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Adriana Lecouvreur20190112

In the first ever Met production of Francesco Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, Anna Netrebko plays the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th century audiences with her on and offstage passion. The rivalry between Adriana and the Princess de Bouillon for the love of Maurizio ends in high drama and a bouquet of poisoned violets.

Presented from the Met by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur.....Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Principessa.....Anita Rachvelishvili (Mezzo-soprano)
Maurizio.....Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Abbe of Chazeuil.....Carlo Bosi (Tenor)
Michonnet.....Ambrogio Maestri (Baritone)
Prince de Bouillon.....Maurizio Muraro (Bass)
Mlle Jouvenot.....Sarah Joy Miller (Soprano)
Mlle Dangeville.....Samantha Hankey ( Mezzo-soprano)
Poisson.....Tony Stevenson (Tenor)
Quinault.....Patrick Carfizzi (Baritone)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Gianandrea Noseda (Conductor)

Love, rivalry and poisoned violets in tonight's opera from the Met

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Adriana Lecouvreur20190112

In the first ever Met production of Francesco Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, Anna Netrebko plays the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th century audiences with her on and offstage passion. The rivalry between Adriana and the Princess de Bouillon for the love of Maurizio ends in high drama and a bouquet of poisoned violets.

Presented from the Met by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur

Adriana Lecouvreur.....Anna Netrebko (Soprano)
Principessa.....Anita Rachvelishvili (Mezzo-soprano)
Maurizio.....Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Abbe of Chazeuil.....Carlo Bosi (Tenor)
Michonnet.....Ambrogio Maestri (Baritone)
Prince de Bouillon.....Maurizio Muraro (Bass)
Mlle Jouvenot.....Sarah Joy Miller (Soprano)
Mlle Dangeville.....Samantha Hankey ( Mezzo-soprano)
Poisson.....Tony Stevenson (Tenor)
Quinault.....Patrick Carfizzi (Baritone)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Gianandrea Noseda (Conductor)

For full synopsis visit the programme page

Photo credit:
Anna Netrebko as Adriana and Piotr Beczała as Maurizio
Photo: Vincent Peters / Met Opera

Love, rivalry and poisoned violets in tonight's opera from the Met

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Bizet's Carmen20190202

Bizet's Carmen.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine portrays the gypsy seductress, who tells her admirers that love is free and obeys no rules. This is something that Don José, sung by Roberto Alagna, finds hard to bear, with ultimately tragic consequences.

Carmen.....Clémentine Margaine (Mezzo-soprano)
Micaela.....Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Don José.....Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Escamillo.....Alexander Vinogradov (Bass)
Frasquita.....Sydney Mancasola (Soprano)
Mercédès.....Samantha Hankey (Mezzo-soprano)
Le Remendado.....Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)
Le Dancaiire.....Javier Arrey (Baritone)
Morales.....Alexey Lavrov (Baritone)
Zuniga.....Richard Bernstein (Bass)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Louis Langrée (Conductor)

Bizet's Carmen, sung by Clementine Margaine.

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Pell\u00e9as et M\u00e9lisande20190119

Tonight's opera from the Met is Debussy’s strange and seductive Pelleas et Melisande. Prince Golaud finds a mysterious young woman lost in the forest, and marries her. But when Melisande meets his younger half-brother Pelleas, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him, with tragic results. Young Met stars, tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, are the naïve title lovers, and baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the imperious Prince Golaud.

Presented from the Met by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Debussy Pelleas et Melisande.
Mélisande.....Isabel Leonard (Soprano)
Geneviève.....Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Contralto)
Pelléas.....Paul Appleby (Tenor)
Golaud.....Kyle Ketelsen (Baritone)
Arkel.....Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass)
Doctor.....Paul Corona (Bass)
Shepherd.....Jeremy Galyon (Baritone)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Yannick Nezet-Seguin (Conductor)

Paul Appleby and Isabel Leonard sing the doomed lovers in Pelleas et Melisande

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Puccini's Il Trittico20181208

Tonight's opera from the Met is Puccini's triple bill in a performance to mark the centenary of the work's world premiere at the Met. Tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro; soprano Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica; and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes an unusual comedic turn in the baritone title role of Gianni Schicchi.

