Saturday 13th February
The Metropolitan Opera, New York presents Il Trovatore. Verdi’s thrilling drama stars Angela Meade as Leonora, the young noblewoman at the centre of the story, and Marcello Giordani as Manrico, the troubadour of the title. Dolora Zajick is the mysterious Gypsy Azucena and Juan Jesús Rodríguez sings Count di Luna, Manrico’s rival. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production. Marco Armiliato conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Saturday 20th February
The Metropolitan Opera New York present Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda. The second chapter of soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s quest to sing all three Donizetti Tudor queen operas in the same season has her playing the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Sir David McVicar’s stunning production turns on the dramatic confrontation between Mary and her arch nemesis, Queen Elizabeth—compellingly portrayed by soprano Elza van den Heever. Riccardo Frizza conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Saturday 27th February
The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Alban Berg’s Lulu. Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.
Saturday 5th March
The Metropolitan Opera New York presents Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus.