Opera 2011-2012  

Bizet's Carmen

June 19, 12:38pm
Expected Running time: 3 hrs

The Met’s hit production of Bizet’s Carmen stars Anita Rachvelishvili, who made a sensational Met debut in the title role in 2010. “With her smoldering, earthy sexuality, she is ideal for the role” of the sultry gypsy (New York Times). In the final performance, José Cura sings the role of Don José, the soldier whose doomed love for Carmen destroys them both. Ekaterina Scherbachenko is the loyal Micaëla and Dwayne Croft sings the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo. Michele Mariotti conducts.

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Verdi’s La Trovatore

June 26, 7pm
Expected Running time: 2 hrs 45 minutes

Il Trovatore returns to the Met in a revival the New York Times calls "rousing, satisfying, truly fun." David McVicar’s vivid production keeps the action moving in Verdi’s intense melodrama, which includes some of the composer’s most memorable music. Patricia Racette and Angela Meade share the role of Leonora, Marco Berti sings Manrico and Alexey Markov is the Count, with star mezzo Stephanie Blythe as the deadly gypsy Azucena.

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Rossini's Armida

July 10, 7pm
Expected Running time: 3 hrs 5 minutes

An army of Christian soldiers and an exotic, beautiful sorceress. Devils and nymphs. A dreadful forest and an enchanted garden. No less than six tenor roles and one towering title heroine... Rossini’s Armida combines the opportunity for extraordinary visual magic with striking musical challenges. The opera has its Met premiere on April 12, in a production directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman. Star soprano Renée Fleming adds the title role to her Met repertory, with Riccardo Frizza conducting. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee sings Rinaldo, Armida’s lover and victim. To imagine the otherworldly realm of Rossini’s fanciful tale, Zimmerman is collaborating with the set and costume designer Richard Hudson, who created the sets for Julie Taymor’s production of The Lion King.

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Verdi's La Traviata

July 17, 7pm
Expected Running time: 2 hrs 30 minutes

Soprano Diana Damrau tackles Verdi’s eternal heroine for the first time anywhere in Willy Decker’s inspiring production. Plácido Domingo expands his repertoire to sing the baritone role of Germont, Violetta’s tormentor. Tenor Saimir Pirgu sings Alfredo, her naïve lover. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.