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The Metropolitan Opera

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The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.

Since the summer of 2006, Peter Gelb has been the Met’s general manager—the 16th in company history. Under his leadership, the Met has elevated its theatrical standards by significantly increasing the number of new productions, staged by the most imaginative directors working in theater and opera, and has launched a series of initiatives to broaden its reach internationally. These efforts to win new audiences prominently include the successful Live in HD series of high-definition performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world. To revitalize its repertoire, the Met regularly presents modern masterpieces alongside the classics.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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Starting with the 2018–19 season, Yannick Nézet-Séguin took the musical helm of the company as the Met’s Jeannette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director.

Radio broadcast host is Mary Jo Heath. Radio broadcasts are copyrighted by The metropolitan Opera and any use or reproduction of any of the meterial without permission of The Metropolitan opera is strictly prohibited and will be prosecuted.

https://www.metopera.org/season/2019-20-season/akhnaten/

The Metropolitan Opera season of Radio Matinee broadcasts begins on December 7th at 1:00pm with the Met Premiere of Philip Glass' Akhnaten.

12/7      Glass: Akhnaten (MET Premiere)

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It was the early 1980's and I had just begun my work at WXXI as the radio secretary (WXXI had only one radio station at the time).  Our news team had scheduled an interview with the legendary opera soprano Jessye Norman while she was in town. She came through the door near my desk in a full length fur coat, head held majestically and floated past my desk in a way that left a lasting impression on this 20-something voice major, just a few years out of college. The scene is as vivid in my mind today, as the day it happened.

https://www.metopera.org/about/auditions/national-council-auditions/winners/

The Metropolitan Opera 2018-2019 Finals Concert took place on March 31st and was conducted by Maestro Carlo Rizzi with host countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and special guest bass-baritone Christian Van Horn.

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5/4       Verdi: Aida

In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Olesya Petrova as the leading ladies. Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko, Yonghoon Lee, and Jorge de León alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

https://www.metopera.org/season/2018-19-season/tosca/

4/6       Puccini: Tosca

Met favorite Sondra Radvanovsky and rising star Jennifer Rowley share the title role of the volatile diva at the heart of Puccini’s operatic thriller. Joseph Calleja brings his stylish tenor to the role of Cavaradossi, and Wolfgang Koch and Claudio Sgura share the role of the nefarious police chief Scarpia. Carlo Rizzi conducts Sir David McVicar’s resplendent production.

https://www.metopera.org/season/2018-19-season/la-fille-du-regiment/

3/2       Donizetti:  La Fille du Régiment

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

3/9       Wagner:  Das Rheingold

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2/2        Bizet:  Carmen

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

2/9        Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/Bartok: Bluebeard’s Castle (double bill)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/16/arts/music/otello-review-metropolitan-opera.html

Read the New York Times Review of Gustavo Dudamel's Met Opera debut of Otello.

1/5       Verdi:  Otello

https://www.metopera.org/season/2018-19-season/il-trittico/

12/8      Puccini:  Il Trittico

Jack O’Brien’s epic production of Puccini’s triple bill features first-class casting: tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro; soprano Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica; and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes an unusual comedic turn in the baritone title role of Gianni Schicchi. The performances mark the centennial of the work’s world premiere at the Met. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Plácido Domingo looks back at his 50-year career at the met in these three interviews with William Berger.

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James Levine, a legendary conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, has been accused of sexually abusing a teenager in Illinois for a period of several years in the 1980s.

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