Star soprano Anna Netrebko takes center stage as Adina, the irresistible heroine of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love). Matthew Polenzani is seen in his Met role debut as the lovelorn peasant Nemorino, who wins Adina’s heart with the help of a mysterious “elixir of love” that bears a suspicious resemblance to French wine.
Verdi’s Shakespearean tragedy starring Johan Botha in the title role and Renée Fleming as Otello’s innocent wife, Desdemona. Semyon Bychkov, who has led an acclaimed run of performances featuring Botha and Fleming, again conducts the opera; regarded by many critics as Verdi’s dramatic masterpiece. Falk Struckmann takes the role of the villain Iago for the first time at the Met, and rising tenor Michael Fabiano, makes his house role debut as Cassio.
Acclaimed opera director Davis Alden presents Verdi’s classic drama of political intrigue and thwarted romance, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi.
Verdi's "Rigoletto" is updated to 1960s-era Las Vegas, where a womanizing lounge singer (Piotr Beczala) seduces the daughter (Diana Damrau) of his sidekick (Zeljko Lucic), causing his pal to seek revenge by hiring a hit man (Stefan Kocán) to off him.
One of the most popular and beloved operas of all time comes to Great Performances at the Met in a spectacular staging that captures the grandeur of Ancient Egypt. The story centers around a classic love triangle. The Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris, is in love with Radames, a military commander in Egypt. However, Radames does not return her feelings for he has fallen in love with Aida, a captured Ethiopian princess.
South African soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met debut as Mary’s rival, the formidable Queen Elizabeth I, and Matthew Polenzani sings Leicester, the nobleman caught between the two dueling monarchs. Maurizio Benini conducts a cast that also includes Matthew Rose as Talbot, Mary’s jailer, and Joshua Hopkins as Elizabeth’s advisor Cecil.