Opera

Verdi’s Il Trovatore kicks off Great Performances at the Met, Season 10, followed in February by another Verdi opera, Otello.

GP at the Met: Madama Butterfly

Kristine Opolais brings her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role to the series for the first time. Roberto Alagna sings Lieutenant Pinkerton, the callous officer who crushes Butterfly’s dreams of love. Debuting conductor Karel Mark Chichon leads a cast that includes Maria Zifchak as Suzuki and Dwayne Croft as Sharpless.

Premiered August 19, 2016
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GP at the Met: Roberto Devereux

The last opera in Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, stars Sondra Radvanovsky as Elizabeth I and features Matthew Polenzani, Elina Garanca and Mariusz Kwiecien. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Premiered August 28, 2016
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GP at the Met: Manon Lescaut

Hear Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna as the ill-fated lovers in Puccini’s passionate adaptation of the classic novel about a free-spirited country girl. Sir Richard Eyre’s new production, conducted by Fabio Luisi, is set in the 1940s.

Premiered August 13, 2016
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GP at the Met: Turandot

Hear Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sing the demanding title role of Puccini’s Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liù and Marco Berti as Calàf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular 1987 production.

Premiered June 12, 2016
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GP at the Met: The Pearl Fishers (Pêcheurs de Perles)

The Met’s acclaimed new production of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been staged by the company in a century, comes to THIRTEEN’S Great Performances at the Met for the first time Sunday, May 22 at 12 p.m. on PBS.

Premiered May 12, 2016
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GP at the Met: Lulu

Alban Berg’s tragedy of a sexually irresistible woman who destroys the lives of everyone around her. Marlis Petersen stars and visual artist William Kentridge directs.

Premiered April 10, 2016
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GP at the Met: Tannhäuser

Richard Wagner’s early masterpiece Tannhäuser comes to Great Performances at the Met for the first time. James Levine conducts Tannhäuser in Otto Schenk’s classic production, with Johan Botha in his Met role debut in the titular role. Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissbock. It is the production’s first Met revival in more than a decade.

Premiered March 13, 2016
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GP at the Met: Otello (2016)

For this production of Verdi’s tragic opera, Aleksandrs Antonenko, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Otello, sings his first Met performances of the role, opposite Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Željko Lučić as the villainous Iago.

Premiered February 21, 2016
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GP at the Met: Il Trovatore (2016)

Soprano Anna Netrebko appears in her Met role debut as Leonora, the tortured heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the Gypsy troubadour. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Count di Luna, Yonghoon Lee is Manrico in his Met role debut as the title character, Dolora Zajick sings her signature role of the gypsy Azucena, and Štefan Kocán is Ferrando. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

Premiered January 22, 2016
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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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