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June 2018

Candide by Bernstein @Santa Fe Opera

June 29 - August 25
Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
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Is Candide the best of all possible ways to launch our 62nd season? Absolutely. The score bristles with spectacular music, including justly famous overture, the soprano showpiece “Glitter and Be Gay” and the soaring finale, “Make Our Garden Grow.” Soprano Brenda Rae and tenor Alek Shrader return as Cunegonde and Candide, respectively, and are joined by Kevin Burdette doing quadruple duty as Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin, and Cacambo. The optimistic Candide and his fiancée Cunegonde have been taught that “Everything’s for the best in…

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Madame Butterfly by Puccini @Santa Fe Opera

June 30 - August 24
Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
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Puccini's Madame Butterfly follows a beautifully traced arc for the title character, from the child bride who renounces her religion in embracing of all things American to the strong young mother who returns to her culture and the code of honour which governs her tragic destiny. Featuring Puccini's longest and most passionate love duet, much of his most lyrical music, including the “Humming Chorus” and “Flower Duet,” a justly famous soprano aria in “Un bel dì,” and a spine-tingling climax. In 1898, a dapper…

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July 2018

Saul by Handel @Glyndebourne Festival Opera, England

July 19 - August 25
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New Rd
Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU United Kingdom
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Barrie Kosky’s sensational staging of Handel’s oratorio marries spectacle and psychology. David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart. Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of mental collapse few have since matched. Combined…

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Parsifal by Wagner @Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany

July 26 - August 25
Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany, Festspielhügel 1-2
Bayeuth, 95445 Germany
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Conductor Hartmut Haenchen Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg Stage design Gisbert Jäkel Costumes Jessica Karge Lighting Reinhard Traub Video Gérard Naziri Dramaturgy Richard Lorber Choral Conducting Eberhard Friedrich https://youtu.be/UzjNnkngd8E

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Tristan und Isolde by Wagner @Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany

July 27 - August 28
Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany, Festspielhügel 1-2
Bayeuth, 95445 Germany
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Conductor Christian Thielemann Director Katharina Wagner Stage design Frank Philipp Schlößmann Matthias Lippert Costumes Thomas Kaiser Dramaturgy Daniel Weber Lighting Reinhard Traub Choral Conducting Eberhard Friedrich

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Wagner @Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany

July 28 - August 27
Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany, Festspielhügel 1-2
Bayeuth, 95445 Germany
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Conductor Philippe Jordan Director Barrie Kosky Stage design Rebecca Ringst Costumes Klaus Bruns Choral Conducting Eberhard Friedrich Dramaturgy Ulrich Lenz Lighting Franck Evin https://youtu.be/Z5QTnMellyg  

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Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss @Santa Fe Opera

July 28 - August 23
Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Dr.
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
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It isn’t easy being the richest man in Vienna, especially when you’re hosting the party to end all parties. His Major-Domo dishes the dirt: “Can you believe it? My master plans the perfect evening—a sumptuous dinner and spectacular fireworks, to begin promptly at nine, with a little theatrical diversion he has so generously commissioned in between—a brand-new opera seria, followed by a comedy troupe, to cleanse the musical palate. And what happens? Total chaos! Written for 16 soloists and a…

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Der fliegende Holländer by Wagner @Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany

July 30 - August 26
Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany, Festspielhügel 1-2
Bayeuth, 95445 Germany
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Conductor Axel Kober Director Jan Philipp Gloger Stage design Christof Hetzer Costumes Karin Jud Choral Conducting Eberhard Friedrich Dramaturgy Sophie Becker Lighting Urs Schönebaum

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Die Walküre by Wagner @Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany

July 31 - August 29
Bayreuther Festspiele, Germany, Festspielhügel 1-2
Bayeuth, 95445 Germany
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Conductor Plácido Domingo Director Frank Castorf Stage design Aleksandar Denić Costumes Adriana Braga Peretzki Lighting Rainer Casper Video Andreas Deinert Jens Crull Technische Einrichtung 2013-2014 Karl-Heinz Matitschka  Photo: Enrico Nawrath / Bayreuther Festspiele

