THE MET: LIVE IN HD (2013-14 Season Overview)



2013-14 Season Overview

Once again the Met has produced a spectacular Live in HD season of the world’s greatest opera, coming live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York to a large number of venues throughout Ireland. The ten operas span a wide range of styles, and include some great new Met productions  – from the spectacular opening production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, starring Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien, under legendary conductor Valery Gergiev, to the new staging of Massenet’s Werther with the stellar pairing of Sophie Koch and Jonas Kaufmann. 


It promises to be an extraordinary season. Existing Met repertory favourite highlights include beloved productions of Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème (in Franco Zeferelli’s production) and Dvořák’s beautiful Rusalka starring Renée Feming.  Along with these is Rossini’s sparkling La Cenerentola  (Cinderella) featuring the great pairing of Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flores, and the great Dmitri Shostakovich’s surrealist opera The Nose. Other new Met productions being screened include Verdi’s Falstaff and Borodin’s towering Prince Igor.  Another highly anticipated event is the return after illness of the Met’s music director James Levine, who will conduct one of his signature works; Mozart’s great comedy Così fan tutte. 

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Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) Sat. 5th October 2013 6 pm
The Nose (Shostakovich) Sat. 26th October 2013 6 pm
Tosca (Puccini) Sat. 9th November 2013 6 pm
Falstaff (Verdi) Sat. 14th December 2013 6 pm
Rusalka (Dvořák) Sat. 8th February 2014 6 pm
Prince Igor (Borodin) Sat. 1st March 2014 5 pm
Werther (Massenet) Sat. 15th March 2014 5 pm
La Bohème (Puccini) Sat. 5th April 2014 6 pm
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) Sat. 26th April 2014 6 pm
La Cenerentola (Rossini) Sat. 10th May 2014 6 pm

SHORT OPERA SUMMARIES & LINKS BELOW… ( follow button links for more detailed information)

EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky) – New production

Saturday October 5th, 2013 – 6pm

Irish Actress and Director Fiona Shaw makes her Met directing debut as the great Anna Netrebko opens her third consecutive Met season in her company debut as Tatiana, the naive heroine from Pushkin’s classic novel. Acclaimed English director Deborah Warner’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy Eugene Onegin is conducted by Valery GergievMariusz Kwiecien portrays the self-confident title character, in a much-admired interpretation he has sung in many of the world’s leading opera houses, and Piotr Beczala reprises his acclaimed performance as Onegin’s friend-turned-rival, Lenski.

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THE NOSE (Shostakovich)

Saturday October 26th, 2013 – 6pm

William Kentridge’s dazzlingly innovative and comic production of Shostakovich’s shocking, unconventional surrealist opera about a beleaguered Russian official and his runaway nose returns to the Met for the first time since its sold-out 2010 premiere. Pavel Smelkov conducts a cast led by Paulo Szot as the hapless Kovalyov, with Andrey Popov as the menacing Police Inspector and Alexander Lewis as Kovalyov’s peripatetic nose.

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TOSCA (Puccini)

Saturday November 9th, 2013 – 6 pm

Soprano Patricia Racette portrays the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca in Luc Bondy’s production of Puccini’s enduring favourite with audiences everywhere. In this glorious opera with some of the most well-loved music of all time, Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini’s sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and political intrigue. 

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FALSTAFF (Verdi) – New production 

Saturday December 14th, 2013 – 6pm

Verdi’s brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff has its first new Met production in nearly 50 years, conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen. Ambrogio Maestri sings the iconic basso buffo title role.  Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many objects of Falstaff’s affection, and Stephanie Blythe is the sharp-tongued Mistress Quickly in a cast that also includes Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, Paolo Fanale in his Met debut as Fenton, and Franco Vassallo as Ford. 

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RUSALKA (Dvořák)

Saturday February 8th, 2014 – 6 pm

Renée Fleming sings her first Live in HD performance of one of her signature roles, the lovelorn mermaid Rusalka, in Dvořák’s sumptuously melodic opera. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a cast that also includes Piotr Beczala as the handsome Prince Rusalka who yearns to love; Dolora Zajick as the cackling swamp witch Ježibaba; Emily Magee as the Foreign Princess, Rusalka’s rival; and John Relyea as Rusalka’s father, the Water Sprite.

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PRINCE IGOR (Borodin) – New production

Saturday March 1st, 2014 – 5 pm (note start time)

Alexander Borodin’s epic Prince Igor has its first Met performances since 1917 in a new production staged by noted Russian opera director Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the lush score, famous for its celebrated “Polovtsian Dances,” and Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role of a 12th-century Russian hero. The cast also includes Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as Yaroslavna, his emotionally fragile second wife; Anita Rachvelishvili as the fiery Polovtsian princess Konchakovna; Sergey Semishkur as Vladimir Igorevich, Igor’s son and Konchakovna’s lover; Mikhail Petrenko as Prince Galitsky; and Štefan Kocán as warlord Khan Konchak.

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 WERTHER (Massenet) – New production

Saturday March 15th, 2014 – 5 pm (note start time)

Director Richard Eyre returns to the Met with a new staging of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther, starring the wonderful German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and Stephanie Koch in their first Met performances as the brooding poet Werther and his unattainable love, Charlotte. Lisette Oropesa sings the role of Sophie, Charlotte’s sister; David Bižić makes his Met debut as Charlotte’s fiancé, Albert; and Jonathan Summers is Charlotte’s father, Le Bailli. Alain Altinoglu conducts the first new Met production of the opera in more than forty years.

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LA BOHÈME (Puccini)

Saturday April 5th, 2014 – 6pm

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history.  Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo stars as the passionate writer Rodolfo, and Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her Met debut as his consumptive lover, Mimì. Susanna Phillips sings the flirtatious Musetta and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello in this performance, led by rising conductor Stefano Ranzani.

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Saturday April 26th, 2014 – 6 pm

James Levine conducts the first Live in HD performance of Mozart’s barbed comic romance Così Fan Tutte. Lesley Koenig’s sleek production will star Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid Despina; and Maurizio Muraro as the cynical Don Alfonso.

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Saturday May 10th, 2014 – 6pm

How is this for a star pairing ?  The fabulous American Mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato sings her first Met performance of the title character in Rossini’s Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with the dashing and brilliant bel canto master tenor  Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola’s stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro’s tutor, Alidoro.

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