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Oct
20
Sun
2019
TOSCA
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 
TOSCA:Puccini
Molinari-Pradelli; Elinor Ross, Bergonzi, Anselmo Colzani, Plishka, Franke, Sgarro
Original Air Date: 12/12/1970
SID.19420744
Bergonzi has a memorable Cavaradossi in 1959 with Steber and London which is also available on Met Player. Bergonzi is in better form for the earlier broadcast but still a master stylist. He actually does a third Cavaradossi on the airwaves in 1975 with Zylis-Gara and Bacquier under Erede (Met debut 1951! and long absent– now THAT performance interests me.  #1 Sirius omission remains the Stella Tosca of 1958 under MItropoulos. There are some uninspiring Tosca casts in the last 25 years, not as bad as Trovatore.  This is a break from some of the more common Toscas on Sirius. Ross had a powerful voice. She appeared several times in Philadelphia (often partnered with Tucker in Turandot, Aida, and Gioconda). This is late in her career (not early for Bergonzi or Colzani) tune in to this to hear how late Ross sounds compared to some of today’s Toscas. It’s the Puccini work most in need of a rest. Bergonzi broadcasts Cavaradossi three times, first in 1959 with Eleanor Steber and George London, and in 1975 with Teresa Zylis-Gara and Gabriel Bacquier under Alberto Erede. HIs last Met performance is Edgardo in 1988 with Lucia Aliberti and then eight years later appears in the James Levine 25th anniversary gala. The Steber performance is the best of the three performances, but Ross is worth checking out.

Article Elinor Ross

DON PASQUALE
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


DON PASQUALE:Donizetti
Benini; Alaimo, Netrebko, Flórez, Kwiecien
Original Air Date: 04/15/2006
MOD Audio
SID.19420422
This is the first year of the production, and I am sorry this was not the one that was filmed for DVD. This was the end of the Volpe era, and when Levine who was originally attached to this production did not appear because of illness (not the most recent one), any televising disappeared — TV production had practically disappeared under Volpe. Alaimo is a superior Pasquale to Del Carlo, and Florez’ Ernesto should have been captured in this Met production. As much as I enjoy this final video with Levine and gang several years later, for the best in Donizetti audio singing, this is the performance you want. I’m not especially partial to either Sills or Peters as Norina, and my favorite is Grist with Kraus, Corena, and Krause under Franci. Even though Netrebko is several voice sizes bigger than Florez, they are both star performers, and give high profile performances. This is the year of the new production, and the unifying presence of Alaimo is no small contribution. I enjoy Netrebko’s HD (also on DVD and MOoD) at the next revival under Schenk, but I’m grateful this performance is in the MOoD.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI:Mascagni / Leoncavallo
Nelson; Bumbry, Theyard, Colzani / McCracken, Moffo, Milnes
Original Air Date: 01/18/1975

SID.19420746
This is Moffo’s final performance broadcast from the Met, and she does not go out on a high note. Milnes is not my preferred Tonio, but I prefer him to Pons who has eight more than Milnes. I prefer MacNeil, Merrill, or Warren among modern Met baritones. The surprise is Merrill only has 22 Tonios with his last in 1960; Caruso (118) and Martinelli(68) are firmly ahead of all Canio competitors, but McCracken is third and by a healthy amount more than any other postwar tenors who are bunched in the 20s. I like Bumbry’s Santuzza, even if it is not as authentic as Cossotto’s. It’s a good fit for her voice.

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG
Oct 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm


GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG:Wagner
Levine; Eaglen, Andersen, Halfvarson, Held, Radvanovsky, Palmer
Original Air Date: 04/22/2000
MOD Audio
SID.19420747
This is one of the two Ring cycles broadcast by Eaglen and Levine. This one finds Eaglen on better form than the 2004 (her Met farewell), but Salminen is a stronger Hagen than Halfvarson. The 2004 has been on Sirius, but even though I previously posted that it was available on MOoD, I do not see it present in current availability. This is Felicity Palmer’s Met debut and really potent Gibich siblings in Held and Radvanovsky.

Oct
24
Thu
2019
ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Gluck
Original Air Date: 10/24/2019
Wigglesworth; Hong, Park, Barton
SID.19430000
Mark Morris’s spirited take on the ancient Orpheus myth stars mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Orfeo, the grieving lover on a quest through the underworld. Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong sings the plaintive Euridice. Mark Wigglesworth conducts Gluck’s elegant score, a pinnacle of the Baroque repertoire.

Oct
25
Fri
2019
LA BOHÈME
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 10/25/2019
Armiliato; Pérez, Kulchynska, Polenzani, Bizic, Zhilikhovsky, Park, Woodley
SID.19430000
Three casts of captivating artists bring Puccini’s classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers to life in Franco Zeffirelli’s immortal staging. Tenors Matthew Polenzani, Roberto Alagna, and Joseph Calleja trade off as the exuberant Rodolfo, alongside sopranos Ailyn Pérez, Hei-Kyung Hong, and Maria Agresta as the fragile Mimì. Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume share conducting duties.

