Opera at the Library
Join us for operas on film – free!
Otello by Verdi
December 22, 2012 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 27 minutes Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Met with Johan Botha in the title role opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming. Semyon Bychkov conducts.
The Tempest by Adès
December 29, 2012 - 12 p.m. Approximate running time: 3 hours Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th-century La Scala in this inventive staging.
La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart
January 12, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 13 minutes The virtuosic Elîna Garanèa sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.
Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi
January 26, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 54 minutes Director David Alden’s dreamlike setting provides a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and Stephanie Blythe sings the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Aida by Verdi
February 9, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 54 minutes The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Les Troyens by Berlioz
February 23, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 5 hours 30 minutes The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the house in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.
Maria Stuarda by Donizetti
March 16, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 15 minutes Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I, and Maurizio Benini conducts.
Rigoletto by Verdi
March 30, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 31 minutes Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960. Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke, Þeljko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.
Parsifal by Wagner
April 13, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 5 hours 40 minutes Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom in François Girard's new vision for Wagner's final masterpiece. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts.
Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai
April 20, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 3 hours 57 minutes Zandonai's compelling opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's Inferno, returns in the Met's ravishingly beautiful production, last seen in 1986. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Giulio Cesare by Handel
May 18, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Approximate running time: 4 hours 31 minutes The opera that conquered London in Handel’s time comes to the Met in David McVicar’s lively production. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.