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What to Expect from our 2021 Encore Series

Met Stars Live in Concert - Renee Fleming / Jonas Kaufmann
The best two for one musical deal!

Two of operas greatest artists star in back-to-back recitals from the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Stars Live in Concert series. Beloved American diva Renée Fleming performs an intimate concert from the historic Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington, D.C., recorded live in August 2020 and superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann gives a thrilling recital of popular arias from the Polling Abbey in Bavaria, recorded live in July 2020.

The programme will be two hours without intermission.


Lucia di Lammermoor
“Natalie Dessay was the production’s first Lucia when the production was new in 2007 and she returns to reclaim it.” – Classical Review. If you want to see superb acting and superb singing this is the definitive Lucia. Sadly now retired from the operatic stage,  Natalie Dessay reminds us here of why she was a true star.


The Merry Widow
In an art nouveau setting, Lehar’s enchanting operetta brings colour, zest and the cancan to our screens. Renee Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale with a fortune. Broadway favourite Kelly O’Hara sparkles as Valencienne (remember her in Cosi?). The sets are a joy to behold, especially the amazing transition to the legendary Maxim’s where everything is on offer and nothing seems forbidden.


Roberto Devereux
This is a triumph for Sondra Radvanosky, the last of the three Tudor Queens she played in one season. Queen Elizabeth is forced to sign the death warrant of the man she loves, Roberto Devereux, sung by Matthew Polenzani.The production is by the brilliant Sir David McVicar. “Searing, a triumph,” cry the critics. And so it is. “The applause and bravos for the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky were so frenzied at the end of Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux” at the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday night that she looked overwhelmed, almost a little frightened. The audience members knew, it seemed, that they had just witnessed an emotionally vulnerable and vocally daring performance, a milestone in the career of an essential artist.” - NYTimes


La Cenerentola
The darling Joyce DiDonato and rock star handsome Juan Diego Florez are alone the reason to watch this fairytale but Rossini’s beautiful music will enchant you. The production is whimsical, the action physically comic and the performances truly stellar. No fairy Godmother but a philosophic godfather instead reminds us that this is not a traditional Cinderella.


Werther
Here’s the story of a poet whose death launched clusters of copycats in the 18th Century. Unrequited love and a longing for what can never be leads Jonas Kaufmann as Werther to his poignant end. Richard Eyre’s sets are wonderful and the final hovering claustrophobic study becomes the place for Werther’s surprisingly graphic suicide. Sophie Koch is a matchless Charlotte, the object of Werther’s obsession. One reviewer pointed out that in a more modern era this would be termed a stalker’s opera.


Faust
Would you sell your soul to the devil for an extra 24 years of life?Perhaps if the extra years could be spent listening to Jonas Kaufmann! Des McAnuff’s thrilling 2011 production places the mythical and timeless story in an early 20th-century setting. René Pape as Méphistophélès is menacing and elegant in equal measure, and Marina Poplavskaya delivers a searingly intense portrayal of the innocent Marguerite. Russell Braun as her brother, Valentin, shines in his Act II aria. On the podium, Yannick Nézet-Séguin brings out all the lyricism and drama of Gounod’s score.


Der Rosenkavalier
A production of gilt and red damask, hauntingly beautiful music and a fitting farewell to Renee Fleming’s portrayal of this role. Renee Fleming is the Marschallin and Elina Garanca the young Octavian with whom she is having an affair. “Wearing a fur coat, her hair all golden locks, Ms. Fleming’s Marschallin looks glamorous, yet clearly wounded. She sings the arching melodic line that begins Strauss’s transcendent trio with seamless phrasing and ethereal sound, her more mature voice blending poignantly with the youthful colorings of Ms. Morley and Ms. Garanca.” - NYTimes


Manon
Here’s the story of a woman who simply wants everything, love and money - the original Material Girl, Manon has been sent away to join a convent, her family having seen the beginnings of her wayward nature. She escapes this fate and allows her sensual nature full rein, only to die impoverished and disgraced.


