Opera

December brings Encores! Great Performances at the Met with host Deborah Voigt (check local listings). Online, watch full programs such as San Francisco Opera’s award-winning “Moby-Dick,” composed by Jake Heggie, or the documentary Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles.

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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GP at the Met: Così fan tutte

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s barbed romance, a comic masterpiece about the romantic complications that ensue when a pair of friends decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity.

Premiered August 24, 2014
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Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl

In commemoration of the 2013 Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform Verdi’s towering Requiem Mass with soloists Julianna Di Giacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor) and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (bass).

Premiered August 1, 2014 | Video expires July 31, 2017

GP at the Met: Werther

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the tortured poet in the Met’s new production of Jules Massenet’s Werther. French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch, in her Met debut is Charlotte, the object of Werther’s unrequited love. The cast includes Lisette Oropesa as Sophie, Serbian bass-baritone David Bižić in his Met debut as Albert, and Jonathan Summers as Le Bailli.

Premiered July 20, 2014
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GP at the Met: La Bohème (2014)

Starring Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the poet Rodolfo and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as the seamstress Mimì. Opolais made history when she agreed to make her company role debut as Mimì with just a few hours notice, having sung the title role in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for the first time at the Met the night before. She became the first singer in Met history to debut two major roles in a 24-hour period.

Premiered June 27, 2014
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GP at the Met: Prince Igor

Borodin’s historic Russian epic Prince Igor, performed by the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years, comes to Great Performances at the Met on June 22, 2014. The acclaimed new production by director Dmitri Tcherniakov, in his Met debut, stars Ildar Abdrazakov as the heroic title character, a 12th-century ruler who defended Russia against invading Polovtsian forces.

Premiered June 22, 2014
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GP at the Met: Rusalka

Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s sumptuously melodic Rusalka. The story of the opera is drawn from folktale sources including Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.”

Star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a cast that also includes Piotr Beczala as the handsome Prince.

Premiered May 18, 2014
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GP at The Met: Falstaff

Verdi’s final masterpiece in its first new Met production in 50 years — and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first Great Performances at the Met in nearly two years. Ambrogio Maestri sings the basso buffo role of Sir John Falstaff, the boorish character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Premiered April 13, 2014
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GP at the Met: Tosca (2014)

Acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette stars in one of opera’s greatest roles as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy‘s production of Puccini’s classic drama. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia.

Premiered March 9, 2014
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GP at The Met: The Nose

William Kentridge‘s dazzlingly innovative production of Shostakovich’s shocking, unconventional opera stars Tony Award winner (South Pacific) Paulo Szot as Kovalyov, a hapless Russian bureaucrat who awakes one morning to discover that his nose has run away.

Premiered February 23, 2014
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