Live at the Met

The new season of the Met's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning performance transmissions at your Lark Theater features ten presentations.

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IL TROVATORE (Verdi)

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. Angela Meade sings Leonora in later performances. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera Association

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Sat, Oct 3, 9:55am* LIVE- 3 hrs. 7 min. icn_doc
Wed, Oct 7, 6:30pm ENCORE

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OTELLO (Verdi) – New Production

The Met season opens with Verdi’s masterful Otello, inspired by Shakespeare’s play and matching it 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 Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr.

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Sat, Oct 17, 9:55am* LIVE- 3 hrs. 27 min. icn_doc
Wed, Oct 21, 6:30pm ENCORE

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TANNHÄUSER (Wagner) – First Time in HD

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 of the young knight caught between true love and passion. Eva-Maria Westbroek is 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, Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.

Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr.

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Sat, Oct 31, 9am* LIVE - 4 hrs. 31 min. icn_doc
Wed, Nov 4, 6:30pm ENCORE

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LULU (Berg) – New Production/First Time in HD

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-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.

Production a gift of The Kirsh Family Foundation

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Dutch National Opera, and English National Opera

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Sat, Nov 21, 9:30am* LIVE - 4 hrs. 27 min. icn_doc
Wed, Dec 2, 6:30pm ENCORE

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THE MAGIC FLUTE (Mozart)

This was the groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met’s heralded Live in HD series, seen by opera lovers in movie theaters around the world. Adults and children alike were enchanted by the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version. Under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a winning ensemble cast – including Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa, and René Pape – brings fresh life to Mozart's timeless fairy tale.

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Sat, Dec 12, 11am* ENCORE - 2 hrs. icn_doc
Wed, Dec 16, 6:30pm ENCORE

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LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (Bizet) – New Production

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.

Production a gift of the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa

Additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller

Co-production originally created by English National Opera

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Sat, Jan 16, 9:55am* LIVE- 2 hrs. 54 min. icn_doc
Wed, Jan 20, 6:30pm ENCORE

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TURANDOT (Puccini)

Christine Goerke, Lise Lindstrom, and Nina Stemme, three of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, take turns in the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. Tenors Marcelo Álvarez and Marco Berti are Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

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Sat, Jan 30, 9:55am* LIVE- 3 hrs. 35 min. icn_doc
Wed, Feb 3, 6:30pm ENCORE

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MANON LESCAUT (Puccini) – New Production

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.

Production a gift of Helen and Bengt Agerup and Rolex

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and the Baden-Baden Festival

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Sat, Mar 5, 9:55am* LIVE- 3 hrs. 33 min.
Wed, Mar 9, 6:30pm ENCORE icn_doc

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY (Puccini) – New Production

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Two of the world’s foremost Butterflys, sopranos Kristine Opolais and Patricia Racette, share the title role. Tenors Massimo Giordano and Roberto Alagna sing Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera

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Sat, Apr 2, 9:55am* LIVE - 3 hrs. 48 min. icn_doc
Wed, Apr 6, 6:30pm ENCORE

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ROBERTO DEVEREUX (Donizetti) – Met Premiere/First Time in HD

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, 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 Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlier Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.

Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

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Sat, Apr 16, 9:55am* LIVE - 3 hrs. 11 min. icn_doc
Wed, Apr 20, 6:30pm ENCORE

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ELEKTRA (Strauss) – New Production/First Time in HD

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 for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.

Production a gift of Robert L. Turner

Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Teatro all Scala, Milan; the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki; the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin; and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

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Sat, Apr 30, 9:55am* LIVE - 2 hrs. 10 min. icn_doc
Wed, May 4, 6:30pm ENCORE

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