Opera

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

Il Postino From LA Opera

Il Postino From LA Opera

The world premiere performance of Daniel Catan’s opera Il Postino from LA Opera stars Placido Domingo and Charles Castronovo. Il Postino tells the story of a shy young postman in an Italian fishing village, who discovers the courage to pursue his dreams through his daily deliveries to his only customer, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, played by Domingo.

Premiered November 24, 2011
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Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles

Placido Domingo: My Favorite Roles

This comprehensive performance documentary, the first profile of the tenor in a decade, features the celebrated tenor – and general director of both the Washington National Opera and the Los Angeles Opera – as he looks back and reflects with heartfelt candor on his choicest roles from opera houses around the world

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GP at the Met: Capriccio

GP at the Met: Capriccio

Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles, the elegant Countess in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio, on Great Performances at the Met. Andrew Davis, who led the Met premiere of the opera in 1998, returned to conduct its first revival.

Premiered August 13, 2011
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Rigoletto from Mantua

Rigoletto from Mantua

Directed by Marco Bellocchio, the film adaptation of Rigoletto from Mantua stars Placido Domingo in the baritone title role; Julia Novikova as his innocent daughter Gilda; Vittorio Grigolo as the womanizing Duke; and Ruggero Raimondi as the assassin Sparafucile. The film is recorded in in the Renaissance splendor of Mantua, Italy, in the actual places and hours of the day specified in the libretto.

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GP at the Met: Nixon in China

GP at the Met: Nixon in China

The opera stars James Maddalena as Richard Nixon, a role he created at the opera’s world premiere in 1987. With a libretto by American poet Alice Goodman, the opera is based on significant moments during President Nixon’s visit to China in February of 1972, with the key political figures as the lead characters

Premiered May 31, 2011
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Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias

Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias

Great Performances marks the first anniversary of the passing of one of opera’s most cherished voices with Pavarotti: A Life in Seven Arias. Combining archival and rarely seen performance footage with fresh reminiscences by friends and colleagues, the 90-minute musical feast offers a concise yet compelling look at the tenor’s meteoric career trajectory.

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Domingo, Netrebko & Villazón: Three Stars in Vienna

Domingo, Netrebko & Villazón: Three Stars in Vienna

The broadcast is led by noted French conductor Bertrand de Billy, directing the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Tenors Plácido Domingo and Rolando Villazón join soprano Anna Netrebko in the evening of highlights from such favorite works as The Merry Widow, Land of Smiles and El Gato Montes.

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