Alternative content, UK | Cast: Gerald Finley, John Osborn, Malin Byström | Director(s): Gioachino Rossini
Damiano Michieletto makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini’s final opera and greatest masterpiece, starring Gerald Finley conducted by Antonio Pappano.
Alternative content, UK | Cast: Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Lucas Meachem | Director(s): Giacomo Puccini
A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the greatest romances of all opera. Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja star in the live cinema relay.
Alternative content, UK | Director(s): Frederick Ashton
Frederick Ashton’s joyful ballet contains some of his most brilliant choreography.
Alternative content, US, 210 min | Cast: Marcelo Álvarez, Patricia Racette, Eva-Maria Westbroek | Director(s): Pietro Mascagni / Ruggero Leoncavallo
Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar (Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Il Trovatore), who sets the verismo action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian setting. 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 Rusticana, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) play the unlucky heroines. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Alternative content, UK | Cast: Anne Sofie von Otter, Peter Hoare, Willard W. White | Director(s): Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht
John Fulljames presents a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s furiously impassioned satire on consumerism, starring Anne Sofie von Otter, Willard White and Christine Rice conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
Alternative content, UK | Director(s): Marius Petipa
Anthony Dowell’s production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia.
Alternative content, US, 210 min | Cast: Joyce DiDonato, Diego Flórez | Director(s): Gioachino Rossini
Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, with their vocal fireworks embellishing the tragic plot. This Met premiere production is directed by Paul Curran and conducted by Michele Mariotti.
Alternative content, UK | Cast: Bryn Terfel, Adrianne Pieczonka, Peter Rose | Director(s): Richard Wagner
Tim Albery’s acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner’s early masterpiece, starring Bryn Terfel conducted by Andris Nelsons.
Alternative content, US, 219 min | Cast: Anna Netrebko, Nadja Michael, Mikhail Petrenko | Director(s): Peter Tchaikovsky / Bela Balazs
On the heels of her triumphant Met performances as Tatiana 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 (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 Maestro Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
Alternative content, US, 226 min | Cast: Matthew Polenzani, Vittorio Grigolo | Director(s): Jacques Offenbach
Vittorio Grigolo and Matthew Polenzani take turns playing the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title. Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines for the first six performances, with Audrey Luna, Susanna Phillips, and Elena Maximova stepping in later in the run. Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains, and James Levine and Yves Abel conduct Offenbach’s sparkling score.