Met Opera: Spring Highlights

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Spring highlights from the recent critically acclaimed seasons

August 2011 – October 2011

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Giacomo Puccini’s

Madama Butterfly

Saturday August 13 Sunday August 14

Academy Award-winning film director Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed production of Puccini’s classic opera stars Patricia Racette in the title role. Marcello Giordani is her lover, the callous Pinkerton, and Dwayne Croft sings the role of Sharpless.  Patrick Summers conducts.

Conductor: Patrick Summers; Production: Anthony Minghella Featuring: Patricia Racette, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft Running time: 3 hours 30 minutes including 2 intermissions

DOWNLOAD THE CAST SHEET Giacomo Puccini’s

Tosca

Saturday September 3 Sunday September 4

Karita Mattila lives for art and love as the passionate title character of Puccini’s opera. Luc Bondy’s production co-stars Marcelo Álvarez as the painter and revolutionary Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as the corrupt villain Scarpia. Joseph Colaneri conducts.

Conductor: Joseph Colaneri; Production: Luc Bondy Featuring: Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze Running time: 3 hours 25 minutes including 2 intermissions

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Don Pasquale

Saturday September 17 Sunday September 18

Soprano Anna Netrebko is Norina, the irresistible and clever romantic heroine of Donizetti’s comic opera, who conspires with Dr. Malatesta (Mariusz Kwiecien) to teach a middle-aged miser (John Del Carlo) an unforgettable lesson about love and marriage. Matthew Polenzani sings the role of Ernesto, Norina’s love, and James Levine conducts one of his first-ever performances of this opera.

Conductor: James Levine; Production: Otto Schenk Featuring: Anna Netrebko, Mariuz Kwiecien, John Del Carlo, Matthew Polenzani Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes including 2 intermissions DOWNLOAD CAST SHEET Guiseppe Verdi’s

Don Carlo

Saturday October 1 Sunday October 2

Tony Award-winning director Nicholas Hytner made his Met debut with this new production of Verdi’s monumental grand opera. Roberto Alagna is the conflicted title character, joined by an exceptional cast that includes Marina Poplavskaya as Elisabeth de Valois, Anna Smirnova as Princess Eboli, Simon Keenlyside as Rodrigo, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as King Philip II. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Production: Nicholas Hytner Featuring: Roberto Alagna, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto Running time: 4 hours 55 minutes including two intermissions DOWNLOAD CAST SHEET IMAGE GALLERIES

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

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TOSCA

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DON PASQUALE

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DON CARLO

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