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20070310

The conclusion of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, live from the New York Met.

The only comedy amongs Wagner's mature operas, the story takes place in the German town of Nuremberg in the 16th century. The plot revolves around the singing competition of the real-life guild of Master Singers, an association of amateur poets and musicians. Eva, the daughter of one of the Master Singers, will be betrothed to the winner of the competition.

Can the young knight Walther win her hand despite breaking the Master Singers' rules about what music should sound like? Possibly, with the help of cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, who foils the attempts of the other contender, the arch-pedant Beckmesser.

Tenor Johan Botha sings the role of Walther von Stolzing, bass-baritone James Morris is Hans Sachs with

Eva, Pogner's daughter....Hei-Kyung Hong (soprano)

Magdalena, Eva's nurse....Maria Zifchak (soprano)

Walther, a young knight from Franconia....Johan Botha (tenor)

David, Sachs's apprentice....Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

Hans Sachs, cobbler, Meistersinger....James Morris (bass-baritone)

Beckmesser, town clerk, Meistersinger....Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (baritone)

Pogner, goldsmith, Meistersinger....Yevgeny Nikitin (bass-baritone)

James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

Act 3

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg continues, live from the New York Met.

Act 2

Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, live from the New York Met.

Act 1.

20070317

Conclusion of Gounod's Faust, live from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Doctor Faust, a philosopher....Ramón Vargas (tenor)

Méphistophélès....Ildar Abdrasakov (bass)

Marguerite....Ruth Ann Swenson (soprano)

Valentin, a soldier, Marguerite's brother....Hung Yung (baritone)

Wagner, friend of Valentin....Keith Miller (baritone)

Siébel, student of Faust Karine Deshayes (soprano)

Marthe, Marguerite's guardian....Jane Bunnell (mezzo-soprano)

Orchestra and Chorus of Metropolitan Opera

Maurizio Benini (conductor)

Act 3.

Gounod's Faust continues, live from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Act 2.

Gounod's Faust, live from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

The aged philosopher Faust makes a pact with the devil Mephisopheles, agreeing to serve him in hell if he will first restore him to youth on Earth. The rejuvenated Faust seduces the lovely and innocent Marguerite and then kills her brother Valentin in a duel, causing her to kill her baby and go mad. She prays for divine redemption and escapes him in death.

Gounod's opera, although based on Goethe's epic verse play, focuses less on philosophy and more on the longing for youth and love and the desire for salvation. Its lush, romantic score contains some memorable show pieces for the soloists.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Prologue and Act 1.

20070331

Richard Strauss' Die Agyptische Helena continues, live from the New York Met.

Helena of Troy....Deborah Voigt (soprano)

Menelaus, her husband....Tauston Kerl (tenor)

Hermione, their daughter....Deena Sydney Fink (soprano)

Aithra, a sorceress....Diana Damrau (soprano)

Altair, a nomad chieftain....Wolfgang Brendel (baritone)

Da-ud, his son....Garrett Sorenson (tenor)

The Omniscient Mussel....Jill Grove (mezzo-soprano)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Act 2.

Richard Strauss: Die Agyptische Helena

Strauss was fascinated by the state of matrimony and in this, his third opera on the subject, he explores the mysteries of marriage through the perspective of classical mythology, the legend of Helen of Troy. How will Helen regain her husband: by the false fronts of seduction or through cold, bright honesty? Strauss's soaring lyricism and orchestral richness humanise and universalise the story.

Act 1

20070407

Giordano's Andrea Chénier concludes, live from the New York Met.

Andrea Chénier, a poet....Ben Heppner (tenor)

Carlo Gérard a servant, later a revolutionary....Mark Delavan (baritone)

Maddalena de Coigny....Violeta Urmana (soprano)

Bersi, her maid....Maria Zifchak (mezzo-soprano)

Madelon, an old woman....Irina Mishura (mezzo-soprano)

La Contessa de Coigny....Michaela Martens (mezzo-soprano)

Roucher, a friend of Chénier....Charles Taylor (baritone)

Pietro Fléville, a novelist....Patrick Carfizzi (bass-baritone)

Fouquier Tinville, the Public Prosecutor....Peter Volpe (bass)

Mathieu, a revolutionary....John del Carlo (bass-baritone)

L'Incroyable....David Cangelosi (tenor)

The Abbé, a poet....Bernard Fitch (tenor)

Schmidt, a gaoler at St Lazare....LeRoy Lehr (bass)

Master of the Household....Brian Davis (bass)

Dumas....James Courtney (baritone)

Orchestra and Chorus of the New York Metropolitan Opera

Marco Amiliato (conductor)

Acts 3 and 4.

Giordano's Andrea Chénier continues, live from the New York Met.

Act 2

Giordano's Andrea Chénier

An exuberant and tragic opera about genuine flesh-and-blood people swept up in the drama of the French Revolution, the story is loosely based on the life of the French poet, Chénier and his ultimately fatal love for an aristocrat. Combining flowing melody with striking declamation and demanding a great deal of its lead singers, the opera has remained a strong showcase for star performers.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Act 1

20070421

Handel's Giulio Cesare concludes, live from the New York Met.

Giulio Cesare....David Daniels (counter tenor)

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt....Ruth Ann Swenson (soprano)

Tolomeo, King of Egypt....Lawrence Zazzo (counter tenor)

Curio, tribune....Trevor Scheunemann (baritone)

Cornelia, widow of Pompey....Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

Sesto, son of Pompey....Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

Achilla, general, Tolomeo's advisor....Wayne Tigges (bass-baritone)

Nireno, confidant of Tolomeo and Cleopatra....Michael Maniaci (male soprano)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Harry Bicket (conductor)

Act 3.

Handel's Giulio Cesare continues, live from the New York Met.

Act 2

Handel's Giulio Cesare Live from the New York Met

Egypt, 48 BC. Two of the world's most powerful figures, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, fall in love. Handel was inspired to write one of his most dramatically compelling operas, with a sumptuous score and ravishing arias, whose breathtaking variety and melodic richness enthral today's audiences as much as they did at its premiere, nearly 300 years ago. As then, an unusually splendid cast has been assembled for your delight.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Act I

Continues at 8.20pm after Twenty Minutes.

20070505

Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice concludes this season's Live from the Met broadcasts.

David Daniels heads the small cast of Gluck's opera which retells the famous myth of Orpheus, who descends into the underworld to rescue his wife Euridice by taming the furies through the power of his music.

Written in a simpler, leaner style than the prevailing fashion, Gluck's score goes right to the heart of the story, portraying the heartbreak of lost love and conjuring up the devilish atmosphere of Hades.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Euridice....Maija Kovalevska (soprano)

Orfeo....David Daniels (countertenor)

Amor....Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

James Levine (conductor).

20071208

Gluck's IphigÃnie en Tauride

Presented live from the New York Met by Margaret Juntwait.

The new season of broadcasts from New York's Metropolitan Opera House opens with one of the supreme dramatic works of the 18th century. Gluck's IphigÃnie was the crowning achievement of his career, and ever since its premiere, it has gripped audiences with its insights into practical and psychological family problems in the aftermath of the Trojan War.

American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham sings the title role, while tenor PlÃcido Domingo plays her long-lost brother Oreste for the first time and French conductor Louis LangrÃe makes his Met debut.

IphigÃnie, High Priestess of Diana....Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

Oreste, IphigÃnie's brother....PlÃcido Domingo (tenor)

Pylade, Oreste's friend....Paul Groves (tenor)

Thoas, King of Tauris....William Shimell (bass)

Diane....Michele Losier (soprano)

First Priestess/A Greek Woman....Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

Second Priestess....Sasha Cooke (soprano)

A Scythian/A Minister....David Won (baritone)

Orchestra and Chorus of the New York Metropolitan Opera

Louis LangrÃe (conductor).

20071215

Gounod: RomÃo et Juliette

Margaret Juntwait and English tenor Philip Langridge introduce the New York Met's production of Gounod's emotional rollercoaster of an opera. Operatic superstars Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna are the star-crossed lovers in this romantic setting of Shakespeare's tragedy conducted by PlÃcido Domingo. Including a feature about setting Shakespeare and backstage interviews with members of the cast.

Juliette, daughter of Capulet....Anna Netrebko (soprano)

RomÃo, son of Montague....Roberto Alagna (tenor)

Tybalt, Juliette's cousin....Marc Heller (tenor)

Mercutio, RomÃo's best friend....Nathan Gunn (baritone)

StÃphano, RomÃo's page....Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano)

Gertrude, Juliette's nurse....Jane Bunnell (mezzo-soprano)

Count PÃris, friend of Tybalt....Louis Otey (baritone)

Benvolio, friend of RomÃo....Tony Stevenson (baritone)

GrÃgorio, Capulet's servant....David Won (baritone)

FrÃre Laurent, a friar....Robert Lloyd (bass)

Count Capulet, head of the Capulet family....Charles Taylor (bass)

Duke of Verona....Dean Peterson (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of New York Metropolitan Opera

PlÃcido Domingo (conductor).

20071222

Prokofiev's War and Peace

Prokofiev's adaptation of Tolstoy's monumental novel captures its sweeping world view as well as its insights into individuals. The 13 scenes depict a 'peace' story about the loves of the young Natasha set against the 'war' of the ill-fated Napoleonic invasion of Russia of 1812. Musically there are wonderful choruses, waltzes, and a mixture of intimate duets and massive battle scenes. The dynamic Valery Gergiev conducts a predominantly Russian cast.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait, including behind-the scenes features and the popular Met Quiz, hosted by soprano Martina Arroyo.

Natasha Rostova....Marina Poplovskaya (soprano)

Sonya....Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano)

Mme Akhrosimova....Larisa Shevchenko (soprano)

Pierre Bezukhov....Kim Begley (tenor)

Prince Andrey Bolkonsky....Alexej Markov (baritone)

Napoleon....Vassily Gerello (baritone)

Field-Marshal Kutuzov....Samuel Ramey (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of the New York Metropolitan Opera

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

20071229

Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

A new production in English of Engelbert Humperdinck's version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, live from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

As with many fairy tales, the story is light on the surface, but with some dark undertones, and Humperdinck illustrates the story with some of his most sumptuous music. The roles of the siblings, lost in the menacing world of the forest, are sung by Christine Schafer and Alice Coote, with Philip Langridge as the witch who tries to destroy them.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Gretel....Christine SchÃfer (soprano)

Hansel....Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

Gertrude....Rosalind Plowright (mezzo-soprano)

The Witch....Philip Langridge (tenor)

Peter....Alan Held (bass-baritone)

Dew Fairy....Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

Sandman....Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor).

20080112

Verdi's Macbeth

'This tragedy is one of the greatest creations of man!' the young Verdi said to his librettist when he first read Shakespeare's story of a general, persuaded by his ambitious wife to stop at nothing, even murder, to become King. It was the beginning of a life-long fascination with Shakespeare.

In this live matinee broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the role of the manipulative Lady Macbeth is sung by Maria Guleghina, with Lado Ataneli as her weak-willed husband. The programme also includes backstage interviews with some of the artists.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Lady Macbeth....Maria Guleghina (soprano)

Macbeth....Lado Ataneli (baritone)

Macduff....Roberto Aronica (tenor)

Banquo....John Relyea (bass)

Malcolm....Russell Thomas (tenor)

Lady-in-Waiting....Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs (soprano)

Murderer....Keith Miller (bass)

Doctor....James Courtney (bass)

Bloody Child....Ashley Emerson (soprano)

Crowned Child....Anne-Carolyn Bird (soprano)

Servant....Richard Hobson (baritone)

Herald....Joseph Turi (bass)

Warrior....David Crawford (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of New York Metropolitan Opera

James Levine (conductor).

20080202

Wagner's Die Walkure

Lisa Gasteen, Deborah Voigt and Clifton Forbis head the cast in a live performance from New York Metropolitan Opera of part two of Wagner's epic Ring Cycle.

Siegmund and Sieglinde are brother and sister - but by the time they discover this, they have already fallen in love. Their father Wotan, the arrogant leader of the Gods, is forced to disown them by his wife Fricka, but Wotan's daughter Brunnhilde defies him and helps the lovers.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Brunnhilde....Lisa Gasteen (soprano)

Sieglinde....Deborah Voigt (soprano)

Fricka....Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano)

Siegmund....Clifton Forbis (tenor)

Wotan....James Morris (bass)

Hunding, Sieglinde's husband....Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

Helmwige....Claudia Waite (soprano)

Gerhilde....Kellie Cae Hogan (soprano)

Ortlinde....Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano)

Siegrune....Leann Sandel-Pantaleo (mezzo-soprano)

Waltraute....Laura Wlasak Nolen (mezzo-soprano)

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

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

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

Chorus and Orchestra of the New York Metropolitan Opera

Lorin Maazel (conductor).

20080216

Puccini's Manon Lescaut

The young Puccini's first great success, Manon Lescaut is a drama of a free-spirited beauty whose equal need for love and luxury causes her downfall.

