Saturday Matinee Broadcasts

Launched in 1931, the Met’s Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical radio series in American broadcast history. The 2018-2019 season marks the 88th year of live Saturday broadcasts and will again be heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. [Metropolitan Opera]

Dec
7
Sat
2019
AKHNATEN
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


AKHNATEN:Glass
Kamensek; Larusdottir, Bridges, Costanzo, Blake, Liverman, Bernstein, James
Original Air Date: 12/07/2019
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First Intermission
Mary Jo Heath interviews General Manager Peter Gelb about the 2019-20120 season.

Philip Glass Feature

Mary Jo Heath interviews Maestro Karen Kamensek

Second Intermission
Backstage Pass #1 – Loren Toolajian interviews Anthony Roth Costanzo

Backstage Pass #2 – Loren Toolajian interviews Dísella Lárusdóttir, J’Nai Bridges, and Zachery James

Lise Davidsen Feature

Dec
14
Sat
2019
THE QUEEN OF SPADES
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

THE QUEEN OF SPADES:Tchaikovsky
Petrenko; Davidsen, Maximova, Diadkova, Antonenko, Golovatenko, Markov
Original Air Date: 12/14/2019 

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Tchaikovsky’s eerie thriller of imperial Russia has its first performances at the Met since 2011. Tenor Yusif Eyvazovis 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.

The Sunday matinee performance on December 8 will feature a post-performance discussion with Lise Davidsen and Yusif Eyvazov, hosted by Met General Manager Peter Gelb.

Single Intermission
Backstage Pass #1 – Mary Jo Heath interviews Yusif Eyvazov

Backstage Pass #2 – Mary Jo Heath interviews Lise Davidsen

The Magic Flute Promotion – Mary Jo Heath interviews David Portillo, our Tamino

Dec
21
Sat
2019
MACBETH
Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Verdi
Armiliato; Netrebko, Polenzani, Domingo, Abdrazakov
Original Air Date: 12/21/2019

SID.19510639

Soprano Anna Netrebko created a sensation when she made her Met role debut as Lady Macbeth in 2014, opposite baritone Željko Lučić in the title role. Now, the two stars reunite to reprise their acclaimed portrayals in Verdi’s gripping Shakespeare adaptation. Marco Armiliato conducts a standout cast that also features tenor Matthew Polenzani as Macduff and bass Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo, in Adrian Noble’s evocative production.

Single Intermission
Mary Jo Heath interviews Anna Netrebko
Mary Jo Heath interviews Željko Lučić
Mary Jo Heath interviews Sir Simon Rattle

Dec
28
Sat
2019
THE MAGIC FLUTE
Dec 28 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Mozart
Koenigs; Fang, Lewek, Portillo, Rosel, Hopkins, Carfizzi, Howard
Original Air Date: 12/28/2019

SID.19520640

“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.

On Saturday, December 28, all ticket holders for the 1 PM matinee of The Magic Flute are invited to a free pre-performance open house beginning at 11 AM. Met artists and craftspeople lead a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations for the whole family.”

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


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

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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. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; and Teatro Regio di Torino

Jan
11
Sat
2020
WOZZECK [HD]
Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


WOZZECK:Berg
Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Peter Mattei, Elza van den Heever, Gerhard Siegel, Christian Van Horn
Original Air Date: 01/11/2020
Live in HD
SID.20020640

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.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Salzburg Festival; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and Opera Australia

Production a gift of Robert L. Turner

Jan
18
Sat
2020
LA TRAVIATA
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


LA TRAVIATA:Verdi
Chichon; Kurzak, Popov, Kelsey
Original Air Date: 01/18/2020

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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 tenors Dmytro Popov and Piero Pretti 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. 

FIRST INTERMISSION

Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz
  Host:         Brian Zeger
  Guest:        Elīna Garanča
  Panelists:   Ken Benson, George Preston, and
                     Melanie Spector
  Pianist:       Bénédicte Jourdois

SECOND INTERMISSION

Backstage Pass – Loren Toolajian interviews Aleksandra Kurzak

Porgy and Bess Feature

Jan
25
Sat
2020
LA BOHÈME
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA BOHÈME:Puccini
Armiliato; Pérez, Kulchynska, Polenzani, Bizic, Zhilikhovsky, Park, Woodley
Original Air Date: 01/25/2020
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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.

