Next Episode of Great Performances at the Met is
Season 11 / Episode 1 and airs on 30 January 2017 03:00
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.
Verdi's classic opera stars Anna Netrebko in her Met role debut as Leonora. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Count di Luna, with Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, the title character, Stefan Kocan as Ferrando and Dolora Zajick as the gypsy Azucena.
Verdi's "Otello," about a Moorish general (Aleksandrs Antonenko) who comes to suspect his wife (Sonya Yoncheva) of infidelity due to seeds of doubt sowed by a treacherous aide (Zeljko Lucic).
A production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser," in which a minstrel knight (Johan Botha) is torn between a saintly woman (Eva-Maria Westbroek) and the sensual love goddess Venus (Michelle DeYoung).
Alban Berg's "Lulu," a tragedy about a woman (Marlis Petersen) who ruins the lives of those around her.
A production of Georges Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers" ("Les Pêcheurs de Perles"), a sweeping romance about a Hindu priestess (Diana Damrau) pursued by rival pearl divers (Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien).
Soprano Nina Stemme sings the title role of Puccini's final work, "Turandot," about an imperious Chinese princess and an unknown prince (Marco Berti) who falls for her.
A production of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," about a callous Navy lieutenant (Roberto Alagna) and a Japanese geisha (Kristine Opolais), whom he marries for convenience rather than for love.
Puccini's "Manon Lescaut," about a country girl (Kristine Opolais) who's torn between an impoverished student (Roberto Alagna) who loves her and a rich man (Brindley Sherratt) who wants her to be his mistress.
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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