Finnish soprano Karita Mattila sings the title role for the first time at the Met in a score full of youthful and erotic passion. Marcello Giordani plays Manon's young lover des Grieux and the Met's Music Director James Levine conducts. The programme also includes backstage interviews with some of the artists.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Manon Lescaut....Karita Mattila (soprano)

des Grieux....Marcello Giordani (tenor)

Lescaut....Dwayne Croft (baritone)

Geronte de Ravoir....Dale Travis (baritone)

Musician....Tamara Mumford (mezzo-soprano)

Edmondo....Sean Panikkar (tenor)

Dancing Master....Bernard Fitch (tenor)

Lamplighter....Tony Stevenson (tenor)

Innkeeper....Paul Plishka (bass)

Sergeant....James Courtney (bass)

Captain....Richard Bernstein (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of New York Metropolitan Opera

James Levine (conductor).

20080223

Bizet's Carmen

Mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina takes the title role and Marcelo Alvarez makes his Met debut as Don Jose, the proud soldier destroyed by his fascination with the femme fatale Carmen, in this live production from New York. Carmen was among the first operas in the 1870s to go against the trend of glorifying heroes and heroines and Bizet's independent-minded gypsy seductress caused much controversy amongst critics of the time.

The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait, with Ira Siff as guest commentator.

Carmen....Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano)

Don Jose....Marcelo Alvarez (tenor)

Escamillo....Lucio Gallo (baritone)

Micaela....Krassimira Stoyanova (soprano)

Frasquita....Rachelle Durkin (soprano)

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

Remendado....Juan-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor)

Dancairo....John Hancock (baritone)

Zuniga....Jeffrey Wells (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

Emmanuel Villaume (conductor).

20080301

Verdi's Otello

Giuseppe Verdi's adaptation of Shakespeare's play is widely regarded as the composer's crowning operatic achievement.

South African tenor Johan Botha interprets the role of the tragic hero Otello, and Renee Fleming returns to one of her most celebrated roles as the doomed Desdemona.

Semyon Bychkov conducts a production by Elijah Moshinsky.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Desdemona....Renee Fleming (soprano)

Otello....Johan Botha (tenor)

Iago....Carlo Guelfi (baritone)

Emilia....Wendy White (mezzo-soprano)

Cassio....Garrett Sorenson (tenor)

Roderigo....Ronald Naldi (tenor)

Montano....Charles Taylor (baritone)

Lodovico....Kristinn Sigmundsson (bass)

Herald....David Won (baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

Semyon Bychkov (conductor).

20080315

Britten's Peter Grimes

Live from New York, Donald Runnicles conducts a production of the psychological drama whose epic tenor role and orchestral score established Britten as one of the great opera composers of the 20th century.

Peter Grimes, a fisherman living in a small-minded Suffolk village, is as much a misunderstood outsider as a victim of his own weaknesses as he finds himself under suspicion for death of his apprentice.

The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait, with Ira Siff as guest commentator.

Peter Grimes....Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor)

Ellen Orford....Patricia Racette (soprano)

Balstrode....Anthony Michaels-Moore (baritone)

Mrs Sedley....Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

Auntie....Jill Grove (mezzo-soprano)

1st Niece....Leah Partridge (soprano)

2nd Niece....Erin Morley (soprano)

Bob Boles....Greg Fedderly (tenor)

Rev Horace Adams....Bernard Fitch (tenor)

Ned Keene....Teddy Tahu Rhodes (baritone)

Swallow....John del Carlo (bass-baritone)

Hobson....Dean Peterson (bass-baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

Donald Runnicles (conductor).

20080322

Wagner's Tristan und Isolde

Direct from New York, James Levine conducts Deborah Voigt as Isolde, alongside Robert Dean Smith making his debut in the role of Tristan at the Met in Wagner's exploration of the agony and the ecstasy of erotic love.

After unwittingly drinking a love potion, Tristan and Isolde fall deeply in love with each other, but their romance faces opposition from King Brangane and can only end in tragedy.

The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Isolde....Deborah Voigt (soprano)

Tristan....Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

Brangane....Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano)

Kurwenal....Eike Wilm Schulte (baritone)

King Marke....Matti Salminen (bass)

Sailor's Voice....Tony Stevenson (tenor)

Shepherd....Mark Schowalter (tenor)

Melot....Stephen Gaertner (baritone)

Steersman....James Courtney (bass-baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

James Levine (conductor).

20080329

Verdi's Ernani

Live from New York, Roberto Abbado conducts a production of Verdi's fifth opera with a cast led by Sicilian tenor Marcello Giordani as Ernani and with an international trio of singers in other principal roles.

Amid disguises, duels and conspiracies, the nobleman Silva, the King of Spain and Ernani the bandit all vie for the love of Elvira, due to be married to her uncle and guardian.

The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Elvira....Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano)

Ernani....Marcello Giordani (tenor)

Don Carlo....Thomas Hampson (baritone)

De Silva....Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

Giovanna....Wendy White (mezzo-soprano)

Don Riccardo....Ryan Smith (tenor)

Jago....Keith Miller (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

Roberto Abbado (conductor).

20080405

Puccini's La boheme

Direct from New York, Nicola Luisotti conducts Angela Georghiu and Ramon Vargas in the lead roles in Puccini's portrayal of the poverty and tragedy of bohemian life in Paris.

Rodolfo and Mimi fall in love immediately after meeting in a freezing garret, but their happiness is blighted by jealousy, their harsh living conditions and then grave illness.

The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Mimi....Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

Rodolfo....Ramon Vargas (tenor)

Marcello....Ludovic Tezier (baritone)

Schaunard....Quinn Kelsey (baritone)

Colline....Oren Gradus (bass)

Musetta....Ainhoa Arteta (soprano)

Benoit/Alcindoro....Paul Plishka (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

Nicola Luisotti (conductor).

20080412

Prokofiev's The Gambler

Live from New York, Valery Gergiev takes the baton for a rare performance of Prokofiev's first major stage work, with tenor Vladimir Galouzine as Alexi and soprano Olga Guryakova as Polina.

Based on the novel by Dostoevsky, the opera focuses on a group of characters whose lives are dominated by their quest for money and also their inability to hold on to it.

Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Polina....Olga Guryakova (soprano)

Mme Blanche....Olga Savova (mezzo-soprano)

'Grammy' Babulenka....Larissa Diadkova (mezzo-soprano)

Alexei....Vladimir Galouzine (tenor)

The Marquis....Nikolai Gassiev (tenor)

Prince Nilsky....John Easterlin (tenor)

Mr Astley....John Hancock (baritone)

The General....Sergei Aleksashkin (bass)

Baron Wurmerhelm....James Courtney (bass-baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

20080419

Glass's Satyagraha

Direct from New York, Dante Anzoli conducts Richard Croft and Rachel Durkin in the lead roles in a production of Philip Glass's 1980 opera, set to a text from the ancient Sanskrit scripture the Bhagavad Gita.

Praised as a 'masterwork of theatrical intensity' the work is an account of Mahatma Gandhi's formative experiences in South Africa, which transformed him into a revered leader.

The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

Miss Schlesen....Rachelle Durkin (soprano)

MK Ghandi....Richard Croft (tenor)

Mr Kallenbach....Earle Patriarco (baritone)

Parsi Rustomji....Alfred Walker (bass-baritone)

Mrs Naidoo....Ellie Dehn (soprano)

Kasturbai....Maria Zifchak (mezzo-soprano)

Mrs Alexander....Mary Phillips (mezzo-soprano)

Prince Arjuna....Bradley Garvin (bass-baritone)

Lord Krishna....Richard Bernstein (bass-baritone)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

Dante Anzolini (conductor).

20081129

James Levine conducts Berlioz's adaptation of the classic Goethe story.

Berlioz's La damnation de Faust

Launching the 2008 season of Live from the Met broadcasts from New York, James Levine conducts tenor Marcello Giordani as Faust and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as Marguerite in Berlioz's adaptation of Goethe's story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil.

In a story that is more romantically focused than the Goethe version, the evil Mephistopheles introduces Faust to Marguerite and causes them to fall in love. Faust is tricked into selling his soul to save the woman he loves, ultimately sacrificing himself so that she might reach heaven.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait, with guest commentator Ira Siff.

Marguerite....Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

Faust....Marcello Giordani (tenor)

Mephistopheles....John Relyea (bass)

Brander....Patrick Carfizzi (bass)

Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

James Levine (conductor).

Bellini's La Sonnambula *20090321

From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Evelino Pido conducts Mary Zimmerman's new production of Bellini's opera, with soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Juan Diego Florez in the lead roles.

The story is set in a Swiss village inn, where a group of people are celebrating the marriage of orphan Amina to the rich Elvino. Her habit of sleepwalking accidentally leads her into the bed of Count Rodolfo, causing the villagers to reach the wrong conclusions and arouse Elvino's suspicions.

Amina....Natalie Dessay (soprano)

  • alessio....jeremy galyon (bass)
  • chorus and orchestra of metropolitan opera
  • elvino....juan diego florez (tenor)
  • evelino pido (conductor).

    evelino pido conducts natalie dessay and juan diego florez in bellini's opera

  • lisa....jennifer black (soprano)
  • notary....bernard fitch (tenor)
  • rodolfo....michele pertusi (bass)
  • teresa....jane bunnell (mezzo-soprano)

  • Bizet's Carmen *20100116

    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: Mariusz Kwiecien (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.

    Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Bizet's tale of gypsies, love, jealousy and murder.

    Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur20090221

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Marco Armiliato conducts Placido Domingo in the role of Maurizio, in which he made his Met debut in 1969, along with Maria Guleghina and Olga Borodina in Cilea's evergreen opera.

    In 1730 at the Comedie Francaise in Paris, the great actress of the age, Adriana Lecouvreur, inspires a devoted following of aristocratic admirers, including Maurizio, Count of Saxony. Jealously is never far away and, tragically, this spells the end for Adriana in the form of poisoned flowers from an embittered rival for Maurizio's affections.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The intervals include backstage interviews and the Met Opera Quiz.

    Adriana....Maria Guleghina (soprano)

  • abbe of chazeuil....bernard fitch (tenor)
  • marco armiliato (conductor).

    marco armiliato conducts Placido Domingo, maria guleghina in cilea's evergreen opera

  • maurizio....Placido Domingo (tenor)
  • michonnet....roberto frontali (baritone)
  • mlle dangeville....reveka e macrovitis (mezzo-soprano)
  • mlle jouvenot....jennifer black (soprano)
  • orchestra and chorus of new york metropolitan opera
  • poisson....brian frutiger (tenor)
  • prince of bouillon....john del carlo (bass)
  • quinault....philip cokorinos (bass)
  • the princess....olga borodina (mezzo-soprano)

  • Donizetti's La Fille Du Regiment20080426

    Live from New York, Marco Armiliato conducts soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Juan Diego Florez in Donizetti's two-act opera comique.

    Marie, found abandoned as a baby on the battlefield is adopted and raised by soldiers, but when it is discovered that she is actually an aristocrat, she must bid farewell to the regiment - and her lover.

    Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait, with soprano Renee Fleming hosting backstage interviews during the interval with the artists, including stars Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez.

    Marie....Natalie Dessay (soprano)

    Marquise of Berkenfeld....Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

    Tonio....Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

    Sulpice....Alessandro Corbelli (baritone)

    Duchess of Krakenthorp....Zoe Caldwell (voice)

    Hortensius....Donald Maxwell (baritone)

    Corporal....Roger Andrews (baritone)

    Orchestra and Chorus of New York Metropolitan Opera

    Marco Armiliato (conductor).

    Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore20090404

    From the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Maurizio Benini conducts Donizetti's belcanto comedy, with Angela Gheorghiu and Massimo Giordano in the lead roles.

    The young Nemorino is in love with the beautiful farm owner Adina, but she seems beyond his reach, even more so when Sergeant Belcore turns up and asks her to marry him. But Dr Dulcamara, a travelling quack and charlatan, arrives in the village offering potions capable of curing anything, including an elixir of love.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The interval includes backstage interviews with members of the cast.

    Nemorino....Massimo Giordano (tenor)

  • adina....angela gheorghiu (soprano)
  • belcore....franco vassallo (baritone)
  • chorus and orchestra of metropolitan opera
  • dulcamara....simone alaimo (bass-baritone)
  • giannetta....ying huang (soprano)
  • maurizio benini (conductor).

    maurizio benini conducts donizetti's bel canto comedy, with angela gheorghiu

  • Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor20080308

    Donizetti's famous tragic heroine is portrayed by one of her greatest recent interpreters, French soprano Natalie Dessay, in a new production directed by James Levine, and broadcast live from New York.

    Set in Scotland, Donizetti's opera centres on a tragic love triangle. Lucia and Edgardo secretly become engaged but Lucia is forced by her cruel brother to marry Arturo. She obeys, imagining that Edgardo is unfaithful. But after realising her mistake, Lucia turns mad with anguish.