First Intermission
Backstage Pass #1 – Loren Toolajian interviews Ailyn Pérez and Matthew Polenzani
Mary Jo Heath interviews Maestro Edward Gardner about La Damnation de Faust
Second Intermission
Backstage Pass #2 – Loren Toolajian interviews Olga Kulchynska and David Bizic

Feb
1
Sat
2020
PORGY AND BESS
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PORGY AND BESS : Gershwins
Original Air Date: 02/01/2020
Robertson; Blue, Schultz, Moore, Graves, Ballentine, Owens, Walker, Singletary
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Single Intermission
Backstage Pass – HD Host Audra McDonald interviews Angel Blue and
Eric Owens

Mary Jo Hearth interviews Joyce DiDonato about Agrippina

Mary Jo Hearth interviews Anita Hartig about Le Nozze di Figaro

Backstage Pass – HD Host Audra McDonald interviews Latonia Moore,
Golda Schultz, and Denyce Graves
Backstage Pass – HD Host Audra McDonald interviews
Frederick Ballentine and Alfred Walker

PORGY AND BESS [HD]
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


PORGY AND BESS: Gershwins
Original Air Date: 02/01/2020
David Robertson: Eric Owens, Angel Blue, Denyce Graves, Latonia Moore, Frederick Ballentine, Alfred Walker, Golda Schultz
Live in HD SID.20050600

Single Intermission
Backstage Pass – HD Host Audra McDonald interviews Angel Blue and
Eric Owens

Mary Jo Hearth interviews Joyce DiDonato about Agrippina

Mary Jo Hearth interviews Anita Hartig about Le Nozze di Figaro

Backstage Pass – HD Host Audra McDonald interviews Latonia Moore,
Golda Schultz, and Denyce Graves
Backstage Pass – HD Host Audra McDonald interviews
Frederick Ballentine and Alfred Walker

Feb
8
Sat
2020
LA DAMNATION DE FAUST
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LA DAMNATION DE FAUST:Berlioz
Gardner; Garanca, Spyres, Abdrazakov
Original Air Date: 02/08/2020

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Single Intermission
Backstage Pass – Loren Toolajian interviews Michael Spyres

Backstage Pass – Loren Toolajian interviews Elīna Garanča and
Ildar Abrazakov (TBC)

Mary Jo Hearth interviews Brenda Rae about Agrippina

Feb
15
Sat
2020
MANON
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

MANON Massenet
Benini: Oropesa, Fabiano, Bosi, Rucinski, Polegato, Youn
OAD 9/24/2019  SID.19390212
Program

Exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score.

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse  Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

VICTORY LAP Interview with Lisette Oropesa from metopera.org

First Intermission
Backstage Pass #1 – Mary Jo Heath interviews Lisette Oropesa

Agrippina Feature with Maestro Harry Bicket

Second Intermission
Backstage Pass #2 – Mary Jo Heath interviews Michael Fabiano

Feb
22
Sat
2020
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


LE NOZZE DI FIGARO:Mozart
Meister; Woodbury, Müller, Crebassa, McCormick, Dupuis, Plachetka, Muraro
Original Air Date: 02/22/2020

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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. Production a gift of Mercedes T. Bass, and Jerry and Jane del Missier Revival a gift of the Metropolitan Opera Club

Intermission
Backstage Pass – Loren Toolajian interviews Amanda Woodbury, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Etienne Dupuis, Adam Plachetka

Mary Jo Hearth interviews General Manager Peter Gelb about the 2020-2021 Season

Feb
29
Sat
2020
AGRIPPINA
Feb 29 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


AGRIPPINA:Handel
Harry Bicket: Joyce DiDonato, Brenda Rae, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Matthew Rose
Original Air Date: 02/29/2020
Live in HD
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Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius. This production was originally created by the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie / De Munt Brussels and adapted by the Metropolitan Opera

Intermission
Backstage Pass 1 – HD Host Deborah Voigt interviews Joyce DiDonato
Backstage Pass 2 – HD Host Deborah Voigt interviews Brenda Rae and Iestyn Davies

Mary Jo Hearth interviews Evgeny Nikitin about Der Fliegende Hollände

Backstage Pass 3 – HD Host Deborah Voigt interviews Kate Lindsey and Matthew Rose

Mar
7
Sat
2020
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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COSÌ FAN TUTTE:Mozart
Bicket; Car, Malfi, Stober, Bliss, Pisaroni, Finley
Original Air Date: 03/07/2020

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Coney Island once again comes to the stage of the Met with the first revival of Phelim McDermott’s popular staging inspired by the side shows of the boardwalk. The pairs of young lovers are a casting dream: soprano Nicole Car, mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi, tenor Ben Bliss, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, with the glorious bass-baritone Gerald Finley as the cynical Don Alfonso and the charming soprano Heidi Stober as the mischievous maid Despina. Harry Bicket conducts. Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera In collaboration with Improbable

Mar
14
Sat
2020
DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER:Wagner
Valery Gergiev: Evgeny Nikitin, Anja Kampe, Sergey Skorokhodov, Franz-Josef Selig
Broadcast of performance from 03/10/2020 
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The March 14 live performance and the LIVE IN HD Transmission have been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the recommendations of  city, state and federal elected officials.  

