Go behind the scenes into the rehearsals that created the evening Great Performances at the Met: The Merry Widow (June 19, check local listings), and see two opera stars commit passionately to the story line during Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons’ Inaugural Concert, which is available in full online.

GP at the Met: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Sir David McVicar directs the first new Met production of the popular verismo double bill in 45 years, with Argentinean tenor Marcelo Álvarez making his company role debut in both leading tenor parts: the seducer Turiddu and the clown Canio. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings the role of Santuzza, the abandoned woman at the heart of Cavalleria Rusticana, and American soprano Patricia Racette stars as Canio’s ill-fated wife Nedda in Pagliacci. George Gagnidze also stars in both operas. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads both operas.

Premiered September 6, 2015
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GP at the Met: Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle

Valery Gergiev conducts the double bill, which is a co-production with Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera. Anna Netrebko stars as the title character in Iolanta, with Piotr Beczala and Aleksei Markov as Vaudémont and Robert, two rivals for her love. Nadja Michael sings the central role of Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle, with Mikhail Petrenko as her mysterious and menacing new husband.

Premiered July 12, 2015
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GP at the Met: Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the tortured poet unlucky in love in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann on Great Performances at the Met. Offenbach based the opera on three stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The production is by Broadway director Bartlett Sher. Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the broadcast.

Premiered May 10, 2015
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GP at the Met: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

James Levine leads Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (“The Master-Singer of Nuremberg”) in its first Great Performances at the Met broadcast. Michael Volle is the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, starring with Johan Botha as Walther, Annette Dasch as Eva, Johannes Martin Kränzle as Beckmesser, Hans-Peter König as Pogner, Paul Appleby as David, and Karen Cargill as Magdalene. Renée Fleming hosts.

Premiered April 12, 2015
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GP at the Met: Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini’s classic comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) features some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera. The dynamic young cast includes Lawrence Brownlee; Isabel Leonard; and Christopher Maltman in his first Met performances of Figaro, the title barber whose skills extend far beyond hair-cutting.

Premiered March 22, 2015
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GP at the Met: Carmen (2015)

Acclaimed director Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s Carmen stars Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role of the seductive gypsy, a part she has sung to acclaim at many of the world’s leading opera houses. Aleksandrs Antonenko sings the obsessed soldier Don José, soprano Anita Hartig is Micaëla, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the toreador Escamillo, led by Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado. Christopher Wheeldon created the choreography.

Premiered February 22, 2015
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GP at the Met: Macbeth

The starry cast includes Serbian baritone Željko Lučić in the title role; Russian star soprano Anna Netrebko in her North American debut as the fatally ambitious Lady Macbeth; German bass René Pape as Banquo, one of the victims of Macbeth’s bloody rise to the throne; and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja as Macbeth’s heroic rival Macduff.

Premiered February 1, 2015
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GP at the Met: Le Nozze di Figaro

The season nine premiere of Great Performances at the Met is Mozart’s elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre. Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role, Marlis Petersen plays Figaro’s quick-witted bride-to-be, Susanna, and Peter Mattei is Count Almaviva.

Premiered January 16, 2015
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Encores! Great Performances at the Met

Hosted by Deborah Voigt, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming and more. Featuring 19 arias and duets selected from the past eight seasons of Great Performances at the Met broadcasts.

Premiered November 29, 2014
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GP at the Met: La Cenerentola

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Rossini’s Cinderella story, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. DiDonato has sung Angelina at major opera houses all over the world, and Flórez is one of the world’s foremost Rossini tenors, currently counting 17 of the composer’s tenor roles in his repertory.

Premiered September 7, 2014
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