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Opera On 320100102

Live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Fabio Luisi conducts Hansel und Gretel, Humperdinck's take on the Brothers Grimm fairytale.

Angelika Kirchschlager and Miah Persson star as the brother and sister lost in the woods looking for food, who find an inviting gingerbread house to feast on. Philip Langridge potrays the witch with more than just gingerbread on her mind for her next meal. Always a Christmas favourite, Hansel and Gretel has drama, humour and some great music.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. With live backstage interviews during the interval.

Gretel....Miah Persson (soprano)

Hansel....Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano)

Gertrude....Rosalind Plowright (soprano)

Peter....Dwayne Croft (baritone)

Witch....Philip Langridge (tenor)

Sandman....Jennifer Johnson (soprano)

Dew Fairy....Erin Morley (soprano)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Children's Chorus

Fabio Luisi (conductor).

Opera On 320100109

From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Edo de Waart conducts Renee Fleming, Susan Graham and Christine Schafer in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier.

The story centres on the Marschallin, who enjoys time with her young lover Octavian, but knows that she is getting older and that one day he will lose interest in her. Sure enough, when he is chosen to deliver the engagement silver rose from the Baron Ochs to Sophie, they fall instantly in love with each other. The Marschallin understands the situation and graciously lets Octavian go to his new love. Strauss's masterpiece contains comedy, pathos and some sumptuous female vocal writing.

Opera On 320100116

Including the Toreador's Song and Habanera, Bizet's Carmen is packed full of some of the best known and instantly hummable tunes in the Classical canon. So it's easy to forget that the score was declared unplayable, and the story too scandalous and debauched for polite society at its 1875 premiere.

What upset the prim Parisians was that the cast of low-life characters, including factory workers, gypsies and soldiers, is depicted without rose-tinted romanticism, the slaves of their torrid passions. Jealousy, crime and murder dominate in a Spanish setting that the French preferred to think of as perfumed and exotic. But posterity gave Bizet the last laugh and star singers have always been attracted to the roles, including Latvian mezzo-of-the-moment Elina Garanca in the title role, and the internationally renowned tenor Roberto Alagna as her murderous lover Don José.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. Including backstage interviews with artists during the interval.

Carmen: Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)

Don José: Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Moralès: Trevor Scheunemann (baritone)

Micaëla: Barbara Frittoli (soprano)

Escamillo: Teddy Tahu Rhodes (baritone)

Dancaire: Earle Patriarco (tenor)

Remendado: Keith Jameson (tenor)

Zuniga: Keith Miller (bass)

Frasquita: Elizabeth Caballero (soprano)

Mercédès: Sandra Piques Eddy (soprano)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)

Orchestra and Chorus of Metropolitan Orchestra.

Opera On 320100130

Verdi's opera Stiffelio had a troubled history. The predominantly Catholic Italy of the mid-19th century was not ready for a story of adultery in the home of a Protestant minister and the opera was severely censored at the time of its première in 1850. Forced to extensively revise his opera, Verdi then lost interest in it and did his best to destroy all copies of the original manuscript. It wasn't until 1960 that a complete score of Stiffelio was discovered, and in 1993 it entered the repertory of the Metropolitan Opera with tenor Plácido Domingo in the title role. Domingo now takes up the conductor's baton whilst Argentinian tenor José Cura sings the role of Stiffelio, the troubled clergyman who struggles between his ideals and the urge for revenge. American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky performs the role of his wife, Lina. From the opening scene, the young Verdi's originality is apparent as he begins Stiffelio with a long, ambitious septet and goes on from there with that mixture of dramatic force and melodic richness that made him the most successful composer of Italian opera in the second half of the 19th century.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. Backstage interviews with members of the cast and the Met Quiz during the intervals.

Stiffelio: José Cura (tenor)

Lina: Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano)

Stankar: Andrzej Dobber (baritone)

Raffaele von Leuthold: Michael Fabiano (tenor)

Jorg: Phillip Ens (bass)

Dorotea: Jennifer Check (mezzo-soprano)

Federico: Diego Torre (tenor)

Plácido Domingo (conductor)

Orchestra and Chorus of Metropolitan Orchestra.

Opera On 320100501

Rossini's Armida, Live from the Metropolitan Opera New York. Renée Fleming sings the sorceress who plans to use her beauty to enslave the crusading soldiers. She falls in love with Rinaldo, who is captivated by her until he sees his reflection and realises he is no longer the noble warrior he once was. The New York Met has rounded up no fewer than six tenors for the Met premiere of Rossini's Armida, with Ricardo Frizza conducting.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. There will be live backstage interviews and the famous Met Quiz during the 2 intervals.

Armida - Renée Fleming (soprano)

Rinaldo - Lawrence Brownlee (tenor)

Goffredo - John Osborn (tenor)

Gernando/Carlo....Barry Banks (tenor)

Ubaldo - Kobie van Rensburg (tenor)

Eustazio - Yegishe Manucharyan (tenor)

Idraote - Peter Volpe (bass)

Astarotte - Keith Miller (bass)

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Riccardo Frizza.

Opera On 320110205

Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, live from the Met, conducted by James Levine. Barbara Frittoli sings Amelia, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Fiesco, and Ramón Vargas, Adorno.

In fourteenth-century Genoa, there is a conspiracy afoot to overthrow the aristocracy. Popular former pirate Simon Boccanegra will be made doge, but this public success is complicated by a private tragedy involving an illegitimate child he had by the daughter of a nobleman.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Simon Boccanegra, a corsair - Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)

Maria Boccanegra, his daughter, aka Amelia - Barbara Frittoli (Soprano)

Jacopo Fiesco, a Genoese nobleman - Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass)

Gabriele Adorno, a Genoese gentleman - Ramón Vargas (Tenor)

Paolo Albiani, a goldsmith - Nicola Alaimo (Bass)

Pietro, a Genoese popular leader - Richard Bernstein (Baritone)

Captain of the Crossbowmen - Adam Laurence Herskowitz (Tenor)

Amelia's maid - Edyta Kulczak (Mezzo-soprano)

James Levine - Conductor

Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera.

Opera On 320110212
Opera On 320110212

Live from the New York Metropolitan Opera, John Adams's Nixon in China makes its debut at the Met in the same production first seen in 1987. In February 1972 President Nixon and his wife visit Chairman Mao in Communist China. The opera explores this legendary moment in American history, and the political and cultural differences which arise between the two leaders. Adams's wonderfully energetic score is conducted by the composer, with James Maddalena reprising Nixon, a role which he has made his own.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Richard Nixon - James Maddalena (Baritone)

Pat Nixon - Janis Kelly (Soprano)

Chou En-lai - Russell Braun (Baritone)

Mao Tse-tung - Robert Brubaker (Tenor)

Henry Kissinger - Richard Paul Fink (Bass)

Chiang Ch'ing - Kathleen Kim (Soprano)

Nancy T'sang, first secretary to Mao - Ginger Costa-Jackson (Mezzo-soprano)

Second secretary to Mao - Teresa S. Herold (Contralto)

Third secretary to Mao - Tamara Mumford (Contralto)

John Adams - Conductor

Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera.

Opera On 320110219
Opera On 320110219

Don Pasquale

Live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

In Donizetti's brilliant comedy, the elderly bachelor Don Pasquale plans to marry and produce an heir in order to disinherit his nephew, Ernesto, who has become infatuated with a young widow, Norina. Don Pasquale asks his doctor to help fix him up with a suitable woman but the cunning doctor tricks Pasquale into marrying a disguised Norina, who promtly begins to drive him to distraction.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Norina - Rachelle Durkin* (soprano)

Ernesto....Matthew Polenzani (Tenor)

Dr Malatesta - Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)

Don Pasquale....John Del Carlo (bass)

Notary....Bernard Fitch (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera

conductor Joseph Colaneri

*Rachelle Durkin will sing the role of Norina in this Saturday's matinee performance of Don Pasquale, replacing Anna Netrebko, who is ill.

Opera On 320110226

Another day in ancient Greece. Iphigenia is sacrificed by her father, but is saved by a goddess who transports her to Tauris, where she becomes High Priestess. Her brother Orestes, after murdering their mother (who had murdered their father, to avenge the sacrifice of Iphigenia), is pursued by the Furies. Fast forward fifteen years. Orestes and his friend Pylades are washed up on to the beach at Tauris by a storm. Time for a happy reconciliation? Not yet: neither Orestes nor Iphigenia recognize each other, and neither reveals to the other their true identity. As a recent and unknown arrival in Tauris it begins to look bad for Orestes when, in the course of her High Priestess duties, Iphigenia is ordered by her boss (Thoas, king of the Scythians) to sacrifice all strangers. Luckily, Iphigenia is reluctant to do the deed, and Thoas is prevented from finishing off Orestes himself by the timely arrival of Pylades with a group of Greek soldiers. Now, at last, it really is time for a happy ending.

