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: The Nose

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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GP at the Met: L’Elisir D’Amore

GP at the Met: L’Elisir D’Amore

Star soprano Anna Netrebko takes center stage as Adina, the irresistible heroine of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love). Although L’Elisir d’Amore is one of the most popular comic operas in the repertory, this production marks the first time it has been performed on a Met’s opening night.

Premiered January 18, 2013
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GP at the Met: Eugene Onegin (2014)

GP at the Met: Eugene Onegin (2014)

In the fall of 2013, Anna Netrebko opened her third consecutive Met season — which will mark her ninth Great Performances at the Met broadcast — in her company role debut as Tatiana, the naïve heroine from Pushkin’s classic novel, in Eugene Onegin.

Premiered January 17, 2014
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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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