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Friday, March 24, 2017

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The Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in North America. It presents about 27 different operas each year in a season which lasts from late September through May. The operas are presented in a rotating repertory schedule with up to seven performances of four different works staged each week.


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Idomeneo Met Opera Live in HD

March 25, 2017


Conductor James Levine

Ilia Nadine Sierra

Elettra Elza van den Heever

Idamante Alice Coote

Idomeneo Matthew Polenzani

Arbace Alan Opie

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Intro The opera is set in Crete, about 1200 BC. Helen, the wife of King Menelaus of Greece, has been carried off by Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, triggering the Trojan War. As she is also the sister-in-law of Agamemnon, several Greek kings allied with him have joined forces to lay siege to the city of Troy. One of these kings is Idomeneo (Idomeneus) of Crete. Having been away for many years, Idomeneo has, prior to his victorious return, sent ahead of him some Trojan captives, including Priam’s daughter, the princess Ilia. On her arrival in Crete she is rescued from a storm by Idomeneo’s young son, Idamante, who has ruled as regent in his father’s absence. The two have fallen in love. Princess Elettra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, also loves Idamante. After Elettra and her brother, Oreste, killed their mother and her lover, she was forced to flee their home in Argos and has taken refuge in Crete.


Act I Ilia is torn between her growing love for Idamante and her hatred for his father, who is an enemy of her country. Idamante, whose father’s return is expected soon, proclaims his love for her and begs her not to condemn him for the actions of his father. But Ilia, still a prisoner, cannot yet bring herself to declare her love for him. Idamante announces that as a gesture of goodwill the Trojan prisoners will be released. The king’s advisor, Arbace, brings the news that the returning fleet was shipwrecked in a storm and that Idomeneo has drowned. Princess Elettra is disturbed that the prisoners have been freed; worse still, her jealousy over Idamante’s love for Ilia is growing stronger.On the coast, sailors make their way ashore in the storm, begging the gods to show mercy. As the sea calms, Idomeneo appears. He has not drowned, as had been reported, but has been saved by Neptune, god of the sea, after vowing to sacrifice to him the first man that he comes across. That man turns out to be his own son, Idamante, who has come to the shore seeking solitude after hearing of his father’s death. Idomeneo is horrified that he must kill his son, and at first he does not reveal his identity. He finally does so, but Idamante—knowing nothing of the promise to Neptune—does not understand why his father pushes him away so harshly. The Cretans, meanwhile, praise Neptune for the return of their king.


Act II Idomeneo seeks counsel from Arbace as to how he might save Idamante from sacrifice. They agree to banish him from the island: he should escort Elettra back to Argos, where she can regain the throne. They will find another way to appease Neptune. Arbace assures the king of his loyalty. Ilia tells Idomeneo how happy she is that he has been saved. She also praises his son, and tells Idomeneo that she now considers Crete a kind of homeland. Idomeneo begins to suspect that she is in love with Idamante, and it dawns on him that all three of them will be victims of the gods. Only Elettra, who has heard that Idamante is to escort her back to Argos, is happy: she sees that she might win his heart once she has gotten him away from her rival.By the harbor, Elettra and the people of Crete praise the calm seas as she prepares to leave. Idomeneo dismisses his son. Idamante (who still knows nothing of his father’s promise to Neptune) is heartbroken at such treatment, but he prepares to leave with Elettra. Before they can set sail, though, another storm arises and a sea monster appears. Idomeneo confesses that it was he who has caused the god’s displeasure by breaking his vow, but he will not sacrifice an innocent victim. The people run from the monster.


Act III Ilia hopes that the wind will carry her message of love to Idamante. When he arrives to say that he is going to fight the sea monster, she finally admits her love directly. Idomeneo and Elettra find them together, and Idomeneo (still unable to reveal his reasons) commands again that his son leave Crete. Idamante resolves to do so, and they each express their inpidual sorrows. Arbace reports that the people are demanding that the king deliver them from the monster and laments that Crete has become full of sadness.The High Priest of Neptune describes the destruction and death caused by the monster and demands that Idomeneo name the victim who must be sacrificed to appease Neptune. The king announces that the victim is his son, Idamante. The people are wracked with grief. The king and the priests prepare for the forthcoming sacrifice but are interrupted by news that Idamante has killed the monster. Idamante at last understands why his father has been cold to him: out of love, not hatred. He demands that the sacrifice proceed, as this is the price for peace in Crete. Ilia volunteers to take his place. But as Idomeneo is about to sacrifice his son, the voice of Neptune is heard proclaiming that if Idomeneo will step aside and yield the throne to Idamante and Ilia, the gods will be satisfied. Everyone rejoices except Elettra, who is horrified at the prospect of her beloved in the arms of her rival.Idomeneo agrees to give up the throne to appease Neptune and pronounces his blessing on the union of his son with the Trojan princess. The people celebrate the happy couple. - See more at:

Saturday, March 25, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:58 pm
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Eugene Onegin Met Opera Live in HD

Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Librettist Konstantin Shilovsky

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April 22, 2017 Casting

Conductor Robin Ticciati

Tatiana Anna Netrebko Olga Elena Maximova Lenski Alexey Dolgov Onegin Dmitri Hvorostovsky Gremin Štefan Kocán - See more at:

Act I

Russia, 19th century. Autumn in the country. On the Larin estate. Madame Larina reflects upon the days before she married, when she was courted by her husband but loved another. She is now a widow with two daughters: Tatiana and Olga. While Tatiana spends her time reading novels, with whose heroines she closely identifies, Olga is being courted by their neighbor, the poet Lenski. He arrives unexpectedly, bringing with him a new visitor, Eugene Onegin, with whom Tatiana falls in love.