Ever since its 1779 Paris premiere, Gluck's potent take on post-Trojan War practical and psychological family problems has gripped audiences and attracted the great singers of the day. Soprano Susan Graham and tenor-turned-baritone Plácido Domingo play the siblings who unexpectedly wind up together and have to contend with all the usual predicaments of ancient Greek drama. Presented by Margaret Juntwait.

Iphigénie - Susan Graham (soprano)

Oreste - Plácido Domingo (baritone)

Pylade - Paul Groves (tenor)

Thoas - Gordon Hawkins (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of the New York Metropolitan Opera

Patrick Summers (conductor).

Opera On 320120505

Janacek's The Makropoulos case

Live from The Met

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

When, at the end of the 16th century alchemist Hieronymus Makropulos made a potion that would extend the span of human life, he tested it on his daughter Elina. She fell into a coma and Hieronymus was sent to prison. But after a week Elina woke up and fled with the formula. Three hundred years later, she is still going - but does life have any value if it goes on for ever?

Emilia Marty....Karita Mattila (Soprano)

Albert Gregor....Richard Leech (Tenor)

Dr Kolenaty....Tom Fox (Bass)

Kolenaty's Clerk....Alan Oke (Tenor)

Baron Prus....Johan Reuter (Baritone)

Janek....Matthew Plenk (Tenor)

Count Hauk-Sendorf....Bernard Fitch (Tenor)

Stagehand....James Courtney (Bass)

Cleaning Woman....Jane Shaulis (Mezzo-Soprano)

Chambermaid....Edyta Kulczak (Mezzo-Soprano)

Kristina....Emalie Savoy (soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Conductor... Jiri Belohlavek.

Opera On 320121208

Live from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", a drama loosely based on the real events leading to the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. Verdi masterfully develops this story at various levels: with the backdrop of a political conspiracy, he tells of the personal tragedy of a king and his forbidden love of his best friend's wife. This new production by David Alden features the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi at the helm of a starry cast lead by Marcelo Alvarez as King Gustav, Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia Anckarstrom, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as her husband, the King's friend and advisor Count Anckarstrom.

Amelia Anckarstrom - Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano)

Oscar - Kathleen Kim (soprano)

Madame Ulrica Arvidsson - Dolora Zajick (contralto)

King Gustavo III - Marcelo Alvarez (tenor)

Count Anckarstrom - Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

Christiano - Trevor Scheunemann (bass)

Count Ribbing - Keith Miller (bass)

Count Horn - David Crawford (bass)

The Chief Justice - Mark Schowalter (tenor)

Amelia's Servant - Scott Scully (tenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera New York

Fabio Luisi, conductor.

Opera On 320121222

Live from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with commentary by Ira Siff.

The Barber of Seville, Rossini's great comic opera, in Bartlett Sher's English adaptation,

with Isabel Leonard as Rosina, Rodion Pogossov as Figaro and Alek Shrader as Count Almaviva. Yves Abel conducts.

Count Almaviva has disguised himself as a poor student in the hope of persuading the beautiful Rosina to love him for himself, rather than for his money. But there's a snag: Rosina is the ward of grumpy old Dr. Bartolo, and he too has plans to marry her.

The Count needs help, but crafty barber Figaro is on hand. He suggests that the Count disguise himself as a drunken soldier, ordered to be billeted with Dr. Bartolo, and so gain entrance to his house.

Two centuries after its premiere - and now universally accepted as the composer's comic masterpiece - Rossini's prequel to The Marriage of Figaro remains as tuneful, ironic and uproariously funny as ever.

Rosina: Isabel Leonard, contralto

Count Almaviva: Alek Shrader, tenor

Figaro: Rodion Pogossov, baritone

Dr. Bartolo: John Del Carlo, baritone

Don Basilio: Jordan Bisch,bass

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor: Yves Abel.

Opera On 320121229

The Tempest, by Thomas Adès, from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, conducted by the composer. With Simon Keenlyside as Prospero, Audrey Luna as Ariel, and Isobel Leonard as Miranda.

Miranda suspects that the magic practices of her father, Prospero, are responsible for a huge storm that has sunk a passing ship.

She's right: those on board were his enemies. Prospero nevertheless instructs his spirit Ariel to revive them and bring them to the island.

One of them is Prince Ferdinand who, when he arrives ashore, finds Miranda and the two fall instantly in love. Prospero is not pleased. He immobilizes Ferdinand and prepares to further his vengeance on the rest of the court.

The New York Times called Thomas Adès's masterpiece "one of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas to have come along in years," noting that "Adès drew a textured, glittering and suspenseful account of his opera from the great Met orchestra." The Financial Times lauded the performance's "rare virtuosity... Keenlyside sang with sensitive force... (and) loomed and brooded magnetically."

Ariel - Audrey Luna (soprano)

Miranda - Isabel Leonard (mezzo)

Trinculo - Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Ferdinand - Alek Shrader (tenor)

Caliban - Alan Oke (tenor)

King of Naples - William Burden (tenor)

Antonio - Toby Spence (tenor)

Prospero - Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera

Thomas Adès, conductor.

Opera On 320130105

This week's live from the Met is Berlioz's epic opera based on Virgil's poem The Aeneid about the Trojan War. The Greeks have departed Troy after ten years of siege, leaving behind a huge wooden horse. While the Trojans see it as an offering to the goddess Athena, only King Priam's daughter Cassandra suspects it signifies impending disaster for Troy. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Bryan Hymel, and Dwayne Croft lead a starry cast, conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Cassandra - Deborah Voigt (soprano),

Dido - Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano),

Anna - Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano),

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor),

Iopas - Eric Cutler (tenor),

Chorèbe - Dwayne Croft (baritone),

Narbal - Kwangchul Youn (bass),

Panthus - Richard Bernstein (bass),

Helenus - Eduardo Valdes (tenor),

Ascanio - Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano),

Hecuba - Theodora Hanslowe (mezzo-soprano),

Priam - Julien Robbins (bass-baritone),

Astyanax - Connell C. Rapavy (child actor),

Ghost of Hector - David Crawford (bass-baritone),

Voice Of Mercury - Kwangchul Youn (bass),

Hylas - Paul Appleby (tenor),

The Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Fabio Luisi, conductor.

Opera On 320130119

Facts rarely get in the way of a good story in the world of opera and Donizetti's history-based Maria Stuarda is no exception: its dramatic climax is a meeting that never happened. When queens Elizabeth and Mary confront each other, regal pride, years of hatred and mistrust (plus, of course, love-triangle issues) ignite one of Donizetti's most compelling scenes. 'Vil bastarda!' screams Mary Stuart at her cousin once removed. And the opera is full of Bel Canto plums leading up to Mary's final moments before her execution. As ever at the Met, a stellar international cast has been assembled, headed by Joyce di Donato and Elza van den Heever as the regal rivals.

Maria Stuarda, Queen of Scotland - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo)

Elisabetta, Queen of England - Elza van den Heever (soprano)

Anna Kennedy, Maria's companion - Maria Zifchak (mezzo)

Roberto, Earl of Leicester - Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

Lord Guglielmo Cecil, Chancellor of the Exchequer - Joshua Hopkins (baritone)

Giorgio Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury - Matthew Rose (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Maurizio Benini, conductor.

Opera On 320130202

Rossini's comic opera Le Comte Ory live from the Metroplitan Opera in New York.

Count Ory is determined to win the countess Adele, and will do anything to get access to the castle where the women are, including disguising himself and his men as nuns. Rossini's sparkling comedy, premiered in the 2011-12 season, stars tenor Juan Diego Florez as the count, Pretty Yende as Adele and Karine Deshayes in the trouser role of Isolier.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Countess Adele - Pretty Yende (soprano)

Isolier - Karine Deshayes (mezzo-soprano)

Ragonde - Susanne Resmark (mezzo-soprano)

Count Ory - Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Raimbaud - Nathan Gunn (baritone)

The Tutor - Nicola Ulivieri (baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Maurizio Benini, conductor.

Opera On 320130209

Nemorino is hopelessly in love with the fickle Adina, who seems more interested in the dashing Sergeant Belcore. Luckily for Nemorino, the quack doctor Dulcamara is selling a potion which he claims is an elixir of love. Donizetti's tuneful comedy is performed live from the Met by a top cast including Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani and Erwin Schrott.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Adina - Anna Netrebko (soprano),

Nemorino - Matthew Polenzani (tenor),

Belcore - Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone),

Dulcamara - Erwin Schrott (bass-baritone),

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Maurizio Benini, conductor.

