Opera 2011-2012  

Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore

October 13, 2012, 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 185 minutes
Encore Presentation: November 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore kicks off the series and will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM ET / 9:55 AM PT in select movie theaters. Become enchanted by Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani as they star in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, taking on the roles of the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.

 
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Verdi’s Otello

October 27, 2012, 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 210 minutes
Encore Presentation: November 15, 2012, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Verdi’s Otello will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM ET / 9:55 AM PT in select movie theaters. Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Met with Johan Botha in the title role, opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming. Allow yourself to return to the island of Cyprus during the late 1400s where Falk Struckmann is Iago and Semyon Bychkov conducts.

 
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Adès’ The Tempest

November 10, 2012, 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 215 minutes
Encore Presentation: November 29, 2012, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Adès’ The Tempest will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM ET / 9:55 AM PT in select movie theaters.  Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his 2004 work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero, the overthrown Duke of Milan. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th-century La Scala in this inventive staging of this famous neoclassical romance.

 
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Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito

December 1, 2011, 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 195 minutes
Encore Presentation: December 20, 2012, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM ET / 9:55 AM PT in select movie theaters. The virtuosic Elīna Garanča sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.

 
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Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera

December 8, 2012, 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 240 minutes
Encore Presentation: January 10, 2013, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 12:55 PM ET / 9:55 AM PT in select movie theaters. Audiences can once again experience the work of Verdi in Director David Alden’s dreamlike setting which provides a compelling backdrop for Verdi’s dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and Stephanie Blythe sings the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.

 
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Verdi’s Aida

December 15, 2012, 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 240 minutes 
Encore Presentation: January 17, 2013, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Verdi’s Aida will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM ET / 9:55 AM PT in select movie theaters. The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Explore the times of the Old Kingdom in this acclaimed story set in ancient Egypt. Fabio Luisi conducts.

 
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Berlioz’s Les Troyens
January 5, 2013, 12 pm EST
Expected Running time:  345 minutes
Encore Presentation: January 24, 2013, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Berlioz’s Les Troyens will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT in select movie theaters. The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed by the company in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

 
   

Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda

January 19, 2013, 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 200 minutes
Encore Presentation: February 7, 2013, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM ET / 9:55 AM PT in select movie theaters. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I, and Maurizio Benini conducts this Met premiere production.

 
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Verdi’s Rigoletto

February 16, 2013, 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time:  215 minutes
Encore Presentation: March 7, 2013, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Verdi’s Rigoletto will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM ET / 9:55 AM PT in select movie theaters. Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960. Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke of Mantua, Željko Lučić is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda

 
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Wagner’s Parsifal

March 2, 2013, 12 pm EST
Expected Running time: 345 minutes
Encore Presentation: March 21, 2013, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Wagner’s Parsifal will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT in select movie theaters. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom in François Girard's new vision for Wagner's final masterpiece. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts.

 
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Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini

March 16, 2013, 12 pm EST
Expected Running time: 240 minutes
Encore Presentation: April 4, 2013, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT in select movie theaters. Zandonai's compelling opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's Inferno, returns in the Met's ravishingly beautiful production, last seen in 1986. Dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.

 
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Handel’s Giulio Cesare

April 27, 2013, 12 pm EST
Expected Running time: 275 minutes
Encore Presentation: May 16, 2013, 1:00 pm

The broadcast of Handel’s Giulio Cesare will be presented live for only one day on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT in select movie theaters. The opera that conquered London in Handel’s time comes to the Met in David McVicar’s lively production. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.