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August 2018

Vanessa by Barber @Glyndebourne Festival Opera, England

August 5 - August 26
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New Rd
Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU United Kingdom
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A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Abandoned by her lover Anatol, Vanessa retreats from the world, waiting and hoping with only her mother and her niece Erika for company. But when, 20 years later, Anatol’s handsome young son arrives unexpectedly, he shatters the calm of this shuttered household of women. Past and present love collides, and the aftershocks threaten to destroy them…

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September 2018

Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci by Mascagni and Leoncavallo @San Francisco Opera

September 7 - September 30
San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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In a close-knit community, secret loves lead to fateful consequences. For the first time in 15 years, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci return in a gripping double feature seething with the raw passion, jealousy and heartbreak that can only result from a scandalous, small-town affair. CREATIVE Conductor Daniele Callegari * Production José Cura Revival Director Jose Maria Condemi Chorus Director Ian Robertson CAST Turiddu Roberto Aronica Santuzza Ekaterina Semenchuk Alfio Dimitri Platanias * Lola Laura Krumm Mamma Lucia Jill Grove Canio Marco Berti Nedda Lianna Haroutounian Tonio Dimitri Platanias * Silvio…

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Roberto Devereux by Donizetti @San Francisco Opera

September 8 - September 27
San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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History belongs to her. But does her heart? Queen Elizabeth's rule over her nation is ironclad, but a secret passion threatens to consume her. At court, the Earl of Essex faces whispers of treason amidst rumors about his relationship with the Queen. She must decide whether to sign his death warrant in an impossible choice between love and country. A Canadian Opera Company production. CREATIVE Conductor Riccardo Frizza Director Stephen Lawless Chorus Director Ian Robertson CAST Elisabetta (Elizabeth I) Sondra Radvanovsky…

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Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns @Metropolitan Opera, New York – New Production

September 24, 2018 - March 28, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental…

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La Bohème by Puccini @Metropolitan Opera, New York

September 25 - December 13
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Puccini’s timeless masterpiece of love and loss features two casts of young stars. Sopranos Nicole Car (in her highly anticipated Met debut) and Ailyn Pérez share the role of the ill-fated Mimì, opposite tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano as the ardent poet Rodolfo. After a celebrated Met debut as Mimì in 2017, Angel Blue returns as the spitfire Musetta, and Etienne Dupuis and Simone Piazzola make debuts as Marcello. James Gaffigan conducts. CONDUCTOR - James Gaffigan MIMÌ - Nicole…

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Aida by Verdi @Metropolitan Opera, New York

September 26, 2018 - March 7, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies.Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production. CONDUCTOR - Nicola Luisotti / Plácido Domingo AIDA - Anna Netrebko / Tamara Wilson…

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October 2018

Tosca by Puccini @San Francisco Opera – New Production

October 3 - October 30
San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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All of Rome trembled before him. Except her. Corruption permeates every corner of Rome under Scarpia, the chief of police. When the fiery diva Tosca finds herself the target of his lust, she takes a stand in the name of all she holds sacred—art, freedom and a boundless commitment to love. Experience Puccini’s melodrama with fresh eyes in this monumental new San Francisco Opera period production. CREATIVE Conductor Leo Hussain Director Shawna Lucey Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins Lighting Designer Michael…

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La Fanciulla del West by Puccini @Metropolitan Opera, New York

October 4 - October 27
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Puccini’s “American” opera, based on David Belasco’s play The Girl of the Golden West, had its glamorous and highly publicized world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, with the composer in…

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Arabella by Strauss @San Francisco Opera

October 16 - November 3
San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Give and love until the day we die. Arabella is expected to marry for money to save her aristocratic parents from ruin, but she yearns for a soulmate. When she finally meets him, a case of mistaken identity leads to a mix-up that could ruin everything. Set amid the society parlors and costume balls of Vienna's golden age, Strauss' romantic comedy of errors is a touching fairy tale about youth, identity and love. A co-production of the Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera…