Presented from the Met by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Puccini: Il Tabarro
Giorgetta….. Amber Wagner (soprano)
La Frugola….., Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)
Luigi ….. Marcelo Álvarez (tenor)
Michele….. George Gagnidze (baritone)
Il 'Talpa' ….. Maurizio Muraro (bass)
Il Tinca ….. Tony Stevenson (tenor)
Song-seller….. Brian Michael Moore (tenor)
One of two lovers….. Ashley Emerson (soprano)
The second of two lovers Yi Li (tenor)

Suor Angelica
Sister Angelica….. Kristine Opolais(soprano)
Sister Genovieffa….. Maureen McKay (soprano)
The Princess….. Stephanie Blythe (contralto)
The Monitor….. MaryAnn McCormick (mezzo-soprano)
The Mistress of the Novices….. Jane Shaulis (mezzo-soprano)
The Nursing Sister….. Megan Marino (mezzo-soprano)
The Abbess….. Lindsay Ammann (mezzo-soprano)
Alms collector….. Leah Hawkins (soprano)
Alms collector 2….. Cassandra Zoé Velasco (soprano)
Lay Sister 1 Stacey Tappan (soprano)
Lay Sister 2….. Edyta Kulczak (soprano)
Novice 1….. Jessica Faselt (soprano)
Novice …..2 Sandra Piques Eddy (soprano)
Sister Dolcina….. Sharon Azrieli (soprano)
Sister Osmina….. Rosalie Sullivan (mezzo-soprano)
Sister Lucilla….. Elizabeth Brooks (mezzo-soprano)
First of the three Sisters …..Anne Nonnemacher (soprano)
Second of the three Sisters….. Marie Te Hapuku (mezzo-soprano)
Third of the three Sisters….. Meredith Woodend (contralto)
A Sister Maria D'Amato (soprano)

Gianni Schicchi
Lauretta….. Kristina Mkhitaryan (soprano)
Rinuccio….. Atalla Ayan (tenor)
Gianni Schicchi….. Plácido Domingo (baritone)
Nella, Gherardo's wife….. Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez (soprano)
La Ciesca….. Lindsay Ammann (mezzo-soprano)
Zita….. Stephanie Blythe (contralto)
Gherardo….. Tony Stevenson (tenor)
Marco…..Jeff Mattsey (baritone)
Simone….. Maurizio Muraro (bass)
Betto di Signa….. Patrick Carfizzi (bass)
Maestro Spinelloccio….. Kevin Burdette (bass)
Amantio di Nicolao….. Philip Cokorinos (baritone)
Pinellino….. Scott Conner (bass)
Guccio….. Christian Zaremba (bass)

Puccini's triple bill from the New York Metropolitan Opera

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Puccini's La Fanciulla del West20181222

A mining town during the American gold rush of 1849: perhaps an unlikely setting for an Italian opera, but one that has a happy ending! Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, the Girl of the Golden West, tells the tale of Minnie, the bartender in the saloon whom all the local men adore, and Dick Johnson alias Ramerrez, a notorious bandit. Dick and Minnie fall in love on first meeting, so much so that he vows to change his life as a bandit. Puccini wrote the romantic leads for two great singers: Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destin, but the roles in this Met performance are sung by two contemporary great singers: Eva-Maria Westbroek and Jonas Kaufmann.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath in conversation with Ira Siff.

Minnie.....Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)
Dick Johnson (Ramerrez)..........Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Jack Rance.....Zeljko Lucic (Baritone)
Nick.....Carlo Bosi (Tenor)
Sonora.....Michael Todd Simpson (Baritone)
Ashby.....Matthew Rose (Bass)
Jake Wallce.....Oren Gradus (Bass)
Wowkle.....MaryAnn Mccormick (Mezzo-soprano)
Trin.....Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)
Harry.....Alok Kumar (Main Artist)
Joe.....Scott Scully (Tenor)
Postiglione.....Ian Kozlara (Tenor)
Sid.....Jeongcheoi Cha (Baritone)
Bellow.....Richard Bernstein (Baritone)
Harry.....Joseph Barron (Tenor)
Jim Larkens.....Adrian Timpau (Baritone)
Billy Jackrabbit.....Philip Cokorinos (Tenor)
Jose Castro.....Kidon Choi (Baritone)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Main Artist
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Marco Armiliato (Conductor)

Photo credit: Ken Howard / Met Opera
For full synopsis visit the programme page

Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, starring Eva-Maria Westbroek and Jonas Kaufmann.

