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Saturday, February 6, 10am

Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni & Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo

Opera’s indomitable double bill returns in Sir David McVicar’s searing production from the 2014–15 season. Tenor Yonghoon Lee and mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana star in Cavalleria Rusticana, the tragedy of ancient codes and illicit love, Sicilian style. In the second half of the pair of verismo potboilers, tenor Marco Berti is the murderous clown Canio and soprano Barbara Frittoli is his philandering wife. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Saturday, February 13, 10am

Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi’s thrilling drama stars Angela Meade as Leonora, the young noblewoman at the center of the story, and Marcello Giordani as Manrico, the troubadour of the title. Dolora Zajick is the mysterious Gypsy Azucena and Juan Jesús Rodríguez sings Count di Luna, Manrico’s rival. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

 

Saturday, February 20, 10am

Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti

The second chapter of soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s quest to sing all three Donizetti Tudor queens in the same season has her playing the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Sir David McVicar’s stunning production turns on the dramatic confrontation between Mary and her arch nemesis, Queen Elizabeth—compellingly portrayed by soprano Elza van den Heever. Riccardo Frizza conducts.

Saturday, February 27, 10am

Lulu by Alban Berg

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.

Saturday, March 5, 10am

Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini 

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.

Saturday, March 12, 10am

Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti

Donizetti’s lighthearted farce stars celebrated debutante soprano Eleonora Buratto, tenor Javier Camarena, a new king of the high Cs, and baritone Ambrogio Maestri, the recent and unforgettable Met Falstaff—an ideal team for this comic romp. Otto Schenk’s 2006 production provides a colorful backdrop. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Saturday, March 19, 10am

L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti

Everyone in the village loves the spry Adina and the slow-but-likeable Nemorino—but when will they admit their love for each other? Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and tenor Vittorio Grigolo bring their magnetism to the two lead roles, with the renowned Alessandro Corbelli as the loveable con man who sells the “magic elixir” of love. Enrique Mazzola conducts Bartlett Sher’s vibrant production.

Saturday, March 26, 10am

Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Richard Eyre’s stylish 2014 production, set in 1930s Seville, returns with both new and familiar stars. Bass Mikhail Petrenko sings his first Met Figaro. Sopranos Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Amanda Majeski—who both made acclaimed Met debuts last season—return to the role of the Countess. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard reprises her celebrated Cherubino, Luca Pisaroni is the Count, and rising star soprano Anita Hartig sings Susanna in Mozart’s immortal comedy of manners and morals.

Saturday, April 2, 10am

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini

Anthony Minghella's breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Kristine Opolais reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title role, opposite Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly's heart. Hei-Kyung Hong, Roberto De Biasio, and Gwyn Hughes Jones star in a second set of performances. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

Saturday, April 9, 10am

Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi

The legendary pair of James Levine and Plácido Domingo have defined Verdi’s art for more than four decades. They demonstrate their mastery with this remarkable character study of the wise Doge forced to confront his past. The spectacular cast includes tenor Joseph Calleja and another legend, bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Boccanegra’s rival, Fiesco.

Saturday, April 16, 10am

Roberto Devereux by Gaetano Donizetti

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlierAnna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.

Saturday, April 23, 10am

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi

Director Bartlett Sher’s new production of Verdi’s masterful Otello, which opened the Met season last September, returns for a second run, with Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role and Željko Lučić as Iago reprising their performances. Hibla Gerzmava joins the cast as Desdemona, and Adam Fischer conducts.  

Saturday, April 30, 10am

Elektra by Richard Strauss

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.

Saturday, May 7, 10am

Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Wolfgan Amadeus Mozart

Met Music Director James Levine returns to a work he has long cherished, Mozart’s delightful comic gem of wily captives in a harem. Coloratura soprano sensation Albina Shagimuratova stars in the bravura role of Konstanze. Rising tenor Paul Appleby is her lover, Belmonte, soprano Kathleen Kim is her shrewd maid, Blondchen, and bass Hans-Peter König delivers comic gravitas as the overseer of the harem.

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