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Marnie by Muhly @Metropolitan Opera, New York – US Premiere

October 19 - November 10
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous…

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Tosca by Puccini @Metropolitan Opera, New York

October 25, 2018 - April 6, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Met favorite Sondra Radvanovsky and rising star Jennifer Rowley share the title role of the volatile diva at the heart of Puccini’s operatic thriller. Joseph Calleja brings his stylish tenor to the role of Cavaradossi, Wolfgang Koch is the nefarious police chief Scarpia, and Carlo Rizzi conducts Sir David McVicar’s resplendent production. Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part,…

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Carmen by Bizet @Metropolitan Opera, New York

October 30, 2018 - February 8, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere. CONDUCTOR - Omer Meir Wellber / Louis Langrée MICAËLA - Guanqun Yu / Aleksandra Kurzak / Susanna Phillips CARMEN - Clémentine Margaine DON JOSÉ - Yonghoon Lee / Roberto Alagna ESCAMILLO…

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November 2018

Mefistofele by Boito @Metropolitan Opera, New York

November 8 - December 1
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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The spectacular Robert Carsen production returns to the Met for the first time since 2000, with bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the diabolical title character, tenor Michael Fabiano as Faust, and soprano Angela Meade as Margherita. Mefistofele is the celebrated and only opera by Arrigo Boito—who famously collaborated with Verdi on the libretti for Otello and Falstaff. MARGHERITA - Angela Meade HELEN OF TROY - Jennifer Check FAUST - Michael Fabiano MEFISTOFELE - Christian Van Horn  

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Les Pêcheurs de Perles by Bizet @Metropolitan Opera, New York

November 14 - December 8
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Penny Woolcock’s breathtaking production, a highlight of the 2015–16 season, makes its much awaited return with an all-star cast. Soprano Pretty Yende is the beautiful priestess Leïla, with tenor Javier Camarena and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as rivals for her forbidden love. Emmanuel Villaume conducts Bizet’s sensual score. Few operas can match the sheer lyric beauty of Bizet’s youthful Les Pêcheurs de Perles. Critics at the time were not in favor of it—the composer was accused, bafflingly, of imitating both Verdi and…

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It’s a Wonderful Life by Heggie @San Francisco Opera

November 17 - December 9
San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Experience how precious life really is. George Bailey stands on a snowy bridge at Christmas and contemplates his end. An angel training for her wings hears his plea and journeys through his memories to save his soul. Based on Frank Capra’s beloved film, this timeless story of second chances debuts just in time for the holiday season. A co-commission and co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. CREATIVE Conductor Patrick Summers Director Leonard Foglia Set Designer…

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Il Trittico by Puccini @Metropolitan Opera, New York

November 23 - December 15
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Jack O’Brien’s epic production of Puccini’s triple bill features first-class casting: tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro; soprano Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica, and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes an unusual comedic turn in the baritone title role of Gianni Schicchi. The performances mark the centennial of the work’s world premiere at the Met. Bertrand de Billy conducts. Puccini’s longest and most ambitious evening of theater, Il Trittico is a triptych of…

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Otello by Verdi @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

November 23, 2018 - July 15, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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Like an outcry the elemental force of the orchestra shatters the silence, the storm on the coast of Cyprus rages incessantly. The wind whips, lightning cuts through the roaring skies. Giuseppe Verdi anticipated the sedition in the hearts of his characters in the revolting nature. His penultimate opera, with which he once again produced musical drama after a long creative break, takes the listener by the throat and holds them so until the inevitable end. As Othello, the great general…

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December 2018

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La Traviata by Verdi @Metropolitan Opera, New York – New Production

December 4, 2018 - April 27, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo. Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful…

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Otello by Verdi @Metropolitan Opera, New York

