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Guiseppe Verdi’s Aida
Saturday, October 13, 10:55AM
Run time 3:36/two intermissions
(Act I 40/Intermission 30/Act II 43/Intermission 36/Act III 67)
In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies.Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.
Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West
Saturday, October 27, 10:55AM
Run time 3:22/two intermissions
(Act I 59/Intermission 36/Act II 46/Intermission 35/Act III 26)
Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
Camille Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila
Saturday, November 3, 10:55AM
Run time 3:20/two intermissions
(Act I 46/Intermission 37/Act II 43/Intermission 37/Act III 37)
When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.
Nico Muhly Marnie
Saturday, November 10, 10:55AM
Run time 2:52/one intermission
(Act I 70/Intermission 30/Act II 72)
Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts.
Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera
Music by Nico Muhly, libretto by Nicholas Wright, based on the novel by Winston Graham
By special arrangement with Universal Pictures
Guiseppe Verdi’s La Traviata
Saturday, December 15, 10:55AM
Run time 3:07/two intermissions
(Act I 30/Intermission 30/Act II 64/Intermission 30/Act III 33)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.
Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur
Saturday, January 12, 10:55AM
Run time 3:33/two intermissions
(Act I 86/Intermission 30/Act II 28/Intermission 25/Act III 44)
Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”
Georges Bizet’s Carmen
Saturday, February 2, 10:55AM
Run time 3:21/one intermission
(Act I 101/Intermission 36/Act II 64)
Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.
Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille due Régiment
Saturday, March 2, 10:55AM
Run time 2:35/one intermission
(Act I 77/Intermission 28/Act II 50)
Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.
Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre
Saturday, March 30, 10:00AM
Run time 4:55/two intermissions
(Act I 65/Intermission 39/Act II 90/Intermission 35/Act III 66)
In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.
Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites
Saturday, May 25, 10:55AM
Run time 3:09/one intermission
(Act I 89/Intermission 30/Act II 72)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.