Opera

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

Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera

Moby-Dick from San Francisco Opera

Composed in two acts and sung in English, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s opera adaptation brings a thrilling new musical dimension to one of the towering classics of American literature, Herman Melville’s celebrated novel Moby Dick. San Francisco Opera’s critically acclaimed premiere ran for eight performances in the fall of 2012 at the historic War Memorial Opera House.

Premiered November 1, 2013
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40th Anniversary Celebration

40th Anniversary Celebration

Great Performances has provided viewers an unparalleled showcase of the best of the performing arts. On the occasion of the series’ 40th anniversary on PBS, a stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what Great Performances has meant to them, with performances by Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Martins, Patti Austin and Take 6, Met Opera star Elīna Garanča and Michael Bublé.

Premiered October 18, 2013
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GP at the Met: Giulio Cesare

GP at the Met: Giulio Cesare

David Daniels and Natalie Dessay star as Caesar and Cleopatra in Handel’s most popular opera, Giulio Cesare. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket leads an extraordinary cast in David McVicar‘s innovative production.

Premiered September 1, 2013
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GP at the Met: Francesca da Rimini

GP at the Met: Francesca da Rimini

Riccardo Zandonai’s masterpiece opera was staged by the Met for the first time in more than a quarter of a century in 2013. Piero Faggioni‘s production sets the action in Renaissance Italy and stars Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and Italian tenor Marcello Giordani as the star-crossed lovers whose doomed romance was immortalized in an episode in Dante’s Inferno.

Premiered August 18, 2013
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GP at the Met: Parsifal

GP at the Met: Parsifal

Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in a new production of Wagner’s final masterpiece Parsifal, staged by acclaimed French Canadian director François Girard in his Met debut. An extraordinary cast of Wagnerians are assembled for the deeply meditative opera about sin, redemption, pain, and healing.

Premiered July 28, 2013
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GP at the Met: Maria Stuarda

GP at the Met: Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato stars as Mary, Queen of Scots, in the first-ever Met production of Donizetti’s opera. South African soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met debut as Mary’s rival, the formidable Queen Elizabeth I, and Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester, the nobleman caught between the two dueling monarchs. Maurizio Benini conducts the cast.

Premiered July 14, 2013
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GP at the Met: Les Troyens

GP at the Met: Les Troyens

Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a rare revival of Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens, based on Virgil’s Aeneid. Bryan Hymel stars as Aeneas, the Trojan hero. Deborah Voigt sings Cassandra, the Trojan prophetess who tries to warn her countrymen of the dangers about to befall them, and Susan Graham makes her Met role debut as Dido, the Carthaginian queen who gives her heart to Aeneas with disastrous consequences.

Premiered June 30, 2013
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GP at the Met: Aida

GP at the Met: Aida

One of the most popular and beloved operas of all time, Aida, in a spectacular staging that captures the grandeur of Ancient Egypt, comes to Great Performances at the Met. More than 200 artists fill the Met stage for this performance of Verdi’s tragedy, which sets a heartbreaking love triangle against the backdrop of an empire at war.

Premiered June 9, 2013
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GP at the Met: Rigoletto

GP at the Met: Rigoletto

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) makes his Met debut with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. The staging moves the opera’s tragic events from a decadent 16th-century Italian court to the glitzy, depraved setting of the Las Vegas strip circa 1960. Polish tenor Piotr Beczala sings the Duke, an amoral lounge singer whose entourage includes the world-weary comedian Rigoletto, sung by Serbian baritone Željko Lučić. German soprano Diana Damrau sings the role of Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter and the victim of the predatory Duke.

Premiered May 17, 2013
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