The Metropolitan Opera kicks off 2013-2014 Broadcast season in December

The Metropolitan Opera kicks off 2013-2014 Broadcast season in December

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

A new rendition of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream airs on December 21st.

The Metropolitan Opera pays tribute to Benjamin Britten's centennial with a broadcast of A Midsummer Night's Dream on December 21st.

12/7      Verdi:  Rigoletto  Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece for the first time at the Met in Michael Mayer’s dazzling production set in Las Vegas—the neon-bedecked hit of the 2012–13 season. Matthew Polenzani is the womanizing Duke, and Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva, both in their Met debuts, sing Gilda.

12/14    Verdi:  Falstaff  An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production—the first new Met Falstaff since 1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri (last season’s Dulcamara in the Opening Night production of L’Elisir d’Amore) sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.

12/21    Britten:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s magical romance returns to the Met for the first time in ten years, in celebration of the composer’s centennial. James Conlon conducts the gifted ensemble, which includes soprano Kathleen Kim as Tytania and countertenor Iestyn Davies as Oberon—the fairies’ Queen and King.  "Superbly cast and beautifully conducted by James Conlon...The young cast was as good as any the Met has fielded for Britten in years, led by Iestyn Davies, calmly commanding as Oberon... Mr. Davies is fearsomely eloquent and velvety in the middle and low parts of his voice...Kathleen Kim sang Tytania, the fairy queen, with fresh, sensuous lyricism."

12/28    Puccini:  Tosca Puccini’s timeless verismo score is well served by two exceptional casts. Patricia Racette and Sondra Radvanovsky share the title role of the jealous diva, opposite two leading tenors—Roberto Alagna and Marcello Giordani. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia.