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 12 December 2015
An ideal opportunity for audiences of all ages to celebrate the festive season, Julie Taymor's breathtaking and popular production of Mozart's masterpiece The Magic Flute takes the stage in its abridged English-language version with Nathan Gunn as the irrepressible bird-catcher Papageno. With whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry, The Magic Flute is an enchanting experience for opera lovers from around the world. Maestro James Levine brings fresh life to Mozart’s timeless fairy tale supported by a winning ensemble cast. This Live in HD production of The Magic Flute is broadcast as a special holiday encore presentation.
18:00, Saturday 16 January 2016
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 - tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien. 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.
18:00, Saturday 30 January 2016
Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, featuring an astounding score and innovative use of chorus and orchestra that is bursting with instantly appealing melody. Nina Stemme takes the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.
18:00, Saturday 05 March 2016
The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story; the opera which confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. 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 while Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.
18:00, Saturday 02 April 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.
18:00, Saturday 16 April 2016
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, 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, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.
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.