Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Music Director, conducts this powerful production of love, loss and loyalty. Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular staging returns to cinemas with powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke as the icy princess who has sworn never to be possessed by a man. But the unknown suitor Calaf, played by tenor Roberto Aronica, who sings the famed aria ‘Nessun dorma’, is love-struck, and risks his life by attempting to answer the challenging three riddles that promise to unlock her heart.
Laurent Pelly’s enchanting production, starring soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role, explores the devastating consequences when excess and passion collide. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves to be the undoing for both of them. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score.
Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging of Puccini’s tale of unrequited love returns to our screens featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. One of the most frequently staged operas of our generation, Madama Butterfly tells the
story of a young Japanese girl, Cio-Cio San, who falls in love with Pinkerton, an American naval officer. Tragedy unfolds in this sweeping production, which is a perennial audience favourite.
Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, and Plácido Domingo adds another role to his remarkable repertoire, singing ‘Sharpless’ for the first time. The cast also includes tenor Piero Pretti as Pinkerton and mezzosoprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.
Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines as the revolutionary Pharaoh who transformed ancient Egypt. Director Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful Satyagraha by Philip Glass, returns to the Met to bring this contemporary production to life, with a virtuosic company and dramatic staging that features acrobatics and juggling. The striking soprano J’Nai Bridges makes her Met debut as Nefertiti. Karen Kamensek conducts Glass’s ritualistic and hypnotic score.
After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary imagination on a new production of Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, which is set in an apocalyptic pre-First World War environment.
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, while baritone Peter Mattei makes his highly anticipated role debut as Wozzeck. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast also includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the Doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the Captain.
The final stage work of George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess is largely regarded as one of the greatest American operas of the twentieth century. It returns for its first Met performances in almost three decades, starring bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue in the title roles.
This new co-production with the English National Opera and Dutch National Opera was hailed as a triumph at its premiere in London earlier this year. Featuring the much-loved arias ‘Summertime’ and ‘I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’, director James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion and heartbreak of its inhabitants.
In Ancient Rome, Agrippina plots the downfall of Emperor Claudius to secure the throne for her son Nero. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads as the imperious empress in the Met’s first-ever performance of Handel’s first operatic triumph, a tale of deception and deceit. Harry Bicket conducts Sir David McVicar’s wry new production, which gives this Baroque black comedy a politically charged, modern updating.
The award-winning Sir Bryn Terfel CBE returns to the Met for the first time since 2012 as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Condemned to sail the seas for eternity on his ghostly ship, the Captain is offered a chance of redemption by true love. François Girard, whose mesmerising staging of Parsifal recently wowed Met audiences, directs Wagner’s eerie early masterwork in this co-production with Puccini L’Opéra de Québec and Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera.
Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko returns in the title role as the explosive diva in Puccini’s best-loved operatic thriller. Set in Rome during the Napoleonic wars, this tragic tale of passion, murder, lust and love, set to a famously romantic score, is an enduring classic. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s evocative production, with tenor Brian Jagde as Tosca’s impassioned lover, Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle as the sinister Scarpia.
Set in sixteenth-century Britain, Donizetti’s thrilling historical drama follows Mary, Queen of Scots and her bitter rivalry with the cousin responsible for imprisoning her, Queen Elizabeth I. Soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton square off as two of history’s most formidable monarchs, and Maurizio Benini conducts.