February Programs on The Metropolitan Opera

February Programs on The Metropolitan Opera

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

Angela Meade plays Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore.

Hear the Metropolitan Opera perform a double bill of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana along with Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. This month we also hear Verdi's Il Trovatore.

2/6        Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana  Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

Opera’s indomitable double bill returns in Sir David McVicar’s searing production from the 2014–15 season. Tenor Yonghoon Lee and mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana star in Cavalleria Rusticana, the tragedy of ancient codes and illicit love, Sicilian style. In the second half of the pair of verismo potboilers, tenor Roberto Alagna is the murderous clown Canio and soprano Barbara Frittoli is his philandering wife. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

2/13      Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi’s thrilling drama stars Angela Meade as Leonora, the young noblewoman at the center 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.

2/20      Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

The second chapter of soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s quest to sing all three Donizetti Tudor queens 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.

2/27      Berg: Lulu

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) 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.