    The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait, with Ira Siff as guest commentator.

    Lucia....Natalie Dessay (soprano)

    Edgardo....Giuseppe Filianoti (tenor)

    Enrico....Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone)

    Raimondo....John Relyea (bass)

    Alisa....Michaela Martens (mezzo-soprano)

    Arturo....Stephen Costello (tenor)

    Normanno....Michael Myers (tenor)

    Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

    James Levine (conductor).

    Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor *20090207

    Direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Marco Armiliato conducts one of the most loved bel canto operas of all time, broadly based on a historic drama by Walter Scott, and starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and Polish tenor Piotr Beczala as the doomed lovers.

    The opera centres on a tragic love triangle, as Lucia and Edgardo secretly become engaged, although Lucia is forced by her cruel brother to marry Arturo. She obeys, imagining that Edgardo is unfaithful, but after realising her mistake Lucia turns mad with anguish.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The intervals include backstage interviews with the performers and the Met Opera Quiz.

    Lucia....Anna Netrebko (soprano)

  • alisa....michaela martens (mezzo-soprano)
  • arturo....colin lee (tenor)
  • chorus and orchestra of new york metropolitan opera
  • edgardo....piotr beczala (tenor)
  • enrico....mariusz kwiecien (baritone)
  • marco armiliato (conductor).

  • marco armiliato (conductor).

    soprano anna netrebko and tenor piotr beczala star as the doomed lovers

  • normanno....michael myers (tenor)
  • raimondo....ildar abdrazakov (bass)

    lucia....anna netrebko (soprano)

  • Dvorak's Rusalka20090314

    In a performance from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Czech maestro Jiri Belohlavek conducts soprano Renee Fleming in the title role of Dvorak's opera - one she has made her own in recent years, with global success.

    Rusalka tells the romantic story of a water nymph, who falls in love with a human. It has a poetic score, which evokes the mystery of the forest and explores the clash of the human and fairy worlds, most famously with Rusalka's passionate Song to the Moon.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The two intervals include backstage interviews and the Metropolitan Opera Quiz.

    Rusalka....Renee Fleming (soprano)

  • first wood nymph....kathleen kim (soprano)
  • foreign princess....christine goerke (soprano)
  • gamekeeper....james courtney (tenor)
  • jezibaba....stephanie blythe (mezzo-soprano)
  • jiri belohlavek (conductor).

    from the metropolitan opera, jiri belohlavek conducts soprano Renee Fleming as rusalka

  • orchestra and chorus of the metropolitan opera
  • prince....aleksander antonenko (tenor)
  • second wood nymph....brenda patterson (soprano)
  • third wood nymph....edita kulczak (mezzo-soprano)
  • turnspit....kate lindsey (mezzo-soprano)
  • water gnome....kristinn sigmundsson

  • Elektra * *20091226

    Richard Strauss's Elektra, live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York, conducted by Fabio Luisi, with soprano Susan Bullock in the title role.

    Strauss's one-act opera tells the bloody story of Elektra and her dysfunctional family. She has sworn vengeance for the murder of her father King Agamemnon by her mother Klytaemnestra. The opera tells the story of how she eventually achieves this, at the cost of several lives including, finally, her own.

    Susan Bullock won an Royal Philharmonic Society award for her portrayal of the obsessed princess when she performed the role at Covent Garden earlier in 2009. A first-rate cast also includes Felicity Palmer as Klytaemnestra and Deborah Voigt as Chrysothemis.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Elektra....Susan Bullock (soprano)

    Chrysothemis....Deborah Voigt (soprano)

    Klytaemnestra....Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)

    Aegisth....Wolfgang Schmidt (tenor)

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

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Fabio Luisi (conductor).

    Fabio Luisi conducts Strauss's Elektra, with soprano Susan Bullock in the title role.

    Gluck's Orfeo Ed Euridice20090124

    From the Metropolitan Opera New York, James Levine conducts mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and soprano Danielle de Niese in the title roles of Gluck's version of the Greek myth of Orpheus.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait, with guest commentator Ira Siff.

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

  • amor....heidi grant murphy (soprano)
  • chorus and orchestra of the metropolitan opera
  • euridice....danielle de niese (soprano)
  • james levine (conductor).

    james levine conducts gluck's version of the greek myth of orpheus

  • Humperdinck's Hansel Und Gretel * *20100102

    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).

    Fabio Luisi conducts Angelika Kirschlager in a version of the Brothers Grimm fairytale.

    Il Trittico20070428

    Puccini's operatic triptych concludes with Gianni Schicchi.

    Gianni Schicchi....Alessandro Corbelli (baritone)

    Lauretta....Olga Mykytenko (soprano)

    Rinuccio....Massimo Giordano (tenor)

    Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    James Levine (conductor).

    Puccini's Il Trittico

    Puccini's operatic triptych continues, live from the New York Met, with Suor Angelica.

    Suor Angelica....Barbara Frittoli (soprano)

    La zia Principessa....Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)

    Suor Genovieffa....Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano)

    The triptych of one-act operas written by Puccini to be performed together in one evening consists of Il Tabarro, a sinister tale of murder and passion; the tragic Suor Angelica, set in a convent; and the comic Gianni Schicchi, whose scheming protagonist manages to trick a whole family out of their inheritance.

    Il Trittico showcases Puccini's knack for lean storytelling, his ability to create atmospheric musical universes and the flexibility to conjure up shock, tears and uproarious laughter.

    Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

    Puccini: Il Tabarro

    Michele....Juan Pons (baritone)

    Giorgetta....Maria Guleghina (soprano)

    Luigi....Salvatore Licitra (tenor)

    Live From The Met - Faust20050430

    Roberto Alagna and Soile Isokoski star in a new Metropolitan Opera production of this ever-popular French opera.

    Presented from NEW YORK by Margaret Juntwait.

    During a visit from the debonair M?phistoph?lès, the despairing and elderly philosopher Faust is manipulated into surrendering his immortal soul in exchange for the alluring promise of eternal youth and the love of a beautiful woman.

    Marguerite....Soile Isokoski (soprano)

    Si?bel....Kristine Jepson (mezzo-soprano)

    Faust....Roberto Alagna (tenor)

    Valentin....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

    M?phistoph?lès....Ren? Pape (bass)

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

    Wagner....Patrick Carfizzi

    Chorus and Orchestra of the NEW YORK Metropolitan Opera

    James Levine (conductor).

    Live From The Met - Puccini's Tosca20120128

    Live from The Met

    The action of Puccini's masterpiece takes place over a single day and night in Rome. During that day an escaped political prisoner shelters in a church. An artist, Mario Cavaradossi, helps him. The artist's lover is opera-singer Floria Tosca - passionate and jealous. The sadistic Chief of Police Baron Scarpia is hunting both the escaped prisoner and (for very different reasons) Tosca. By the following morning Scarpia, Cavaradossi and Tosca are all dead - murder, a firing squad and suicide. All of the ingredients for the grandest of operas are present and Puccini's mastery of the art of music-theatre produces an opera that manages to be both ingeniously composed and highly popular.

    The Met has assembled a strong cast for this revival. Leading American soprano Patricia Racette sings the title role, the outstanding Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez is Cavaradossi and the veteran American bass-baritone James Morris brings his enormous experience to the role of Scarpia. The conductor is the young Finnish maestro Mikko Franck. He's currently Finnish National Opera's Artistic Director and General Music Director - a job to which he was appointed 8 years ago at the age of 25.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Tosca...Patricia Racette (Soprano)

    Cavaradossi...Marcelo Álvarez (Tenor)

    Scarpia...James Morris (Bass)

    Sacristan...Paul Plishka (Bass)

    Cesare Angelotti...Richard Bernstein (Bass)

    Spoletta...Joel Sorensen (Tenor)

    Sciarrone...James Courtney (Bass)

    Jailer...Jeremy Galyon (Bass)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Conductor....Mikko Franck.

    Puccini's Tosca, from the New York Met, with soprano Patricia Racette in the title role.

    Live From The Met, Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet20100327

    A singer known for depth of his performances leads the cast in Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet, live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

    It's a 19th century romantic interpretation of Shakespeare's tragedy, originally with a happy ending, but this was subsequently changed to reflect the play a little more closely.

    Simon Keenlyside is the tormented Prince seeking vengeance for his father's death, in one of the few chances for a baritone to play the lead role.

    Marlis Petersen is his ill-fated love, Ophelia, to whom Thomas gives an extended and truly memorable mad scene.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with Ira Siff as guest commentator.

    Live backstage interviews during the interval.

    Hamlet: Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

    Ophelia: Marlis Petersen (soprano)

    Laertes: Toby Spence (tenor)

    Gertrude: Jennifer Larmore (mezzo-soprano)

    Claudius: James Morris (baritone)

    The Ghost: David Pittsinger (bass)

    Horatio: Liam Bonner(baritone)

    Polonius: Maxim Mikhailov (bass)

    First Gravedigger: Richard Bernstein (Bass)

    Second Gravedigger: Mark Schowalter (tenor)

    Louis Langrée (conductor)

    Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

    Louis Longree conducts a 19th-century Romantic version of Shakespeare's tragedy, Hamlet.

    Live From The Met, Berg's Lulu20100508

    An animal trainer presents to his audience the wonderful wild beasts they're are about to see.

    There's a tiger, a bear and - last but not least - a dangerous serpent - who will mesmerise, seduce and kill, and who eventually get murdered by Jack the Ripper.

    Berg's Lulu, live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, conducted by Fabio Luisi.

    Marlis Petersen plays the scandalous femme fatale of the title, a role for which she has won international acclaim.

    Anne Sofie von Otter sings Countess Geschwitz, Gary Lehman is Alwa and James Morris is Dr.

    Schön.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with Ira Siff as guest commentator.

    There will be live backstage interviews and the Met Quiz during the two intervals.

    Lulu - Marlis Petersen (soprano)

    Countess Geschwitz - Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)

    Alwa - Gary Lehman (tenor)

    Painter - Michael Schade (tenor)

    Animal Trainer/Acrobat - David Pittsinger (bass)

    Dr.

    Schon/Jack the Ripper - James Morris (baritone)

    Wardrobe Mistress/Schoolboy/Page - Ginger Costa-Jackson (soprano)

    Prince/Manservant/Marquis - Graham Clark (tenor)

    Schigolch - Gwynne Howell (bass)

    Theatre Manager/Banker - James Courtney (bass)

    Mother - Jane Shaulis (mezzo-soprano)

    Designer - Edyta Kulczak (mezzo-soprano)

    Journalist - Joshua Benaim (baritone)

    Servant - LeRoy Lehr (bass)

    Fabio Luisi - Conductor

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

    Soprano Marlis Petersen as the scandalous femme fatale in Berg's opera.

    Live From The Met, Donizetti's Anna Bolena20120204

    Donizetti's Anna Bolena live from the Met.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Anna Netrebko portrays the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king, in Donizetti's tragic two-act opera. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes as Henry VIII abandons her and takes up with Jane Seymour, previously her lady-in-waiting. Ekaterina Gubanova sings Jane, Ildar Abdrazakov takes the role of Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

    Anna Bolena....Anna Netrebko (soprano)

    Giovanna Seymour....Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)

    Enrico VIII....Ildar Abdrazakov (bass)

    Smeaton....Tamara Mumford (contralto)

    Lord Riccardo Percy....Stephen Costello (tenor)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Marco Armiliato (conductor).

    A performance from the Metropolitan Opera in New York of Donizetti's tragic Anna Bolena.

    Live From The Met, Donizetti's Don Pasquale20110219

    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 promptly begins to drive him to distraction.

    Anna Netrebko returns to the role of Norina, in which she made her Met debut.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Norina - Anna Netrebko (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 James Levine.

    James Levine conducts soprano Anna Netrebko in Donizetti's last comic opera, Don Pasquale.

    Live From The Met, Donizetti's La Fille Du Regiment20100213

    In tonight's Live from the Met Diana Damrau stars as Marie, the daughter of the 21st regiment of the French army.

    She's in love with Tonio, but won't marry him because he's not in the regiment, so the only option is for him to enlist.

    Meanwhile, Marie's long-lost mother has other plans for her romantic future.

    Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment combines comedy with some famously virtuosic vocal writing, including Tonio's aria which includes no fewer than nine top C's, sung tonight by Juan Diego Flórez.

    And the production includes Kiri Te Kanawa in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Marie: Diana Damrau (soprano)

    Tonio: Juan Diego Flórez (tenor)

    Marquise de Berkenfeld: Meredith Arwady (contralto)

    Sulpice PIngot: Maurizio Muraro (bass)

    Hortensius: Donald Maxwell (bass)

    Corporal: Roger Andrews (bass)

    Duchesse de Krakenthorp: Kiri te Kanawa

    Conductor: Marco Armiliato

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

    Marco Armiliato conducts Juan Diego Florez and Diana Damrau in Donizetti's comic opera.