Opera On 320130216

Radio 3's Verdi 200 celebrations continue with a live performance from the Met of one of Verdi's most popular works, Rigoletto.

Verdi and his librettist Piave based the work on a drama by Victor Hugo which had been banned after just one performance. The problem was that it showed a king as immoral and as a womaniser.

In Piave's libretto the king was changed to a duke who ruled over Mantua. This placated the censors and eventually the premiere went ahead at La Fenice in Venice. It was a great success with the Duke's aria La donna e mobile an immediate hit. It also contains one of the most heartfelt father daughter relationships in all of Verdi's work, between the court jester Rigoletto and Gilda.

This new production by Michael Mayer sets the action in Las Vegas in 1960 and stars the Serbian baritone Zeljko Lucic in the title role with German soprano Diana Damrau as Gilda and the Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as the Duke.

Rigoletto....Zeljko Lucic (baritone)

Gilda....Diana Damrau (soprano)

Duke of Mantua....Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Sparafucile....Stefan Kocan (bass)

Maddalena....Oksana Volkova (mezzo-soprano)

Giovanna....Edyta Kulczak (mezzo-soprano)

Count Ceprano....David Crawford (bass)

Countess Ceprano....Emalie Savoy (mezzo-soprano)

Matteo Borsa....Alexander Lewis (tenor)

Count Monterone....Robert Pomakov (baritone)

Marullo....Jeff Mattsey (baritone)

A Court Usher....Earle Patriarco (bass)

A Page....Catherine Choi (mezzo-soprano)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Michele Mariotti, conductor.

Opera On 320130223

Bizet's Carmen is packed full of some of the best known and hummable tunes in the Classical canon, including the instantly recognizable 'Toreador's Song' and 'Habanera'. So it's easy to forget that the score was declared unplayable, and the story too scandalous and debauched for polite society at its 1875 premiere.

What upset the prim Parisians was that the low-life characters, including factory workers, gypsies and soldiers, are depicted without rose-tinted romanticism, the slaves of their torrid passions. Jealousy, crime and murder dominate in a Spanish setting that the French preferred to think of as perfumed and exotic.

But posterity gave Bizet the last laugh and star singers have always been attracted to the roles, including Georgian mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili, whose Carmen has become a bit of a party piece, and Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff, who makes his Met debut as Carmen's murderous lover, Don José

Carmen....Anita Rachvelishvili (mezzo-soprano)

Don Jose....Nikolai Schukoff (tenor)

Micaela....Ekaterina Scherbachenko (soprano)

Escamillo....Ildar Abdrazakov (baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metroplitan Opera, New York

Michele Mariotti, conductor.

Opera On 320130302

In Wagner's final opera, Jonas Kaufmann sings the wild child innocent who stumbles upon the brotherhood of the holy grail, thereby finding wisdom and saving the grail's protectors from a curse put upon them. Katarina Dalayman sings Kundry, a mysterious ageless woman, Evegeny Niktin the wicked Klingsor and Rene Pape the noble knight Gurnemanz.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Parsifal....Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Kundry....Katarina Dalayman (soprano)

Amfortas....Peter Mattei (baritone)

Klingsor....Evgeny Nikitin (bass-baritone)

Gurnemanz....Rene Pape (bass)

Titurel....Rúni Brattaberg (bass)

First Esquire....Jennifer Forni (soprano)

Second Esquire....Lauren McNeese (mezzo-soprano)

Third Esquire....Andrew Stenson (tenor)

Fourth Esquire....Mario Chang (tenor)

First Knight....Mark Schowalter (tenor)

Second Knight....Ryan Speedo Green (bass)

Flower Maidens....Kiera Duffy, Lei Xu, Irene Roberts,

Haeran Hong, Katherine Whyte & Heather Johnson

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metroplitan Opera, New York

Daniele Gatti, conductor.

Opera On 320130309

Radio 3's Verdi 200 celebrations continue with a live performance from the Met in New York of one of Verdi's finest works, Don Carlo.

This historical drama, based on a play by Schiller and delivered here in its Italian version, tells the story of the Spanish heir to the throne, Don Carlo, Prince of Asturias, who sees his betrothed lady, Elisabeth de Valois, marry his own father, King Philip II, instead in order to secure a peace treaty.

The plot is dense in this magnificent grand opera, originally written for Paris: there's a case of mistaken identities; heretics are burnt at the stake by the mighty Spanish Inquisition; and even the spirit of Emperor Charles V comes back from the dead to rescue the opera's tortured hero.

In a starry cast, Ramon Vargas takes the title role of Don Carlo; Barbara Frittoli is Elisabeth the Valois; Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Don Carlo's friend Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa, and Ferruccio Furlanetto is King Philip II. Renowned maestro Lorin Maazel conducts the chorus and orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House.

Don Carlo....Ramon Vargas (tenor)

Elisabeth de Valois....Barbara Frittoli (soprano)

Eboli....Anna Smirnova (mezzo-soprano)

Rodrigo....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

Philip II....Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Grand Inquisitor....Eric Halfvarson (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Lorin Maazel, conductor.

Opera On 320130316

Zandonai's colourful melodrama, based on a play inspired by Dante's Inferno, centres on Francesca da Rimini's fateful entanglement with the Malatesta family. Francesca has been promised in marriage to Gianciotto Malatesta, the brutal lord of Rimini, who is lame. She is tricked into thinking his handsome younger brother, Paolo, is her betrothed, and falls in love with him. Despite marrying Gianciotto, her love for Paolo develops, arousing the jealousy and suspicion of their other brother, Malatestino.

Francesca da Rimini, full of vibrant melodies, is Zandonai's only opera to achieve lasting success.

Francesca....Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Paolo il Bello....Marcello Giordani (tenor)

Malatestino....Robert Brubaker (tenor)

Gianciotto....Mark Delavan (baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Marco Armiliato, conductor.

Opera On 320130323

Two of the great operatic singers of our times star in this historic 1977 performance from the Met's archive of Verdi's La Forza del Destino. Both Leontyne Pryce and Placido Domingo are at the peak of their careers as they take the roles of the ill-fated lovers Leonora and Don Alvaro in Verdi's tragic tale of love, divided loyalties, revenge and death.

Leonora....Leontyne Price (soprano)

Preziosilla....Rosalind Elias (mezzo-soprano)

Don Alvaro....Placido Domingo (tenor)

Don Carlo....Cornell MacNeil (baritone)

Fra Melitone....Renato Capecchi (baritone)

Padre Guardiano....Martti Talvela (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

James Levine, conductor.

Opera On 320130330

This week's live broadcast from The Metropolitan Opera is Verdi's La Traviata.

Placido Domingo sings the baritone role of Germont for the first time in this production, and Diana Damrau also makes her first appearance as Violetta, alongside Saimir Pirgu as Alfredo.

The courtesan Violetta decides to put her party days behind when she meets Alfredo and settle down with him. But Alfredo's father begs her to leave him for the sake of his family name, and she agrees to sacrifice her love. By the time Alfredo discovers the truth behind her departure and hurries back to her, tuberculosis has set in, and it's too late.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Violetta Valery....Diana Damrau (soprano)

Alfredo Germont....Saimir Pirgu (tenor)

Giorgio Germont....Placido Domingo (baritone)

Flora Bervoix....Patricia Risley (mezzo-soprano)

Annina....Maria Zifchak (soprano)

Gastone....Scott Scully (tenor)

Barone Douphol....Jason Stearns (baritone)

Marchese d'Obigny....Kyle Pfortmiller (bass)

Dottore Grenvil....James Courtney (bass)

Giuseppe....Juhwan Lee (tenor)

Flora's servant....Seth Malkin (bass)

Messenger....Joseph Turi (bass)

A Gentleman....Paul Corona (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor.

Opera On 320130406

Wagner 200: The Metropolitan Opera begins its first installment of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle. The Nibelung dwarf Alberich curses love and steals the Rhinemaidens' gold, setting in motion a train of events which will eventually lead to the downfall of the Gods. Fabio Luisi conducts a stellar cast that includes Stephanie Blythe, Stefan Margita, Mark Delavan and Greer Grimsley. The broadcast includes a Wagner 200 Opera Guide on Das Rhinegold.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Wotan....Mark Delavan (bass-baritone)

Loge....Stefan Margita (tenor)

Fricka....Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)

Freia....Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano)

Donner....Dwayne Croft (bass-baritone)

Froh....Richard Cox (tenor)

Erda....Meredith Arwady (contralto)

Alberich....Eric Owens (baritone)

Mime....Gerhard Siegel (tenor)

Fasolt....Franz-Josef Selig (bass-baritone)

Fafner....Hans-Peter Konig (bass)

Woglinde....Meredith Hansen (soprano)

Wellgunde....Jennifer Johnson Cano (soprano)

Flosshilde....Renee Tatum (mezzo-soprano)

Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Fabio Luisi, conductor.

