Exciting young conductor Nicola Luisotti presides over a glorious vocal ensemble led by Angela Gheorghiu, who sings Mimì at the Met for the first time in twelve years, opposite tenor Ramón Vargas as her lover, Rodolfo, in Puccini’s La Bohème.
Bartlett Sher directs the Rossini opera production featuring Joyce DiDonato (Rosina), Juan Diego Flórez (Count Almaviva), Peter Mattei (Figaro), John Del Carlo (Dr. Bartolo), John Relyea (Don Basilio), Claudia Waite (Berta), Mark Schowalter (Sergeant), Brian Davis (Fiorello) and Rob Besserer (Ambrogio).
Russian dynamo Valery Gergiev — world-famous conductor and tireless promoter of his nation’s rich musical heritage — sits for his GREAT PERFORMANCES portrait. For a man conducting a performance nearly every day of the year, Gergiev remains the calm center of the frenzied world of musicians, singers, administrators, politicians, and managers swirling around him.
Robert Carsen and Valery Gergiev bring Tchaikovsky’s opera based on Alexander Pushkin’s poem to the stage. Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars in his signature role of Onegin, opposite Renée Fleming and Ramón Vargas.
Acclaimed tenor Anthony Dean Griffey tackles the title role in Benjamin Britten’s haunting Peter Grimes. Acclaimed tenor Anthony Dean Griffey tackles the title role in Benjamin Britten’s haunting Peter Grimes. Under investigation for unthinkable transgressions, Grimes proclaims his innocence in the face of the unrelenting accusations of his fellow townspeople.
Tan Dun conducts his opera based on an epic about Imperial China. Visionary director Zhang Yimou was also architect of the 2008 Beijing Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.
Patrick Summers conducts Sendro Sequi’s production of “I Puritani,” set during the English civil war in the 1640s. With Anna Netrebko (Elvira Walton), Eric Cutler (Lord Arturo Talbot), Franco Vassallo (Sir Riccardo Forth), John Relyea (Sir Giorgio Walton), Maria Zifchak (Queen Enrichetta), Eduardo Valdes (Sir Bruno Robertson), and Valerian Ruminski (Lord Gualtiero Walton).
On the heels of her triumph in Jenufa, Finnish soprano Karita Mattila adds another landmark role to her Met repertory, the free-spirited beauty Manon Lescaut. Puccini’s early success tells the story of the magnetic attraction between two young lovers.
The Julie Taymor production of Mozart’s opera, conducted by James Levine, stars: Ying Huang (Pamina), Matthew Polenzani (Tamino), Nathan Gunn (Papageno), Erika Miklósa (The Queen of the Night), and René Pape (Sarastro).
Director Adrian Noble calls Macbeth “the greatest story Verdi ever told.” It’s the first of three works by Shakespeare that the composer set to music.