    Live From The Met, Donizetti's La Fille Du Regiment20111224

    Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment

    Live from the Met

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait, with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment with Nino Machaidze (Marie) and Lawrence Brownless (Tonio).

    Yves Abel conducts the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus.

    The opera is set in a Swiss village in the Tyrolean Alps, where a French regiment is passing through.

    They're led by Sergeant Sulpice and the regiment has a "daughter" named Marie - though she's really more like their mascot and their maid.

    They found her when she was only a baby, and they've raised her ever since.

    Marie is in love with a Swiss villager named Tonio.

    Unfortunately, there's a complication: she's only allowed to marry a member of the Regiment.

    The opera is famous for Tonio's aria "Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!" which has been called the "Mount Everest" for tenors as it features nine high Cs.

    Marie....Nino Machaidze (soprano)

    Tonio....Lawrence Brownlee (tenor)

    Sergeant Sulpice....Maurizio Muraro (bass)

    Marquise of Berkenfeld....Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano)

    Hortensius....James Courtney (bass)

    A corporal....Roger Andrews (bass)

    The Duchess of Krakenthorp....Kiri Te Kanawa (spoken role)

    New York Metropolitan opera orchestra and chorus

    Conductor....Yves Abel.

    Yves Abel conducts Donizetti's La fille du regiment at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

    Live From The Met, Donizetti's Lucia Di Lammermoor20110319

    Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

    Natalie Dessay stars as the innocent Lucia, forced by her brother into a political marriage with Arturo when she's desparately in love with Edgardo.

    The heartbreak and ruthlessness of her brother become too much for the fragile heroine, with tragic consequences.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Lucia - Natalie Dessay (soprano)

    Edgardo - Joseph Calleja (tenor)

    Enrico - Ludovic Tezier (baritone)

    Raimondo - Kwangchul Youn (bass)

    Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera

    Patrick Summers - conductor.

    Patrick Summers conducts soprano Natalie Dessay in Donizetti's tragic Lucia di Lammermoor.

    Live From The Met, Gluck's Iphigenie En Tauride20110226

    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).

    Susan Graham and Placido Domingo in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride, based on the Greek myth.

    Live From The Met, Gounod's Faust20111210

    Live from the Met

    When the New York Metropolitan Opera opened in 1883 the very first opera to be staged was Gounod's Faust and it has been enormously popular there ever since.

    It tells the famous story of Dr Faust and how he sells his soul to the devil, Mephistopheles, in order to regain his youth.

    It's the opera that features in the plot of 'Phantom of the Opera' and it's music includes some very famous numbers, including the 'Jewel Song' and the Soldiers Chorus.

    Initially something of a failure, Gounod's Faust has been providing a great night out at the opera (and a great challenge to star singers) ever since its first revival in 1863 and will no doubt do so for many years to come.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Faust....Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

    Méphistophélès....René Pape (bass)

    Marguerite....Marina Poplavskaya (soprano)

    Valentin....Russell Braun (baritone)

    Wagner....Jonathan Beyer (baritone)

    Siébel....Michèle Losier (mezzo-soprano)

    Marthe Schwerlein....Wendy White (mezzo-soprano)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

    Conductor....Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Gounod's opera Faust.

    Live From The Met, Handel's Rodelinda20111203

    This year's season of Live from the Met broadcasts begins with Handel's Rodelinda.

    King Bertarido has been deposed, assumed dead, leaving his Queen, Rodelinda and son behind.

    Grimoaldo is determined to become king, not realising that Bertarido is in fact alive, and planning to come back to rescue his family.

    Handel's opera contains some glorious music and is sung by a stellar cast including Renee Fleming and Andreas Scholl, and conducted by Harry Bicket.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Rodelinda....Renee Fleming (Soprano)

    Eduige - Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo-soprano)

    Bertarido - Andreas Scholl (Counter-tenor)

    Unulfo - Iestyn Davies (Counter-tenor)

    Grimoaldo - Joseph Kaiser (Tenor)

    Garibaldo - Shenyang (Bass-baritone)

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Conductor....Harry Bicket.

    Harry Bicket conducts Handel's Rodelinda, starring Renee Fleming and Andreas Scholl.

    Live From The Met, Humperdinck's Hansel Und Gretel20120107

    This English language production of Humperdinck's perennially popular Hansel and Gretel is The Met's equivalent to a seasonal panto. Including all the fun of cross-dressing, with mezzo Alice Coote (brother to Aleksandra Kurzak's Gretel) donning trousers to play Hansel, and tenor Robert Brubaker pulling on a frock and clutching a broomstick to play the wicked witch. One of Britain's hottest musical exports, Robin Ticciati, conducts.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel

    Hansel....Alice Coote (Mezzo soprano)

    Gretel....Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)

    The Gingerbread Witch....Robert Brubaker (Tenor)

    Peter....Dwayne Croft (Baritone)

    Gertrud....Michaela Martens (Mezzo soprano)

    Sandman....Jennifer Johnson Cano (Soprano)

    Dewman....Lei Xu (Soprano)

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus

    Conductor....Robin Ticciati.

    Robin Ticciati conducts the English version of Humperdinck's opera Hansel und Gretel.

    Live From The Met, Le Comte Ory20110409

    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 Le Comte Ory has its Metropolitan Opera premiere with tenor star Jan Diego Florez as the count, Diana Damrau as Adele and Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of Isolier.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Countess Adele - Diana Damrau (soprano)

    Isolier - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

    Ragonde - Susanne Resmark (mezzo-soprano)

    Count Ory - Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

    Rimbaud - Stephane Degout (baritone)

    The Prompter - Rob Besserer (baritone)

    Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera

    Conductor - Maurizio Benini.

    Maurizio Benini conducts Rossini's opera Le Comte Ory in its Metropolitan Opera premiere.

    Live From The Met, Massenet's Manon20120407

    Massenet's Manon

    Live from The Met

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    When the Chevalier des Grieux turns up to catch the coach to Paris, he has an encounter which will turn his life upside down. He falls in love with Manon at first sight. When she tells him that her fondness for pleasure has led her family to send her to a convent, he is determined to rescue her from such a fate. But all will not go smoothly for the eloping couple.

    Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

    Manon....Anna Netrebko (Soprano)

    Chevalier des Grieux....Piotr Beczala (Tenor)

    Lescaut....Paulo Szot (Baritone)

    Comte des Grieux....David Pittsinger (Bass)

    Guillot Morfontaine....Christoph Mortagne (Baritone)

    Monsieur de Bretigny....Bradley Garvin (Bass)

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

    Javotte....Jennifer Black (Soprano)

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

    Innkeeper....Philip Cokorinos (Tenor)

    Maid....Kathryn Day (Mezzo-soprano)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Conductor...Fabio Luisi.

    Fabio Luisi conducts Massenet's opera Manon, with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala.

    Live From The Met, Mozart's Die Zauberflote20100410

    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (Magic Flute) live from the Met in New York.

    Nathan Gunn as Papageno, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino and Julia Kleiter as Pamina.

    Conducted by Adam Fischer.

    Tamino, trying to escape from a huge snake, trips and falls unconscious.

    Three ladies appear and kill the snake with their spears.

    When he recovers, Tamino sees dancing towards him an odd-looking man entirely covered with feathers.

    It is Papageno, a bird-catcher.

    He tells the astonished Tamino that this is the realm of the Queen of the Night.

    The gods have plans for Tamino, but first he must prove that he is worthy of admission to the Temple of Light.

    Luckily Tamino has the assistance of his magic flute and eventually overcomes the ordeals that are put in his way.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    There will be live backstage interviews with members of the cast during the interval.

    Papageno: Nathan Gunn (baritone)

    Tamino: Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

    Pamina: Julia Kleiter (soprano)

    Queen of the Night: Albina Shagimuratova (soprano)

    1st Lady: Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano)

    2nd Lady: Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano)

    3rd Lady: Tamara Mumford (mezzo-soprano)

    1st Boy: Jakob Taylor (treble)

    2nd Boy: Neem Ram Nagarajan (treble)

    3rd Boy: Jonathan A.

    Makepeace (alto)

    Papagena: Monica Yunus (soprano)

    Sarastro: Hans-Peter König (bass)

    Speaker: David Pittsinger (bass)

    Monostatos: Greg Fedderly (tenor)

    1st Priest: David Crawford (bass-baritone)

    2nd Priest: Bernard Fitch (tenor)

    1st Armed Man: Philip Webb (tenor)

    2nd Armed Man: Richard Bernstein (bass)

    Adam Fischer: Conductor

    Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera.

    Adam Fischer conducts Julie Taymor's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflote.

    Live From The Met, Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov20110312

    Tonight's Live from the Met is Mussorgsky's dramatic Pushkin-based opera Boris Godunov.

    René Pape takes on one of the great operatic bass roles of Boris, who kills the heir to the Russian throne and subsequently becomes Tsar himself.

    Plagued by guilt and political problems, there's now a new claimant to power, threatening his own future, and that of his troubled country.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Boris Godunov - René Pape (bass)

    Marina - Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano)

    Dimitri - Aleksandrs Antonenko (tenor)

    Shuisky - Oleg Balashov (tenor)

    Rangoni - Evgeny Nikitin (bass-baritone)

    Pimen - Mikhail Petrenko (bass)

    Varlaam - Vladimir Ognovenko (bass)

    Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan opera

    Valery Gergiev - conductor.

    Valery Gergiev conducts bass Rene Pape in Mussorgsky's Pushkin-based opera Boris Godunov.

    Live From The Met, Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina20120317

    Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina

    Live from The Met

    Mussorgsky's sweeping epic tale is back on the Met stage for the first time in more than a decade. The opera, set during the reign of Peter the Great, tells the story of rebellion led by Prince Ivan Khovansky, commander of the streltsy guards, against the ruler and his attempts to bring reforms to Russia. In the end Peter the Great succeeds, the rebellion is crushed and Khovansky's followers commit mass suicide.

    Kirill Petrenko conducts, with Olga Borodina as the Old Believer Marfa and Vladimir Galouzine as the Russian statesman Prince Vasily Golitsyn.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Marfa....Olga Borodina (mezzo-soprano)

    Andrei Khovansky....Misha Didyk (tenor)

    Vasily Golitsin....Vladimir Galouzine (tenor)

    Shaklovity....George Gagnidze (bass-baritone)

    Ivan Khovansky....Anatoli Kotscherga (bass)

    Dosifei....Ildar Abdrazakov (bass)

    Susanna....Maria Gavrilova (soprano)

    Scrivener....John Easterlin (tenor)

    Emma....Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano)

    Varsonofyev....David Crawford (bass)

    Kuzka....Mark Schowalter (tenor)

    Streshnev....Michael Todd Simpson (tenor)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Conductor....Kirill Petrenko.

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

    Live From The Met, Puccini's La Boheme * *20100227

    Piotr Beczala and Anna Nebtrenko star in Puccini's opera about bohemian artists.

    Live From The Met, Puccini's Madama Butterfly20111217

    Puccini's Madama Butterfly

    Live from the Met

    It's never an easy life being a heroine in a Puccini opera and Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly to her friends) is no exception.

    The inevitable downward spiral begins when fifteen-year-old Butterfly marries American sailor Pinkerton.

    Denounced and cursed by her distinguished but hard-up family for giving up her ancestral religion in favour of Christianity, it's not long before she's left by her husband who promises to return 'when the robins build their nests'.

    A single parent, courtesy of Pinkerton, Butterfly has to wait three years before she sets eyes on him again.

    And who can blame her if she doesn't like what she sees: not only Pinkerton but his American wife, Kate.

    There's only one way out for a Puccini heroine in a situation like this: suicide.

    With its celebrated set pieces (including 'Un bel dì') and gripping dramatic narrative, 'Madama Butterfly' is one of Puccini's greatest operas.

    Butterfly is a signature role for Chinese-born soprano Liping Zhang and she's joined by leading American tenor Robert Dean as the fickle American seaman.

    They're conducted by a man who knows 'Butterfly' from the inside - and who was no mean Pinkerton himself: Plácido Domingo.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff

    Cio-Cio San - Liping Zhang (soprano)

    Suzuki - Maria Zifchak (mezzo-soprano)

    Pinkerton....Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

    Sharpless - Luca Salsi (baritone)

    Goro....Joel Sorensen (tenor)

    Prince Yamadori....Luthando Qave (tenor)

    The Bonze....Daniel Sumegi (bass)

    Yakuside....Craig Montgomery (bass)

    The Imperial Commissioner - David Crawford (bass)

    The Official Registrar - David Lowe (bass)

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

    The aunt....Jean Braham (soprano)

    The cousin....Laura Fries (soprano )

    Kate Pinkerton....Jennifer Johnson (mezzo-soprano)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

    Conductor - Plácido Domingo.

