Great Performances at the Met
In a historic first for any major performing arts institution in this country or abroad, the Metropolitan Opera this season will transmit 7 of its Saturday matinee performances live in high definition into movie theaters in the United States, Canada and Europe. These productions will later be broadcast on PBS.
The Merry Widow (#907H) Duration: 2:25:46 SRND51 TVPG
Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehar's effervescent operetta. Soprano Renee Fleming adds a new character to her Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed millionairess. Sir Andrew Davis conducts a stellar cast that includes baritone Nathan Gunn as Danilo; tenor Alek Shrader as Camille de Rosillon; and baritone Sir Thomas Allen as Baron Zeta. Broadway star Kelli O'Hara makes her Met debut as the Zeta's wife, Valencienne. The operetta is performed in English. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato hosts.
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Manon (#608H) Duration: 2:55:39 SRND51 TVPG
Anna Netrebko's dazzling portrayal of Massenet's tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met's principal guest conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.
La Traviata (#609H) Duration: 2:18:45 SRND51 TVPG
Natalie Dessay, in her first Violetta at the Met. puts on the red dress in Willy Decker's production of "La Traviata." Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and principal guest conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle (#908H) Duration: 2:56:46 SRND51 TV14
Enjoy an operatic double bill. Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" features Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" features Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.