Verdi's Macbeth  

Verdi's Macbeth

October 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 15 minutes
Encore Presentation: October 15, 2014 at 6:30pm EST

Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić's doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble's chilling production of Verdi's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as Macduff and René Pape as Banquo with Fabio Luisi conducting.

 
  Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro  

Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro

October 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 55 minutes
Encore Presentation: October 22, 2014 at 6:30pm EST

Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart's masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy during the gilded age of the late 1920s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, with Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Marina Poplavskaya as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy, Cherubino.


 
  Bizet's Carmen  

Bizet's Carmen

November 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 40 minutes
Encore Presentation: November 5, 2014 at 6:30pm EST

Richard Eyre's mesmerizing production of Bizet's steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.

 

 
  Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia  

Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia

November 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 30 minutes
Encore Presentation: November 26, 2014 at 6:30pm EST

The Met's effervescent production of Rossini's classic comedy – featuring some of opera's most instantly recognizable melodies– stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

 
  Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg  

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

December 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 6 hrs
Encore Presentation: December 17, 2014 at 6:30pm EST

James Levine conducts Wagner's epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance "master singers" whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.

 

 
  Lehár's The Merry Widow  

Lehár's The Merry Widow

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

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling woman who captivates all of Paris in Lehár's enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her team, set designer Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray), have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim's. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O'Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.


 
  Massenet's Werther  

Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann

January 31, 2015 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 50 minutes
Encore Presentation: February 4, 2015 at 6:30pm EST

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in the Met's kaleidoscopic production of Offenbach's energetic, operatic masterpiece. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley and Christine Rice sing the three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann's desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.

 

 
  Puccini's La Bohème  

Tchaikovsky's Iolanta /
Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle

February 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 40 minutes
Encore Presentation : February 18, 2015 at 6:30pm EST

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Bluebeard's Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Treliński, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

 

 
  Rossini's La Donna del Lago  

Rossini's La Donna del Lago

March 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 30 minutes
Encore Presentation: March 18, 2015 at 6:30pm EST

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the "lady of the lake" of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.

 

 
  Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana /
Leoncavallo's Pagliacci  

Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana /
Leoncavallo's Pagliacci

April 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm EST
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 30 minutes
Encore Presentation: April 29, 2015 at 6:30pm EST

Opera's most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods, but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Patricia Racette (Pagliacci) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.