    Placido Domingo conducts the Metropolitan Opera orchestra in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

    Live From The Met, Puccini's Tosca20100424

    Torture and suicide; murder and execution: despite the grisly plot, Tosca has been one of the most popular of all operas ever since its 1900 premiere.

    Puccini's unerring dramatic instinct makes for a compelling theatrical experience, and in the character of Tosca, he created a role that has attracted many of the great singing actresses of the last hundred years.

    Tonight's Tosca, who gets to sing some unforgettable arias including 'Vissi d'arte', is the celebrated American soprano, Patricia Racette.

    She heads a stellar international cast including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Tosca's ill-fated lover, and the great Welsh singer-actor, bass baritone Bryn Terfel in one of his signature roles: Scarpia, that seeming embodiment of cold calculation and evil.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    The two intervals will contain the famous Met Quiz and live backstage interviews with members of the cast.

    Tosca - Patricia Racette (soprano)

    Cavaradossi - Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

    Scarpia - Bryn Terfel (bass)

    Angelotti - David Pittsinger (bass)

    Sacristan - John del Carlo (bass)

    Spoletta - Eduardo Valdes (tenor)

    Sciarrone - Jeffrey Wells (bass)

    Gaoler - Richard Bernstein (bass)

    Shepherd Boy - Jonathan Makepeace (boy alto)

    Fabio Luisi - Conductor

    Metropolitan Chorus and Orchestra.

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Fabio Luisi conducts Puccini's grisly opera Tosca.

    Live From The Met, Puccini's Tosca20110129

    Live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York: Tosca, Puccini's tale of love, lust, corruption and revenge.

    In this revival of Luc Bondy's dramatic production, Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title role for the first time at the Met, starring as the prima donna with the firebrand artist lover, who thinks she knows how to outwit the notorious Baron Scarpia - the vicious Police Chief, who will stop at nothing to have her.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Floria Tosca, a celebrated singer - Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano)

    Mario Cavaradossi, a painter - Marcelo Álvarez (Tenor)

    Baron Scarpia, chief of police - Falk Struckmann (Baritone)

    Cesare Angelotti, former Consul of the Roman Rep.

    Peter Volpe (Bass)

    A Sacristan - Paul Plishka (Bass)

    Spoletta, a police agent - Dennis Petersen (Tenor)

    Sciarrone, a gendarme - James Courtney (Bass)

    A Jailer - Harold Wilson (Bass)

    Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera

    Marco Armiliato - Conductor.

    From the Metropolitan Opera in New York, a performance of Puccini's Tosca.

    Live From The Met, Richard Strauss's Capriccio20110423

    Richard Strauss's Capriccio

    Live from the Metropolitan Opera

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    In Strauss's last opera, a poet and a musician vie for the attentions of a young widowed countess.

    It opens with a string sextet prelude, the work of the hopeful young composer, Flamand.

    The poet Olivier is preparing a new play for the Countess's birthday celebrations, and the two love rivals argue on a sensitive subject: which is of primary importance artistically - words or music? The Countess finds it impossible to choose between her two suitors.

    In one of Strauss's most intimate operas, he explores the nature of his own art.

    Countess - Renee Fleming (soprano)

    Clairon - Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)

    Flamand - Joseph Kaiser (tenor)

    Olivier - Russell Braun (tenor)

    The Count - Morten Frank Larsen (bass-baritone)

    La Roche - Peter Rose (bass)

    Monsieur Taupe - Bernard Fitch (tenor)

    Italian Singer - Olga Makarina (soprano)

    Barry Banks (tenor)

    The Major-Domo - Michael Devin (bass)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

    conductor Andrew Davis.

    Richard Strauss's Capriccio, with Renee Fleming and Joseph Kaiser.

    Andrew Davis conducts.

    Live From The Met, Rossini's Armida20100501

    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.

    Riccardo Frizza conducts Renee Fleming in the title role of Rossini's opera Armida.

    Live From The Met, Rossini's Armida20110305

    Live from the Metropolitan Opera.

    Rinaldo is a fierce warrior, determined to play his part in the crusades.

    But when he encounters Armida, who is on the opposing side, he loses sight of his Christian duties and idles as a lovesick prisoner in her enchanted garden.

    It is a situation that cannot be allowed to continue.

    Renée Fleming and Lawrence Brownlee star in the Met's new production.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait.

    Armida - Renee Fleming (soprano)

    Rinaldo - Lawrence Brownlee (tenor)

    Goffredo - John Osborn (tenor)

    Gernando - Antonino Siragusa (tenor)

    Carlo - Barry Banks (tenor)

    Ubaldo - Kobie van Rensburg (tenor)

    Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera

    Riccardo Frizza (conductor).

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Riccardo Frizza conducts Rossini's Armida.

    Live From The Met, Shostakovich's The Nose *20100313

    Kovalyov has a shave in Yakovlevich's barbershop.

    The following morning, Yakovlevich discovers Kovalyov's nose in his freshly baked loaf of bread, much to the annoyance of his wife who demands that he gets rid of it.

    He eventually manages to throw it into a river, by which time Kovalyov has noticed it's missing and begun to hunt for it.

    It turns up in the Cathedral, human sized, dressed as a State Councillor, and wanting nothing to do with its desperate owner.

    It then escapes from Kovalyov, who spends the rest of the opera being outwitted by it.

    Shostakovich's adaption of Gogol's absurdist short story is performed by a stellar cast conducted by Valery Gergiev.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Police Inspector: Andrei Popov (tenor)

    The Nose: Gordon Gietz (tenor)

    Kovalyov: Paulo Szot (baritone)

    Ivan Yakovlevich: Vladimir Ognovenko (baritone)

    Praskovya Osipovna: Claudia Waite (soprano)

    Newspaper Clerk: James Courtney (bass)

    A Mother: Maria Gavrilova (soprano)

    A Countess: Wendy White (mezzo-soprano)

    A Pretzel Vendor: Claudia Waite (soprano)

    A Doctor: Gennady Bezzubenkov (bass)

    Yaryzhkin: Adam Klein (tenor)

    Mme Podtochina's daughter: Erin Morley (soprano)

    Mme Podtochina: Barbara Dever ( mezzo-soprano)

    Respectable lady: Kathryn Day (mezzo-soprano)

    Valery Gergiev: conductor

    Orchestra and Chorus of Metropolitan Opera.

    Valery Gergiev conducts Shostakovich's adaptation of Gogol's absurdist short story.

    Live From The Met, Strauss' Ariadne Auf Naxos20100220

    Live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

    Greek tragedy collides with the mischief-making of the commedia dell'arte in Richard Strauss's opera-within-an-opera Ariadne auf Naxos, conceived in collaboration with the librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

    The fabulous Swedish soprano Nina Stemme takes the title role, with Kathleen Kim as the ever-pragmatic Zerbinetta, and Sarah Connolly as the naive young Composer.

    Strauss's music combines pathos and wit in this inventive piece.

    At the house of a Viennese nobleman, a new opera 'Ariadne auf Naxos' is to be performed, followed by an Italian comedy, but it is announced that both plays will have to be performed simultaneously due to time restrictions.

    In the opera itself, Ariadne has been abandoned on the island of Naxos by Theseus.

    She longs for death, but Zerbinetta tries to persuade her to replace her love for Theseus with another, as it is only human to change an old love for a new one.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Live backstage interviews during the interval.

    Ariadne: Nina Stemme (soprano)

    Zerbinetta: Kathleen Kim (soprano)

    Composer: Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

    Bacchus: Lance Ryan (tenor)

    Music Master: Jochen Schmeckenbecher (baritone)

    Najade: Anne-Carolyn Bird (soprano)

    Dryade: Tamara Mumford (mezzo-soprano)

    Echo: Erin Morley (soprano)

    Dancing Master: Tony Stevenson (tenor)

    Brighella: Sean Panikkar (tenor)

    Scaramuccio: Mark Schowalter (tenor)

    Harlequin: Markus Werba (baritone)

    Kirill Petrenko - conductor

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Strauss' opera within an opera, starring Nina Stemme.

    Live From The Met, Strauss's Ariadne Auf Naxos20110507

    Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos

    Live from the New York Metropolitan Opera

    In the grand house of an 18th century nobleman preparations are underway for the performance of a serious new opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, to be followed by an Italian comic opera.

    But due to a mix up with the timings, the performers are told that both operas are going to have to be performed at the same time.

    The composer will have to cut his opera, and the troupe of comedians will be let loose on the opera seria, trying to cheer Ariadne up with singing, dancing and advice about love.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait and Ira Siff.

    Ariadne - Violeta Urmana (soprano)

    The Composer - Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)

    Zerbinetta - Kathleen Kim (soprano)

    Harlequin - Vasili Ladyuk (baritone)

    Scaramuccio - Mark Schowalter (tenor)

    Truffaldino - Joshua Bloom (bass)

    Brighella - Paul Appleby (tenor)

    The Music Master - Thomas Allen (baritone)

    Bacchus - Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

    The Dancing Master - Tony Stevenson (tenor)

    A Wigmaker - David Crawford (baritone)

    A Footman - James Courtney (bass)

    An Officer - Noah Baetge (tenor)

    The Major-Domo - Michael Devlin (spoken role)

    Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Conductor - Fabio Luisi.

    From New York's Metropolitan Opera, a performance of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos.

    Live From The Met, Tchaikovsky's The Queen Of Spades20110326

    Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Tchaikovsky's opera tells the tragic tale of the young officer Hermann's obsession with gambling.

    An old Countess knows the secret of the winning cards, but, when Hermann confronts her and demands to know what it is, she dies.

    Returning later as an apparition, she offers Hermann the secret as a reward if he will marry her granddaughter Lisa.

    In the final scene of the opera Hermann wagers everything he has; the first two cards he chooses are winners, but the third, instead of being the winning ace, is the queen of spades.

    In desperation, Hermann stabs himself pleading for Lisa's forgiveness.

    Lisa - Karita Mattila (soprano)

    Paulina - Tamara Mumford (mezzo soprano)

    The Countess - Dolora Zajick (mezzo soprano)

    Ghermann - Vladimir Galouzine (tenor)

    Tomsky - Alexej Markov (baritone)

    Yeletsky - Peter Mattei (baritone)

    Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera

    Andris Nelsons - conductor.

    Andris Nelsons conducts a performance of Tchaikovsky's tragic opera The Queen of Spades.

    Live From The Met, The Enchanted Island20120121

    The Enchanted Island (Music by Handel, Rameau and Vivaldi)

    Live from The Met

    The Live from the Met season continues with the world première of The Enchanted Island, a contemporary revival of the 18th century musical pastiche by the British librettist Jeremy Sams in collaboration with the Baroque music expert William Christie. Inspired by two Shakespeare plays, the story finds the four lovers from A Midsummer Night's Dream landed on an island where Sycorax and Prospero from The Tempest are embroiled in a supernatural battle. This modern Baroque fantasy features arias by various composers including Handel, Rameau and Vivaldi.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff

    Prospero....David Daniels (countertenor)

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

    Ariel....Danielle de Niese (soprano)

    Neptune....Placido Domingo (tenor)

    Caliban....Luca Pisaroni (baritone)

    Miranda....Lisette Oropesa (soprano)

    Ferdinand....Anthony Roth Constanzo (countertenor)

    Helena....Layla Claire (soprano)

    Hermia....Elizabeth DeShong (mezzo-soprano)

    Demetrius....Paul Appleby (tenor)

    Lysander....Elliot Madore (baritone)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus

    Conductor....William Christie.

    Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels and Placido Domingo star in Jeremy Sams's musical pastiche.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's Aida20100403

    Set in the ancient Egypt of the pharaohs and with a masterly combination of grand set-pieces, including the spectacle of its swaggering Triumphal March, and intimate scenes, Aida tells the story of the Ethiopian slave girl who finds that her lover and her father are on the opposite sides of warring nations.

    A love rival to her princess employer, she chooses to be buried alive with her lover Radames, rather than endure life without him.

    Commissioned for the opening of the Suez Canal, Verdi's Aida has been a staple of the repertory ever since its 1871 Egyptian premiere and is probably the greatest music ever written to celebrate an artificial waterway.

    Chinese soprano-of-the-moment Hui He takes the title role and the internationally renowned Italian tenor Salvatore Licitra plays her lover.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    There will be live backstage interviews and the Met Quiz during the two intervals.

    Aida: Hui He (soprano)

    Radames: Salvatore Licitra (tenor)

    Amneris: Dolora Zajick (mezzo-soprano)

    Amonasro: Carlo Guelfi (baritone)

    King of Egypt: Stefan Kocán (bass)

    Ramfis (Chief Priest): Carlo Colombara (bass)

    High Priestess: Elizabeth DeShong (soprano)

    Messenger: Diego Torre (tenor)

    Marco Armiliato: conductor

    Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera.

