Great Performances at the Met

Great Performances at the Met

The Metropolitan Opera performs six of its Saturday matinee performances.

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02:56:46 | #1301 | TV-PG

Verdi's grand opera is conducted by Nicola Luisotti and stars vocal powerhouse Anna Netrebko in the title role. This classic love story features several of Verdi's most celebrated arias.

La Traviata

02:56:46 | #1305 | TV-PG

Michael Mayer's richly textured production of Verdi's classic opera stars soprano Diana Damrau as the tragic heroine Violetta and Juan Diego Florez as her hapless lover Alfredo. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.


02:26:46 | #1302 | TV-PG

Watch composer Nico Muhly's reimagining of Winston Graham's novel about a beautiful, mysterious woman who assumes multiple identities. Starring Isabel Leonard in the title role alongside Christopher Maltman as Mark Rutland. Robert Spano conducts.

L'elisir d'Amore

02:26:47 | #1204 | TV-PG

Donizetti's comedy charms with Matthew Polenzani and Pretty Yende. Country boy Nemorino wins the love of wealthy and beautiful Adina with the help of a magic elixir sold by the traveling "doctor" Dulcamara. Susanna Phillips hosts.

Luisa Miller

02:26:47 | #1209 | TV-PG

Verdi's classic set in 19th century England stars Sonya Yoncheva in the title role and Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo, with Placido Domingo as Luisa's father, Miller. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Cosi Fan Tutte

03:26:46 | #1208 | TV-PG

A great cast comes together for Phelim McDermott's vision of Mozart's comedy about the sexes, set in a carnivalesque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island - complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Kelli O'Hara and Christopher Maltman star. David Robertson conducts.


03:26:47 | #1107 | TV-PG

Mozart's early masterpiece of love and vengeance following the Trojan War. Tenor Matthew Polenzani sings the title role of the King of Crete with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as his noble son Idamante. Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts.

La Boheme

02:26:46 | #1205 | TV-PG

See the classic Puccini opera starring Sonya Yoncheva as Mimi and Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo. In 1830s Paris the budding romances of two couples are tested by jealousy, poverty, and illness. Marco Armiliato conducts.


03:26:46 | #1207 | TV-PG

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong.


02:26:46 | #1206 | TV-14

Sir David McVicar's new production of Puccini's classic stars Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo, and Zeljko Lucic. Opera diva Tosca must rescue her revolutionary lover Cavaradossi from the depraved police chief Scarpia. Isabel Leonard hosts.

Eugene Onegin

02:56:46 | #1108 | TV-PG

Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the heroine of Tchaikovsky's opera, adapted from Pushkin's classic novel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana's love until it's too late.

The Exterminating Angel

02:26:46 | #1203 | TV-14

Thomas Ades' opera is a surreal fantasy of a dinner party from which the guests can't escape, based on Luis Bunuel's 1962 film. Starring John Tomlinson and Alice Coote.

Der Rosenkavalier

03:26:47 | #1110 | TV-14

Renee Fleming and Elina Garanca star in Richard Strauss's comic Der Rosenkavalie as the middle-aged Marschallin and her young lover, Octavian, who falls for a woman (Erin Morley) closer to his age.


02:56:47 | #1106 | TV-PG

Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the Dvorak fairy-tale opera that first won her international acclaim as the water nymph Rusalka. Mark Elder conducts.

La Traviata

02:26:46 | #1109 | TV-PG

Sonya Yoncheva sings the tragic courtesan Violetta in Verdi's classic, with Michael Fabiano as her ardent lover Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as his disapproving father Germont. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti.


02:26:46 | #1105 | TV-PG

Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's early drama of Ancient Babylon, Nabucco, with Placido Domingo adding a new role to his repertory as the title character.

L'amour De Loin

02:26:46 | #1103 | TV-PG

Kaija Saariaho's yearning medieval romance L'Amour de Loin ("Love From Afar"), has its Met premiere. Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clemence, Eric Owens as Jaufre, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.