Tatiana asks her nurse Filippyevna to tell her of her first love and marriage. Tatiana stays up all night writing a passionate letter to Onegin and persuades Filippyevna to have her grandson deliver it in the morning.

Tatiana waits for Onegin’s response in the garden. He admits that he was touched by her declaration but explains that he cannot accept it and can only offer her friendship. He advises her to control her emotions, lest another man take advantage of her innocence.

Act II

January. The local community has been invited to the Larin estate to celebrate Tatiana’s name day. Onegin has reluctantly agreed to accompany Lenski to what he mistakenly believes will be an intimate family celebration. Annoyed to find himself trapped at an enormous party and bored by the occasion, Onegin takes his revenge on Lenski by flirting and dancing with Olga. Lenski’s jealousy is aroused to such a height that he challenges Onegin to a duel. The party breaks up.

Before the duel, Lenski meditates upon his poetry, upon his love for Olga, and upon death. Lenski’s second finds Onegin’s late arrival and his choice of a second insulting. Although both Lenski and Onegin are full of remorse, neither stops the duel. Lenski is killed.


St. Petersburg. Having travelled abroad for several years since the duel, Onegin has returned to the capital. At a ball, Prince Gremin introduces his young wife. Onegin is astonished to recognize her as Tatiana and to realize that he is in love with her.

Onegin has sent a letter to Tatiana. He arrives at the Gremin palace and begs her to run away with him. Tatiana admits that she still loves him, but that she has made her decision and will not leave her husband. Onegin is left desperate. —Reprinted courtesy of English National Opera

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Saturday, April 22, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:37 pm
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Der Rosenkavalier Met Opera Live in HD

Composer Richard Strauss

Librettist Hugo von Hofmannstal -

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May 13, 2017 Casting

Conductor Sebastian Weigle

Marschallin Renée Fleming

Octavian Elīna Garanča

Sophie Erin Morley

A Singer Matthew Polenzani

Faninal Marcus Brück

Baron Ochs Günther Groissböck - See more at:

Act I Vienna, during the last years of the Habsburg Empire. The Marschallin, Princess von Werdenberg, has spent the night with her young lover, Octavian, Count Rofrano. He hides when a page brings breakfast, then again when loud voices are heard in the antechamber. The unexpected visitor is the Marschallin’s country cousin, Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau. Bursting into the room, he brags about his amorous conquests and his upcoming marriage to Sophie von Faninal, the young daughter of a wealthy bourgeois. When he asks the Marschallin for advice as to which cavalier could present Sophie with the traditional silver engagement rose, she suggests Octavian—who suddenly, to avoid discovery, emerges from his hiding place disguised as a chambermaid. The baron instantly starts to make advances towards “Mariandel,” who quickly makes her escape as the room fills with the daily crowd of petitioners and salespeople. Among them is a singer, whose aria is cut short by Ochs’s wrangling with a lawyer over Sophie’s dowry. The Baron hires a pair of Italian intriguers, Annina and Valzacchi, to locate the shy servant girl.When the room is cleared, the Marschallin, appalled by the thought of the rude Ochs marrying the innocent young girl, muses on her own waning youth. The returning Octavian is surprised to find her in a distant and melancholy mood. He passionately declares his love but she can only think about the passing of time and tells him that one day he will leave her for a younger woman. Hurt, he rushes off. The Marschallin tries to call him back, but it is too late. She summons her page and sends Octavian the silver rose.

Act II On the morning of her engagement, Sophie excitedly awaits the arrival of the cavalier of the rose. Octavian enters and presents her with the silver rose on behalf of the Baron. Sophie accepts, enraptured, and the two young people feel an instant attraction to each other. When Ochs, whom Sophie has never met, arrives, the girl is shocked by his crude manners. Ochs goes off to discuss the wedding contract with Faninal, and Sophie asks Octavian for help. They end up embracing and are surprised by Annina and Valzacchi, who summon Ochs. The outraged Octavian grazes the Baron’s arm with his rapier and Ochs melodramatically calls for a doctor. In the ensuing confusion, Sophie tells her father that she will not marry the Baron, while Octavian enlists Annina and Valzacchi to participate in an intrigue he is hatching. When Ochs is alone, nursing his wound with a glass of wine, Annina, sent by Octavian, appears with a letter from “Mariandel,” asking Ochs to a rendezvous. Intoxicated with his own charm, the Baron is delighted at the prospect of a tête-à-tête. When he refuses to tip Annina, she determines to get even.

Act III At Octavian’s instigation, Annina and Valzacchi prepare the back room of a dingy inn for Ochs’s rendezvous. Before long, the Baron and “Mariandel” arrive for a private supper. As she coyly leads him on, grotesque apparitions pop out of windows and secret panels, terrifying the Baron. Annina, disguised as a widow, runs in crying that Ochs is the father of her many children. When the police appear, Ochs claims that “Mariandel” is his fiancée. The arriving Faninal, furious at his future son-in-law’s behavior, summons Sophie to set matters straight, then faints and is carried off. At the height of the confusion, the Marschallin enters. Octavian takes off his disguise and the Marschallin explains to Ochs that it was all a farce. He finally admits defeat and leaves, pursued by the innkeeper and various other people who all demand payment of their bills. Left alone with Octavian and Sophie, the Marschallin laments that she must lose her lover so soon, but nevertheless accepts the truth. She gives the bewildered Octavian to Sophie and quietly leaves the room. The young lovers realize that their dream has come true. - See more at:

Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:30 pm - 5:02 pm
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