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GP at the Met: Roberto Devereux

Roberto Devereux in Historical Context

Roberto Devereux is a tragedia lirica, or tragic opera, by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848). Salvadore Cammarano (1801–1852), the Neapolitan librettist who worked with Donizetti on a number of his previous operas, wrote the libretto. The final opera in Donizetti’s “Tudor trilogy,” Roberto Devereux focuses on the elderly Queen Elizabeth I, who is forced to sign the death warrant of the […]

GP at the Met: Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly in Historical Context

Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts (originally two) by Giacomo Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924). Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, Puccini’s librettists for Madama Butterfly, had also collaborated with the composer on his previous two operas, Tosca and La Bohème. The opera is based in part on the 1898 short story “Madame Butterfly” by John Luther Long, which had its […]

GP at the Met: Manon Lescaut

“Donna non vidi mai” (Alagna)

Roberto Alagna sings an excerpt from des Grieux’s aria from Act I of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the final dress rehearsal. Production: Richard Eyre. Conductor: Fabio Luisi. 2015–16 season.

GP at the Met: Manon Lescaut

“Ah vieni! Colle tue braccia” (Opolais, Alagna)

Kristine Opolais (Manon) and Roberto Alagna (des Grieux) perform an excerpt from the Act II duet from Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the final dress rehearsal. Production: Richard Eyre. Conductor: Fabio Luisi. 2015–16 season.

GP at the Met: Manon Lescaut

“Ahi! mia beltà funesta” (Opolais)

Kristine Opolais sings an excerpt from Manon’s aria from Act IV of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the final dress rehearsal. Production: Richard Eyre. Conductor: Fabio Luisi. 2015–16 season.

GP at the Met: Turandot

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GP at the Met: Turandot

Turandot in Historical Context

Turandot is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini (December 22, 1858 – November 29, 1924). Puccini’s final opera is an epic fairy tale set in a China of legend, loosely based on the play “Turandot” by the 18th-century Italian dramatist Carlo Gozzi. Featuring a most unusual score with an astounding and innovative use of chorus and orchestra, it is still recognizably Puccini, bursting with instantly appealing melody. The librettists for Turandot were the playwright and journalist Giuseppe Adami, who had previously worked with Puccini on Il Tabarro and La Rondine, and Renato Simoni, who had written librettos for other composers as well.

Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration

Joan Baez and Jackson Browne Sing ‘Before The Deluge’

Joan Baez and Jackson Browne sing “Before The Deluge,” a song written by Jackson Browne, during the Joan Baez 75th Birthday Celebration at the Beacon Theatre in New York on January 27, 2016.

GP at the Met: The Pearl Fishers (Pêcheurs de Perles)

Leila’s Act I Aria

Diana Damrau sings an excerpt from “O Dieu Brahma,” Leila’s Act 1 aria in Penny Woolcock’s new production of Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles.”  Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and Nicolas Testé co-star with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. The Pearl Fishers aired on Great Performances at the Met for the first time Sunday, May 22 at 12 p.m. on […]