December 14, 2018 - January 10, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Conducting sensation Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut leading Verdi’s towering Shakespearean masterpiece, in the first revival of Bartlett Sher’s gripping 2015 production. The cast includes dynamic tenor Stuart Skelton in the title role, star soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the devoted but doomed Desdemona, and outstanding baritone Željko Lučić as the treacherous Iago. Often cited as Italian opera’s greatest tragedy, Otello is a miraculous union of music and drama—a masterpiece as profound philosophically as it is thrilling theatrically. Shakespeare’s tale of an…

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The Magic Flute by Mozart @Metropolitan Opera, New York

December 19, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Now a holiday tradition, Julie Taymor’s beloved production of Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale returns in its abridged, English-language version for families. Soprano Erin Morley, last seen at the Met as a brilliant Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, is the empowered Pamina, and tenor Ben Bliss is the valiant Tamino. Baritone Nathan Gunn is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, and soprano Kathryn Lewek reprises her hair-raising rendition of the malevolent Queen of the Night. Harry Bicket conducts. A sublime fairy tale that moves…

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The Bartered Bride by Smetana @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

December 22, 2018 - July 22, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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Seeing his love succeed against the will of the parents is pretty difficult in a rural setting. Especially when he is also considered an outsider, things do not look good with the parents-in-law, and there's a lot of money in the mix as well. But what Hans negotiates with Kezal the marriage broker, without discussing it with his beloved Marie, certainly requires a very special kind of chutzpah, and it very nearly goes all wrong – bartering his loved one…

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Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea @Metropolitan Opera, New York – New Production

December 31, 2018 - January 26, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque…

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January 2019

Pelléas et Mélisande by Debussy @Metropolitan Opera, New York

January 15, 2019 - January 31, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Debussy’s only opera, a mesmerizing meditation on love and betrayal, returns to the Met stage for the first time in almost a decade, with Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the landmark score. A pair of brilliant young Met stars, tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, are the naïve title lovers, and baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the imperious Prince Golaud. Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Arkel, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, as Geneviève, complete the cast. Claude Debussy’s only finished full-length opera is…

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Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle by Tchaikovsky and Bartók @Metropolitan Opera, New York

January 24, 2019 - February 14, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Mariusz Treliński’s haunting production of the pairing of Tchaikovsky's and Bartók's one-act operas makes its first return to the stage since its Met premiere in the 2014–15 season. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva—following her triumphant 2017–18 performances as Tosca—is the blind princess, Iolanta, who discovers love for the first time, opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani as the dashing knight Vaudémont. In Bartók’s chilling Bluebeard’s Castle, baritone Gerald Finley is the menacing Bluebeard, and soprano Angela Denoke is his initially unsuspecting new wife. Henrik Nánási conducts. Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s final…

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Fidelio by Beethoven @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

January 24, 2019 - February 2, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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Conductor Kirill Petrenko Performance Calixto Bieito Stage Rebecca Ringst Costumes Ingo Krügler • Don Fernando Tareq Nazmi • Don Pizarro Wolfgang Koch • Florestan Jonas Kaufmann • Leonore Anja Kampe • Rocco Günther Groissböck • Marzelline Hanna-Elisabeth Müller • Jaquino Dean Power https://youtu.be/1q7Wn4B5e4g

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Don Giovanni by Mozart @Metropolitan Opera, New York

January 30, 2019 - April 18, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Baritone Peter Mattei and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni star as opera’s most notorious seducer in Mozart’s masterpiece of dark comedy. Cornelius Meister makes his Met debut conducting performances that also include sopranos Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Guanqun Yu as Donna Anna, sopranos Malin Byström and Susanna Phillips as Donna Elvira, and basses Ildar Abdrazakov and Adam Plachetka as Leporello. World premiere: National Theater (now Estates Theater), Prague, 1787. Aided by his ingenious librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the…

