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Met Opera: LA TRAVIATA (Encore)

Summer Encore Series

Approx. Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Original transmission date: Saturday, April 14, 2012 

Natalie Dessay stars as Verdi’s most beloved heroine in Willy Decker’s stunning production, first seen at the Met in 2010. Matthew Polenzani is her lover, Alfredo, and Dimitri Hvorostovsky sings his stern father, Germont. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. 

Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Willy Decker; Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, Dimitri Hvorostovsky

Met Opera: TURANDOT (Encore)

Puccini’s Turandot

Summer Encore Series

Approx. Run Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Original transmission date: Saturday, November 7, 2009

Director Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Puccini’s last opera is a favorite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous “Nessun dorma.”

Conductor: Andris Nelsons;

Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Maria Guleghina, Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey

Met Opera: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (Encore) (Broadcast in HD)

Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Summer Encore Series

Approx. Run Time: 3 hours

Original transmission date: Saturday, March 24, 2007

One of the most beloved operatic comedies of all time, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is presented in a production by director Bartlett Sher. Superstar tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Count Almaviva is joined by American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Rosina and Peter Mattei in the title role of the swaggering barber.

Broadcast in HD 

Conductor: Benini; Production: Bartlett Sher; Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, John Relyea

Met Opera: IL TROVATORE (Encore) (Broadcast in HD)

Location: Pollak Theater

Verdi’s Il Trovatore

Summer Encore Series

*Friday, August 9 at 7 p.m.

*This was changed from the original Wed. June 26 date

Approx. Run Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Original transmission date: Saturday, April 30, 2011

David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama premiered at the Met in the 2008–09 season. This revival stars four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky—in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.

Broadcast in HD 

Marco Armiliato; Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Met Opera: EUGENE ONEGIN (Broadcast in HD)

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin 

Run Time: 4:04

Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance. Deborah Warner’s new production, set in the late 19th century, moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin’s friend turned rival. Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts. 

Broadcast in HD 

Eugene Onegin is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera.

Encore: Sun. October 20 | 1 p.m.

Met Opera: THE NOSE

Shostakovich’s The Nose
Run Time: 2:15

William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. Valery Gergiev conducts.

The Nose is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Festival d’Aix en Provence; and the Opéra National de Lyon.

Encore: Sun. November 17 | 1 p.m. 

Met Opera: TOSCA

Location: Pollak Theatre

Puccini’s Tosca

Run Time: 3:35

Puccini’s timeless verismo score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia.

Tosca is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Teatro alla Scala.

Encore: Sunday, January 19 | 1 p.m.

Met Opera: FALSTAFF (Broadcast in HD)

Verdi’s Falstaff

Run Time: 3:20

An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production—the first new Met Falstaffsince 1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri (last season’s Dulcamara in the Opening Night production of L’Elisir d’Amore) sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.

Broadcast in HD 

Falstaff is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam.

Encore: Sunday, January 26 | 1 p.m.

Met Opera: RUSALKA

Location: Pollak Theatre

Dvořák’s Rusalka

Run Time: 4:00

The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.

Encore: Sunday, February 23 | 1 p.m.

Met Opera: WERTHER

Massenet’s Werther

Run Time: 3:15

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet’s sublime adaptation
of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as
Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre
and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met’s recent hit staging
of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

Encore: Sun. April 13 | 1 p.m.