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2014/15 Season now on sale.  See below for details of the 10 live productions, including seven new to the series.

From Lincoln Center, NYC, to Kensal Rise, NW10:  ”The finest music, singers and productions from the Metropolitan Opera of New York; the best views in the house, incredible sound quality, with a glass of bubbles and some smoked salmon. Brilliant!”  That, in essence, is the magic of the Met at the Lexi.

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Met. Opera: Macbeth

Sat 11 Oct, 17:55

By:  Guiseppe Verdi

With:  Fabio Luisi; Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić, René Pape

Adrian Noble (Production); Mark Thompson (Set & Costume Designer); Jean Kalman (Lighting Designer); Sue Lefton (Choreographer)

Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

 

Met. Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro

Sat 18 Oct, 17:55

NEW PRODUCTION

By:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

With:  James Levine; Marina Poplavskaya, Marlis Petersen, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei, Ildar Abdrazakov

Richard Eyre (Production); Rob Howell (Set & Costume Designer); Paule Constable (Lighting Designer);
Sara Erde (Choreographer)

Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.   Director Richard Eyre sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in a 19th-century manor house in Seville, but during the gilded age of the late 1920s.  Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Marina Poplavskaya as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.

 

Met. Opera: Carmen

Sat 1 Nov, 16:55

By:  Georges Bizet

With:  Pablo Heras-Casado; Anita Hartig, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Ildar Abdrazakov

Richard Eyre (Production); Rob Howell (Set & Costume Designer); Peter Mumford (Lighting Designer);
Christopher Wheeldon (Choreographer)

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another d Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.

Met. Opera: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Sat 13 Dec, 17:00

By:  Richard Wagner

With:  James Levine; Annette Dasch, Karen Cargill, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, Johan Reuter, Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Hans-Peter König, Martin Gantner, Matthew Rose

Otto Schenk (Production); Gunther Schneider-Siemssen (Set Design); Rolf Langenfass (Costume Designer): Gil Wechsler (Lighting Designer); Carmen de Lavallade (Choreographer)

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic (6 hour) comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.

 

 

Met. Opera: The Merry Widow

Sat 17 Jan 2015, 17:55

By:  Franz Lehar

With:  Andrew Davis; Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Alek Shrader, Thomas Allen

Susan Stroman (Production); Julian Crouch (Set Designer); William Ivey Long (Costume Designer);
Paule Constable (Lighting Designer); Susan Stroman (Choreographer); Jeremy Sams (English Translation)

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.

Met. Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman

Sat 31 Jan 2015, 17:55

By:  Jacques Offenbach

With:  Yves Abel; Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Vittorio Grigolo, Thomas Hampson

Bartlett Sher (Production); Michael Yeargen (Set Designer); Catherine Zuber (Costume Designer); James Inglls (Lighting Designer); Dou Dou Hang (Choreographer)

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score. i-font-family:”Courier New”‘>Catherine Zuber (Costume Designer);

 

Met. Opera: Iolanta + Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

Sat 14 Feb 2015, 17:30

IOLANTA by Peter Tchaikovsky

With:  Valery Gergiev; Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Alexey Markov, Elchin Azizov, Alexei Tanovitski

and

DUKE BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE by Bela Bartók

With:  Valery Gergiev; Nadja Michael, Mikhail Petrenko

Mariusz Treliński (Production); Boris Kudlicka (Set Designer); Marek Adamski (Costume Designer); Marc Heinz (Lighting Designer); Tomasz Wygoda (Choreographer), Bartek Macias (Video Projection Designer); Piotr Gruszcynski (Dramaturg)

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

Met. Opera: La Donna del Lago

Sat 14 Mar 2015, 16:55

By:  Gioacchino Rossini

With:  Michele Mariotti; Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn, Oren Gradus

Paul Curran (Production); Kevin Knight (Set & Costume Designer); Duane Schuler (Lighting Designer); Driscoll Otto (Projection Designer)

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.

Met. Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana + Pagliacci

Sat 25 Apr 2015, 17:30

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA by Pietro Mascagni

With:  Fabio Luisi; Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, Željko Lučić

and

PAGLIACCI by Ruggero Leoncavallo

With:  Fabio Luisi; Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, Lucas Meachem;

David McVicar (Production); Rae Smith (Set Designer); Moritz Junge (Costume Designer); Paule Constable (Lighting Designer); Andrew George (Choreographer); Emil Wolk (Vaudeville Consultant)

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.