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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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Pride Week (a pick’n’mix of great operas)

22nd June - Ades’s The Exterminating Angel
It’s surreal, it’s disturbing, it’s fantasy. It’s like no dinner party you’ve ever been to. It’s the dinner party from hell.

Well that’s either put you off completely or piqued your interest! An aristocratic couple invite a group of friends to their mansion for a post-opera dinner. For inexplicable reasons, both the hosts and the guests find themselves unable to leave the salon.They are psychologically, though not physically, imprisoned. They seem to have lost their will to act You’ll hear a stratospheric soprano, a vibrant counter-tenor, a magnificent mezzo. You’ll see love in a closet and roaming live sheep.

Tom Cairns directs and Ades, the composer, conducts. The fifteen solo roles feature established singers who inhabit them with searing precision and unsettling truthfulness.


23rd June - Dvorak’s Rusalka
Tune in for the tale of Rusalka, a water nymph who longs for the life and love of a human. After taking a potion to make a prince fall in love with her she sets out on her adventure as a human but all does not go well and her enchanted kiss proves to be the death of her prince. A sad tale but an enchanted one with the music of Dvorak taking you on a dream journey.

Kristine Opolais bewitches as Rusalka, Brandon Jovanovitch enchants as the Prince and Eric Owens lends his magnificent stature to one his signature roles – the water sprite. Jamie Barton sings Jezibaba, the witch, who is the author of Rusalka’s sadness. You’ll recognize the beautiful “Song to the Moon” as one of the highlights of this opera.


24th June - Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda
Joyce DiDonato gives a sensational performance as Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto drama, opposite Elza van den Heever as Queen Elizabeth. This Live in HD presentation of David McVicar’s acclaimed 2012 production also stars Matthew Polenzani as Leicester, the man caught between the rival queens. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Directed by David McVicar, this production takes a traditional approach, but with some vivid colors and stark imagery to lend a contemporary touch to the period sets and costumes by John Macfarlane. In the opening scene at the Palace of Whitehall in London, where Elizabeth’s subjects are celebrating what they think will be her acceptance of a marriage proposal from the king of France’s brother, the set evokes a spacious 16th-century hall. But the wood-paneled walls and the matrix of rafters are an eerie blood red.


25th June - Puccini’s Tosca
Love and lust, politics, power and deception. The music is dramatic, the story dark with intrigue, betrayal and suicide -just your average night at the opera. 

Luc Bondy’s dramatic production of this operatic thriller stars Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, the painter Caravadossi whose political ideals lead them both into tragedy. George Ganidze is Scarpia, the villanous chief of police who wants Tosca for himself. The opera never fails to thrill, whatever production you see. I’ll be booing Scarpia!


26th June - Puccini’s Turandot
“Turandot” brings Hollywood to the opera in the astounding Zeffirelli production which really uses the Met’s cavernous stage. It’s the latest production starring Christine Goerke, Eleonora Buratto, Yusif Eyvazov, and James Morris. It has been said that Zeffirelli productions went from excess to excess; indeed this is razzle dazzle, gilded Chinoiserie but it’s seductive in the manner of a knickerbocker glory piled high with a visual cacophony of treats.


27th June - Britten’s Billy Budd
John Dexter’s brilliant production of Britten’s searing opera stars Dwayne Croft in the title role of the handsome young sailor whose kindness and innocence cause his downfall. The great James Morris is Claggart, master-at-arms on the 18th-century warship Indomitable, who falsely accuses Billy of inciting a mutiny. Philip Langridge sings Captain Vere, the honest commander who knows that Billy is innocent but finds himself unable to save him. Steuart Bedford, Britten’s close collaborator during the last years of the composer’s life, is on the podium. Opera Today says this about the production,” John Dexter’s production of Billy Budd is always welcome. This is one of the rare occasions a producer has made proper use of the size and proportions of the Met stage, its stage machinery and its lighting effects, filling it without crushing the life out of the human beings singing the drama, everything in proportion, with an excitement that suits the composer’s intentions at every turn. “ 


28th June - Verdi’s La Traviata
La Traviata seems like the perfect story of love, families and the search for real meaning in life. Willy Decker’s almost bare stage production focusses the audience’s attention on the opera’s three main characters, the ailing courtesan, Violetta, the man who offers her sincere love, Alfredo and Germont, his father who breaks the match. When I first saw this production I wondered whether it could possibly work but work it does, with the great clock face ticking down the minutes of Violetta’s life. The music is divine of course and the performances of Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano and Thomas Hampson are deeply affecting. 



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Ades's The Exterminating Angel

Available HKT : June 22, 7:30am - June 23, 6:30am

After the acclaimed Met premiere of Thomas Adès's "The Tempest" in 2012, the composer returned with another masterpiece, this time inspired by filmmaker Luis Buñuel's seminal surrealist classic "El Ángel Exterminador", during the 2017–18 season. As the opera opens, a group of elegant socialites gather for a lavish dinner party, but when it is time to leave for the night, no one is able to escape. Soon, their behavior becomes increasingly erratic and savage. The large ensemble cast tackles both the vocal and dramatic demands of Adès's opera with one riveting performance after another. Tom Cairns, who also penned the work's libretto, directs an engrossing and inventive production, using a towering wooden archway to trap the characters onstage. And Adès himself takes the podium to conduct the frenzied score, which features a host of unconventional instruments, including the eerie electronic ondes Martenot.