Oct
26
Sat
2019
MANON [HD]
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

MANON:Massenet
Original Air Date: 10/26/2019
Maurizio Benini: Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano, Artur Ruciński, Carlo Bosi
Live in HD SID.19430600

Nov
1
Fri
2019
ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Gluck
Original Air Date: 11/01/2019
Wigglesworth; Hong, Park, Barton
SID.19440000

Nov
6
Wed
2019
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 11/06/2019
Morandi; He, DeShong, Caré, Domingo
SID.19450000

Nov
8
Fri
2019
AKHNATEN
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Glass
Original Air Date: 11/08/2019
Kamensek; Larusdottir, Bridges, Costanzo, Blake, Liverman, Bernstein, James
SID.19450000
Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s masterpieces, following the now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut.

Nov
9
Sat
2019
MADAMA BUTTERFLY [HD]
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

MADAMA BUTTERFLY:Puccini
Original Air Date: 11/09/2019
Pier Giorgio Morandi: Hui He, Elizabeth DeShong, Andrea Carè, Plácido Domingo
Live in HD SID.19450600

Nov
13
Wed
2019
MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 11/13/2019
Morandi; He, DeShong, Caré, Domingo
SID.19460000

Nov
16
Sat
2019
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mozart
Original Air Date: 11/16/2019
Manacorda; Phillips, Sierra, Arquez, Bishop, Plachetka, Pisaroni, Sherratt
SID.19460000
Two outstanding casts—including sopranos Nadine Sierra, Anita Hartig, Susanna Phillips, and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller; mezzo-sopranos Gaëlle Arquez and Marianne Crebassa; baritone Mariusz Kwiecien; and bass-baritones Luca Pisaroni and Adam Plachetka—come together for Mozart’s scintillating class comedy. Antonello Manacorda and Cornelius Meister conduct Sir Richard Eyre’s fast-paced production.

Nov
19
Tue
2019
AKHNATEN
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Glass
Original Air Date: 11/19/2019
Kamensek; Larusdottir, Bridges, Costanzo, Blake, Liverman, Bernstein, James
SID.19470000

Nov
21
Thu
2019
LA BOHÈME
Nov 21 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 11/21/2019
Armiliato; Pérez, Kulchynska, Polenzani, Bizic, Zhilikhovsky, Park, Woodley
SID.19470000

Nov
23
Sat
2019
AKHNATEN [HD]
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

AKHNATEN:Glass
Original Air Date: 11/23/2019
Karen Kamensek: Anthony Roth Costanzo, J’Nai Bridges, Dísella Lárusdóttir, Aaron Blake
Live in HD SID.19470600

Nov
26
Tue
2019
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Mozart
Original Air Date: 11/26/2019
Manacorda; Phillips, Sierra, Arquez, Bishop, Plachetka, Pisaroni, Sherratt
SID.19480000

Nov
29
Fri
2019
THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Tchaikovsky
Original Air Date: 11/29/2019
Petrenko; Davidsen, Maximova, Diadkova, Antonenko, Golovatenko, Markov
SID.19480000

Dec
5
Thu
2019
THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Tchaikovsky
Original Air Date: 12/05/2019
Petrenko; Davidsen, Maximova, Diadkova, Antonenko, Golovatenko, Markov
SID.19490000
Tchaikovsky’s eerie thriller of imperial Russia has its first performances at the Met since 2011. Tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is Hermann, the fanatical gambler whose obsession with a powerful secret drives him to madness. Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her highly anticipated Met debut as his long-suffering lover, Lisa, with mezzo-soprano Larissa Diadkova as the otherworldly Countess. Baritone Igor Golovatenko is Yeletsky, baritone Alexey Markov is Tomsky, and Vasily Petrenko conducts.

Dec
7
Sat
2019
AKHNATEN
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Glass
Original Air Date: 12/07/2019
Kamensek; Larusdottir, Bridges, Costanzo, Blake, Liverman, Bernstein, James
SID.19490000

Dec
13
Fri
2019
DER ROSENKAVALIER
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Strauss
Original Air Date: 12/13/2019
Rattle; Nylund, Kožená, Schultz, Goeldner, Polenzani, Ebenstein, Eiche, Groissböck
SID.19500000
Robert Carsen’s splendid staging returns for the first time since its blockbuster 2017 premiere, with Sir Simon Rattle on the podium to conduct Strauss’s glittering score. Star soprano Camilla Nylund is the worldly Marschallin, with the outstanding mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená as her exuberant young lover, Octavian. Bass Günther Groissböck reprises his definitive take on the lascivious Baron Ochs, and rising soprano Golda Schultz sings the innocent Sophie.

