2015-2016 Operas

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Simulcast Schedule for 2015-2016

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The 2015-2016 Met Opera HD Live Season will have live transmissions with encores to selected movie theatres throughout the country.  Here is this year’s opera schedule of the Live in HD performances. All live movie simulcasts take place on Saturday, US encores take place on Wednesday.  Don’t miss the Met’s tenth season of live performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world!

Verdi’s Il Trovatore
October 3, 2015 9:55 am
Encore: October 7  6:30 pm

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.  2 hrs 45 minutes with a 32 minute intermission

Verdi’s Otello–New Production
October 17, 2015 9:55 am
Encore: October 21  6:30 pm

Verdi’s masterful Otello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lu?i? plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. 2 hrs 57 minites with a 30 min intermission

Wagner’s Tannhäuser
October 31, 2015 9:00 am
Encore: November 4  6:30 pm

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus. 4hrs 20 min, 2 intermissions each 35 minutes.

Berg’s Lulu–New Production
November 21, 2015 9:30 am
Encore: November 25  6:30 pm

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-deforce title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter. 4 hrs 14 min, 2 intermissions each 35 min

Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles–New Production
January 16, 2016 9:55 am
Encore: January 20  6:30 pm

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen. 2hrs 29 minutes, a 30 minute intermission

Puccini’s Turandot
January 30, 2016 9:55 am
Encore: February 4  6:30 pm

Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani. 3hrs 15min, 1st intermission 45 minutes, 2nd intermission 29 minutes.

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut–New Production
March 5, 2016 9:55 am
Encore: March 9  6:30 pm

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.  3 hrs 8 minutes, 2 30 minute intermissions

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
April 2, 2016 9:55 am
Encore: April 6  6:30 pm

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.  3 hrs 18 min, intermission 1 35 minutes, 2nd intermission 30 minutes

Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux—Met Premiere
April 16, 2016 9:55 am
Encore: April 20  6:30 pm

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.  3hrs 5 minutes, 2 25 minute intermissions

Strauss’s Elektra–New Production
April 30, 2016 9:55 am
Encore: May 4  6:30 pm

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducts.  1 hr 45 minutes, no intermissions

All dates and times are subject to change.


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