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Upcoming broadcasts

Ernani

Ernani

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

James Levine

James Levine and Plácido Domingo reunite for Levine’s first Met Ernani since 1983 and Domingo’s first-ever performances of the baritone role of Don Carlo. Francesco Meli stars in the title role, and Angela Meade is the soprano heroine Elvira, caught between rivals for her love.

Don Carlo

Don Carlo

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Composer:

Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor:

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s ambitious score with a stand-out cast in Nicholas Hytner’s handsome production. Yonghoon Lee sings the title role, with Barbara Frittoli, Ekaterina Gubanova, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, James Morris, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, reprising his definitive portrayal of King Philip.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1:00pm

Composer:

Dmitri Shostakovich

Conductor:

James Conlon

Shostakovich’s towering tragedy of adultery and murder stars the commanding dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the heroine who suffers the vicissitudes of her treachery. Brandon Jovanovich is her co-conspirator and lover, and James Conlon conducts.

Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role "brings aching vulnerability and delicate singing to her overwhelming performance." Brandon Jovanovich "is ideal as Sergei. His singing is bright and virile, and he is dramatically fearless." James Conlon draws an "inspired, incisive and colorful performance... from the great Met Orchestra." (New York Times)

A "brilliant production, cleverly conceived and imaginatively focused... The splendid cast was properly dominated by Eva-Maria Westbroek, dramatically uninhibited, emotionally wide-ranging... Brandon Jovanovich conveyed the lust and languor of her sometime lover, Sergei, with savage bravado... James Conlon brilliantly juggled passion and pathos, tragedy and satire in the pit... Five stars." (Financial Times)

"Completely engrossing... Westbroek was supported by a cast that was superb from top to bottom." (New York Classical Review)

Previous broadcasts

Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Composer:

GAETANO DONIZETTI

Conductor:

Maurizio Benini

New coloratura talent Albina Shagimuratova sings bel canto’s unhinged bride, delivering opera’s most thrilling mad scene. Joseph Calleja is her tragic lover. Mary Zimmerman’s production evokes the moors and castles of Scotland for Donizetti’s melodic journey of love and deception, conducted by Maurizio Benini.

Manon

Manon

The Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

Composer:

Jules Massenet

Conductor:

Emmanuel Villaume

The vocally high-flying soprano Diana Damrau sings her first Met performances of Massenet’s beguiling heroine, opposite the ardent tenor Vittorio Grigolo, in Laurent Pelly’s elegant production, conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse

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