Akhnaten
Here’s a masterpiece, hypnotic and ritualistic. It will be like nothing you have ever seen before. The star counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the legendary Pharaoh who transformed Ancient Egypt. Phelim McDermott’s goal is to create a theatrical experience that is beyond words, plot and conventional storytelling. Operawire calls it: “The Best Met Production of the Year.


The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess
Director James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. It’s a tapestry of sound and movement with George Gershwin’s lush score underpinning the lyrics of his brother, Ira Gershwin and the libretto of DuBose Heyward. The ensemble work has an energy rarely seen in the musical theatre. Quite amazing!


Agrippina
Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. Prepared to be shocked! What a great family this is! Mum, married to her uncle (yes) whom she will eventually poison with mushrooms, working hard to promote her own crazy son to the throne after which he will have her clubbed to death. Fortunately Handel ends his opera at a point where the ascension is guaranteed. 

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The New York Times
Happy Father's Day!

June 15 - Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra 
It has been said that Simon Boccanegra has more plot entanglements than a bowl of spaghetti. Never mind the plot, just listen to the music! Dilemmas, confrontations and ironies abound. There’s a father racked with guilt who is reunited with a daughter of whom he feels unworthy and a cast of superb singers from a golden age of opera. Starring Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd, conducted by James Levine. 


June 16 - Wagner’s Die Walkure
Here’s the biggie! Robert Lepage’s production is dwarfed by the extraordinary “machine”- the 45 ton beast of a set which eventually learned to behave. You’ll know what I mean when you see this stand alone piece of musical theatre. The behind the scenes look at the way the beast is controlled will fascinate you.

Christine Goerke triumphs in her first Met Brunnhilde, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stuart Skelton are utterly believable as the twins, Sieglinde and Seigmund who fall in love with each other and Greer Grimsley as Wotan learns what fatherhood can require, even of a god. Jamie Barton’s Fricka dominates from her horned throne and Gunter Groissbock’s Hundig is the epitome of an abusive husband. Wow! All this and incredible singing from the cast.

It must take courage to work with the great machine, especially if you’re a Walkure riding high on those beams. I wonder how much training the Walkuries had in their harnesses. I wore one once to fly in Peter Pan and believe me it’s not comfortable! So gird those loins and have a good night’s sleep before this epic.

Hojotoho! Hojotoho!


June 17 - La Traviata
Willy Decker’s stunning production of Verdi’s unforgettable drama stars the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay as Violetta. Exhausted by her restless life as a courtesan, Violetta knows she will die soon. But then she meets the young and idealistic Alfredo (Matthew Polenzani), who offers her true love—with tragic consequences. Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s stern father, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. If you like minimalism this production is for you.


June 18 - Mozart’s Idomeneo
The brilliance of the 25 years old Mozart is displayed in this story of “Idomeneo”, the commander of the Cretan armies, who promises to sacrifice the first living thing he sees on landing if Neptune will save his ships. Whoops… it’s his son. Decisions, decisions. All ends more or less happily as the great oracle declares a work around. Matthew Polezani stars with Alice Coote, Elza van den Heever and Nadine Sierra. It’s sobering to note that the young Mozart had only 10 years left to live after this.


June 19 - Verdi’s Rigoletto
Luciano Pavarotti is the elegant, reckless Duke of Mantua whose betrayal of the innocent Gilda (Christiane Eda-Pierre) leads to a tragic ending. Louis Quilico plays Rigoletto, the court jester and Gilda’s father, who has dedicated his life to keeping his daughter away from the Duke—only to have her sacrifice her own life for the villainous nobleman. James Levine’s conducting brings out the scorching drama in Verdi’s unforgettable score.


June 20 - Verdi’s Don Carlo
Director Nicholas Hytner, who made his Met debut with this production, brings out all the passionate intensity that is at the heart of Verdi’s monumental drama. Don Carlo (Roberto Alagna), the Spanish crown prince, and Elizabeth of Valois (Marina Poplavskaya), daughter of the King of France, fall in love, only to be torn apart by international politics when Carlo’s father, King Philip II (Ferruccio Furlanetto), decides to marry Elizabeth himself. Carlo’s friend, Rodrigo (Simon Keenlyside), plays a dangerous game, balancing his political aims with the trust of his monarch. And when the beautiful Princess Eboli (Anna Smirnova) discovers her love for Don Carlo is not returned, her revenge terribly backfires.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Met orchestra and chorus.


