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1/23

The Metropolitan Opera
Richard Wagner:  Tannhäuser

James Levine conducts Wagner's early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today's leading Wagnerian tenor, Johan Botha, takes on the daunting title role of the young knight caught between true love and passion. Eva-Maria Westbroek is Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.

1/30

The Metropolitan Opera
Giacomo Puccini:  Turandot

Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand, opposite Marco Berti as Calàf, the brave prince who sings "Nessun dorma" and wins her love. Anita Hartig and Leah Crocetto share the role of Liù, the faithful slave girl. Franco Zeffirelli's golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

2/6

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Pietro Mascagni:  Cavalleria Rusticana
Ruggero 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

The Metropolitan Opera
Giuseppe 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

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Gaetano 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

The Metropolitan Opera
Alban 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.

3/5

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Giacomo Puccini:  Manon Lescaut

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann 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 Kaufmann 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

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Gaetano 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

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Gaetano 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

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Wolfgang Amadeus 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.