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All you need to know about The Exterminating Angel

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Thomas Ades and His Angel

Backstage interview with Thomas Ades

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Thomas Adès and Tom Cairns on Exterminating Angel

An introduction to The Exterminating Angel

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Making Waves

Introducing some of the rare music instruments at the opera

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Dvorak's Rusalka

Available HKT : June 23, 7:30am - June 24, 6:30am

Since her 2013 debut as Magda in La Rondine, Kristine Opolais has become familiar to Met audiences in the works of Giacomo Puccini. In 2016, the soprano’s performances as the title heroine of Dvořák’s Rusalka allowed her to show off another of her signature roles. In a new production by Mary Zimmerman, this classic tale of a water sprite yearning to become a human to find love starts as a whimsical fairytale but quickly develops into a heartbreaking tragedy. On the podium, Sir Mark Elder leads a stirring account of Dvořák’s score, drawing a rich palette of musical colors from the Met Orchestra. Tenor Brandon Jovanovich gives a virile performance as the infatuated Prince, alongside bass Eric Owens as Rusalka’s father, the Water Gnome, and Jamie Barton as the devilish sorceress Ježibaba.

Excerpt Preview:  Čury mury fuk (Jamie Barton)

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All you need to know about Rusalka

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Breaking the Surface

Mary Zimmerman shares her insights on Rusalka

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From the Archives: Czech Opera at the Met

The performance history of Czech operas at the MET

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Creativity and Craftsmanship

A backstage interview with costume designer Mara Blumenfeld and Met costume shop head Elissa Iberti

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Donizetti's Maria Stuarda

Available HKT : June 24, 7:30am - June 25, 6:30am

Joyce DiDonato gives a sensational performance as Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto drama, opposite Elza van den Heever as Queen Elizabeth. This Live in HD presentation of David McVicar’s acclaimed 2012 production also stars Matthew Polenzani as Leicester, the man caught between the rival queens. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Excerpt Preview: Figlia impura di Bolena (Joyce DiDonato & Elza van den Heever)

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All you need to know about Maria Stuarda

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Joyce DiDonato and Sir David McVicar Rehearse Maria Stuarda

Backstage interview with Joyce DiDonato and Sir David McVicar on Maria Stuarda

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McVicar on Maria Stuarda

Sir David McVicar on his production of Maria Stuarda

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Puccini's Tosca

Available HKT : June 25, 7:30am - June 26, 6:30am

Luc Bondy’s dramatic production of Puccini’s operatic thriller stars Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi, the painter whose political ideals lead them both into tragedy. George Gagnidze is Scarpia, the villainous chief of police who wants Tosca for himself. Riccardo Frizza leads the Met’s musical forces in this powerful verismo score.

Excerpt Preview: Vissi d'arte (Patricia Racette)

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All you need to know about Tosca

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The Tosca Timeline

The performance history of Tosca

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Puccini's Turandot

Available HKT : June 26, 7:30am - June 27, 6:30am

In recent seasons, Christine Goerke has summited some of the greatest heights of the Germanic soprano repertoire, appearing as the Dyer’s Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten, the title character of Elektra, and Brünnhilde in the complete Ring cycle. She has also wowed audiences as Turandot, the icy princess at the heart of Puccini’s grand final masterpiece. In this performance from the 2019–20 Live in HD season, Goerke stars alongside tenor Yusif Eyvazov (as Calàf) and soprano Eleonora Buratto (as Liù) in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic staging, which dazzles with its opulent visions of mythic China. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium, drawing a vivid array of musical colors from the incomparable Met Orchestra and Chorus.

Excerpt Preview:  In questa reggia (Christine Goerke)

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All you need to know about  Turandot

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Aria Code: Nessun Dorma

Aria Code Podcast with Yannick Nezet-Seguin on Nessun Dorma from Turandot

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Becoming Music Director

Interview with Yannick Nezet-Seguin on becoming the Music Director of the MET

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Checking in with Yannick

Interview with Yannick Nezet-Seguin

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Britten's Billy Budd

Available HKT : June 27, 7:30am - June 28, 2:00am

John Dexter’s brilliant production of Britten’s searing opera stars Dwayne Croft in the title role of the handsome young sailor whose kindness and innocence cause his downfall. The great James Morris is Claggart, master-at-arms on the 18th-century warship Indomitable, who falsely accuses Billy of inciting a mutiny. Philip Langridge sings Captain Vere, the honest commander who knows that Billy is innocent but finds himself unable to save him. Steuart Bedford, Britten’s close collaborator during the last years of the composer’s life, is on the podium.

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All you need to know about Billy Budd

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Billy Budd: “This Is Our Moment”

Act II excerpt from Britten's Billy Budd

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Remembering Benjamin Britten

Friends and colleagues remembering Benjamin Britten

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Verdi's La Traviata

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Available HKT : June 28, 7:30am - June 29,  6:30am

La Traviata’s sumptuous melodies and timeless depiction of doomed love have made the work a favorite of generations of operagoers. In his approach to this classic drama, director Willy Decker sets the action on a nearly bare stage, focusing the audience’s full attention on the three main characters. As Violetta, the ailing courtesan desperate to escape her past, soprano Sonya Yoncheva offers a fearless and sympathetic performance from beginning to end. American tenor Michael Fabiano sings with ardent longing as her devoted lover Alfredo, delivering emotionally wrought phrases and ringing top notes. Thomas Hampson brings a burnished baritone to Germont, Alfredo’s protective father whose stern demands spell disaster for the young couple. On the podium, maestro Nicola Luisotti leads an electric performance of Verdi’s unforgettable score.

Excerpt Preview: "O mio rimorso!" (Michael Fabiano)

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All you need to know about La Traviata

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Recorded History

Performance history of La Traviata at the MET

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La Traviata: In Focus

The MET: In Focus Podcast

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Verdi at the Met

The performance history of Verdi's works at the MET

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Verdi at the Met

The performance history of Verdi's operas at the MET

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Verdi at the Met

The performance history of Verdi's works at the MET

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