The broadcast will be of the Tuesday 3-10 performance taped as preparation for the Saturday Live in HD transmission. 

François Girard, whose revelatory 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings, unveils a spellbinding new vision of the composer’s tale of a cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. Valery Gergiev conducts a brilliant cast led by bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin as the Dutchman, with German soprano Anja Kampe making her anticipated Met debut as the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks. Bass Franz-Josef Selig is her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov is her deserted former lover, Erik. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; The Abu Dhabi Festival; and Opéra de Québec

Mar
21
Sat
2020
LA CENERENTOLA
Mar 21 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Fabio Luisi: Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Luca Pisaroni
Original Air Date 5/10/2014 SID.20120000

The live broadcast of La Cenerentola scheduled for March 21 has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation

Today’s Broadcast is of the LA CENERENTOLA performance from May 10, 2014 

Single Intermission 
HD Host Deborah Voigt interviews Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez about La Cenerentola
Mary Jo Heath inteviews General Manager Peter Gelb

Angelina…………….Joyce DiDonato
Prince Ramiro………..Juan Diego Flórez
Dandini……………..Pietro Spagnoli
Don Magnifico………..Alessandro Corbelli
Clorinda…………….Rachelle Durkin
Tisbe……………….Patricia Risley
Alidoro……………..Luca Pisaroni
Conductor……………Fabio Luisi
Recitative Accompanist: Dennis Giauque
Production…………..Cesare Lievi
Designer…………….Maurizio Balò
Lighting Designer…….Gigi Saccomandi
Choreographer………..Daniela Schiavone
Stage Director……….Eric Einhorn
TV Director………….Barbara Willis Sweete

Read RWW’s Review of this HD Broadcast

Mar
28
Sat
2020
WERTHER
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Massenet
Alain Altinoglu: Jonas Kaufmann, Sophie Koch, Lisette Oropesa
Original Air Date: 3/15/2014   SID.20130000
Broadcast Performance from March 15, 2014

The performances of Werther scheduled for March 16, 20, 23, 28, and 31 have been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the recommendations of our city, state, and federal elected officials.

READ RWW’s Review of this Live in HD Broadcast. 

Production Photos

Apr
4
Sat
2020
ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


ORFEO ED EURIDICE:Gluck
Wigglesworth; Hong, Park, Barton
Original Air Date: 11/01/2019

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NYT Tommasini [10/21/2019] … The excellent British conductor Mark Wigglesworth, best known for his work with the English National Opera in London, drew out the warmth and refinement of Gluck’s score. But the Met Orchestra’s playing lacked precision and crispness, especially during the bustling overture, which sounded somewhat wan and limp. …. The veteran soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, who made her Met debut in 1984, was a winning Euridice. Though there were moments of patchy tone and shaky pitch in her singing, the radiance of her voice came through. She sang with a vigor and clarity that brought out the best from Ms. Barton. …During the final celebration of the reunion of Orfeo and Euridice, the Mark Morris ensemble took over the show with a suite of joyous dances. The orchestra responded with its most crisp and animated playing.once the god of love, Amore, here the bright-voiced soprano Hera Hyesang Park, arrived: Winged and wearing a peach-colored shirt, floppy pants and sneakers, she descended (on wires) from the heavens. In her vibrant singing and sassy manner, Ms. Park brought a touch of jaded exuberance to the proceedings: This Amore admits to being baffled by the romantic entanglements of mortals…..The veteran soprano Hei-Kyung Hong, who made her Met debut in 1984, was a winning Euridice. Though there were moments of patchy tone and shaky pitch in her singing, the radiance of her voice came through. She sang with a vigor and clarity that brought out the best from Ms. Barton. During the final celebration of the reunion of Orfeo and Euridice, the Mark Morris ensemble took over the show with a suite of joyous dances. The orchestra responded with its most crisp and animated playing.

Apr
11
Sat
2020
TOSCA [Cancelled]
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Puccini
Original Air Date: 04/11/2020
de Billy; Netrebko, Jagde, Volle, Carfizzi
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Apr
18
Sat
2020
SIMON BOCCANEGRA [Cancelled]
Apr 18 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

SIMON BOCCANEGRA:Verdi
Original Air Date: 04/18/2020
Rizzi; Pérez, Calleja, Álvarez, Azizov, Belosselskiy
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Apr
25
Sat
2020
TURANDOT [Cancelled]
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

TURANDOT:Puccini
Original Air Date: 04/25/2020
Rizzi; Stemme, Gerzmava, Berti, Morris
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May
2
Sat
2020
KÁŤA KABANOVÁ [Cancelled]
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Janáček
Original Air Date: 05/02/2020
Koenigs; Phillips, Mack, Zajick, Cernoch, Margita, Appleby, Tomlinson
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Janáček’s gripping domestic drama makes a rare appearance on the Met stage, its first since 2005. The soaring soprano Susanna Phillips sings the title role, a young woman forced by fate to choose between true love and family honor, with beloved mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as her unyielding mother-in-law. Tenor Pavel Černoch is the young object of Káťa’s love, and legendary bass Sir John Tomlinson is his rich but cruel uncle. Lothar Koenigs conducts one of the defining operatic scores of the 20th century.

