METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE

 

NORMA (BELLINI): 23 November to 6 December
The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy NORMA, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role as the Druid priestess, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago—making her one of the world’s leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Joyce DiDonato co-stars as Norma’s colleague and rival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

Thu 23 Nov
Sun 26 Nov
Mon 27 Nov
Sat 2 Dec

 

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (MOZART): 7 to 20 December

Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte. Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina with Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and René Pape as Sarastro. The holiday presentation of The Magic Flute, an abridged staging sung in English for families, was the first Live in HD performance to be transmitted. This is the first time the full-length German opera will be seen in the series.

Thu 7 Dec
Sun 10 Dec
Mon 11 Dec
Sat 16 Dec

 

THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (ADÈS): 8 to 21 March

The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” TheExterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Thu 8 Mar
Sun 11 Mar
Mon 12 Mar
Sat 17 Mar

 

 

TOSCA (PUCCINI): 22 March to 11 April

Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing.Kristine Opolais and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel as the villainous Scarpia. Andris Nelsons conducts.

Thu 22 Mar
Sun 25 Mar
Mon 26 Mar
Sat 7 Apr

 

L’ELISIR D’AMORE (DONIZETTI): 3 to 16 May

Donizetti’s comic gem L’ELISIR D’AMORE, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.

Thu 3 May
Sun 6 May
Mon 7 May
Sat 12 May

 

LA BOHÈME (PUCCINI): 17 to 30 May

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of LA BOHEME, the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato.

Thu 17 May
Sun 20 May
Mon 21 May
Sat 26 May

 

SEMIRAMIDE (ROSSINI): 7 to 20 June

Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character in SEMIRAMIDE. Rossini’s opera, which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years, will be conducted by Maurizio Benini and feature Elizabeth DeShong as the Commander of the Assyrian army Arsace, Javier Camarena as an Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as the prince Assur, and Ryan Speedo Green as the high priest Oroe.

Thu 7 Jun
Sun 10 Jun
Mon 11 Jun
Sat 16 Jun

 

COSI FAN TUTTE (MOZART): 21 June to 4 July

Phelim McDermott returns to the Met staging Mozart’s comedy COSI FAN TUTTE, led by David Robertson. Set in the 1950s on Coney Island, the cast features AmandaMajeski as the conflicted Fiordiligi; SerenaMalfi as her sister, Dorabella; Tony Award winner KelliO’Hara as their feisty maid, Despina; BenBliss and AdamPlachetka as the sisters’ fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and ChristopherMaltman as the cynical Don Alfonso. COSI FAN TUTTE is a co-production with the English National Opera.

Thu 21 Jun
Sun 24 Jun
Mon 25 Jun
Sat 30 Jun

 

LUISA MILLER (VERDI): 26 July to 8 August

Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a revival of LUISA MILLER, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006. Starring SonyaYoncheva as a peasant girl Luisa opposite PiotrBeczala as Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life. The cast also stars PlácidoDomingo as Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.

Thu 26 Jul
Sun 29 Jul
Mon 30 Jul
Sat 4 Aug

 

CENDRILLON (MASSENET): 9 to 22 August

Massenet’s enchanting opera CENDRILLON, based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment and Massenet’s Manon. Joyce DiDonato adds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Thu 9 Aug
Sun 12 Aug
Mon 13 Aug
Sat 18 Aug