Verdi's Macbeth  

Verdi’s Il Trovatore

October 3, 2015 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 10 minutes
Encore Presentation: October 7, 2015 at 6:30pm EST

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.



 
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Verdi’s Otello

October 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 30 minutes
Encore Presentation: October 21, 2015 at 6:30pm EST

Verdi’s masterful Otellomatches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.


 
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Wagner’s Tannhäuser

October 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm EST
Expected Running time: 4 hrs 30 minutes
Encore Presentation: November 4, 2015 at 6:30pm EST

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.

 

 
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Berg’s Lulu

November 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm EST
Expected Running time: 4 hrs 30 minutes
Encore Presentation: December 2, 2015 at 6:30pm EST

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. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. 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.


 
  Bizet's Carmen  

The Magic Flute Special Encore

December 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 2 hrs

The groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series to movie theaters in 2006, The Magic Flute enchanted opera lovers from around the world with the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version. Under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a winning ensemble cast – including Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa, and René Pape – brings fresh life to Mozart's timeless fairy tale.


 
  Bizet's Carmen  

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)

January 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 2 hrs 55 minutes
Encore Presentation: January 20, 2016 at 6:30pm EST

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.

 
  Bizet's Carmen  

Puccini’s Turandot

January 30, 2016 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 35 minutes
Encore Presentation: February 3, 2015 at 6:30pm EST


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.

 
  Bizet's Carmen  

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

March 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 35 minutes
Encore Presentation: March 9, 2016 at 6:30pm EST

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann 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 Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.

 
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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

April 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 40 minutes
Encore Presentation : April 6, 2016 at 6:30pm EST

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.

 
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Donizetti's Roberto Devereux

April 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 20 minutes
Encore Presentation: April 20, 2016 at 6:30pm EST

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, directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.

 
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Strauss's Elektra

April 30, 2016 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 30 minutes
Encore Presentation: May 4, 2016 at 6:30pm EST

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektraproduction, 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.