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Live from the Met

Presented by Margaret Juntwait

In the second instalment of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung, the focus of the story shifts from the realm of the gods to the human world, with the incestuous love between Siegmund and Sieglinde engendering some sublime and searing music. Wotan faces a dilemma over his desire to protect his son Siegmund, and the Valkyrie Brunnhilde defies Wotan's wishes, causing her own incarceration within a magic circle of fire.

Plus there's another chance to hear Radio 3's Opera Guide to Die Walkure.

Siegmund....Simon O'Neill (tenor)

Sieglinde....Martina Serafin (soprano)

Hunding....Hans-Peter Konig (bass)

Wotan....Mark Delavan (bass-baritone)

Fricka....Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)

Brunnhilde....Deborah Voigt (soprano)

Gerhilde....Kelly Cae Hogan (soprano)

Ortlinde....Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano)

Waltraute....Marjorie Elinor Dix (mezzo-soprano)

Schwertleite....Mary Phillips (mezzo-soprano)

Helmwige....Molly Fillmore (soprano)

Siegrune....Eve Gigliotti (mezzo-soprano)

Grimgerde....MaryAnn McCormick (mezzo-soprano)

Rossweisse....Lindsay Ammann (mezzo-soprano)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Fabio Luisi, conductor.

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Wagner 200: The third opera of The Ring Cycle centres on Siegfried, the boy who knows no fear. Siegfried forges a new sword out of the remains of his father's shattered blade Nothung, which he then uses both to kill the dragon Fafner, and to break The Wanderer's spear. The opera ends with his discovery of Brunnhilde, and finally realising the meaning of fear, and of love. Jay Hunter Morris sings Siegfried, with Deborah Voigt as Brunnhilde and Mark Delavan The Wanderer. The broadcast includes a Wagner 200 Opera Guide on Siegfried.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Siegfried - Jay Hunter Morris (tenor),

Mime - Gerhard Siegel (tenor),

The Wanderer - Mark Delavan (bass-baritone),

Alberich - Eric Owens (baritone),

Fafner - Hans-Peter Konig (bass),

Woodbird - Lisette Oropesa (soprano),

Erda - Meredith Arwady (contralto),

Brunnhilde - Deborah Voigt (soprano),

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Fabio Luisi, conductor.

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Live from the Met

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff

Handel's version of the Caesar and Cleopatra story, with its themes of love, war, and empire building based on historical events of the Roman civil war of 48-47 B.C. Julius Caesar has defeated his rival Pompey and pursued him to Alexandria, the capital of Egypt, where he finds a kingdom ruled by Cleopatra and her younger brother Ptolemy. In David McVicar's production, which premiered at Glyndebourne in 2005, one of the the world's leading countertenors, David Daniels, sings the title role, with Natalie Dessay as one of the most seductive heroines in all opera, Cleopatra.

Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar)....David Daniels (countertenor)

Cleopatra....Natalie Dessay (soprano)

Tolomeo (Ptolemy)....Christophe Dumaux (countertenor)

Cornelia....Patricia Bardon (contralto)

Sesto (Sextus)....Alice Coote (soprano)

Achilla (Achillas)....Guido Loconsolo (bass)

Curio....John Moore (bass)

Nireno....Rachid Ben Abdeslam (countertenor)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Harry Bicket, conductor.

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Tonight's Live from the Met is Poulenc's tragic opera in which the hopes and fears of a group of nuns is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. In one of the most haunting of opera endings, the nuns sing the Salve Regina as they're led to the guillotine, each voice cutting out in turn as the blade falls. A stellar cast includes Patricia Racette as Madame Lidoine and Felicity Palmer as Madame de Croissy.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Marquis de la Force - David Pittsinger (baritone),

Chevalier de la Force....Paul Appleby (tenor),

Blanche de la Force - Isabel Leonard (soprano),

Thierry - Keith Jameson (baritone),

Madame de Croissy - Felicity Palmer (contralto),

Sister Constance of St Denis - Erin Morley (soprano),

Mother Marie of the Incarnation - Elizabeth Bishop (mezzo-soprano),

M. Javelinot - Paul Corona (baritone),

Madame Lidoine - Patricia Racette (soprano),

Mother Jeanne of the Holy Child Jesus - Jane Shaulis (contralto),

Sister Mathilde - MaryAnn McCormick (mezzo-soprano),

Chaplain of the monastery - Mark Schowalter (tenor),

First Commissioner - Scott Scully (tenor),

Second Commissioner - Richard Bernstein (baritone),

Jailer - Patrick Carfizzi (baritone),

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metroplitan Opera, New York

Louis Langree, conductor

Producer Ellie Mant.

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Wagner's fifteen-hour, four-part epic 'Ring' reaches its transcendent conclusion with Götterdämmerung - 'Twilight of the Gods'. In the struggle between gods and mortals, the curse of the Ring dooms all who come into contact with it and Valhalla and the world end in fire and flood. Götterdämmerung shows Wagner's utter mastery of his musical and dramatic resources and some of the set pieces, including Siegfried's Rhine Journey and the Immolation Scene, are among the greatest moments in all opera. For this production, directed by Robert Lepage, the Met has assembled an international stellar cast with some of the finest Wagnerian voices of our time.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Siegfried - Lars Cleveman (tenor)

Brünnhilde - Deborah Voigt (soprano)

Gunter - Iain Paterson (baritone)

Gutrune - Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano)

Hagen - Hans-Peter König (bass)

Alberich - Richard Paul Fink (baritone)

Waltraute - Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

First Norn - Maria Radner (contralto)

Second Norn - Michaela Martens (mezzo-soprano)

Third Norn - Heidi Melton (soprano)

Woglinde - Meredith Hansen (soprano)

Wellgunde - Jennifer Johnson Cano (soprano)

Flosshilde - Renée Tatum (mezzo-soprano)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metroplitan Opera, New York

Fabio Luisi, conductor.

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Verdi 200: Tonight's Live from the Met is Verdi's late, great comedy, Falstaff. Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the hapless Falstaff in his attempts to seduce Alice Ford and Meg Page. When they receive identical love letters, they decide to make sure the last laugh is on him. After much double-crossing and disguising, Falstaff ends up humiliated in a laundry basket in the Thames.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Nannetta....Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

Alice....Angela Meade (soprano)

Mrs. Quickly....Stephanie Blythe (contralto)

Meg Page....Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo-soprano)

Fenton....Paolo Fanale (tenor)

Falstaff....Ambrogio Maestri (baritone)

Ford....Franco Vassallo (baritone)

Dr Caius....Carlo Bosi (tenor)

Bardolfo....Kieth Jameson (tenor)

Pistola....Christian Van Horn (bass baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York

Conducted by James Levine.

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Live from The Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Johann Strauss II's classic operetta Die Fledermaus, where a Viennese high-society party - and a jail - set the scene for a picaresque tale of mixed identities, seduction and revenge. The cast is led by Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde and Christopher Maltman as Eisenstein. Adam Fischer conducts the Met's orchestra and chorus.

Rosalinde....Susanna Phillips (Soprano)

Adele....Jane Archibald (Soprano)

Orlofsky....Anthony Roth Costanzo (Countertenor)

Eisenstein....Christopher Maltman (Baritone)

Alfred....Michael Fabiano (Tenor)

Dr Falke....Paulo Szot (Baritone)

Frank....Patrick Carfizzi (Baritone)

Frosch....Danny Burstein (Actor)

Dr Blind....Mark Schowalter (Singer)

Natalie....Maria D'Amato (Soprano)

Faustine....Jean Braham (Soprano)

Hermine....Anne Nonnemacher (Soprano)

Melanie....Andrea Coleman (Mezzo-soprano)

Freddie....Nathan Carlisle (Tenor)

Herr Jakob Schmidt....Jeffrey Mosher (Tenor)

Rolf Gruber....Earle Patriarco (Baritone)

Max Detweiller....Timothy Breese Miller (Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Adam Fischer (Conductor).

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Tonight's Live from the Met is Donizetti's great comedy, L'elisir d'amore.

Nemorino, a poor peasant, loves Adina, a beautiful landowner, though she torments him with her indifference. But when he hears Adina reading the story of Tristan and Isolde to her workers, he is convinced that a magic potion will help him to gain Adina's love. Luckily, at just the right moment, a travelling quack doctor comes by to prepare him one.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Adina....Anna Netrebko (Soprano)

Giannetta....Anne-Carolyn Bird (Soprano)

Nemorino....Ramon Vargas (Tenor)

Belcore....Nicola Alaimo (Baritone)

Dulcamara....Erwin Schrott (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Maurizio Benini (Conductor).

