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The Metropolitan Opera

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The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.  Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical program in radio history.  Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, the Met has been under the musical direction of James Levine since 1976. Maestro Levine is credited with having created one of opera’s finest orchestras and choruses. Since the summer of 2006, Peter Gelb has been the Met’s general manager—the 16th in company history. Under his leadership, the Met has been elevating its theatrical standards by significantly increasing the number of new productions, staged by the most imaginative directors working in theater and opera, and has launched a series of initiatives to broaden its reach internationally.

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May 2017 highlights for The Metropolitan Opera

Apr 30, 2017
https://www.metopera.org/season/2016-17-season/rosenkavalier-strauss-tickets/

5/6        Alfano: Cyrano De Bergerac

The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane, a love story for the ages, comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem, which packs the power of full-blooded Italian verismo. The title role is a signature part for the charismatic star tenor Roberto Alagna, performing it with the company for the first time opposite Met favorite Patricia Racette, who plays his secret love. Marco Armiliato conducts.

5/13      Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

http://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/rosenkavalier-strauss-tickets/

The Metropolitan Opera wraps up the 2016-2017 broadcast season with a Live in HD theater presentation of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (Live in HD Theatercast begins at 12:25 pm, radio broadcast begins at 1:00 pm)

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Say it ain't so, Renée!  

Beloved singer (and Rochester icon) Renée Fleming is saying farewell to staged opera with a performance of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier this spring. But of course, that doesn't mean she's done with music. She'll be singing concerts, continuing her work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as their Creative Consultant, and more.

Read all about it in the New York Times

UPDATE: Not so fast, says Renée Fleming in an interview with NPR! She also says she still likes the New York Times article, despite that one misunderstanding.

April 2017 highlights for The Metropolitan Opera

Mar 26, 2017
http://www.rudigall.de/opernbayern/porgramme/der-fliegende-hollaender/index.html

4/1        Beethoven:  Fidelio

Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. Adrianne Pieczonka is Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, courageously fights for her husband Florestan’s freedom. Klaus Florian Vogt is Florestan, Greer Grimsley is Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann is Rocco. Sebastian Weigle conducts.

4/8        Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

March 2017 highlights for The Metropolitan Opera

Feb 26, 2017
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3/4        Massenet: Werther

Edward Gardner; Anna Christy (Sophie), Isabel Leonard (Charlotte), Vittorio Grigolo (Werther), David Bižid (Albert), Maurizio Muraro (Le Bailli)

3/11      Verdi: La Traviata

Nicola Luisotti; Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta Valéry), Michael Fabiano (Alfredo Germont), Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont)

3/18      Rossini: Guillaume Tell

February 2017 Metropolitan Opera presentations

Jan 29, 2017
http://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-17-Season/rigoletto-verdi-tickets/

This month begins with Michael Mayer’s hit production of Rigoletto that places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960.

2/4       Verdi:  Rigoletto

Michael Mayer’s hit production of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960. Stephen Costello and Joseph Calleja alternate as the womanizing Duke, Olga Peretyatko is the innocent Gilda, and Željko Lučić reprises his heartbreaking take on the tragic title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.

2/11      Bizet:  Carmen

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/13/arts/requiem-for-a-new-metropolitan-opera-production.html?_r=0

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the cancellation of its new performance of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” by the daring Spanish opera director Calixto Bieito, scheduled for the 2017-2018 season.  Read what Met General Manager Peter Gelb has to say about this.

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The “thrilling star team” (New York Observer) of Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo sing with “white-hot sensuality and impassioned lyricism” (New York Times) as Shakespeare’s classic star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s lush adaptation. Director Bartlett Sher’s “brilliant and inspired new production … is a revelation” (Huffington Post), and has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala.

January 2017 Highlights for the Metropolitan Opera

Jan 1, 2017
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A month of classics this month from the Metropolitan Opera, featuring the legendary Placido Domingo, Diana Damrau, and more!

1/7        Verdi:  Nabucco The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

1/14      Puccini:  La Bohème The Met presents its spectacular Zeffirelli production,with multiple excellent casts: Ailyn Pérez and Kristine Opolais are paired with Dmytro Popov, Piotr Beczała, and Michael Fabiano, as the young Parisian lovers at the center of the story. Susanna Phillips, David Bizic, and Massimo Cavalletti also star. Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato conduct....

http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2016/12/News/Dmitri_Hvorostovsky_Withdraws_from_Met_Eugene_Onegin.html

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky announced this week that he will step back from several opera performances at the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House due to health concerns. 

According to Opera News, Hvorostovsky was to have sung the title character in Metropolitan Opera performances of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin in March and April.  Now, Peter Mattei will perform the role in April with the worldwide transmission as part of the Met's Live in HD series on April 22nd.

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