Romeo et Juliette

02:56:46 | #1104 | TV-PG

Diana Damrau makes her role debut as Juliette in Bartlett Sher's new production, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

Manon Lescaut

02:26:47 | #1008 | TV-M

Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann star as the ill-fated lovers in Puccini's passionate adaptation of the classic novel about a free-spirited country girl.


01:56:46 | #1010 | TV-PG

Richard Strauss' blazing tragedy stars Nina Stemme as the vengeful princess. Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.


02:26:47 | #1006 | TV-PG

Swedish soprano Nina Stemme sings the demanding title role of Puccini's Chinese ice princess, with Anita Hartig as the angelic slave girl Liu, and Marco Berti as Calaf. Paolo Carignani conducts Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular 1987 production.

Roberto Devereux

02:56:46 | #1009 | TV-PG

The last opera in Donizetti's Tudor trilogy stars Sondra Radvanovsky as Elizabeth I. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Madama Butterfly

02:56:46 | #1007 | TV-PG

Kristine Opolais shines in her heartbreaking interpretation of the title role in Madama Butterfly.

The Pearl Fishers

02:26:47 | #1005 | TV-PG

Diana Damrau stars as Leila in Bizet's lush, melodic romance. Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien also star as the two pearl fishers whose friendship is tested by their rivalry for her affections.


03:56:46 | #1003 | TV-PG

Johan Botha sings the title role and James Levine conducts the revival of Wagner's Tannhauser.


02:56:47 | #1002 | TV-PG

Aleksandrs Antonenko stars as the tormented Moor of Venice in Verdi's masterpiece, with Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Zeljko Lucic as Otello's sinister rival, Iago.


03:26:46 | #1004 | TV-14

Visual artist William Kentridge stages Alban Berg's shocking masterpiece about a femme fatale, with Marlis Petersen in the title role. Lothar Koenigs conducts.


02:56:46 | #1001 | TV-PG

Verdi's classic opera stars Anna Netrebko in her Met role debut as Leonora. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Count di Luna, with Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, Stefan Kocan as Ferrando, and Dolora Zajick as the gypsy Azucena.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

02:56:46 | #910 | TV-PG

Savor an opera double-header. Eva-Maria Westbroek joins Marcelo Alvarez in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Patricia Racette sings with Alvarez in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Fabio Luisi conducts both operas.

La Donna del Lago

02:56:46 | #909 | TV-PG

A new production of Rossini's opera features Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, Daniela Barcellona, John Osborn, and Oren Gradus. Michele Mariotti conducts.

Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle

02:56:46 | #908 | TV-14

Tchaikovsky's Iolanta features Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle features Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

The Merry Widow

02:26:46 | #907 | TV-PG

Soprano Renee Fleming stars in a lavish new staging of Lehar's effervescent operetta. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts.

IL Barbiere di Siviglia

02:56:47 | #904 | TV-PG

The effervescent production of Rossini's classic comedy stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber.


02:56:46 | #903 | TV-PG

Richard Eyre's production of Bizet's steamy melodrama features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili.


02:56:46 | #902 | TV-PG

Star soprano Anna Netrebko portrays murderous Lady Macbeth in Adrian Noble's chilling production.

Le Nozze di Figaro

03:26:46 | #901 | TV-PG

James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart's masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s.

La Cenerentola

02:56:46 | #810 | TV-PG

Joyce DiDonato stars as the title character in Rossini's Cinderella story with bel canto master Juan Diego Florez as her dashing prince.

Cosi Fan Tutte

03:26:46 | #809 | TV-PG

Music director James Levine conducts Mozart's beloved opera about testing the ties of love.


02:26:46 | #808 | TV-PG

Jules Massenet's tragic romance focuses on the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love. Jonas Kaufmann and Elina Garanca star.

Prince Igor

03:26:46 | #806 | TV-PG

Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production is a psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov stars in Borodin's Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances.