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Tonight's Live from the Met is Borodin's epic, Prince Igor.

Famous for its Polovtsian Dances, Borodin based his 4-act opera Prince Igor on the 12th-century epic prose 'The Lay of Igor's Host', which tells of the Russian Prince Igor's campaign against the invading Cuman/Polovtsian tribes in 1185.

The opera returns to The Met for the first time in nearly a hundred years, with star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov singing the eponymous role, and Gianandrea Noseda conducting.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff

Yaroslavna - Oksana Dyka (Soprano)

Konchakovna - Anita Rachvelieshvili (Mezzo-soprano)

Vladimir Igorevich - Sergey Semishkur (Tenor)

Prince Igor Svyatoslavich - Ildar Abdrazakov (Bass)

Prince Galitsky - Mikhail Petrenko (Bass)

Khan Konchak - Stefan Kocan (Bass)

Ovlur - Mikhail Vekua (Tenor)

Skula - Vladimir Ognovenko (Bass)

Yeroshka - Andrey Popov (Tenor)

Yaroslavna's nurse - Barbara Dever (Mezzo-soprano)

Polovtsian maiden - Kiri Deonarine (Soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

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Tonight's opera live from the Met is Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier.

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Giordano's melodramatic story is based on the life of the poet André Chénier, and Maddalena, soprano Patricia Racette, and their ill-fated love. Andrea Chénier is probably Giordano's most often performed opera, being a great showcase for the tenor. Tonight the title role is sung by tenor Marcelo Alvarez, who returns to the Met in a powerful pairing with soprano Patricia Racette.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff

Maddalena - Patricia Racette (Soprano)

Andrea Chénier - Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)

Carlo Gérard - Zeljko Lucic (Baritone)

La Bersi - Jennifer Johnson Cano (Mezzo-soprano)

Madelon - Olesya Petrova (Mezzo-soprano)

Incredibile - Tony Stevenson (Tenor)

Roucher - Dwayne Croft (Baritone)

Mathieu - Robert Pomakov (Bass)

The Countess - Margaret Lattimore (Mezzo-soprano)

The Abbé - Dennis Petersen (Tenor)

Major-Domo - Kyle Pfortmiller (Baritone)

Fléville - John Moore (Baritone)

Dumas - James Courtney (Bass)

Fouquier-Tinville - Jeffrey Wells (Bass)

Schmidt - David Crawford (Bass-baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Gianandrea Noseda (Conductor).

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Ferrando and Guglielmo are so confident about the virue of their lovers, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, that when Don Alfonso proposes a wager that he can prove them unfaithful, they are happy to accept. The young officers are made to pretend to be called to war, before returning disguised as Albanians to woo the sisters. It's not long before the ladies succumb to temptation, but with the wrong man. Susanna Philips and Isabel Leonard sing the fickle sisters, and Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are the men whose confidence in love is shattered.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Fiordiligi....Susanna Phillips (Soprano)

Dorabella....Isabel Leonard (Mezzo-soprano)

Despina....Danielle de Niese (Soprano)

Ferrando....Matthew Polenzani (Tenor)

Guglielmo....Rodion Pogossov (Baritone)

Don Alfonso....Maurizio Muraro (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

James Levine (Conductor).

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A Puritan stronghold is under threat from Royalist troops. Within the fortress, Elvira, daugher of the commander has been promised to Riccardo, but is in love with Arturo, a Royalist. When she mistakenly believes herself betrayed by Arturo, it's enough to drive her mad. In Bellini's final opera, Olga Peretyatko makes her Met debut as Elvira with Lawrence Brownlee and Mariusz Kwiecien as the two men in her life.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Elvira Walton - Olga Peretyatko (Soprano)

Lord Arturo Talbot - Lawrence Brownlee (Tenor)

Riccardo Forth - Mariusz Kwiecien (Baritone)

Giorgio Walton - Michele Pertusi (Baritone)

Enrichetta - Elizabeth Bishop (Mezzo-soprano)

Sir Bruno Robertson - Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)

Gualtiero Walton - David Crawford (Bass Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Conductor Michele Mariotti.

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Live from The Met in New York, Rossini's La Cenerentola, a comic opera in two acts adapted from the Cinderella fairy tale by Perrault. Maestro Fabio Luisi conducts the Metropolitan Opera House Orchestra and Chorus with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Angelina, La Cenerentola, and tenor Juan Diego Florez as Don Ramiro, the prince who eventually rescues her from Don Magnifico, her evil stepfather, sung by baritone Alessandro Corbelli, changing her life for ever. Margaret Juntwait presents.

Angelina - Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo-soprano)

Clorinda - Rachelle Durkin (Soprano)

Tisbe - Patricia Risley (Soprano)

Don Ramiro - Juan Diego Florez (Tenor)

Dandini - Pietro Spagnoli (Bass)

Don Magnifico - Alessandro Corbelli (Baritone)

Alidoro - Luca Pisaroni (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Fabio Luisi (Conductor).

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James Levine returns to Wagner with a signature run of this epic comedy, back at the Met for the first time in eight years. Walther wants to marry Eva, but is only allowed do so if he wins the song contest held by the local guild of mastersingers. His self-taught method of song writing breaks all the complicated rules, but fortunately the wise Hans Sachs is on hand to offer advice on both song-writing and love. Michael Volle sings the central role of Hans Sachs. Johan Botha reprises his indomitable Walther, and the elegant Annette Dasch is Eva.

Presented Live from the Met by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Eva....Annette Dasch (Soprano)

Magdalene....Karen Cargill (Mezzo-soprano)

Walther von Stolzing....Johan Botha (Tenor)

David....Paul Appleby (Tenor)

Hans Sachs....Michael Volle (Baritone)

Beckmesser....Johannes-Martin Kranzle (Baritone)

Pogner....Hans-Peter König (Bass)

Nightwatchman....Matthew Rose (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

James Levine (Conductor).

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Mozart's Marriage of Figaro is widely seen as one of the great comic operas and contains some of his most glorious music. It is an action packed day, the day of Figaro's marriage to Susanna, but is complicated because their master, the philandering Count, has designs on Susanna himself. Erwin Schrott sings the title role in a stellar cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna, along with Met debutantes Rachel Willis-SÃrensen as the wronged Countess and Serena Malfi as Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff

Countess Almaviva....Rachel Willis-Sorensen (Soprano)

Susanna....Danielle de Niese (Soprano)

Cherubino....Serena Malfi (Mezzo-soprano)

Count Almaviva....Mariusz Kwiecien (Baritone)

Figaro....Erwin Schrott (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Edo de Waart (Conductor).

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Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera Hansel and Gretel, conducted by Andrew Davis, with Heidi Stober as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

Gretel....Heidi Stober (Soprano)

Hansel....Christine Rice (Mezzo-soprano)

Gertrude....Michaela Martens (Mezzo-soprano)

The Witch....Robert Brubaker (Tenor)

Peter....Dwayne Croft (Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Andrew Davis (Conductor)

The Met's family entertainment for the holiday season is Richard Jones's witty production of Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, in which two children confront a wicked witch. In a lush setting of giant chefs, suit-clad trees, and an industrial kitchen where the Witch gets what's coming to her, Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel and Christine Rice as Hansel star in one of the most magical operas in the repertory.

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Lehar's comic operetta The Merry Widow is Lehar's most popular and enchanting work. The plot deals with the Baron's attempts to obtain the Merry Widow Hanna Glawari's fortune to help his impoverished country by getting his young compatriot Danilo, here sung by baritone Nathan Gunn, to marry her. Star soprano Renée Fleming sings the title role and Thomas Allen is the Baron. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the New York Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus in a new production by the Broadway virtuoso directors Susan Stroman and Bartlett Sher

Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff

Hanna Glawari....Renée Fleming (Soprano)

Valencienne....Kelli O'Hara (Soprano)

Danilo....Nathan Gunn (Baritone)

Camille de Rosillon....Alek Shrader (Tenor)

Baron Mirko Zeta....Thomas Allen (Baritone)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Andrew Davis (Conductor).

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This evening's Opera on 3, Live from the Met, is the ever-popular double bill Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Both are set in southern Italy, one group of characters celebrating Easter, and the other the fun of the fair. But all is not as it seems, and concealed adultery and jealousy in both stories lead to tragic endings. Marcelo Alvarez plays the dual tenor roles of Turiddu and Canio, and Eva-Maria Westbroek and Patricia Racette the doomed heroines.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

Santuzza....Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano)

Turiddu....Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)

Lucia....Jane Bunnell (Mezzo-soprano)

Alfio....George Gagnidze (Baritone)

Lola....Ginger Costa-Jackson (Mezzo-soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Fabio Luisi (Conductor)

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

Canio....Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)

Nedda....Patricia Racette (Soprano)

Tonio....George Gagnidze (Baritone)

Beppe....Andrew Stenson (Main Artist)

Silvio....Lucas Meachem (Baritone)

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Live from the Met, Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", a drama loosely based on real events leading to the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. Verdi masterfully develops this story at various levels: against the backdrop of a political conspiracy, he tells of the personal tragedy of a ruler in love with his best friend's wife. James Levine conducts a starry cast lead by Piotr Beczala as Gustavo, Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as her husband, Gustavo's friend and advisor Anckarstrom.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath in conversation with Ira Siff.

Gustavo....Piotr Beczala (Tenor)

Amelia....Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano)

Count Anckarstrom....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)

Oscar....Heidi Stober (Soprano)

Ulrica Arvidsson....Dolora Zajick (Mezzo-soprano)

Judge....Mark Schowalter (Singer)

Cristiano....Trevor Scheunemann (Baritone)

Amelia's servant....Scott Scully (Tenor)

Count Ribbing....Keith Miller (Bass)

Count Horn....David Crawford (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

James Levine (Conductor).

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Live from the Met in New York, Stravinsky's neo-classical masterpiece The Rake's Progress, a tale with a moral representing the fall of Tom Rakewell, a rake, inspired by scenes of moral decay in 18th-Century London by painter William Hogarth. The libretto is by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Paul Appleby sings the title role, Layla Claire is Anne Trulove, his betrothed, and Nick Shadow, in effect the Devil, is sung by Gerald Finley. Maestro James Levine conducts the opera chorus and the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House. Mary Jo Heath presents.

Tom Rakewell....Paul Appleby (Tenor)

Anne Trulove....Layla Claire (Soprano)

Nick Shadow....Gerald Finley (Bass)

Baba the Turk....Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo-soprano)

Father Trulove....Brindley Sherratt (Bass)

Sellem....Tony Stevenson (Tenor)

Mother Goose....Margaret Lattimore (Mezzo-soprano)

Keeper of the Madhouse....Paul Corona (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

James Levine (Conductor).

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Opera on 3's Live from the Met season begins with Verdi's Rigoletto, based on a controversial play by Victor Hugo, 'Le roi s'amuse'. It tells of the Duke of Mantua's hunchbacked jester and outsider, Rigoletto, who has brought up his daughter Gilda, soprano Nadine Sierra, in seclusion from the world. Rigoletto, sung by baritone Zeljiko Lucic, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke's victims after he mocks him - but the curse seems to take effect when the Duke, star tenor Piotr Beczala, seduces Rigoletto's innocent daughter Gilda.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff.

Gilda....Nadine Sierra (soprano)

Maddalena....Nancy Fabiola Herrera (mezzo-soprano)

The Duke of Mantua....Piotr Beczala (tenor)

Rigoletto....Željko Lucic (baritone)

Sparafucile....Dimitry Ivashchenko (bass)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera

Roberto Abbado (conductor).

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Live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff.

Joyce DiDonato reprises her stunning portrayal of the "lady of the lake" in Rossini's dazzling bel canto showcase set in the medieval Scottish highlands. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee is the king who pursues her. Michele Mariotti conducts the operatic adaptation of Sir Walter Scott's classic.

Elena....Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

Malcolm Groeme....Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano)

Giacomo V....Lawrence Brownlee (tenor)

Rodrigo di Dhu....John Osborn (tenor)

Duglas d'Angus....Oren Gradus (bass)

Albina....Olga Makarina (soprano)

Bertram....Gregory Schmidt (tenor)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera

Michele Mariotti (conductor)

Based on Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake, Rossini's opera illustrates the Romantic fascination with Scotland as a place of wild emotion and political confrontation.

Elena, the Lady of the Lake, longs to be united with her true love, Malcom. But her father, the rebel Duglas, is determined that she will marry the Highland chief Rodrigo. Torn between love and duty, she finds her plight is made all the more complicated by Uberto, a handsome stranger who nobody seems to know much about.

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Donizetti's Anne Bolena, with Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, Ildar Abdrazakov as King Henry VIII, Jamie Barton as Jane Seymour, the king's consort. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff

Live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Donizetti: Anna Bolena

Anna Bolena - Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano)

Giovanna Seymour - Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano)

Smeton - Tamara Mumford (mezzo-soprano)

Lord Riccardo Percy - Stephen Costello (tenor)

Enrico VIII - Ildar Abdrazakov (bass-baritone)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Marco Armiliato (conductor)

The first of Donizetti's operas to achieve wide success, Anna Bolena is based on the historical episode of the fall and death of England's Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII.

Courtiers comment that the queen's star is setting, because the king's fickle heart burns with another love.

Anne meanwhile admits to herself that the ashes of her first love are still burning, and that she is now unhappy in her vain splendor. In Donizetti's story of the doomed queen, Sondra Radvanovsky takes the title role as Anne Boleyn, Ildar Abdrazakov is King Henry VIII, Jamie Barton is Jane Seymour, the king's consort, and Stephen Costello plays the queen's love interest in Sir David McVicar's gripping period production. Marco Armiliato conducts.

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For the first time in 100 years, Bizet's The Pearl Fishers comes to the Met. Pearl divers Nadir and Zurga talk about the time their friendship was nearly destroyed when they both fell in love with the same woman - the beautiful Hindu priestess Leila. When a veiled princess arrives in the village, Nadir immediately recognises it as Leila, who he still loves, and which will test their friendship once again. The themes of love, betrayal and vengeance are brought to life in Bizet's exotic score, which includes ravishing music such as the famous duet, Au fond du temple saint. Gianandrea Noseda conducts a cast including Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien as the rival pearl divers and Diana Damrau as the object of their affection.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Bizet The Pearl Fishers

Leila..... Diana Damrau (soprano)

Nadir..... Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

Zurga..... Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)

Nourabad..... Nicolas Testé (bass-baritone)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

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For the first time in 100 years, Bizet's The Pearl Fishers comes to the Met. Pearl divers Nadir and Zurga talk about the time their friendship was nearly destroyed when they both fell in love with the same woman - the beautiful Hindu priestess Leila. When a veiled princess arrives in the village, Nadir immediately recognises it as Leila, who he still loves, and which will test their friendship once again. The themes of love, betrayal and vengeance are brought to life in Bizet's exotic score, which includes ravishing music such as the famous duet, Au fond du temple saint. Gianandrea Noseda conducts a cast including Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien as the rival pearl divers and Diana Damrau as the object of their affection.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Bizet The Pearl Fishers

Leila..... Diana Damrau (soprano)

Nadir..... Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

Zurga..... Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)

Nourabad..... Nicolas Testé (bass-baritone)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

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Franco Zeffirelli's sumptuous production of Puccini's final masterpiece returns to the Met for the first time since 2009. Puccini's score is both modern and romantic; reflecting eastern harmonies and coupled with his imaginative use of the orchestra at his disposal, he created a classic of 20th century opera. Nina Stemme performs the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. She appears opposite Marco Berti, who as Calàf the brave prince, sings "Nessun dorma" and wins her love. Anita Hartig sings the role of Liù, the faithful slave girl. Paolo Carignani conducts.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath, with Ira Siff.

Puccini: Turandot

Turandot....Nina Stemme (soprano)

Liú....Anita Hartig (soprano)

Calàf....Marco Berti (tenor)

Timur....Alexander Tsymbalyuk (bass-baritone)

Emperor Altoum....Ronald Naldi (tenor)

Ping....Dwayne Croft (baritone)

Pang....Tony Stevenson (tenor)

Pong....Eduardo Valdes (tenor)

Mandarin....David Crawford (baritone)

Executioner....Arthur Lazalde (silent role)

Prince of Persia....Sasha Semin (tenor)

Handmaiden....Anne Nonnemacher (soprano)

Handmaiden....Mary Hughes (mezzo-soprano)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Paolo Carignani (conductor).