    Marco Armiliato conducts a performance of Verdi's spectacular opera Aida.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's Attila *20100306

    Well-known as a champion of Verdi's early works, the conductor Riccardo Muti makes his long-awaited Met debut with this remarkable opera, Attila, which is being performed for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera.

    The story of Attila explores a pivotal moment in history - the collapse of the Roman Empire under attacks from the 'barbarians' led by Attila.

    The demanding title role is sung here by the young Russian bass Ildar Abrazakov.

    Attila is a ruthless but honourable leader who falls in love with one of his conquests, the Italian slave Odabella, sung by the soprano Violeta Urmana.

    She, in turn, seeks revenge on Attila because he killed her father.

    The tenor Ramón Vargas is her lover, Foresto, who rallies the defeated Italian people and Carlos Alvarez is the General Ezio, a brilliant but corrupt soldier.

    Veteran bass Samuel Ramey, himself a spectacular Attila in the 1970s and 80s, makes a cameo appearance as Leone (Pope Leo 1).

    One of the opera's most stirring moments is the historical scene between Attila and the Pope (who convinced the invader to spare Rome).

    It is a fascinating story of the clash of religions, politics and love with a score full of the youthful vitality and magnificent spirit of the 33-year old musical genius.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    There will be live backstage interviews with members of the cast during the interval.

    Attila: Ilda Abrazakov (bass)

    Odabella: Violeta Urmana (soprano)

    Ezio: Giovanni Meoni (baritone)

    Foresto: Ramón Vargas (tenor)

    Uldino: Russell Thomas (tenor)

    Leone: Samuel Ramey (bass)

    Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    Riccardo Muti (conductor).

    Riccardo Muti makes his Met debut conducting Verdi's rarely performed early opera.

    Ezio: Carlos Alvarez (baritone).

    Live From The Met, Verdi's Don Carlo20101218

    Don Carlo, the son of Philip II of Spain meets Elisabeth, the daughter of the King of France, whom he must marry to unite the two countries.

    He falls in love with her straight away, and when news reaches him that his father has decided to marry Elisabeth himself, he is devastated.

    This sets in motion a sequence of events with tragic consequences for everybody.

    In this live matinee performance from the New York Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a cast including Marina Poplavskaya, Yonghoon Lee and Simon Keenlyside.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Elisabeth de Valois - Marina Poplavskaya, soprano

    Eboli - Anna Smirnova, mezzo-soprano

    Don Carlo - Yonghoon Lee, tenor

    Rodrigo - Simon Keenlyside, baritone

    Philip II - Ferruccio Furlanetto, bass

    Grand Inquisitor - Eric Halfvarson, bass

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

    Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera.

    Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Verdi's tragic opera Don Carlo.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's Ernani20120225

    Verdi's Ernani

    Live from The Met

    Elvina is being forced to marry her elderly uncle Silva. Ernani is in love with her, and plans to rescue her from her fate. But when he arrives at the castle he finds Elvina with Don Carlo, the King of Spain, who has also declared his love. In Verdi's dramatic early drama Angela Meade sings Elvina, the woman who finds herself loved by three men, leading to tragic consequences. Top Verdians Marcello Giordani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto sing her suitors.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Ernani....Marcello Giordani (tenor)

    Don Carlo....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

    Don Ruy de Silva....Ferrucio Furlanetto (bass)

    Elvira....Angela Meade (soprano)

    Giovanna....Mary Ann McCormick (soprano)

    Don Riccardo....Adam Laurence Herskowitz (tenor)

    Jago....Jeremy Galyon (bass)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Conductor....Marco Armiliato.

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Marco Armiliato conducts Verdi's opera Ernani.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's Il Trovatore20110430

    Verdi's Il Trovatore

    Live from the New York Metropolitan Opera

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait

    Leonora - Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano)

    Count di Luna - Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

    Manrico - Marcelo Álvarez (tenor)

    Azucena - Dolora Zajick (mezzo-soprano)

    Ines - Maria Zifchak (soprano)

    Ruiz - Eduardo Valdes (tenor)

    An Old Gypsy - Robert Mahler (bass)

    A Messenger - Raymond Aparentado (tenor)

    Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    Conductor - Marco Armiliato.

    From New York's Metropolitan Opera, a performance of Verdi's Il trovatore.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's La Traviata20100417

    This week's live broadcast from the Met is Verdi's La Traviata.

    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.

    Angela Gheorghiu sings the role which launched her international career, with James Valenti as her Alfredo, and Yves Abel conducting.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    The two intervals will contain live backstage interviews with the cast and the famous Met Quiz.

    Violetta Valéra: Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

    Alfredo Germont: James Valenti (tenor)

    Giorgio Germont: Thomas Hampson (baritone)

    Flora Bervoix: Theodora Hanslowe (mezzo-soprano)

    Annina: Kathryn Day (soprano)

    Gaston: Eduardo Valdes (tenor)

    Baron Douphol: John Hancock (baritone)

    Marquis d'Obigny: Louis Otey (bass)

    Doctor Grenvil: Paul Plishka (bass)

    Giuseppe: Juhwan Lee (tenor)

    Yves Abel: conductor

    Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.

    Yves Abel conducts Verdi's tragic love story La Traviata, starring Angela Georghiu.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's La Traviata20110115

    The Met season continues with Verdi's ever-popular La Traviata.

    The consumptive courtesan Violetta renounces her life of parties to settle down with the devoted Alfredo.

    But when Alfredo's father asks her to give Alfredo up for the sake of his family's reputation, she agrees to this terrible sacrifice.

    By the time Alfredo finds out the truth, it's too late for them.

    Gianandrea Noseda conducts a cast including Marina Poplavskaya and Matthew Polenzani as the ill-fated lovers.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Cast:

    Violetta Valéry - Marina Poplavskaya (Soprano)

    Alfredo Germont - Matthew Polenzani (Tenor)

    Giorgio Germont - Andrzej Dobber (Baritone)

    Flora Bervoix - Jennifer Holloway (Mezzo-soprano)

    Annina - Maria Zifchak (Soprano)

    Gastone - Scott Scully (Tenor)

    Barone Douphol - Jason Stearus (Baritone)

    Marchese d'Obigny - Kyle Pfortmiller (Bass)

    Dottore Grenvil - Luigi Roni (Bass)

    Giuseppe - Juhwan Lee (Tenor)

    Flora's servant - Seth Malkin (Bass)

    Commissioner....Joseph Turi (Bass)

    Gianandrea Noseda - (Conductor)

    Orchestra and Chorus of Metropolitan Orchestra.

    Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's La Traviata20120414

    Tonight's Live From the Met is Verdi's La Traviata. Consumptive courtesan Violetta Valery vows to give up her party life and settle down when she falls in love with Alfredo. But their countryside idyll is disrupted by Alfredo's father who asks Violetta to leave him for the sake of his family's reputation. Natalie Dessay makes her Met role debut as the doomed courtesan who sacrifices her own happiness, and Matthew Polenzani her lover.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff

    Violetta....Natalie Dessay (Soprano)

    Alfredo....Matthew Polenzani (Tenor)

    Giorgio Germont....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)

    Flora Bervoix....Patricia Risley (Soprano)

    Annina....Maria Zifchak (Soprano)

    Gastone....Scott Scully (Tenor)

    Barone Douphol....Jason Stearns (Tenor)

    Marchese D'obigny....Kyle Pfortmiller (Bass)

    Dottore Grenvil....Luigi Roni (Baritone)

    Giuseppe....Juhwan Lee (Tenor)

    A Gentleman....Peter Volpe (Bass)

    Messenger....Joseph Turi (Bass)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Conductor....Fabio Luisi.

    Natalie Dessay and Matthew Polenzani play the lead roles in Verdi's La Traviata.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's Rigoletto20110122

    This year's Met season continues with Verdi's Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo's play 'Le roi s'amuse'.

    The Duke of Mantua's hunchbacked jester Rigoletto has raised his daughter Gilda in seclusion from the world.

    When Count Monterone's daughter is seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto mocks him, causing Monterone to curse him.

    Then Gilda is also seduced by the Duke, and the curse begins to take terrible effect.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Rigoletto, the Duke's jester - Giovanni Meoni (Baritone)

    Gilda, his daughter - Nino Machaidze (Soprano)

    Duke of Mantua - Joseph Calleja (Tenor)

    Sparafucile, an assassin - Stefan Kocán (Bass)

    Maddalena, his sister - Kirstin Chávez (Contralto)

    Giovanna, Gilda's nurse - Kathryn Day (Mezzo-soprano)

    Count Ceprano - David Crawford (Bass)

    Countess Ceprano, his wife - Edyta Kulczak (Mezzo-soprano)

    Matteo Borsa, a courtier - Eduardo Valdes (Tenor)

    Count Monterone - Quinn Kelsey (Baritone)

    Marullo - Malcolm MacKenzie (Baritone)

    A Court Usher - Joseph Pariso (Bass)

    A Page - Patricia Steiner (Mezzo-soprano)

    Paolo Arrivabeni - Conductor

    Chorus and Orchestra of Metropolitan Opera.

    Paolo Arrivabeni conducts Verdi's opera Rigoletto, based on a Victor Hugo play.

    Live From The Met, Verdi's Simon Boccanegra20110205

    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.

    James Levine conducts Verdi's opera Simon Boccanegra, featuring Dmitri Hvorotovsky.

    Live From The Met, Wagner's Das Rheingold20110402

    Tonight's Live from the Met is the first installment of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold, in which all the problems for the gods in Valhalla and mortals on earth are set up for the rest of the epic cycle.

    A stellar cast includes Bryn Terfel as Wotan with Fabio Luisi conducting.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Freia - Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano)

    Fricka - Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)

    Erda - Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

    Loge - Arnold Bezuyen (tenor)

    Mime....Gerhard Siegel (tenor)

    Wotan - Bryn Terfel (baritone)

    Alberich - Eric Owens (bass)

    Fasolt - Franz-Josef Selig (bass)

    Fafner - Hans-Peter Konig (bass)

    Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan opera

    Conductor - Fabio Luisi.

    Fabio Luisi conducts the first installment of Wagner's Ring cycle, Das Rheingold.

    Live From The Met, Wagner's Die Walkure20110514

    The Met's lavish production of Wagner's epic four-opera Ring reaches its second instalment, Die Walküre.

    If only Top God and serial philanderer Wotan had been able to keep his trousers on, he would have saved himself a great deal of trouble.

    As it is, eleven of his children stalk the stage, causing havoc in one way or another.

    Nine of them have chosen the career path of warrior-maidens - the Valkyries - including their leader (and Wotan's favourite) Brünnhilde.

    The other two are a pair of twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde.

    They have chosen the rather more questionable use of their time to be lovers - a relationship not only incestuous but also adulterous, since Sieglinde is already married.

    Wotan sends Big Sister Brünnhilde to guard the lovers, much to the chagrin of his missus, Fricka.

    Chagrin, because her job (ironically enough considering what her husband has put her through) is Goddess of the Sanctity of Marriage.

    Throw in a magic sword and the usual disobedience a father can expect from his kids and, sure as eggs is eggs, there'll be tears before bedtime.

    The no-expense-spared cast includes Bryn Terfel as the prodigious bed-hopper Wotan and Stephanie Blythe as his long-suffering wife, Fricka.

    Deborah Voight is the disobedient daughter and protective sister Brünnhilde, and Eva Maria Westbroek and Jonas Kaufmann the incestuous twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde.

    James Levine conducts.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Siegmund - Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

    Sieglinde - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

    Hunding - Hans-Peter König (bass)

    Wotan - Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

    Fricka - Stephanie Blythe (mezzo-soprano)

    Brünnhilde - Deborah Voigt (soprano)

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Conductor - James Levine.

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, James Levine conducts Wagner's Die Walkure.

    Live From The Met, Wagner's Die Walkure20120428

    Wagner's Die Walkure

    Live from The Met

    Part two of Wagner's Ring Cycle, in which Siegmund and his sister Sieglinde fall in love with each other, and Brunnhilde is banished to a fire-surrounded rock by her father, Wotan, for disobeying him. Only a hero will be able to break through the flames to rescue her - could Sieglinde's unborn baby Siegfried be man Brunnhilde is waiting for? The Met's production of Die Walkure has a stellar cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek, Katarina Dalayman, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Siegmund....Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)

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

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

    Wotan....Bryn Terfel (Baritone)

    Fricka....Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo-Soprano)

    Brunnhilde....Katarina Dalayman (Soprano)

    Gerhilde....Kellie Cae Hogan (Soprano)

    Ortlinde....Wendy Bryn Harmer (Soprano)

    Waltraute....Marjorie Elinor Dix (Soprano)

    Schwertleite....Mary Phillips (Soprano)

    Helmwige....Molly Fillmore (Soprano)

    Seigrune....Eve Gigliotti (Mezzo-Soprano)

    Grimgerde....Mary Ann Mccormick (Mezzo-Soprano)

    Rossweisse....Lindsay Ammann (Mezzo-Soprano)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Fabio Luisi....Conductor.