La Boheme

02:26:46 | #807 | TV-PG

Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo is the passionate poet Rodolfo and Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais stars as the frail Mimi in Giacomo Puccini's moving story of young love.


02:56:47 | #805 | TV-PG

Renee Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting "Song to the Moon" in Dvorak's soulful fairy-tale opera.


02:26:46 | #804 | TV-PG

Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff in Verdi's comic masterpiece.


02:26:46 | #803 | TV-PG

Puccini's timeless verismo score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by Patricia Racette and Roberto Alagna.

The Nose

01:56:46 | #802 | TV-PG

Shostakovich's unconventional opera focuses on a beleaguered Russian official and his runaway nose.

Eugene Onegin

02:56:46 | #801 | TV-PG

Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky's fateful romance.

La Clemenza Di Tito

02:26:46 | #704 | TV-PG

Elina Garanca, Giuseppe Filianoti and Barbara Frittoli star in this production of Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito."

Francesca Da Rimini

02:26:46 | #711 | TV-PG

Marco Armiliato conducts Zandonai's early 20th century melodrama. Eva-Maria Westbroek stars as a noblewoman who is tricked into marrying the brutal Gianciotto instead of her true love Paolo.

Maria Stuarda

02:26:46 | #709 | TV-PG

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives.


02:56:46 | #707 | TV-PG

Radames, a military commander in Egypt, falls in love with Aida, a captured Ethiopian princess. Radames is loved by the Pharaoh's daughter Amneris, although he does not return her feelings.

Un Ballo In Maschera

02:26:46 | #705 | TV-PG

Marcelo Allvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Sondra Radvanovsky star in David Alden's production of Verdi's opera.


02:26:46 | #706 | TV-PG

Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi's towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960. Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke, Zeljko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.

The Tempest

02:26:46 | #703 | TV-PG

Composer Thomas Ades conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero.

L'Elisir d'Amore

02:26:46 | #701 | TV-PG

Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino.

La Traviata

02:26:46 | #609 | TV-PG

Natalie Dessay, in her first Violetta at the Met, puts on the red dress in Willy Decker's production of La Traviata.

Wagner's Ring Cycle - Gotterdammerung

04:56:46 | #614 | TV-PG

Siegfried and Brunnhilde's love is torn apart by the curse of the ring. A trio of scheming humans separates the two heroes in a desperate attempt to steal the ring for themselves.

Wagner's Ring Cycle - Siegfried

04:26:48 | #613 | TV-PG

The young hero Siegfried grows up in the wilderness, raised by Alberich's conniving brother Mime. He puts together the broken pieces of the sword Nothung, uses it to slay the fearsome dragon Fafner, and takes the ring for himself. To fulfill his destiny, he must overcome one more opponent - Wotan, now disguised as the Wanderer.

Wagner's Ring Cycle - Die Walkure

04:26:46 | #612 | TV-PG

The mysterious hero Siegmund finds shelter in the strangely familiar arms of a lonely woman named Sieglinde. Their forbidden love leads Wotan's daughter, the warrior maiden Brunnhilde, to defy morality and intervene on behalf of the hero.

Wagner's Ring Cycle - Das Rheingold

02:56:46 | #611 | TV-PG

The gods of Valhalla clash with underworld dwarves and brawny giants, with disastrous consequences. The evil Alberich steals gold from the Rhine and uses it to forge a ring of unimaginable power.

Wagner's Ring Cycle - Wagner's Dream

01:56:46 | #610 | TV-PG

An intimate look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera's most monumental work, the film chronicles the quest to fulfill Wagner's dream of the perfect Ring.


02:56:47 | #608 | TV-PG

Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of Massenet's tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production.


02:26:46 | #607 | TV-PG

Angela Meade takes center stage in Verdi's thrilling early gem. Marcello Giordani is her mismatched lover, and all-star Verdians Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the cast.