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Puccini's La Fanciulla Del West20181222

A mining town during the American gold rush of 1849: perhaps an unlikely setting for an Italian opera, but one that has a happy ending! Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, the Girl of the Golden West, tells the tale of Minnie, the bartender in the saloon whom all the local men adore, and Dick Johnson alias Ramerrez, a notorious bandit. Dick and Minnie fall in love on first meeting, so much so that he vows to change his life as a bandit. Puccini wrote the romantic leads for two great singers: Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destin, but the roles in this Met performance are sung by two contemporary great singers: Eva-Maria Westbroek and Jonas Kaufmann.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath in conversation with Ira Siff.

Minnie....Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)
Dick Johnson (Ramerrez)....Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Jack Rance....Zeljko Lucic (Baritone)
Nick....Carlo Bosi (Tenor)
Sonora....Michael Todd Simpson (Baritone)
Ashby....Matthew Rose (Bass)
Jake Wallce....Oren Gradus (Bass)
Wowkle....MaryAnn Mccormick (Mezzo-soprano)
Trin....Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)
Harry....Alok Kumar (Main Artist)
Joe....Scott Scully (Tenor)
Postiglione....Ian Kozlara (Tenor)
Sid....Jeongcheoi Cha (Baritone)
Bellow....Richard Bernstein (Baritone)
Harry....Joseph Barron (Tenor)
Jim Larkens....Adrian Timpau (Baritone)
Billy Jackrabbit....Philip Cokorinos (Tenor)
Jose Castro....Kidon Choi (Baritone)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (Main Artist
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Marco Armiliato (Conductor)

Photo credit: Ken Howard / Met Opera
For full synopsis visit the programme page

Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, starring Eva-Maria Westbroek and Jonas Kaufmann.

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Saint-Saens\u2019s Samson et Dalila20190323

Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila, starring Anita Rachvelishvili and Aleksandrs Antonenko, conducted by Mark Elder.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath, with commentary by Ira Siff.

Dalila.....Anita Rachvelishvili (Mezzo-soprano)
Samson.....Aleksandrs Antonenko (Tenor)
High Priest of Dagon.....Laurent Naouri (Baritone)
Abimelech.....Tomasz Konieczny (Bass)
Old Hebrew.....Gunther Grolssbock (Bass)
First Philistine.....Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)
Second Philistine.....Jeongcheol Cha (Bass Baritone)
Messenger.....Scott Scully (Tenor)
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Mark Elder (Conductor)

The source of this popular opera is a single chapter in the biblical Book of Judges, but the brevity of the tale did nothing to prevent it from becoming one of the world’s great stories of love - or at least passion - betrayed.

For full synopsis please visit the programme page
Photo credit: Ken Howard

Saint-Saens\u2019s Samson et Dalila, starring Anita Rachvelishvili and Aleksandrs Antonenko.

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Saint-saens's Samson Et Dalila20190323

Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila, starring Anita Rachvelishvili and Aleksandrs Antonenko, conducted by Mark Elder.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath, with commentary by Ira Siff.

Dalila....Anita Rachvelishvili (Mezzo-soprano)
Samson....Aleksandrs Antonenko (Tenor)
High Priest of Dagon....Laurent Naouri (Baritone)
Abimelech....Tomasz Konieczny (Bass)
Old Hebrew....Gunther Grolssbock (Bass)
First Philistine....Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)
Second Philistine....Jeongcheol Cha (Bass Baritone)
Messenger....Scott Scully (Tenor)
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Mark Elder (Conductor)

The source of this popular opera is a single chapter in the biblical Book of Judges, but the brevity of the tale did nothing to prevent it from becoming one of the world’s great stories of love - or at least passion - betrayed.

For full synopsis please visit the programme page
Photo credit: Ken Howard

Saint-Saens\u2019s Samson et Dalila, starring Anita Rachvelishvili and Aleksandrs Antonenko.

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila, starring Anita Rachvelishvili and Aleksandrs Antonenko, conducted by Mark Elder.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath, with commentary by Ira Siff.

Dalila.....Anita Rachvelishvili (Mezzo-soprano)
Samson.....Aleksandrs Antonenko (Tenor)
High Priest of Dagon.....Laurent Naouri (Baritone)
Abimelech.....Tomasz Konieczny (Bass)
Old Hebrew.....Gunther Grolssbock (Bass)
First Philistine.....Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)
Second Philistine.....Jeongcheol Cha (Bass Baritone)
Messenger.....Scott Scully (Tenor)
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Mark Elder (Conductor)

The source of this popular opera is a single chapter in the biblical Book of Judges, but the brevity of the tale did nothing to prevent it from becoming one of the world’s great stories of love - or at least passion - betrayed.

For full synopsis please visit the programme page
Photo credit: Ken Howard

Saint-Saens\u2019s Samson et Dalila, starring Anita Rachvelishvili and Aleksandrs Antonenko.

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Verdi's La Traviata20181215

The tragedy of opera's archetypal "fallen woman", from the Met, New York. Starring Diana Damrau as the heroine and Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

Presented by Mary-Jo Heath in conversation with Ira Siff.

Verdi: La Traviata

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production of Verdi’s masterpiece, in which Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, the “fallen woman” who has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s lover, and baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

Violetta.....Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Alfredo Germont.....Juan Diego Florez (Tenor)
Giorgio Germont.....Quinn Kelsey (Baritone)
Flora Bervoix.....Kristin Chavez (Mezzo-soprano)
Annina.....Maria Zifchak (Soprano)
Gastone.....Scott Scully (Tenor)
Il Barone Douphol.....Dwayne Croft (Baritone)
Marquis d'Obigny.....Jeongcheol Cha (Bass)
Doctor Grenvil.....Kevin Short (Bass)
Giuseppe.....Marco Antonio Jordao (Tenor)
Messenger.....Ross Benollel (Baritone)
La cena e pronta.....Seth Malkin (Bass)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Yannick Nezet-Seguin (Conductor)

For full synopsis visit the programme page

The tragedy of opera's archetypal 'fallen woman', from the Met in New York.

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Verdi's La Traviata20181215

The tragedy of opera's archetypal "fallen woman", from the Met, New York. Starring Diana Damrau as the heroine and Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

Presented by Mary-Jo Heath in conversation with Ira Siff.

Verdi: La Traviata

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production of Verdi’s masterpiece, in which Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, the “fallen woman” who has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s lover, and baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

Violetta....Diana Damrau (Soprano)
Alfredo Germont....Juan Diego Florez (Tenor)
Giorgio Germont....Quinn Kelsey (Baritone)
Flora Bervoix....Kristin Chavez (Mezzo-soprano)
Annina....Maria Zifchak (Soprano)
Gastone....Scott Scully (Tenor)
Il Barone Douphol....Dwayne Croft (Baritone)
Marquis d'Obigny....Jeongcheol Cha (Bass)
Doctor Grenvil....Kevin Short (Bass)
Giuseppe....Marco Antonio Jordao (Tenor)
Messenger....Ross Benollel (Baritone)
La cena e pronta....Seth Malkin (Bass)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Yannick Nezet-Seguin (Conductor)

For full synopsis visit the programme page

The tragedy of opera's archetypal 'fallen woman', from the Met in New York.

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances

Verdi's Otello20190105

Tonight's opera from the Met in New York is Verdi's Shakespearean tragedy, Otello. The cast is led by tenor Stuart Skelton in the title role as the hero who can't control his jealousy, soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars as the devoted but doomed Desdemona, and baritone Zeljko Lučić sings the treacherous Iago in Verdi's musical and dramatic masterpiece. Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut conducting the Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House.

Presented from the Met by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff.

Verdi: Otello

Desdemona..... Sonya Yoncheva (Soprano )
Emilia..... Jennifer Johnson Cano (Mezzo-soprano)
Otello.....Stuart Skelton (Tenor)
Cassio.....Alexey Dolgov (Tenor)
Iago.....Zeljko Lucic (Baritone)
Lodovico.....James Morris (Bass)
Roderigo.....Chad Shelton (Tenor)
Montano.....Jeff Mattsey (Baritone)
A Herald.....Kidon Choi (Bass)
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Gustavo Dudamel (Conductor

Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut conducting Verdi's masterpiece, Otello

Programme presenting rare and fascinating operatic performances