Met Opera: Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles–New Production

Live: January 16, 2016, 5.55 Encore: January 20, 2016, 12.00

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years.

Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her

hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du

temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure

love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met.

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.


Met Opera Live: Lulu

Live: November 21, 2015, 5.30 Encore: November 25, 2015, 12.00

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious

femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music

Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the

tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including

Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.

Met Opera Live: Wagner’s Tannhäuser

Live: October 31, 2015, 4.00 Encore: November 4, 2015, 12.00

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade.

Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria

Westbroek as Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the

Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, baritone Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and

mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.

Met Opera Live: Verdi’s Otello–New Production

Live: October 17, 2015, 5.55 Encore: October 21, 2015, 12.00

Verdi’s masterful Otello matches Shakespeare’s play in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s

dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star

Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago,

who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Verdi’s Il Trovatore

Live: October 3, 2015, 5.55 Encore: October 7, 2015, 12.00

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the

Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-

fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy

with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

Met Opera Live: Strauss’s Elektra–New Production

Live: April 30, 2016, 5.55 Encore: 4 May, 2016, 1.00

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production,

previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with

soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays

Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome

mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s

musical collaborator, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducts.

Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux—Met Premiere

Live: April 16, 2016, 5.55 Encore: April 20, 2016, 1.00

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens

in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage

since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to

sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and

mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto

masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.