June 21 - Verdi’s Luisa Miller (1979)
Luisa Miller may not be well known but it’s full of beautiful and at times, heart wrenching arias and duets. Love, intrigue and poison combine as Luisa falls for a young man who she believes to be a simple country boy, Rodolfo but who is actually the son of the local Count Walter.

Of course it all ends in tears with two despondent fathers and two poisoned offspring, in a throwback to Romeo and Juliet. There’s even a bully of a villain called Wurm. How apt!

Starring Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Bonaldo Giaiotti, and James Morris.




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Nightly Met Opera Streams Schedule

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Verdi's Simon Boccanegra

Available HKT : June 15, 7:30am - June 16, 6:30am

This evocative production by Giancarlo Del Monaco sumptuously captures the look and feel of 14th century Genoa and is a perfect compliment to Verdi’s setting of this story of searing conflict between public duty and private grief. Plácido Domingo is Gabriele Adorno, sworn enemy of the doge of Genoa, Simon Boccanegra (Vladimir Chernov). Gabriele is in love with the beautiful Amelia (Kiri Te Kanawa at her most affecting) who turns out to be none other than the long-lost daughter the doge. James Levine’s authoritative conducting of the Met orchestra and chorus reveals the dark power of Verdi’s score.

Excerpt Preview: Summertime (Golda Schultz)

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All you need to know about  Simon Boccanegra

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Lawrence Tibbett—The Met’s First Boccanegra

An introduction to baritone Lawrence Tibbett, the first Simon Boccanegra at the MET

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Nothing Like a Dame

A Met staffer discovers his love of opera after hearing Kiri Te Kanawa's singing

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Wagner's Die Walkure

Available HKT : June 16, 7:30am - June 17, 6:30am

Christine Goerke quickly has become one of the most electrifying dramatic sopranos currently appearing on the Met stage. The vocal powerhouse raised her artistry to the next level at the end of the 2018–19 season, singing the impetuous warrior maiden Brünnhilde in three full cycles of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. In this Live in HD transmission of Die Walküre, the second and most popular installment in the composer’s sweeping tetralogy, Goerke is joined by bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as Brünnhilde's godly father, Wotan, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as his unbending wife, Fricka. As the incestuous lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde, soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Stuart Skelton—alongside bass Günther Groissböck as Sieglinde’s bloodthirsty husband, Hunding—round out the principal cast. And on the podium, Maestro Philippe Jordan conducts Robert Lepage’s innovative staging, which uses state-of-the-art stage technology to tell Wagner’s mythic tale.

Excerpt Preview: Hojotoho! (Christine Goerke)

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All you need to know about Die Walkure

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Rise of the Machine

An introduction to "The Machine" - the giagantic set at the center of Robert Lepage's production

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Die Walkure: In Focus

The MET: In Focus Podcast

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Love is a Battlefield

Christine Goerke discusses singing Brunnhilde

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Letimotifs in Wagner's Ring

MET Orchestra members talk about letimotifs in Wagner's Ring Cycle

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Wagner at the MET

The performance history of Wagner's works at the MET

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Verdi's La Traviata

Available HKT : June 17, 7:30am - June 18, 6:30am

Willy Decker’s stunning production of Verdi’s unforgettable drama stars the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay as Violetta. Exhausted by her restless life as a courtesan, Violetta knows she will die soon. But then she meets the young and idealistic Alfredo (Matthew Polenzani), who offers her true love—with tragic consequences. Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s stern father, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Excerpt Preview:  Ach, ich fühl’s (Golda Schultz)

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All you need to know about La Traviata

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Singing Actress

Natalie Dessay and her performance history with the MET

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Verdi at the MET

The performance history of Verdi's operas at the MET

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Recorded History

The history of La Traviata broadcasts at the MET

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La Traviata: In Focus

The MET podcast of La Traviata

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Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Remembering the extraordinary Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who feature in this La Traviata

