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: 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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GP at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

GP at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Some of the Met’s leading Verdi stars take on the central roles in the opera’s love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström’s wife and the object of the king’s secret passion. Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar, Gustavo’s page, and Stephanie Blythe is Mme. Ulrica Arvidsson, a fortune-teller with ominous news for the king.

Premiered May 5, 2013
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GP at the Met: La Clemenza di Tito

GP at the Met: La Clemenza di Tito

Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s stylized production, set in ancient Rome.

Elīna Garanča, star of the Great Performances at the Met broadcasts of Carmen and La Cenerentola, appears in the trouser role of Sesto in the Met’s rare revival of Mozart’s opera.

Premiered April 14, 2013
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Gp at the Met: The Tempest

Gp at the Met: The Tempest

Thomas Adès conducts the Met premiere of his contemporary masterpiece with Simon Keenlyside as Prospero, the role he created in the opera’s world premiere. The English-language opera is based on Shakespeare’s final play.

Premiered March 17, 2013
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