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:  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

The HD performance stars Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, and Aleksandrs Antonenko, under the musical direction of Nicola Luisotti.  With heart-stopping music and spectacular set pieces, including the famous 'Triumphal March', Verdi’s towering masterpiece opens the new 'Live in HD' season with a bang.

Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as Aida in this thirtieth-anniversary revival of Sonja Frisell’s production. Verdi’s drama is set in Ancient Egypt... More info

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 ... 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

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