Opera

It's curtain up at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Centre, and curtain up at the Lexi for the fabulous Met Live 2017/18 season.  Compare and contrast:  Lincoln Center has a seating capacity of approximately 3,800; the Lexi has 75 seats, making it somewhat smaller than the orchestra pit at the Center.  The Met is one of the most technically advanced stages in the world while the Lexi's sound system is rated in the top five cinema sound systems in the UK.  Formal dress and champagne are part of the experience at  Lincoln Center; your choice of dress + plus a free glass of fizz are part of the Lexi experience.  And attending the Met to view live is all about the stage-side experience, while the Met Live broadcasts offer an enriched diet of backstage interviews and insight.  Your choice!

Norma...Die Zauberflöte...The Exterminating Angel...Tosca...L’Elisir d’Amore...La Bohème...Semiramide...Così fan tutte...Luisa Miller...Cendrillon; that's five new productions alongside starry revivals of some venerable favourites.  This year we are offering several Encore performances alonside the usual Live events.  The Encores are a recording of the live opera offered at a convenient matinee time the following day.

Lexi Members get a £5 discount on Met tickets.  Join now, and begin to reap the benefits!  If you are a member and are trying to purchase tickets for an opera which takes place beyond the expiry of your membership, please call the booking line so they can process this over the phone for you.  The booking line is 020 3011 5523, and it is answered between 11:00 - 6:30, Mon - Fri.

 

Composer:  Puccini

Conductor:  Emmanuel Villaume

Cast:  Sonya Yoncheva, Bryn Terfel, Vittorio Grigolo 

Puccini’s thrilling opera is a story of love, terror, the abuse of power, and the unquenchable longing for freedom. When an escaped political prisoner takes refuge in a church, an opera singer and a painter are drawn into a twisting plot that puts them at the mercy of the secret police and its network of torturers and spies. Andris... More info

Composer:  Donizetti

Conductor:  Domingo Hindoyan

Cast:  Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani 

Charmingly staged by Bartlett Sher (who has previously done a Q&A at the Lexi), Donizetti’s beloved masterpiece combines deft comic timing with touching emotional depth. Conducted by Domingo Hindoyan in his company debut, this comic gem stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in... More info

Composer:  Puccini

Conductor:  Marco Armiliato 

Cast:  Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Susanna Phillips, Lucas Meachem

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s legendary production of the most performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yoncheva as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover... More info

Composer:  Rossini

Conductor:  Maurio Benini

Cast:  Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ryan Speedo Green  

Against the backdrop of the Hanging Gardens, Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, defies bad omens and supernatural threats in her quest to find a worthy successor to her late husband. But she harbours more than one dark secret… Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character in Rossini’s opera... More info

Composer:   Mozart

Conductor:   David Robertson

Cast:    Christopher Maltman, Kelli O’Hara, Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island - complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel.  Manipulating the action... More info

Composer:  Verdi 

Conductor:  t.b.a.

Cast:  Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala, Plácido Domingo

Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, not seen at the Met since 2006. This heart-wrenching tragedy, based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love, tears young lovers apart with jealousy, suspicion, and betrayal – but... More info

Composer:  Massenet

Conductor:  Bertrand de Billy.

Cast:  Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe

For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous version of the Cinderella story comes to the Met in this imaginative storybook production directed by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Joyce DiDonato stars as the title character with Alice Coote & Stephanie Blythe also starring. Produced in association with the Royal Opera... More info

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