May
9
Sat
2020
MARIA STUARDA [Cancelled]
May 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Donizetti
Original Air Date: 05/09/2020
Benini; Damrau, Barton, Costello, Filonczyk, Pertusi
SID.20190000

Oct
10
Sat
2020
AIDA [HD]
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

AIDA:Verdi
Nézet-Séguin; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczala, Tezier, Belosselskiy, Baczyk
Original Air Date: 10/10/2020
Live in HD
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Live in cinemas October 10, soprano Anna Netrebko and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili reprise their incendiary partnership as Aida and Amneris—a highlight of the 2018–19 season—with tenor Piotr Beczała completing the greatest love triangle in all of opera as Radamès. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, leading director Michael Mayer’s grand new staging, which brings ancient Egypt to life with intricate projections and dazzling animations.

Nov
7
Sat
2020
IL TROVATORE [HD]
Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


IL TROVATORE:Verdi
Mariotti; Yoncheva, Semenchuk, Aronica, Kelsey, Youn
Original Air Date: 11/07/2020
Live in HD
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Verdi’s supreme showcase of Italianate singing arrives in cinemas November 7, starring soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the passionate young noblewoman Leonora, with tenor Roberto Aronica as the outlaw Manrico and baritone Quinn Kelsey as the menacing Count di Luna. The mysterious and vengeful Gypsy Azucena is performed by mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk. Michele Mariotti conducts Sir David McVicar’s action-packed production.

Dec
12
Sat
2020
FIDELIO [HD]
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


FIDELIO:Beethoven
Nézet-Séguin; Davidsen, Schultz, Jovanovic, Shrader, Konieczny, Selig, Van Horn
Original Air Date: 12/12/2020
Live in HD
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After her “radiant company debut” (The New York Times) during the 2019–20 season, soprano sensation Lise Davidsen comes to cinemas December 12 as the devoted Leonore under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The all-star cast also features tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Florestan, joined by bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny, bass Franz-Josef Selig, soprano Golda Schultz, and tenor Alek Shrader. The run of Beethoven’s glorious sole opera celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Jan
16
Sat
2021
DIE ZAUBERFLOTE [HD]
Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


DIE ZAUBERFLOTE:Mozart
Dudamel; Karg, Lewek, deBarbeyrac, Oliemans, Van Horn, Milling
Original Air Date: 01/16/2021
Live in HD
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One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in 16 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.” For the January 16 live transmission, Gustavo Dudamel makes a rare Met appearance conducting the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable. The cast of leading Mozarteans includes soprano Christiane Karg as Pamina, tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro.

Jan
30
Sat
2021
ROMEO ET JULIETTE [HD]
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


ROMEO ET JULIETTE:Gounod
Nézet-Séguin; Sierra, Boulianne, Costello, Portillo, Hopkins, Naouri, Abdrazakov
Original Air Date: 01/30/2021
Live in HD
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts one of the most sumptuous scores in the repertoire, leading Gounod’s honeyed adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, live in cinemas January 30. Radiant soprano Nadine Sierra makes her Met role debut as the effervescent Juliette, opposite tenors Stephen Costello and Benjamin Bernheim, in his highly anticipated Met debut, as the ardent Roméo, all amid the romantic realism of Bartlett Sher’s staging.

Apr
17
Sat
2021
DEAD MAN WALKING [HD]
Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm


DEAD MAN WALKING:Heggie
Nézet-Séguin; Moore, DiDonato, Graham, Dupuis
Original Air Date: 04/17/2021
Live in HD
SID.21160600
American composer Jake Heggie’s 21st-century masterpiece, the most widely performed new opera of the last 20 years, has its highly anticipated Met premiere, in Ivo van Hove’s second new staging of the season. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer, Dead Man Walking matches the high drama of its subject with Heggie’s beautiful and poignant music and a brilliant libretto by Tony and Emmy Award–winner Terrence McNally. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium when this important work comes to cinemas April 17, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Helen Prejean. The outstanding cast also features baritone Etienne Dupuis as the condemned Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and legendary mezzo-soprano Susan Graham—who sang Prejean in the opera’s 2000 premiere—as De Rocher’s mother.