The lectrifying team of Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunites for a new production by Bartlett Sher of Gounod’s opera, based on the Shakespeare play. Damrau makes her role debut as Juliette, Grigolo sings Romeo and Elliot Madore sings Mercutio. Gianandrea Noseda conducts.
Composer Jimmy Lopez and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’ operatic adaptation of Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel is inspired by a true-life hostage crisis in the 1990s in Lima, Peru. Features soprano Danielle de Niese and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Hear Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sing the demanding title role of Puccini’s Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liu and Marco Berti as Calaf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s 1987 production.
Richard Strauss’ tragedy is presented in the late Patrice Chereau’s production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Nina Stemme stars as the vengeful princess, with Waltraud Meier, Adrianne Pieczonka, Eric Owens and Burkhard Ulrich.
For the first time in a century, the Met stages Bizet’s lush, melodic romance. Diana Damrau leads the cast as Leila, with Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien as the two pearl fishers whose friendship is tested by their rivalry for her affections.
James Levine conducts the first Met revival of Wagner’s Tannhauser since 2004. Johan Botha sings the title role, with Peter Mattei, Gunther Groissbock, along with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Michelle DeYoung as the human and divine rivals for Tannhauser’s affection.
Enjoy an operatic double bill: Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta features Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle features Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
Tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the role of Hoffman, the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley and Christine Rice sing the three heroines – each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains. Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score for a Bartlett Sher’s wild, kaleidoscopic production.
Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations that brought him fame beyond measure. Even today, it is his powerful sound, with its natural grace and brilliant color that still leads many to consider him the world’s greatest voice. Pavarotti brought opera to the masses and made fans worldwide fall in love with “Nessun dorma.” This program includes that hit and other arias from La Bohème, Rigoletto and Aida; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini, including “Mamma” and “O Sole Mio;” and popular duets with Bono, Sting, Vanessa Williams and Eric Clapton.
This special features 19 unforgettable arias and duets selected from the past eight seasons of GREAT PERFORMANCES at The Met broadcasts, performed by today’s greatest opera stars and talents. Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, and Voigt herself.