Opera

The Met Live 2018/19 season kicks off on Sat 6 Oct with Anna Netrebko in the title role of Verdi's Aida   This is their 13th year of bringing world class opera to the world, and they start this season with a new Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

There are four new productions alongside revivals of popular productions of new and old classics, and the season features the most popular of Wagner's epic Ring operas, Die Walküre.  We are offering a number of Encore performances as well as the Live events.  The Encores are a recording of the live opera offered at a convenient matinee time the following day and include all the additional content that makes these Met Live experiences so rewarding.

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.  Additionally we lay on one of the UK's top cinema sound systems, a free glass of fizz, and the option of attending in your best bib and tucker or your bedroom slippers!

Seating is assigned for the operas.  Tickets are £30 but Lexi Members receive a £5 discount.  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 - 6:00, Mon - Fri.

Soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna sing the title roles, with Sir Mark Elder conducting.  Tony Award–winning director Darko Tresnjak gives Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic its first new Met production in twenty years. 

Blessed with immense physical strength, leader of the Hebrews, Samson (Robert Alagna), is sworn to defend his people and his faith from the Philistines.  Formidable leader though he is, his heart is tender and when Philistine Dalila (Elīna Garanča... More info

Puccini’s gunpowder western returns to the stage where it premiered under Arturo Toscanini.  With Eva-Maria Westbroek in the role of the gunslinging heroine, alongside Jonas Kaufmann as the outlaw who steals her heart.  Marco Armiliato conducts. 

California, the Gold Rush in 1849. Bar owner Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek) is no pushover; she looks after a crew of rough miners while fending off the unwanted attentions of the local sheriff.  When a mysterious... More info

Premiering at the Met this season, this ENO co-production was adapted from Winston Graham's book by Nico Muhly, with libretto by Nicholas Wright.  The conductor is Robert Spano. 

A young woman lies, cheats, and steals her way through life, propelled by compulsions she can neither control nor understand. A wealthy man catches her red-handed and blackmails her into marrying him. Will the secrets in her past send her to jail or set her free?  Mezzo-soprano Isabel... More info

Verdi's classic launches new Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  Starring Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez, it is directed by Michael Mayer.  This new production features a dazzling eighteenth-century set that changes with the seasons. 

Worldly courtesan Violetta (Diana Damrau) has grown tired of her dissolute life, so when pure-hearted Alfredo (Juan Diego Flórez) declares his love for her, she quits her old life to start anew. When she finds out that... More info

This is a new production of Francesco Cliea's opera, directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.  It stars Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala and Anita Rachvelishvili.

In a Met first Anna Netrebko sings the role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the eighteenth-century actress whose real-life intrigues inspired this tragic opera. Adriana is courted by many but loves only Maurizio (Piotr Beczała), who adores her in return. When Maurizio tries to extricate himself from... More info

Don’t miss this revival of Sir Richard Eyre’s dynamic production of Bizet's classic.  Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine plays opera’s ultimate seductress and Roberto Alagna returns to the role of Don José.

Love is a wild bird… Steadfast Don José (Roberto Alagna) breaks the law, goes to prison, deserts the army and loses everything to be with Carmen (Clémentine Margaine), but the capricious gypsy soon tires of him and takes up instead with the bullfighter Escamillo (... More info

Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena take on the challenging vocal fireworks in this revival of Laurent Pelly’s hilarious staging of Donizetti's opera.

Orphaned as a small child and raised by an entire army regiment, the spirited Marie (Pretty Yende) has grown up as the regiment’s ‘daughter’, raising morale and spreading joy. Local man Tonio (Javier Camarena) falls in love with her and even joins the army for her sake, but a chance encounter with a noblewoman sparks... More info

This second opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle stars soprano Christine Goerke, tenor Stuart Skelton, and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek.  Ring Cycle veteran Philippe Jordan conducts.  Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written - including, of course, "The Ride of the Valkyries"- Die Walküre continues Wagner's epic story of monsters, gods, and humans.

When love-struck twins Siegmund (Stuart Skelton) and Sieglinde (Eva-Maria Westbroek) find each other at... More info

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Poulenc’s devastating portrayal of faith and martyrdom, live in HD for the first time.  With Isabel Leonard and Karita Mattila.

At the start of the French Revolution shy Blanche (Isabel Leonard,) becomes a novice nun in an convent run by an elderly prioress (Met legend Karita Mattila). Blanche’s aristocratic family flees the Terror but she remains behind, caught between her fear of the guillotine and her duty to the convent. When... More info

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