03:26:46 | #604 | TV-PG

Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth's much-heralded production, Renee Fleming reprises the title role, joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

The Enchanted Island

03:26:46 | #606 | TV-PG

This new work combines the world's best singers including famed tenor Placido Domingo. The lovers from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on the island of The Tempest.


02:56:47 | #603 | TV-PG

Richard Croft once again portrays Gandhi in Philip Glass' unforgettable opera.

Anna Bolena

03:26:47 | #601 | TV-PG

Anna Netrebko portrays the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Le Comte Ory

02:26:45 | #508 | TV-PG

Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Florez in the title role. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adele, sung by soprano Diana Damrau.

Iphigenie En Tauride

01:56:46 | #505 | TV-PG

Susan Graham and Placido Domingo reprise their starring roles in Gluck's nuanced and elegant interpretation of this primal Greek myth.


02:26:46 | #509 | TV-G

Renee Fleming stars in Richard Strauss' meditation on art and life, conducted by Andrew Davis.

Lucia Di Lammermoor

02:26:46 | #507 | TV-PG

Natalie Dessay returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo.

Nixon in China

02:56:46 | #506 | TV-PG

An exploration of the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon's 1972 encounter with Communist China. Baritone James Maddalena stars in the title role.

La Fanciulla del West

02:26:46 | #504 | TV-PG

Puccini's wild west opera made its world premiere in 1910 at the Metropolitan Opera. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the "girl of the golden west," starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Don Carlo

03:56:46 | #503 | TV-PG

Director Nicholas Hytner makes his Met debut with this new production of Verdi's historic epic set during the Spanish Inquisition. Starring Roberto Alagna.

Boris Godunov

03:26:46 | #502 | TV-PG

Rene Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky's epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk leading the huge cast.

Don Pasquale

02:26:46 | #501 | TV-G

Anna Netrebko revives her turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo in the title role. Music Director James Levine conducts.


02:56:46 | #410 | TV-PG

This mythical story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison has inspired operatic settings by a multitude of composers, including Gluck, Haydn, and Dvorak. Renee Fleming stars in the title role of Rossini's version, opposite no fewer than six tenors.


02:56:46 | #409 | TV-PG

Simon Keenlyside and Marlis Petersen headline the Ambroise Thomas opera, based on Shakespeare's play.

Simon Boccanegra

02:26:46 | #408 | TV-PG

Plácido Domingo sings the baritone title role of Simon Boccanegra for the first time in his Met career.


02:56:46 | #407 | TV-PG

Elina Garanca sings the title role opposite Roberto Alagna as Don José in director Richard Eyre's new production of Bizet's masterpiece. Renee Fleming hosts.

Der Rosenkavalier

03:26:46 | #406 | TV-PG

Renée Fleming stars as the Marschallin and Susan Graham in the trouser role of her young lover in Richard Strauss' comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna.

Les Contes d'Hoffman

02:56:46 | #405 | TV-PG

Joseph Calleja stars in the title role, with Anna Netrebko as Antonia and Alan Held as the demonic four villains in Jacques Offenbach's fictionalized take on the life and loves of the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann.


02:26:46 | #404 | TV-G

Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless titular Chinese princess and Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who wins her love.


02:56:46 | #402 | TV-G

Violeta Urmana stars in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida.

The Audition

01:56:46 | #403 | TV-PG

Go behind-the-scenes at the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, where hopefuls compete for a cash prize, the chance to sing on the Met stage, and the opportunity to launch a major operatic career.


02:26:46 | #401 | TV-PG

Karita Mattila stars in her first Met performance of the title role of Puccini's opera. James Levine conducts.

La Cenerentola

02:56:46 | #310 | TV-G

Elina Garanca and Lawrence Brownlee star in Rossini's Cinderella story.

La Sonnambula

02:26:46 | #309 | TV-G

Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez star in Mary Zimmerman's innovative production that sets Bellini's bel canto masterpiece in a contemporary rehearsal room.

Madama Butterfly

02:26:46 | #308 | TV-PG

Patricia Racette sings the title role of a Japanese geisha betrayed by her American lover.

