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser

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Verdi's Il Trovatore

SAT JUNE 4 at 11:30am SUN JUNE 5 at 1:00pm

David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama premiered in the 2008–09 season. James Levine leads this revival, starring four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky— in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.

Conductor: James Levine; Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez

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Wagner's Die Walküre

(New Production)

SAT JUNE 25 at 11:30am SUN JUNE 26 at 1:00pm

A stellar cast comes together for this second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine. Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods. Deborah Voigt adds the part of Brünnhilde to her extensive Wagnerian repertoire at the Met. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka.

Conductor: James Levine; Production: Robert Lepage Deborah Voigt, Eva-Marie Westbroeck, Stephanie Blythe, Bryn Terfel

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Note: All operas are subtitled in English. Casting for the 2010-11 season is subject to change due to unforseen circumstances.