January 2014 listings for The Metropolitan Opera Broadcast season

January 2014 listings for The Metropolitan Opera Broadcast season

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. (end times vary)

Julie Taymor’s fanciful production of Mozart's The Magic Flute

Who ever thought that dancing bears and giant flamingos would have anything to do with opera.  Tune in on January 4th for this family-friendly holiday version of Mozart's The Magic Flute and find out more.

1/4       Mozart: The Magic Flute  Julie Taymor’s fanciful production—complete with dancing bears and giant flamingos—is sung in English and runs a brisk 100 minutes in this abridged holiday version for families. The winning cast includes Alek Shrader as Tamino, Eric Owens as Sarastro, and Nathan Gunn as the winsome Papageno.

1/11      J. Strauss Jr.: Die Fledermaus Jeremy Sams returns to the Met, after his major success with The Enchanted Island, to direct a new production of Johann Strauss’s beloved operatic confection, with a revised libretto by acclaimed playwright Douglas Carter Beane. Sams places the action in turn-of-the-century Vienna, an elegant, opulent setting with echoes of Gustav Klimt’s glittering paintings (and of Sigmund Freud’s newly fashionable ideas). Susanna Phillips and Christopher Maltman lead the sparkling cast, which also features Jane Archibald, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Michael Fabiano, and Paulo Szot. Adam Fischer conducts.

1/18      Tchaikovsky:  Eugene Onegin  Marina Poplavskaya and Peter Mattei take on the roles of the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Deborah Warner's new production of Tchaikovsky's fateful romance, which opened the Met season in September, directed by Fiona Shaw. Rolando Villazón is Lenski, Onegin's friend-turned-rival, in his first performances on the Met stage since 2009. Russian maestro Alexander Vedernikov makes his company debut on the podium.

1/25      Donizetti:  L'Elisir d'Amore  Anna Netrebko reprises her adorable Adina in Bartlett Sher’s charming production of Donizetti’s tender comedy. Ramón Vargas is her love-struck Nemorino, and Erwin Schrott sings the likeable quack Dulcamara, whose “magic” potion causes as many problems
as it solves.