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Opera on 320160305

Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Presented by Loren Toolajian, with Ira Siff

Manon Lescaut - Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Des Grieux - Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Lescaut - Massimo Cavaletti (baritone)

Geronte - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Edmondo - Zach Borichevsky (tenor)

Hotel manager - Philip Cokorinos (bass-baritone)

A musician - Virginie Verrez (mezzo-soprano)

Dancing master - Scott Scully (tenor)

A sergeant - Brandon Cedel (bass-baritone)

Street sweeper - Andrew Bidlack (tenor)

Sea captain - Richard Bernstein (bass)

Madrigal singers - Maria D'Amato, Christina Thomson Anderson, Stephanie Chigas, Rosalie Sullivan

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

Outside an inn in Amiens, the young student Des Grieux meets Manon, who is on her way to a convent on the orders of her parents. The pair fall in love and escape to Paris. However, in Paris, Manon's head is turned as the elderly Geronte offers her a life of wealth and luxury, but she soon regrets her decision to exchange love for money with heartbreaking consequences.

"Desperate passion" is how Puccini described his third opera and first huge success, taking 50 curtain calls at its premiere. Soprano Kristine Opolais sings the role of Manon, and star tenor Roberto Alagna the dashing student who woos her. The Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the sumptuous score, in Director Richard Eyre's new production, live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Presented by Loren Toolajian, with Ira Siff

Manon Lescaut - Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Des Grieux - Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Lescaut - Massimo Cavaletti (baritone)

Geronte - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Edmondo - Zach Borichevsky (tenor)

Hotel manager - Philip Cokorinos (bass-baritone)

A musician - Virginie Verrez (mezzo-soprano)

Dancing master - Scott Scully (tenor)

A sergeant - Brandon Cedel (bass-baritone)

Street sweeper - Andrew Bidlack (tenor)

Sea captain - Richard Bernstein (bass)

Madrigal singers - Maria D'Amato, Christina Thomson Anderson, Stephanie Chigas, Rosalie Sullivan

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

Outside an inn in Amiens, the young student Des Grieux meets Manon, who is on her way to a convent on the orders of her parents. The pair fall in love and escape to Paris. However, in Paris, Manon's head is turned as the elderly Geronte offers her a life of wealth and luxury, but she soon regrets her decision to exchange love for money with heartbreaking consequences.

"Desperate passion" is how Puccini described his third opera and first huge success, taking 50 curtain calls at its premiere. Soprano Kristine Opolais sings the role of Manon, and star tenor Roberto Alagna the dashing student who woos her. The Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the sumptuous score, in Director Richard Eyre's new production, live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

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Donizetti: Don Pasquale

The elderly bachelor Don Pasquale plans to marry to produce an heir to disinherit his nephew, Ernesto, who has fallen in love with a young impoverished widow, Norina. Don Pasquale asks his supposed friend the doctor, Malatesta, to help fix him up with a suitable woman, but the plot thickens and twists when Malatesta helps the young couple Norina and Ernesto deceive Don Pasquale. Donizetti's graceful and witty score is conducted by Maurizio Benini, with celebrated soprano Eleonora Buratto making her debut as Norina, tenor Javier Camarena as Ernesto, and the baritone Ambrogio Maestri as the pompous Don Pasquale, live from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff

Norina - Eleonora Buratto (soprano)

Ernesto - Javier Camarena (tenor)

Malatesta - Levente Molnár (baritone)

Don Pasquale - Ambrogio Maestri (baritone)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Maurizio Benini (conductor).

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Live from the New York's Met, Donizetti's comic opera L'elisir d'amore. Desperate for the love of wealthy landowner Adina, Nemorino, a simple peasant, tries to win her with the help of a quack doctor, a fake potion and a furtive tear. The cast is led by tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as the lovers. Renowned baritone Alessandro Corbelli is Doctor Dulcamara, while bass-baritone Adam Plachetka is sergeant Belcore. Enrique Mazzola conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House.

Mary Jo Heath presents with commentator Ira Siff.

Adina - Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano)

Nemorino - Vittorio Grigolo (tenor)

Belcore - Adam Plachetka (bass-baritone)

Dulcamara - Alessandro Corbelli (baritone)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Enrique Mazzola (conductor).

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Opera on 320160402

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

Presented by Mary Jo Heath, with commentator Ira Siff

Cio-Cio-San, or Butterfly to her friends, the young Japanese Geisha and bride of the dashing American officer Pinkerton, finds her romantic dream is shattered when he deserts her soon after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return; and so he does three years later, with his American wife Kate, and devastating consequences for Butterfly. Kristine Opolais stars as the tragic Butterfly, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton who breaks her heart.

Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) - Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Pinkerton - Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Suzuki - Maria Zifchak (mezzo-soprano)

Sharpless - Dwayne Croft (baritone)

Goro - Toby Stevenson (tenor)

The Bonze ...... Ricardo Lugo (bass)

Cio-Cio's cousin - Patricia Steiner (mezzo-soprano)

Cio-Cio's mother - Belinda Oswald (soprano)

Uncle Yankuside - Craig Montgomery (tenor)

Cio-Cio's aunt - Jean Braham (contralto)

Imperial Commissioner - David Crawford (bass-baritone)

Registrar ...... Juhwan Lee (tenor)

Yamadori - Tyler Duncan (baritone)

Kate Pinkerton ...... Edyta Kulczak (mezzo-soprano)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Karel Mark Chichon (conductor).

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Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky completes the challenge of performing Donizetti's trilogy of Tudor queens in one season; in this opera, Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, she plays Elizabeth I in the last years of her life and reign, portraying the disastrous relationship with her favourite Devereux, the man she loves, and whose death warrant she is forced to sign. Star tenor Matthew Polenzani sings the role of Devereux, with Elina Garanca and Mariusz Kwiecien completing the principal quartet. Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini conducts.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath with commentary by Ira Siff.

Donizetti: Roberto Devereux

Elisabetta - Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano)

Sara - Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)

Roberto Devereux - Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

The Duke of Nottingham - Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)

Lord Cecil...Brian Downen (tenor)

Sir Walter Raleigh...Christopher Job (bass)

Page...Yohan Yi (contralto)

Servant of Nottingham...Paul Corona (bass)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Maurizio Benini (conductor).

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Opera on 320160423

Widely seen as Italian opera's greatest tragedy, Verdi's late opera Otello, based on Shakespeare's great tragedy of deception and betrayal, sees the love between the Moorish general Otello and his new wife Desdemona destroyed by the manipulative Iago. The score contains some of Verdi's most intense and dramatic music, placing huge importance on the role of the orchestra. Baritone Zeljko Lucic sings the role of the manipulative Iago, with soprano Hibla Gerzmava as Desdemona, and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role, the outsider who cannot control his jealousy.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath with commentary from Ira Siff.

Cast:

Desdemona - Hibla Gerzmava (soprano)

Otello - Aleksandrs Antonenko (tenor)

Cassio - Alexey Dolgov (tenor)

Iago - Zeljko Lucic (baritone)

Lodovico - James Morris (bass-baritone)

Montano - Jeff Mattsey (baritone)

Emilia - Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo-soprano)

Roderigo - Chad Shelton (tenor)

Herald - Tyler Duncan (baritone)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Adam Fischer (conductor).

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Opera on 320160430

Today's Live from the Met is Strauss's mighty take on the Greek myth Elektra. Daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Klytämnestra, Elektra is in mourning for her father, killed by her mother and her lover. Elektra is obsessed with the revenge she intends to take, enlisting her siblings for help. In this startlingly modern sounding work, Nina Stemme sings Elektra, driven mad by her desire for revenge, Waltraud Meier her fearsome mother, and Eric Owens and Adrianne Pieczonka her brother and sister.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Strauss: Elektra

Elektra - Nina Stemme (soprano)

Chrysothemis - Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano)

Aegisth - Burkhard Ulrich (tenor)

Klytämnestra - Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano)

Orest - Eric Owens (bass-baritone)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor).

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff

Mozart wrote the Abduction from the Seraglio just after he had moved to Vienna, a city that had been besieged by the Turkish armies less than 100 years before. Turkish setting and the sounds of military bands had become all the rage, and with these influences Mozart set his 'singspiel' for the city's Burgtheater.

Mozart's comic work tells of two sets of European lovers, one noble and the other their servants who try to escape from the seraglio (harem) of Pasha Selim, a Turkish despot. Die Entführung boasts some of Mozart's most spectacularly virtuosic vocal music, particularly for its brave heroine, Konstanze.

Coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova sings the role of Konstanze, with rising star tenor Paul Appleby as her lover Belmonte. The Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York are conducted by James Levine in this season's final broadcast Live from the Met.

Konstanze - Albina Shagimuratova (soprano)

Blondchen - Kathleen Kim (soprano)

Belmonte - Paul Appleby (tenor)

Pedrillo - Brenton Ryan (tenor)

Osmin - Hans-Peter König (bass)

Pasha - Matthias von Stegmann (spoken)

The Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

The Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York

James Levine (conductor).