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February 2019

La Fille du Régiment by Donizetti @Metropolitan Opera, New York

February 7, 2019 - March 2, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade-off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts. This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment…

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Karl V. by Krenek @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

February 10, 2019 - July 14, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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Ernst Krenek's theatrical piece Karl V. consisting completely of twelve-tone series should have premiered at the Vienna State Opera. The political situation in the Vienna of 1933 and the fact that Krenek was despised by the Nazis because of this Jazz opera Jonny spielt auf, prevented the première. It only took place five years later in Prague, however, Krenek had already emigrated to the USA. Karl V was the last emperor to hold to the idea of a Christian empire in which the…

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Rigoletto by Verdi @Metropolitan Opera, New York

February 12, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Verdi’s tragic jester returns in Michael Mayer’s neon-bedecked, Las Vegas–themed production. Baritones Roberto Frontali and George Gagnidze share the title role, and soprano Nadine Sierra reprises her portrayal of Gilda, the role that helped launch her now-blossoming Met career. Tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Bryan Hymel share the role of the lascivious Duke, and Nicola Luisotti conducts. A dramatic journey of undeniable force, Rigoletto was immensely popular from its premiere and remains fresh and powerful to this day. The story, based on a…

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Falstaff by Verdi @Metropolitan Opera, New York

February 22, 2019 - March 16, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Baritone Ambrogio Maestri brings his larger-than-life portrayal of the title role back for the first time since his Met role debut in the 2013 – 14 season. Robert Carsen’s insightful production—which moves the action to postwar England in the 1950s—features an exceptional cast that includes soprano Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford and soprano Golda Schultz as Nannetta. A deeply human comedy full of humor and genuine emotion, Verdi’s last opera is a splendid finale to an unparalleled career in the…

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March 2019

Das Rheingold by Wagner (Ring Cycle) @Metropolitan Opera, New York

March 9, 2019 - May 6, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Wagner’s visionary initial installment of the Ring Cycle depicts the original sin of the theft of the sacred golden treasure, the vanity of the gods, the greed of the Nibelungen, the fratricide of the giants, and the building of Valhalla. Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley and baritone Michael Volle share the role of Wotan, the conflicted lord of the gods. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sings her first Wagner role at the Met as Wotan’s embattled wife, Fricka. Conceived by Wagner as a prologue to his…

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La Fanciulla del West by Puccini @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

March 16, 2019 - July 29, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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Gold rush, poker and gunfights at the foot of the Sierra Nevada: Puccini's naturalistic opera based on the drama, The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco, has everything that makes the classic American western so irresistible. It is therefore also a great love story: Minnie, the landlady of the gold digger's saloon, the "Polka", has given her best years to the rough fortune seekers of the Sierra Nevada as a barmaid, teacher, figure of authority and beloved. Now she herself…

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Die Walküre by Wagner (Ring Cycle) @Metropolitan Opera, New York

March 25, 2019 - April 25, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts. The second opera in Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its…

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La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart @Metropolitan Opera, New York

March 30, 2019 - April 20, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings Sesto at the Met for the first time, and tenor Matthew Polenzani adds yet another role to his extensive Mozartean repertoire as Tito. Mozart’s opera of vengeance and forgiveness, set during the Roman Empire, also stars sopranos Elza van den Heever as Vitellia, with Ying Fang, Paula Murrihy, and bass Christian Van Horn completing the principal cast. Lothar Koenigs conducts. CONDUCTOR - Lothar Koenigs SERVILIA - Ying Fang VITELLIA - Elza van den Heever SESTO- Joyce…

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April 2019

Mavra by Stravinsky & Iolanta by Tchaikovsky @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – Opernstudio – New Production

