March Programs on The Metropolitan Opera

March Programs on The Metropolitan Opera

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

Bass Mikhail Petrenko performs in his first Met production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

This month the Metropolitan Opera performs two Donizetti operas - Don Pasquale and L'Elisir D'Amore. Also hear Richard Eyre’s production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, set in 1930s Seville.

3/5        Puccini: Manon Lescaut LIVE in HD - Theater presentation

Soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Roberto Alagna 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 Alagna 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 leads the stirring score.

3/12      Donizetti: Don Pasquale

Donizetti’s lighthearted farce stars celebrated debutante soprano Eleonora Buratto, tenor Javier Camarena, a new king of the high Cs, and baritone Ambrogio Maestri, the recent and unforgettable Met Falstaff—an ideal team for this comic romp. Otto Schenk’s 2006 production provides a colorful backdrop. Maurizio Benini conducts.

3/19      Donizetti: L’Elisir D’Amore

Everyone in the village loves the spry Adina and the slow-but-likeable Nemorino—but when will they admit their love for each other? Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and tenor Vittorio Grigolo bring their magnetism to the two lead roles, with the renowned Alessandro Corbelli as the loveable con man who sells the “magic elixir” of love. Enrique Mazzola conducts Bartlett Sher’s vibrant production.

3/26      Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Richard Eyre’s stylish 2014 production, set in 1930s Seville, returns with both new and familiar stars. Bass Mikhail Petrenko sings his first Met Figaro. Sopranos Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Amanda Majeski—who both made acclaimed Met debuts last season—return to the role of the Countess. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard reprises her celebrated Cherubino, Luca Pisaroni is the Count, and rising star soprano Anita Hartig sings Susanna in Mozart’s immortal comedy of manners and morals.

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