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Live from the Met in New York, Puccini's first operatic triumph, Manon Lescaut, with Anna Netrebko in the title role as the irresistible courtesan and ultimately doomed heroine, and Marcelo Alvarez as her obsessive lover Des Grieux. Marco Amiliato conducts the orchestra and chorus, in this production by Richard Eyre.

Manon Lescaut....Anna Netrebko (Soprano)

Lescaut....Christopher Maltman (Baritone)

Des Grieux....Marcelo Alvarez (Tenor)

Geronte....Brindley Sherratt (Bass)

Edmondo....Zach Borichevsky (Tenor)

Innkeeper....Philip Cokorinos (Bass)

Musician....Avery Amereau (mezzo-soprano)

Dancing Master....Scott Scully (Tenor)

Sergeant of the Royal Archers....David Crawford (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Marco Armiliato (Conductor).

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Opera on 320170121

Live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Gounod's Roméo et Juliette with the soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the star-crossed lovers, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

Juliette - Diana Damrau (soprano)

Roméo - Vittorio Grigolo (tenor)

Frère Laurent - Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

Mercutio - Elliot Madore (baritone)

Stéphano - Virginie Verrez (mezzo-soprano)

Count Capulet - Laurent Naouri (baritone)

Tybalt - Diego Silva (tenor)

Gertrude - Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano)

Duke of Verona - Oren Gradus (bass)

Pâris - David Crawford (bass baritone)

Grégorio - Jeongcheol Cha (bass baritone)

Benvolio - Tony Stevenson (tenor)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

This sumptuous romantic adaptation of Shakespeare, in a prologue and five acts, sees a return to the Met of the star pairing of Damrau and Grigolo, who appeared together in 2015 to great acclaim. Gounod's librettists largely stay faithful to Shakespeare's original story, but they allow some dramatic licence at the end to give Romeo and Juliet a final duet.

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Live from the Met, Bizet's Carmen with Clementine Margaine as the gypsy femme fatale who lives and dies by her rules, and Roberto Aronica as Don José, her hapless lover, in this story of seduction and betrayal which shocked conventions only to become one of the most loved operas in the canon. Asher Fisch conducts the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath with commentator Ira Siff.

Carmen....Clementine Margaine (mezzo-soprano)

Don José....Roberto Aronica(tenor)

Micaëla....Maria Agresta (soprano)

Escamillo....Kyle Ketelsen (bass baritone)

Zuniga....Nicolas Testé (bass baritone)

Morales....John Moore (baritone)

Lillas Pastia....Stephen Paynter (baritone)

Le Dancaire....Malcolm Mackenzie (baritone)

Le Remendado....Eduardo Valdes (tenor)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Asher Fisch (Conductor).

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Opera on 320170218

Tonight's Live from the Met is Bellini's I Puritani. A Puritan stronghold is under threat from Royalist troops. Within the fortress, Elvira, daughter of the commander has been promised to Riccardo, but is in love with Arturo, a Royalist. When she mistakenly believes herself betrayed by Arturo, it's enough to drive her mad. In Bellini's final opera, written specifically for four of the best singers of the day Diana Damrau sings Elvira, with Javier Camarena and Alexey Markov as the two men in her life.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Lord Arturo Talbot.....Javier Camarena (tenor)

Elvira Walton.....Diana Damrau (soprano)

Sir Riccardo Forth.....Alexey Markov (baritone)

Sir Giorgio Walton.....Luca Pisaroni (bass)

Lord Gualtiero Walton.....David Crawford (bass)

Sir Bruno Robertson.....Eduardo Valdes (tenor)

Enrichetta di Francia.....Virginie Verrez (mezzo-soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Maurizio Benini (conductor).

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Live from the Met, Dvorak's lyric fairy tale Rusalka, with the soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role as the water nymph that comes to the human world only to create havoc, and the tenor Brandon Jovanovich as the doomed prince who falls in love with her, in this story of rejection, redemption and death, inspired by Slavic mythology. Mark Elder conducts the New York Opera and Chorus, as well as a starry cast.

Introduced by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff.

Rusalka....Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Foreign Princess....Katarina Dalayman (soprano)

Jezibaba....Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano)

Prince....Brandon Jovanovich (tenor)

Water Sprite....Eric Owens (bass)

Gamekeeper....Alan Opie (baritone)

Kitchen Boy....Daniela Mack (mezzo-soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Mark Elder (conductor).

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Live from the Met in New York: Verdi's La Traviata.

Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role of the 'fallen woman', the tragic courtesan Violetta, who falls in love with Alfredo, sung by tenor Michael Fabiano. Baritone Thomas Hampson is Germont, Alfredo's father, who condemns Violetta's racy past and persuades her to leave Alfredo, unaware of the ultimate tragic sacrifice she will make for Alfredo.

The score contains some of Verdi's most intimate and heartfelt music, conducted tonight by Nicola Luisotti.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff.

Violetta Valery....Sonya Yoncheva (soprano)

Alfredo Germont....Michael Fabiano (tenor)

Giorgio Germont....Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Flora Bervoix....Rebecca Jo Loeb (mezzo-soprano)

Annina....Jane Bunnell (mezzo-soprano)

Gastone....Scott Scully (tenor)

Barone Douphol....Dwayne Croft (baritone)

Marquis d'Obigny....Jeff Mattsey (baritone)

Doctor Grenvil....James Courtney (bass)

Giuseppe....Juhwan Lee (tenor)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Nicola Luisotti (Conductor).

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Live from the Met: Beethoven's only opera, and the composition he is said to have loved the most: Fidelio. A moving story of love and human aspirations, Adrianne Pieczonka leads this strong cast singing the role of Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, bravely fights for her husband Florestan's freedom. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt sings the role of Florestan, with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York conducted by Sebastian Weigle.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff.

Leonore - Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano)

Florestan - Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor)

Marzelline - Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (soprano)

Jaquino - David Portillo (tenor)

Don Pizarro - Greer Grimsley (baritone)

Rocco - Falk Struckmann (bass-baritone)

Don Fernando - Günther Groissböck (bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Sebastian Weigle (conductor).

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Live from the Met in New York, Verdi's Aida with the soprano Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role as the enslaved Nubian Princess and the tenor Riccardo Massi as her doomed lover Radames, the Egyptian captain who's forced to choose between her or his fatherland, in this tragic tale set in Ancient Egypt. Maestro Daniele Rustioni conducts the New York Metropolitan orchestra and chorus. Presented by Mary Jo Heath, with commentator Ira Siff.

Aida - Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano)

The King of Egypt - Soloman Howard (bass)

Amneris - Violeta Urmana (soprano)

Radames.... Riccardo Massi (tenor)

Amonasro - George Gagnidze (baritone)

Messenger - Ronald Naldi (tenor)

High Priest - James Morris (bass)

Priestess - Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo-soprano)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Daniele Rustioni (conductor).

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Tonight's Live from the Met is Tchaikovsky's Pushkin-based Eugene Onegin. When Tatiana is introduced to the sophisticated friend of her sister's fiancée, Eugene Onegin, she falls instantly in love with him. In her girlish naivety, she spends the night writing him a passionate letter, only to be coldly rejected by him. Years later, the happily married Tatiana meets Onegin again. This time their love is mutual, leading to disastrous consequences. Anna Netrebko sings Tatiana, with Peter Mattei as the fateful Onegin.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.

Eugene Onegin - Peter Mattei (baritone)

Tatiana - Anna Netrebko (soprano)

Lenski - Alexey Dolgov (tenor)

Olga - Elena Maximova (contralto)

Prince Gremin - Stefan Kocan (bass)

Madame Larina - Elena Zaremba (mezzo-soprano)

Fippyevna - Larissa Diadkova (mezzo-soprano)

Monsieur Triquet - Tony Stevenson (tenor)

Captain - David Crawford (bass)

Zaretski - Richard Bernstein (bass)

Offstage tenor - David Lowe (tenor)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Robin Ticciati (conductor).

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A performance of Wagner's 'The Flying Dutchman', live from the Met in New York. Baritone Michael Volle stars as the Dutchman. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Presented by Mary Jo Heath and commentator Ira Siff.

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

The Dutchman....Michael Volle (baritone)

Daland....Franz-Josef Selig (bass)

Senta....Amber Wagner (soprano)

Erik....Jay Hunter Morris (tenor)

Mary....Dolora Zajick (mezzo-soprano)

Daland's steersman....Ben Bliss (tenor)

New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)

The Flying Dutchman - sung by new Met star baritone Michael Volle - has been condemned for eternity to sail his ship, and only once every seven years is allowed to come ashore in search of love that will set him free. Amber Wagner sings the role of Senta, the woman he falls for and in whom hopes he has found his redemption. This live performance of Wagner's majestic score, with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, is conducted by the exciting Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who is making his Wagner debut at the Met.