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Mozart's Idomeneo

Available HKT : June 18, 7:30am - June 19, 6:30am

Mozart’s early masterpiece returned to the Met for the first time in more than a decade with Music Director Emeritus James Levine, who led the work’s company premiere in 1982, again on the podium. Tenor Matthew Polenzani brings both steely resolve and compassionate warmth to the title king of Crete, who is faced with an impossible decision. With her rich mezzo-soprano, Alice Coote sings the trouser role of Idomeneo’s son Idamante, who loves the Trojan princess Ilia, sung with delicate lyricism by Nadine Sierra. Elza van den Heever gives a thrillingly unhinged portrayal of the jealous Elettra. Jean Pierre-Ponnelle’s timeless production blends the grandeur of ancient myth with the elegance of Enlightenment ideals.

Excerpt Preview: Fuor del mar (Matthew Polenzani)

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All you need to know about Idomeneo

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This Magic Moment

An excerpt of the Act III quartet

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Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Met

The performance history of Idomeneo at the MET

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Verdi's Rigoletto

Available HKT : June 19, 7:30am - June 20, 12:00am

Luciano Pavarotti is the elegant, reckless Duke of Mantua whose betrayal of the innocent Gilda (Christiane Eda-Pierre) leads to a tragic ending. Louis Quilico plays Rigoletto, the court jester and Gilda’s father, who has dedicated his life to keeping his daughter away from the Duke—only to have her sacrifice her own life for the villainous nobleman. James Levine’s conducting brings out the scorching drama in Verdi’s unforgettable score.

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All you need to know about Rigoletto

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Aria Code: Rigoletto

Aria Code podcast of Rigoletto, with hose Rhiannon Giddens and guest Nadine Sierra

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From the Archives: Pavarotti at the Met

Luciano Pavarotti and his collaboration history with the MET

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Verdi's Don Carlo

Available HKT : June 20, 7:30am - June 21, 6:30am

Director Nicholas Hytner, who made his Met debut with this production, brings out all the passionate intensity that is at the heart of Verdi’s monumental drama. Don Carlo (Roberto Alagna), the Spanish crown prince, and Elizabeth of Valois (Marina Poplavskaya), daughter of the King of France, fall in love, only to be torn apart by international politics when Carlo’s father, King Philip II (Ferruccio Furlanetto), decides to marry Elizabeth himself. Carlo’s friend, Rodrigo (Simon Keenlyside), plays a dangerous game, balancing his political aims with the trust of his monarch. And when the beautiful Princess Eboli (Anna Smirnova) discovers her love for Don Carlo is not returned, her revenge terribly backfires. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Met orchestra and chorus.

Excerpt Preview: Ella giammai m'amò (Ferruccio Furlanetto)

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All you need to know about Don Carlo

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Roberto Alagna and Peter Gelb in Conversation

A virtual panel discussion on Don Carlo and how the pandemic affects their personal and musical lives

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From the Archives: Don Carlo at the MET

The performance history of Don Carlo at the MET

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Verdi's Luisa Miller

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Available HKT : June 21, 7:30am - June 22,  6:30am

Renata Scotto is the innocent Luisa, very much in love with Rodolfo (Plácido Domingo in one of his best roles). But he turns out to be the son of the Count Walter (Bonaldo Giaiotti), who has other plans for his aristocratic boy. Enter the evil Wurm (James Morris) whose blackmail eventually backfires, destroying the young lovers despite everything Luisa's father (Sherrill Milnes in a superb performance) does to protect her. James Levine's affectionate conducting and director Nathaniel Merrill's production help make this a performance to treasure.

Excerpt Preview: Magnifico's Aria (Alessandro Corbelli)

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All you need to know about Luisa Miller

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From the Archives: Luisa Miller at the MET

Performance history of Luisa Miller at the MET

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Celebrating Renata Scotto

Renata Scotto and her collaboration history with the MET

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Verdi at the Met

The performance history of Verdi's works at the MET

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