Dec
14
Sat
2019
THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
THE QUEEN OF SPADES @ | |

Tchaikovsky
Original Air Date: 12/14/2019
Petrenko; Davidsen, Maximova, Diadkova, Antonenko, Golovatenko, Markov
SID.19500000

Dec
19
Thu
2019
THE MAGIC FLUTE
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Mozart
Original Air Date: 12/19/2019
Koenigs; Harvey, Lewek, Portillo, Rosel, Hopkins, Carfizzi, Robinson
SID.19510000
A beloved holiday tradition continues as Mozart’s delightful fairy tale returns in the Met’s abridged, English-language version for families, perfect for younger audiences, with no intermission and a running time of less than two hours. Lothar Koenigs conducts a dynamic cast of standout Mozarteans in Julie Taymor’s magical production, an enduring Met classic with its eye-popping puppetry and stunning visuals.

Dec
21
Sat
2019
MACBETH
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Verdi
Original Air Date: 12/21/2019
Armiliato; Netrebko, Polenzani, Domingo, Abdrazakov
SID.19510000

Dec
27
Fri
2019
WOZZECK
Dec 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Berg
Original Air Date: 12/27/2019
Nézet-Séguin; van den Heever, Mumford, Ventris, Siegel, Staples, Mattei, Van Horn
SID.19520000
After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, set in an apocalyptic pre–World War I environment. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei making his highly anticipated role debut as the title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast also includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the Doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the Captain.

Dec
28
Sat
2019
THE MAGIC FLUTE
Dec 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Mozart
Original Air Date: 12/28/2019
Koenigs; Fang, Lewek, Portillo, Rosel, Hopkins, Carfizzi, Howard
SID.19520000

Dec
31
Tue
2019
NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA: ANNA NETREBKO
Dec 31 @ 5:30 pm – 11:55 pm

ANNA NETREBKO:Puccini
Original Air Date: 12/31/2019
Nézet-Séguin; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kelsey, Luciano, Van Horn, Woodley, Netrebko, Eyvazov, Nikitin, Carfizzi, Netrebko, Eyvazov
SID.20010000

In an unprecedented program to celebrate the new year, Anna Netrebko pulls out all the Puccini stops, starring as Mimì, Tosca, and Turandot in one gala evening. The star soprano will sing Act I of La Bohème, opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani, and Act I of Tosca and Act II of Turandot, opposite tenor Yusif Eyvazov. Conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and featuring an outstanding cast that also includes baritones Quinn Kelsey and Davide Luciano, and bass-baritones Evgeny Nikitin and Christian Van Horn, this will be an evening not to be missed. Each of the acts will be fully staged and costumed in the respective (and spectacular) Zeffirelli and McVicar productions.

Jan
4
Sat
2020
DER ROSENKAVALIER
Jan 4 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
DER ROSENKAVALIER @ | |

Strauss
Original Air Date: 01/04/2020
Rattle; Nylund, Kožená, Schultz, Goeldner, Polenzani, Ebenstein, Eiche, Groissböck
SID.20010000

Jan
10
Fri
2020
LA TRAVIATA
Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Verdi
Original Air Date: 01/10/2020
Chichon; Kurzak, Popov, Kelsey
SID.20020000
Michael Mayer’s sumptuous staging, a highlight of the 2018–19 season, returns with two casts of bright stars. Sopranos Aleksandra Kurzak and Lisette Oropesa share the role of Violetta, the opera’s tragic heroine, opposite tenor Dmytro Popov as her ardent lover, Alfredo, and baritones Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi as Alfredo’s stern father, Germont. Karel Mark Chichon and Bertrand de Billy conduct one of opera’s greatest scores.

Jan
11
Sat
2020
WOZZECK [HD]
Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WOZZECK [HD] @ | |

WOZZECK:Berg
Original Air Date: 01/11/2020
Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Peter Mattei, Elza van den Heever, Gerhard Siegel, Christian Van Horn
Live in HD SID.20020000

Jan
15
Wed
2020
PORGY AND BESS
Jan 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Gershwins
Original Air Date: 01/15/2020
Robertson; Blue, Brugger, Moore, Graves, Ballentine, Owens, Walker, Singletary
SID.20030000

Jan
18
Sat
2020
LA TRAVIATA
Jan 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LA TRAVIATA @ | |

Verdi
Original Air Date: 01/18/2020
Chichon; Kurzak, Popov, Kelsey
SID.20030000

Jan
22
Wed
2020
WOZZECK
Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Berg
Original Air Date: 01/22/2020
Nézet-Séguin; van den Heever, Mumford, Ventris, Siegel, Staples, Mattei, Van Horn
SID.20040000

Jan
25
Sat
2020
LA BOHÈME
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 10/25/2019
Armiliato; Pérez, Kulchynska, Polenzani, Bizic, Zhilikhovsky, Park, Woodley
SID.19430000
Three casts of captivating artists bring Puccini’s classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers to life in Franco Zeffirelli’s immortal staging. Tenors Matthew Polenzani, Roberto Alagna, and Joseph Calleja trade off as the exuberant Rodolfo, alongside sopranos Ailyn Pérez, Hei-Kyung Hong, and Maria Agresta as the fragile Mimì. Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume share conducting duties.

Jan
29
Wed
2020
LA DAMNATION DE FAUST
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Berlioz
Original Air Date: 01/29/2020
Gardner; Garanca, Hymel, Abdrazakov
SID.20050000