    Fabio Luisi conducts part two of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Die Walkure.

    Live From The Met, Wagner's Gotterdammerung20120211

    Wagner's Götterdämmerung

    Live from the Met

    When the Rope of Destiny breaks and logs from the World Ash are piled around Valhalla, it marks the beginning of the end for the motley bunch of misfits from the fourth and final part of Wagner's epic operatic sequence. As in previous episodes, heroes, gods, dwarves and fresh-water mermaids accompany their scramble for the curse-laden ring with the usual oaths and arguments. But this time, what with cataclysmic fire and flood, there can be no sequel. Götterdämmerung - Twilight of the Gods - means just that.

    The Met's no-expense-spared Ring has an impressive cast led by two of the great Wagnerian singers of our time, Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde and Jay Hunter Morris as Siegfried.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff

    Brünnhilde....Deborah Voigt (Soprano)

    Gutrune....Wendy Bryn Harmer (Bass)

    Waltraute....Waltraud Meier (Mezzo-soprano)

    Siegfried....Jay Hunter Morris (Tenor)

    Gunther....Iain Paterson (Baritone)

    Alberich....Eric Owens (Baritone)

    Hagen....Hans-Peter König (Bass)

    First Norn....Maria Radner (Contralto)

    Second Norn....Elizabeth Bishop (Mezzo-soprano)

    Third Norn....Heidi Melton (Soprano)

    Woglinde....Erin Morley (Soprano)

    Wellgunde....Jennifer Johnson Cano (Soprano)

    Flosshilde....Tamara Mumford (Mezzo-soprano)

    New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Conductor....Fabio Luisi.

    Fabio Luisi conducts Wagner's Gotterdammerung at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

    Live From The Met, Wagner's Siegfried20120421

    Wagner's Siegfried

    Live from The Met

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff

    When Siegfried eventually finds the sleeping Brünnhilde, he is overwhelmed by her beauty and finally realizes the meaning of fear. Awakened by his kiss, Brünnhilde tries to resist his declarations of passion, but finally gives in and joins Siegfried in praise of love.

    Siegfried....Jay Hunter Morris (tenor)

    Brünnhilde....Deborah Voigt (soprano)

    Erda....Patricia Bardon (contralto)

    Mime....Gerhard Siegel (tenor)

    Wanderer....Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

    Alberich....Eric Owens (baritone)

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

    Waldvogel....Erin Morley (soprano)

    Metropolitan Opera Chorus

    Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

    Fabio Luisi (conductor).

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Fabio Luisi conducts Wagner's Siegfried.

    Massenet's Thais20081220

    From the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, with Renee Fleming in the title role.

    Soprano Renee Fleming brings one of her most celebrated roles to New York's Metropolitan Opera House for the first time in a performance of Massenet's exotic drama of love and redemption.

    Based on a tale initially written down by a 10th-century nun, the opera tells the story of the monk Athanael and his ultimately tragic desire for the Alexandrian courtesan Thais.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The two intervals include backstage interviews.

    Thais, a courtesan....Renee Fleming (soprano)

  • albine, abbess....leah partridge (soprano)
  • athanael, a coenobite monk....thomas hampson (baritone)
  • cenobites....kurt phinney, daniel clark smith, craig montgomery (tenors), roger andrews, richard pearson (basses)
  • crobyle, a slave....alyson cambridge (soprano)
  • jesus lopez-cobos (conductor)
  • metropolitan opera chorus and orchestra
  • myrtale, a slave....ginger costa-jackson (mezzo-soprano)
  • nicias, a young sybarite philosopher....michael schade (tenor)
  • palemon, an old coenobite monk....alain vernhes (bass)
  • servant of nicias....david won (baritone)

  • Mozart's Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail20080503

    Direct from New York, David Robertson conducts soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Matthew Polenzani in Mozart's exploration of the clash of cultures between East and West, set in 18th century Turkey.

    The plot concerns Spanish nobleman Belmonte's efforts to rescue his beloved Konstanze after she is captured by pirates and sold to the Pasha Selim for his harem in Turkey.

    The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

    Konstanze....Diana Damrau (soprano)

    Blondchen....Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano)

    Belmonte....Matthew Polenzani (tenor)

    Pedrillo....Steve Davislim (tenor)

    Osmin....Kristinn Sigmundsson (bass)

    Pasha Selim....Matthias von Stegmann (actor)

    Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

    David Robertson (conductor).

    Offenbach's Les Contes D'hoffmann * * *20091219

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, James Levine conducts a production of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, starring Joseph Calleja as the troubled poet, as well as Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova and Kathleen Kim as Hoffmann's former loves.

    Hoffmann is waiting for the object of his affection, Stella, to arrive and fills the time by telling the tale of his disastrous past loves. First, a mechanical doll called Olympia, destroyed by her owner. His second love, Antonia, dies when the impulse to sing is too much for her weak heart. Finally the Venetian courtesan Giulietta steals his reflection as well as his heart before choosing a different suitor. Stella finally arrives to find Hoffmann drunk, so leaves with his rival for her love.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. With live backstage interviews and the Met Quiz during the two intervals.

    Olympia....Kathleen Kim (soprano)

    Antonia/Stella....Anna Netrebko (soprano)

    Giulietta....Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)

    Nicklausse/The Muse....Kate Lindsey (mezzo-soprano)

    Hoffmann....Joseph Calleja (tenor)

    Four Villains....Alan Held

    Orchestra and Chorus of Metropolitan Opera

    James Levine (conductor).

    From the Metropolitan Opera, James Levine conducts Joseph Calleja as the poet, Hoffmann.

    Puccini's Il Trittico20091212

    To begin a new season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, Stefano Ranzini conducts a production of Puccini's ever-popular triple bill, which all star soprano Patricia Racette.

    Il Tabarro tells the story of a love affair which, when discovered, leads to murder. Suor Angelica is the tragic tale of a nun, banished to a convent after having had an illegitimate child. This is followed by the light relief of Gianni Schicchi in which the eponymous hero upsets the grasping Donato family by impersonating their recently deceased relative, ostensibly to ensure that the family gets his properties while in fact taking the best of them for himself.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. During the two intervals there are backstage interviews and the Met Quiz.

    Il Tabarro:

    Giorgetta....Patricia Racette (soprano)

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

    Luigi....Salvatore Licitra (tenor)

    Michele....Zeljko Lucic (baritone)

    Suor Angelica:

    Suor Angelica....Patricia Racette (soprano)

    Sister Genovieffa....Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano)

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

    Gianni Schicchi:

    Lauretta....Patricia Racette (soprano)

    Rinuccio....Saimir Pirgu (tenor)

    Gianni Schicchi....Alessandro Corbelli (baritone)

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

    Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera

    Stefano Ranzini (conductor).

    Stefano Ranzini conducts a triple-bill of Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.

    Puccini's La Boheme20090103

    Frederic Chaslin conducts Maija Kovalevska and Ramon Vargas as the tragic lovers.

    Direct from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Frederic Chaslin conducts a revival of Franco Zeffirelli's celebrated production of Puccini's much-loved opera, with a cast headed by Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska as Mimi and Ramon Vargas as Rodolfo.

    A story that has touched opera audiences ever since its creation in 1895, it tells of the love between penniless young artists in 19th-century Paris, blighted by jealousy, harsh living conditions and grave illness.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    The two intervals include live backstage interviews and the popular Metropolitan Opera Quiz.

    Rodolfo, a poet....Ramon Vargas (tenor)

  • alcindoro....paul plishka (bass)
  • benoit....paul plishka (bass)
  • chorus and orchestra of metropolitan opera
  • colline, a philosopher....oren gradus (bass)
  • frederic chaslin (conductor)
  • marcello, a painter....mariusz kwiecien (baritone)
  • mimi, a seamstress....maija kovalesvska (soprano)
  • musetta, a singer....susanna phillips (soprano)
  • parpignol....daniel clark smith (tenor)
  • schaunard, a musician....tommi hakala (baritone)

  • Puccini's La Rondine20090110

    Marco Armiliato conducts soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna.

    From the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Marco Armiliato conducts the least-known of Puccini's later operas, which has a much lighter musical style than his better known works, as well as operetta-like touches and strong tunes. Real-life couple Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna play the lead romantic roles in a piece they have performed around the world and helped to put back onto the operatic map.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The interval includes backstage interviews.

    Magda....Angela Gheorghiu (soprano)

  • bianca....alyson cambridge (soprano)
  • crebillon....david crawford (bass-baritone)
  • gobin....tony stevenson (tenor)
  • lisette....lisette oropesa (soprano)
  • marco armiliato (conductor)
  • metropolitan opera orchestra and chorus
  • perichaud....david won (baritone)
  • prunier....marius brenciu (tenor)
  • rambaldo....samuel ramey (baritone)
  • ruggero....roberto alagna (tenor)
  • suzy....elizabeth de shong (mezzo-soprano)
  • yvette....monica yunus (soprano)

  • Puccini's Madama Butterfly * *20090307

    From the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Patrick Summers conducts Anthony Minghella's celebrated production of Puccini's opera, with soprano Cristina Gallardo-Domas and tenor Marcello Giordani in the leading roles.

    One one the most popular operas ever written, it is set in Nagasaki at the beginning of the 20th Century where a geisha named Cio-Cio San, known as 'Butterfly' to her friends, marries US Navy officer Pinkerton, who is stationed in Japan. He considers the union temporary, but Butterfly is clearly not under the same impression as she renounces her family and religion for the marriage.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The intervals include backstage interviews and the Met Opera Quiz.

    Cio-Cio-San (Madam Butterfly)....Cristina Gallardo-Domas (soprano)

  • kate pinkerton....edyta kulczak
  • orchestra and chorus of metropolitan opera
  • patrick summers (conductor).

    Anthony Minghella's celebrated production, with soprano cristina gallardo-domas

  • pinkerton....marcello giordani (tenor)
  • sharpless....dwayne croft (baritone)
  • suzuki....maria zifchak (mezzo-soprano)

  • Rossini's Il Barbiere Di Siviglia20080126

    Considered the most popular comic opera of all time, Rossini's opera features the composer at his most exhilarating. Figaro helps Count Almaviva win the hand of the lovely Rosina. But first the Count and his trusty barber must stop her guardian, Doctor Bartolo, from marrying her himself.

    Rosina....Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)

    Count Almaviva....Jose Manuel Zapata (tenor)

    Figaro....Franco Vassallo (baritone)

    Dr Bartolo....Bruno Pratico (bass-baritone)

    Don Basilio....Peter Rose (bass)

    Berta....Jennifer Check (soprano)

    Sergeant....Mark Schowalter (tenor)

    Fiorello....John Moore (baritone)

    Ambrogio....Rob Besserer (bass)

    Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

    Frederic Chaslin (conductor).

    Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier * * * *20100109

    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.

    Edo de Waart conducts Renee Fleming in Richard Strauss's masterpiece Der Rosenkavalier.

    Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin *20090214

    From the Metropolitan Opera New York, Jiri Belohlavek conducts Karita Mattila as Tatiana and Thomas Hampson as Onegin in Tchaikovsky's great opera of thwarted love.

    Stuck on a country estate, Tatiana shuns the local festivities, preferring to immerse herself in romantic novels. When a stranger, Onegin, arrives, she takes him on a walk and ends up in love. Tatiana ends up marrying another man, but when she meets Onegin some years later, she admits to being in love with him but still refuses to leave her husband.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The interval includes live backstage interviews.

    Tatiana....Karita Mattila (soprano)

  • filipyevna....barbara dever (mezzo-soprano)
  • jiri belohlavek (conductor).

    jiri belohlavek conducts tchaikovsky's great opera of thwarted love, with karita mattila

  • larina....wendy white (mezzo-soprano)
  • lensky....piotr beczala (tenor)
  • olga....ekaterina semenchuk (mezzo-soprano)
  • onegin....thomas hampson (baritone)
  • orchestra and chorus of the metropolitan opera
  • prince gremin....james morris (bass)
  • triquet....tony stevenson (tenor)
  • zaretsky....richard bernstein (bass)

  • Tchaikovsky's The Queen Of Spades20081213

    Direct from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Seiji Ozawa conducts Tchaikovsky's opera, based on Pushkin's story about a man who loses his fortune and his mind to cards, with Maria Guleghina as Lisa and Ben Heppner as Ghermann.

    Ghermann is madly in love with Lisa, the wealthy granddaughter of the Countess, but he is too poor to have much hope of aspiring to her hand. He must learn the Countess's gambling secret in order to strike it rich and marry Lisa. She kills herself, though, when she realises that Gherman's obsession with gambling has driven him mad, and he commits suicide after losing his fortune.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The two intervals include live backstage interviews with some of the artists.

