Tristan und Isolde
Met Opera Live in HD. Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death has astounded, infuriated, and inspired audiences since it was first heard. The vocal challenges, the sumptuous symphonic scale of the orchestral writing, and the mystical nature of the story, with its opportunities for creative visual design, make this awe-inspiring work a phenomenon of the repertory.
Met Opera Live in HD. Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is lighthearted, urbane, and ironic. We follow the title character and his earthy comic sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duel, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell.
L'Amour de Loin
Met Opera Live in HD. This breakthrough opera was described by the NY Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score" and has become one of the most highly praised operas of recent years. A dazzling new production, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea.
Met Opera Live in HD. Starring Plácido Domingo, music by Verdi. A stirring drama about the fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), catapulted the 28-year-old composer to international fame. The music and Verdi himself were subsumed into a surge of patriotic fervor culminating in the foundation of the modern nation of Italy. 3 hrs.
Roméo et Juliette
Perhaps the most enduringly successful of the many operatic settings of the world’s consummate love story, Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects. The focus is on the two lovers, who are given four irresistible duets. Directed by Bartlett Sher.
Met Opera Live in HD. The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following, Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. The story has a strong national flavor as well as universal appeal, infused by romantic supernaturalism.
Met Opera Live in HD. Verdi’s opera survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Its intimate subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges.
Met Opera Live in HD. Like many stories from Greek myth, Mozart's Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. The opera casts these issues within the framework of the opera seria genre, a stylized format popular in the 18th century that is characterized by a succession of arias and recitatives and a cast of noble characters.
Met Opera Live in HD. Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein. The Byronic romantic anti-hero is caught between convention and ennui. At the core of the opera is the young girl Tatiana, who grows from a sentimental adolescent into a complete woman in one of the operatic stage’s most convincing character developments.
Met Opera Live in HD. Set in an idealized Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. Deftly combines comedy, dreamy nostalgic fantasy and genuine human drama. Starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles.