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GP at the Met: Tannhäuser

About the Opera

James Levine conducts Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser with Johan Botha on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 13 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local schedule). Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissbock also star in Otto Schenk’s classic production. Wagner’s early masterpiece Tannhäuser comes to Great Performances at the Met for the […]

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Otello and Iago Duet, Act II Finale

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) and Željko Lučić (Iago) perform the Act II finale duet in Verdi’s Otello, directed by Bartlett Sher at the Met.

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Željko Lučić as Iago

Željko Lučić, known for his performances of Verdi operas, plays Otello’s sinister rival Iago in GP at the Met: Otello. This excerpt is from Iago’s “Credo” from Act II. The Serbian opera singer was a principal member of the Frankfurt Opera for 10 years through 2008.

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Act III Finale

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello), Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona), Željko Lučić (Iago), and ensemble perform the Act III finale from Verdi’s Otello, in the Bartlett Sher production at the Met. In a rage over being recalled to Venice, Otello loses control and hurls insults at Desdemona in front of the assembled crowd. This is acclaimed costume designer Catherine […]

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

Otello in Historical Context

Otello is the penultimate creation of its composer, who needed prodding to begin the project.  The great Giuseppe Verdi (October 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901) had gone into retirement after the success of his opera Aida, which premiered December 24, 1871. His publisher tried to persuade him for years to write another opera. Verdi finally agreed to Otello, based on the Shakespeare […]

GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

About the Opera

Verdi’s late masterpiece based on Otello, Shakespeare’s tragic drama of jealousy and deceit, airs on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met Sunday, February 21 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local schedule; in New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed new production is led by dynamic […]

GP at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016)

Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky Duet

Anna Netrebko (Leonora) and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Count di Luna) perform the Act IV duet at the final dress rehearsal for Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Leonora offers herself to the count in return for her lover’s life.

GP at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016)

Il Trovatore in Historical Context

Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) was the third opera presented at the Metropolitan Opera House on October 26 in 1883, the year the New York City opera house was founded. Il Trovatore had originally premiered in Rome thirty years earlier on January 19, 1853. Verdi based the opera on the most successful play of Spanish playwright Antonio […]

GP at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016)

Anna Netrebko’s Aria

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings Leonora’s aria from Act IV — “D’amor sull’ali rosee” — in Verdi’s opera, Il Trovatore. It is Netrebko’s highly anticipated Met role debut as Leonora, the tortured heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of Manrico, the Gypsy troubadour.