Only 2 operas remain to be broadcast in the 2011-2 program - Massenet's Manon & Verdi's La Traviata - both in April. There is, however, an excellent collection starting in October as follows...
Donizetti’s L'Elisir d'Amore–New Production
October 13, 2012
Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.
October 27, 2012
Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Met with Johan Botha in the title role opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming. Semyon Bychkov conducts.
Adès’s The Tempest—Met Premiere
November 10, 2012
Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th-century La Scala in this inventive staging.
Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito
December 1, 2012
The virtuosic Elīna Garanča sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient
Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this
handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket
Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera—New Production
December 8, 2012
Director David Alden’s dreamlike setting provides a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Karita Mattila is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and Stephanie Blythe sings the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.
December 15, 2012
The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Berlioz’s Les Troyens
January 5, 2013
The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.
Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda—Met Premiere
January 19, 2013
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings
I, and Maurizio Benini conducts. Elizabeth
Verdi’s Rigoletto– New Production
February 16, 2013
Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in
in 1960. In this production, inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack, Piotr
Beczala is the womanizing Duke of Mantua, Željko Lucic is his tragic sidekick,
Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda. Las Vegas
Wagner’s Parsifal–New Production
March 2, 2013
Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom in François Girard's new vision for Wagner's final masterpiece. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts.
Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini
March 16, 2013, 12 pm ET
Zandonai's compelling opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's Inferno, returns in the Met's ravishingly beautiful production, last seen in 1986. Dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Handel’s Giulio Cesare—New Production
April 27, 2013
The opera that conquered
in Handel’s time
comes to the Met in David McVicar’s lively production. The world’s leading
countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an
irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts. London
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