    Lisa....Maria Guleghina (soprano)

  • chaplitsky....mark schowalter (tenor)
  • chekalinsky....alan oke (tenor)
  • chloe....wendy bryn harmer (soprano)
  • count tomsky....mark delavan (baritone)
  • ghermann....ben heppner (tenor)
  • governess....kathryn day (mezzo-soprano)
  • masha....erin morley (soprano)
  • master of ceremonies....bernard fitch (tenor)
  • metropolitan opera orchestra and chorus
  • narumov....leroy lehr (bass)
  • pauline....ekaterina semenchuk (mezzo-soprano)
  • prince yeletsky....vladimir stoyanov (baritone)
  • seiji ozawa (conductor)

    including the met opera quiz during the interval

  • surin....paul plishka (bass)
  • the countess....felicity palmer (mezzo-soprano)

  • The Barber Of Seville20070324

    Rossini's The Barber of Seville, live from the New York Metropolitan Opera. The score is full of wit and charm with an abundance of musical ideas and comical scenes as Figaro helps Count Almaviva win the hand of the lovely Rosina. But first the Count and his trusty barber must stop her guardian, Doctor Bartolo, from marrying her himself. Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

    Rosina....Joyce Didonato (mezzo-soprano)

    Count Almaviva....Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

    Figaro....Peter Mattei (baritone)

    Dr Bartolo....John Del Carlo (bass)

    Don Basilio....John Relyea (bass)

    Orchestra and Chorus of Metropolitan Opera

    Maurizio Benini (conductor).

    Turandot20070414

    Puccini's Turandot

    Unfinished at the time of Puccini's death, Turandot is a lavish tale of riddles, beheading and love in the Chinese Imperial court. Based on a fairytale by Carlo Gozzi, the story of the icy Princess Turandot and her ruthless search for a suitor is intertwined with the tragic devotion of slave-girl Liu to the man who seeks Turandot's hand.

    Full of memorable arias, Puccini's final opera is a magnificent, eclectic work with its rich scoring, including saxophones, xylophones and gongs, and, at times, boldly modern tonality.

    Presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait.

    Princess Turandot....Andrea Gruber (soprano)

    Timur, the dispossessed King of Tartary....Oren Gradus (bass)

    Calaf, his son....Richard Margison (tenor)

    Liù, a young slave-girl....Hei-Kyung Hong (soprano)

    The Emperor Altoum....Charles Anthony (tenor)

    Ping, Grand Chancellor....Earle Patriarco (baritone)

    Pang, General Purveyor....Tony Stevenson (tenor)

    Pong, Chief Cook....Eduardo Valdes (tenor)

    A Mandarin....James Courtney (bass)

    Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

    Richard Armstrong (conductor)

    Act 1


    Puccini's Turandot continues, live from the New York Met.

    Act 2


    The concluding act of Puccini's Turandot, live from the New York Met.

    Act 3.

    Verdi's Il Trovatore20090228

    From the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Gianandrea Noseda conducts Argentinian tenor Marcelo Alvarez in the title role alongside American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora.

    This work is a tale of revenge, with a wretched twist, as Manrico, the troubadour, snatched as a baby and raised by the gypsy Azucena, discovers the tragic consequences of his upbringing later on in life.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. There are interviews with members of the cast during the interval.

    Count di Luna....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

  • Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

    Gianandrea Noseda conducts tenor marcelo alvarez in verdi's tale of revenge

  • azucena....dolora zajick (mezzo-soprano)
  • ferrando....kwangchul youn (bass)
  • ines....maria zifchak (soprano)
  • leonora....sondra radvanovsky (soprano)
  • manrico....marcelo alvarez (tenor)
  • orchestra and chorus of the metropolitan opera
  • ruiz....eduardo valdes (tenor)

  • Verdi's Rigoletto20090131

    From the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Riccardo Frizza conducts a young cast in Otto Schenk's production of Verdi's Rigoletto, a work that incorporates his most memorable melodies, and which shows his individuality as an operatic composer.

    The dark story focuses on the exploits of the womanising Duke of Mantua and his hump-backed court jester Rigoletto. When Rigoletto's daughter Gilda is abducted, he plots revenge, but a curse placed on him means that the result can only lead to tragedy.

    Duke of Mantua....Giuseppe Filianoti (tenor)

  • borsa....mark schowalter (tenor)
  • count ceprano....james courtney (bass)
  • count monterone....keith miller (bass)
  • countess ceprano....grazia doronzio (soprano)
  • gilda....aleksandra kurzak (soprano)
  • giovanna....kathryn day (soprano)
  • maddalena....victoria vizin (mezzo-soprano)
  • metropolitan opera chorus and orchestra
  • riccardo frizza (conductor).

    riccardo frizza conducts verdi's tragic story of the womanising duke of mantua

  • rigoletto....zelijko lucic (baritone)
  • sparafucile....mikhail petrenko (bass)

  • Verdi's Simon Boccanegra20100206

    Verdi's dark score forms the background for one of his most commanding operas on many of his favourite themes: the people pitted against the aristocratic few; power and politics; illegitimacy and forbidden love.

    All of these are in play as the Plebeian Doge of 14th Century Genoa struggles against his Patrician bitter rival.

    Plácido Domingo takes on one of the great baritone roles of the repertoire, Simon Boccanegra, and bass James Morris plays his nemesis, Jacopo Fiesco.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Including backstage interviews and the famous Met Quiz during the intervals.

    Simon Boccanegra: Plácido Domingo (baritone)

    Amelia: Adrianne Pieczonka (soprano)

    Gabriele Adorno: Marcello Giordano (tenor)

    Jacopo Fiesco: James Morris (bass)

    Paolo Albiani: Nicola Alaimo (bass)

    Pietro: Richard Bernstein (baritone)

    Maidservant: Joyce El-Khoury (soprano)

    Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York

    James Levine (conductor).

    James Levine conducts tenor Placido Domingo in Verdi's tale of power and politics.

    Verdi's Stiffelio * * *20100130

    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.

    Placido Domingo conducts tenor Jose Cura in Verdi's controversial opera Stiffelio.

    Verdi's Un Ballo In Maschera20080105

    A cautionary tale about the perils of mixing love and politics, Verdi's opera is a masterpiece of musical variety. The story, based on the assassination of the Swedish King Gustavus III, unfolds with gripping dramatic intensity, and Piero Faggioni's production features a stellar international cast.

    Including the Met Opera Quiz, hosted by mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, and backstage interviews with some of the artists.

    Presented from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York by Margaret Juntwait.

    Amelia....MichÃle Crider (soprano)

    Oscar....Ofelia Sala (soprano)

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

    Riccardo....Salvatore Licitra (tenor)

    Renato....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)

    Silvano....Jeff Mattsey (baritone)

    Sam....Hao Jiang Tian (bass)

    Tom....Andrew Gangestad (bass)

    Judge....Mark Schowalter (tenor)

    Servant....Charles Anthony (tenor)

    Chorus and Orchestra of New York Metropolitan Opera

    Gianandrea Noseda (conductor).

    Wagner's Das Rheingold20090328

    From the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, James Levine conducts a performance of the first part of Wagner's four-part epic drama, The Ring of the Nibelung, based on Nordic myths.

    This timeless universe is the backdrop for a colossal fight between the god Wotan and the dwarf Alberich, the Nibelung, who wants to seize power with the help of a magic ring, forged with gold taken from the Rhein. A star cast is led by celebrated American bass-baritone James Morris, who has made the god Wotan his signature role.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait, with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Freia....Wendy Bryn Harmer (soprano)

  • alberich....richard paul fink (bass-baritone)
  • erda....jill grove (mezzo-soprano)
  • fafner....john tomlinson (bass)
  • fasolt....franz-josef selig (bass)
  • fricka....yvonne naef (mezzo-soprano)
  • james levine (conductor).

    james levine conducts the first part of wagner's epic saga the ring of the nibelung

  • loge....kim begley (tenor)
  • orchestra and chorus of metropolitan opera
  • wotan....james morris (bass)

  • Wagner's Die Walkure * *20090411

    From the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, James Levine conducts a performance of the second installment of Wagner's four-part epic drama, The Ring of the Nibelung, based on Nordic myths.

    Wotan, the emotionally volatile leader of the Gods, finds himself torn by conflicting loyalites. Will he support his children in their search for true love - even if adulterous and incestuous - or will he have to enforce the law and defend the conventional marriage rights of an unloved husband?

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. The two intervals include backstage interviews and the Met Quiz.

    Wagner: Die Walkure

    Siegmund....Johan Botha (tenor)

  • brunnhilde....irene theorin (soprano)
  • fricka....yvonne naef (mezzo-soprano)
  • gerhilde....kelly cae hogan (soprano)
  • grimgerde....mary ann mccormick (mezzo-soprano)
  • helmwige....claudia waite (soprano)
  • hunding....john tomlinson (bass)
  • james levine (conductor).

    james levine conducts the second part of wagner's epic saga the ring of the nibelung

  • orchestra and chorus of metropolitan opera
  • ortlinde....wendy bryn harmer (soprano)
  • rossweisse....teresa s herold (mezzo-soprano)
  • schwertleite....jane bunnell (mezzo-soprano)
  • sieglinde....waltraud meier (soprano)
  • siegrune....lann sandel-pantaleo (mezzo-soprano)
  • waltraute....laura vlasak nolen (mezzo-soprano)
  • wotan....james morris (bass-baritone)

  • Wagner's Gotterdammerung *20090425

    In the final broadcast from New York Metropolitan Opera for the 2008/2009 season, James Levine conducts the last part of Wagner's Ring cycle, with Christian Franz as Siegfried and Katarina Dalayman as Brunnhilde.

    As a pledge of his love, Siegfried gives Brunnhilde the ring he took from the dragon Fafner, the ring made from the Rheingold that gives its owner power over all the world. Then she sends him into the world to do heroic deeds. But in the hall of the Gibichungs, Hagen has other ideas: a magic potion will make Siegfried forget Brunnhilde and fall in love with Gutrune.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. There are backstage interviews and the Met Quiz during the two intervals.

    Siegfried....Christian Franz (tenor)

  • alberich....richard paul fink (bass-baritone)
  • brunnhilde....katarina dalayman (soprano)
  • chorus and orchestra of metropolitan opera
  • first norn....wendy white (mezzo-soprano)
  • flosshilde....tamara mumford (mezzo-soprano)
  • gunther....iain paterson (bass-baritone)
  • gutrune....margaret jane wray (soprano)
  • hagen....john tomlinson (bass)
  • james levine (conductor).

    james levine conducts the final part of wagner's ring cycle

  • second norn....Elizabeth Bishop (mezzo-soprano)
  • third norn....wendy bryn harmer (soprano)
  • waltraute....yvonne naef (mezzo-soprano)
  • wellgunde....kate lindsey (soprano)
  • woglinde....lisette oropes (soprano)

  • Wagner's Siegfried20090418

    From New York Metropolitan Opera, James Levine conducts a performance of the third part of Wagner's four-part epic drama, The Ring of the Nibelung, based on Nordic myths. German tenor Christian Franz, in his debut season at the Met, performs the title role, supported by Swedish soprano Irene Theorin.

    The story centres on the cycle's hero, the eponymous Siegfried, product of an incestuous union, who becomes a blacksmith and forges a sword with which he slays powerful foes.

    Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff. There are backstage interviews and the Met Quiz during the two intervals.

    Siegfried....Christian Franz (tenor)

  • alberich....richard paul fink (bass-baritone)
  • brunnhilde....irene theorin (soprano)
  • chorus and orchestra of metropolitan opera
  • erda....jill grove (mezzo-soprano)
  • fafner....john tomlinson (bass)
  • james levine (conductor).

    james levine conducts the third part of wagner's ring cycle

  • mime....gerhard siegel (tenor)
  • the wanderer....james morris (bass-baritone)
  • woodbird....lisette oropesa (soprano)

  • Wagner's Tristan Und Isolde20081206

    Daniel Barenboim makes his Met debut conducting Wagner's influential and powerful opera.

    Daniel Barenboim makes his Met debut conducting Katarina Dalayman as Isolde, alongside Peter Seiffert as Tristan in Wagner's powerful and highly influential opera exploring of the agony and ecstasy of erotic love.

    After unwittingly drinking a love potion, Tristan and Isolde fall deeply in love with each other, but their romance faces opposition from King Brangane and can only end in tragedy.

    The programme, which also includes backstage interviews with the artists during the intervals, is presented from New York by Margaret Juntwait, with guest commentator Ira Siff.

    Tristan....Peter Seiffert (tenor)

  • Daniel Barenboim (conductor)
  • brangane....michelle deyoung (mezzo-soprano)
  • chorus and orchestra of new york metropolitan opera
  • isolde....katarina dalayman (soprano)
  • king marke....kwangchul youn (baritone)
  • kurwenal....gerd grochowski (baritone)
  • melot....stephen gaertner (baritone)
  • shepherd....mark schowalter (tenor)
  • steersman....james courtney (baritone)
  • young sailor....matthew plenk (tenor)