Orfeo ed Euridice

01:56:46 | #307 | TV-PG

Gluck's masterpiece comes to life in a production by Mark Morris that integrates music, singing, and dance and features costumes by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.

Lucia di Lamermoor

02:26:46 | #305 | TV-G

Anna Netrebko portrays the fragile title heroine of Donizetti's opera. Piotr Beczala sings Lucia's lover, Edgardo.

Doctor Atomic

02:56:46 | #301 | TV-PG

John Adams' contemporary masterpiece explores a momentous episode in modern history: the creation of the atomic bomb.

La Fille du Regiment

02:26:46 | #208 | TV-G

Donizetti's opera about an orphan pledged to a member of a military regiment stars Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez.

Tristan und Isolde

04:26:46 | #206 | TV-PG

Robert Dean Smith and Deborah Voight star in Wagner's passionate story of star-crossed lovers.

La Bohème

02:26:46 | #207 | TV-PG

Puccini's beloved tale of young love and loss stars Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas.

Peter Grimes

02:55:11 | #205 | TV-PG

Patricia Racette, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Anthony Michaels-Moore star in a new production of the modern masterpiece by Benjamin Britten, directed by John Doyle.

Manon Lescaut

02:26:46 | #204 | TV-G

Karita Mattila and Marcello Giordani star as Manon and Chevalier des Grieux in this presentation of Puccini's opera.


02:26:46 | #203 | TV-G

Maria Guleghina, Zeljko Luciç, Dimitri Pittas, and John Relyea star in a new production of the Verdi opera based on Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Adrian Noble and conducted by James Levine.

Roméo et Juliette

02:56:46 | #202 | TV-G

Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna star in Gounod's opera based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Plácido Domingo leads the orchestra and chorus.

Hansel and Gretel

01:56:46 | #201 | TV-PG

Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer play siblings Hansel and Gretel and tenor Philip Langridge is the witch in an English-language production of Engelbert Humperdinck's masterful treatment of the classic story by the Brothers Grimm.

L'Elisir d'Amore

02:26:46 | #107 | TV-G

Legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti stars as Nemorino in a 1981 Metropolitan Opera production of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, in which a love triangle is further complicated by a charlatan selling bottles of purported love potion. Judith Blegen, Sesto Bruscantini, Brent Ellis, and Louise Wohlafka co-star. Nicola Rescigno leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet in a production by Nathaniel Merrill.

Il Trittico

02:56:46 | #106 | TV-G

James Levine conducts Puccini's popular triptych of one-acts: "Il Tabarro," "Suor Angelica," and "Gianni Schicchi."

The Barber of Seville

02:51:49 | #105 | TV-G

The music of Rossini's popular opera has been featured in everything from Bugs Bunny cartoons to TV commercials. This new production features Juan Diego as Count Almaviva.

The First Emperor

02:56:46 | #103 | TV-PG

Chinese composer Tan Dun's epic opera features legendary tenor Plácido Domingo as Emperor Qin, who built the Great Wall and gave China its name.

Eugene Onegin

02:56:46 | #104 | TV-G

Beloved American soprano Renée Fleming stars as Tatiana, and Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role in Tchaikovsky's achingly beautiful opera about youthful longing, rejection, regret, and a desperate plea that comes too late.

I Puritani

02:56:46 | #102 | TV-G

A performance of Bellini's opera about the fragile young Elvira (Russian soprano Anna Netrebko), who goes mad after being abandoned at the altar.

The Magic Flute

01:54:51 | #101 | TV-G

Celebrated director Julie Taymor, who brought The Lion King to Broadway, casts her spell on Mozart's The Magic Flute. Dancing bears, flying birds, and even a giant serpent are brought vividly to life through ingenious use of puppetry.


Massenet's enchanting opera Cendrillon, based on the Cinderella story, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy in a staging by Laurent Pelly. Joyce DiDonato stars as the title character.

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