MET OPERA LIVE IN HD
Once again the Met has produced a spectacular Live in HD season of the world's greatest opera, coming live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Operas span a wide range of styles and include some great new Met productions in what promises to be an extraordinary season.
18:00, Saturday 30 April 2016
Director Patrice Chéreau didn’t live to see his great Elektra production make it to the stage of the Met, but his vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme’s magnificent portrayal of Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth. This intense and startling work unites the commanding impact of Greek tragedy with the unsettling insights of early-20th-century Freudian psychology.
18:00, Thursday 05 May 2016
Soprano Kristine Opolais takes the title role in Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production, which has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. The title character of Madama Butterfly - a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage - is one of the defining roles in opera. The lyrical beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless. Tenor Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.