Next Episode of Great Performances at the Met is
Opera lovers, rejoice! If you can't make it to New York to see a performance at the Metropolitan Opera, the next best thing to being there is to see one of its Saturday matinees broadcast on PBS on Great Performances at the Met. Originally aired as part of its "Great Performances" series, the programs got their own title in 2006. With operatic standards like "Aida", "The Barber of Seville" and "Turandot" and performances by some of opera's biggest names, including Reneé Flemming, Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko, the series brings the best of modern opera into American homes.
Donizetti's "Roberto Devereux," in which Elizabeth I (Sondra Radvanovsky) signs the death warrant for the nobleman (Matthew Polenzani) she loves when he's accused of treason, not because he's guilty but because of spite—he loves another.
Richard Strauss' blazing tragedy is presented in the late Patrice Chereau's production, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, with Nina Stemme as the vengeful princess and Waltraud Meier, Adrianne Pieczonka, Eric Owens and Burkhard Ulrich.
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