April 15, 2019 - April 28, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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Photo © Felix Löchner Igor Stravinsky 1882 — 1971  Mavra Operá comique in one act • 1922 • Parascha Mirjam Mesak • Deren Mutter Noa Beinart • Nachbarin N.N. • Basil N.N. Peter I. Tchaikovsky 1840 — 1893  Iolanta Lyrical opera in one act • 1892 • König René Markus Suihkonen • Robert Boris Prýgl • Vaudémont Long Long • Ibn-Hakia Oğulcan Yılmaz • Almerik Caspar Singh • Bertrand Oleg Davydov • Jolanthe Anaïs Mejìas • Martha Noa Beinart • Brigitta Anna El-Khashem

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May 2019

Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc @Metropolitan Opera, New York

May 3, 2019 - May 11, 2019
Metropolitan Opera, New York, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time returns to the Met as the Prioress. One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member…

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Alceste by Gluck @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – New Production

May 26, 2019 - July 18, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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 The title character in Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Alceste demonstrates an almost superhuman willpower. To save her husband's life, Alceste sacrifices her own. The compositional reforms in his dramatic works show how much he was ahead of his contemporaries in both the themes he addressed in his operas and in his musical arrangements. The recitatives of the singers are no longer accompanied by the harpsichord alone; strings also come along now. A new connection between music and text has never been created…

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June 2019

Carmen by Bizet @San Francisco Opera

June 5, 2019 - June 29, 2019
San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Men live for her. She lives for freedom. Seville is a powder keg about to explode: A swirling chorus of factory workers and townsfolk come head to head. A fiery bullfighter entertains a lively crowd. A good soldier wavers between defiance and honor. At the center of it all is Carmen, a free-spirited seductress who is driven by her heart's desire. CREATIVE Conductor James Gaffigan Production Francesca Zambello Associate & Movement Director Denni Sayers Chorus Director Ian Robertson CAST Carmen J'Nai…

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Orlando by Handel @San Francisco Opera

June 9, 2019 - June 27, 2019
San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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After the war ends, his battle begins.Trapped inside his war-torn mind in a military hospital during WWII, the pilot Orlando can't tell reality from delusion. As he struggles to trust his own perceptions and journey to a clearer world, his trauma ricochets on the people around him—putting love and honor to the test. A production of Scottish Opera. CREATIVE Conductor Christopher Moulds * Director Harry Fehr * Chorus Director Ian Robertson CAST Orlando Sasha Cooke Angelica Heidi Stober Dorinda Christina Gansch * Medoro…

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Rusalka by Dvořák @San Francisco Opera

June 16, 2019 - June 28, 2019
San Francisco Opera, 301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
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A mermaid's journey for human love.The water nymph Rusalka wants nothing more than to live on land with the Prince. To get her wish, she agrees to a fateful spell by a witch. In Dvořák’s hands, the timeless fairy tale of a woman who trades her voice for love is rendered in a powerful, otherworldly fable—a drama of shadowy depths, fervent love songs and endings that may not be what they seem. Enter an enchanting world full of immortal spirits, dark…

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Salome by Strauss @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – Munich Opera Festival– New Production

June 27, 2019 - July 10, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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"How beautiful Princess Salome is tonight!". Oscar Wilde's French drama, arranged as opera text by the composer himself, was a stroke of genius of the fin de siècle, a scandal on one hand and an absolute hit on the other, both an artistic and a financial success which allowed Richard Strauss to buy his villa in Garmisch. Salome demands the head of the prophet, John the Baptist, who has rejected her, from her lustful stepfather – and bound by an…

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July 2019

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Agrippina by Händel @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – Munich Opera Festival– New Production

July 23, 2019 - July 30, 2019
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Max-Joseph-Platz 2
Munich, 80539 Germany
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In this breathtaking political thriller, Handel's second composition based on a Nero story and only his third opera, everything appears at first to be fine on the stage of power: The Roman Emperor Claudius is said to have drowned while returning from his successful campaign against the Britons. His wife Agrippina, therefore, seizes the moment for Nero, her son from her first marriage, to ascend to the throne. Indeed the librettist Vincenzo Grimani, in ancillary professions also a cardinal and…

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