Opera at the Library
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Onegin by Tchaikovsky October
26 , 2013 - 1 p.m. Approximate running time: 4 hours 4 minutes Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien
star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky's
fateful romance. Deborah Warner's new production, directed by Fiona Shaw, is
set in the late 19th century and moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom,
with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Piotr
Beczala is Lenski, Onegin's friend turned rival. Later performances in the run
feature another extraordinary cast: Marina Poplavskaya, Peter Mattei, and
Rolando Villazón. Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts.
Nose by Shostakovich November 9, 2013 - 1 p.m. Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes William Kentridge stormed the Met
with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and
art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed
performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his
missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. Pavel Smelkov conducts.
Tosca by Puccini December 14, 2013 - 1 p.m. Approximate running time: 3 hours 35 minutes Puccini’s
timeless verismo score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by Patricia
Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her
lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia.
Falstaff by Verdi
January 26, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 20 minutes An undisputed master of Falstaff,
Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the
Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production—the first new Met Falstaff since
1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio
Maestri (last season’s Dulcamara in the Opening Night production of L’Elisir
d’Amore) sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff,
opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe,
Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.
Rusalka by Dvořák March 1, 2014 - 1 p.m. Approximate running time: 4 hours The
great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the
enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr
Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young
maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.
Prince Igor by Borodin March 15, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Approximate running time: 4 hours 30 minutes Borodin’s defining Russian epic,
famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly
100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological
journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the
Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on
the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.
Werther by Massenet
April 5, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes Jonas
Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's
revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new
production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same
team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro
Alain Altinoglu conducts.
Bohème by Puccini April 26, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 25 minutes Puccini’s moving story of young love
is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig
stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with
Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.
Fan Tutte by Mozart May 10, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Approximate running time: 4 hours 5 minutes Music
Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of
love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel
Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion
Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.
Cenerentola by Rossini
May 31, 2014 - 1 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 40 minutes A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins
forces in La Cenerentola—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce
DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and
the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro
Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor
Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.