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Das Rheingold (Wagner) - New Production
October 9th 2010: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 3 hours
Two unparalleled artists join forces to create a groundbreaking new Ring for the Met: Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage. The cycle launches with Das Rheingold, the prologue to Wagner's epic drama. "The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it's a cosmos," says Lepage, who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world's greatest theatrical journey. Bryn Terfel sings the leading role of Wotan for the first time with the company, heading an extraordinary cast.
Featuring James Levine; Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Bardon, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, Franz-Josef Selig, Hans-Peter König
Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) - New Production
October 23rd 2010: Time 5.00pm Expected Running time: 5 hours
René Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky's epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk leading the huge cast.
Featuring Valery Gergiev; Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Oleg Balashov, Evgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Vladimir Ognovenko
Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
November 13th 2010: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Anna Netrebko revives her sensational turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy, opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo in the title role. Music Director James Levine conducts. When Otto Schenk's production premiered in 2006, the New York Times called it "brilliant" and "wonderful."
Featuring James Levine; Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, John Del Carlo
Don Carlo (Verdi) - New Production
December 11th 2010: Time 5.30pm Expected Running time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Director Nicholas Hytner makes his Met debut with this new production of Verdi's profound, beautiful, and most ambitious opera. Roberto Alagna leads the cast, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, back after his triumphant debut leading Carmen, conducts. "I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera," Hytner says. "Right through this opera there is, on the one hand, an implacable expression of impending doom and, on the other hand, a succession of the most gloriously open-throated arias, the most fantastically determined music. Featuring "Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Eric Halfvarson
La Fanciulla del West (Puccini)
January 8, 2011: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Puccini's wild-west opera had its world premiere in 1910 at the Met. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the "girl of the golden west," starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Featuring Nicola Luisotti; Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, Lucio Gallo
Nixon in China (Adams) - New Production
February 12th 2011: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 4 hours
"All of my operas have dealt on deep psychological levels with our American mythology," says composer John Adams, who conducts the Met premiere of his most famous opera. "The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history." Acclaimed director and longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work, an exploration of the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon's 1972 encounter with Communist China. Baritone James Maddalena stars in the title role.
Featuring John Adams; Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Russell Braun, James Maddalena, Richard Paul Fink
Iphigénie en Tauride (Gluck)
February 26th 2011: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo reprise their starring roles in Gluck's nuanced and elegant interpretation of this primal Greek myth. Tenor Paul Groves also returns to Stephen Wadsworth's insightful production, first seen in 2007. Patrick Summers conducts.
Featuring Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, Gordon Hawkins
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
March 19, 2011: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 4 hours
Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti's masterpiece on Opening Night of the 2007-08 season in Mary Zimmerman's hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo.
Patrick Summers; Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja, Ludovic Tézier, Kwangchul Youn
Le Comte Ory (Rossini) - New Production
April 9, 2011: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 3 hours
Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Bartlett Sher, director of the Met's hit productions of The Barber of Seville and The Tales of Hoffmann, describes the world of the opera as, "a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both-with the most beautiful love music Rossini ever wrote."
Maurizio Benini; Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, Michele Pertusi
April 23rd 2011: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 3 hours
On Opening Night of the 2008-09 season, Renée Fleming dazzled audiences when she sang the final scene of Strauss's wise and worldly meditation on art and life. Now she performs the entire work, in which the composer explores the essence of opera itself. Joseph Kaiser and Sarah Connolly also star, and Andrew Davis conducts.
Andrew Davis; Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, Peter Rose
IL Trovatore (Verdi)
April 30, 2011: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 3 hours
David McVicar's stirring production of Verdi's intense drama premiered in the 2008-09 season. James Levine leads this revival, starring four extraordinary singers-Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky-in what might be the composer's most melodically rich score.
James Levine; Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Die Walküre (Wagner) - New Production
May 14th 2011: Time 6.00pm Expected Running time: 5 hours, 15 minutes
A stellar cast comes together for this second installment of Robert Lepage's new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine. Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods. Deborah Voigt adds the part of Brünnhilde to her extensive Wagnerian repertoire at the Met. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka.
James Levine; Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Hans-Peter König
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