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Met Opera season 2018 – 2019 proudest jewels. The schedule of events for the Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera’s exciting 2018–2019 season features 5 dazzling new productions, the return of the Ring, and a full slate of revivals starring your favorite singers.

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, MAR 30 – APR 20

Running March 30-April 20, Mozart’s two act opera La Clemenza di Tito stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing Sesto at the Met for the first time, alongside tenor Matthew Polenzani. Composed to celebrated the coronation of Austrian Emperor Leopold II, it was first performed in Prague in 1791, just three months before Mozart’s death. It was written in a traditional baroque style and built around set arias, loosely based on the story of the Roman Emperor Titus and including themes of love, revenge and forgiveness. Conducted by Lothar Koenigs, this production is perfect for any opera fan who enjoys epic and extravagant yet deeply humane productions.

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LA CLEMENZADI TITO

DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES, MAY 3 – MAY 11

A three-act French opera, Dialogues des Carmélites premiered in Milan in 1957, with both the music and the libretto by Francis Poulenc. This classic John Dexter production, running 3-11 May, is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and led by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, singing the role of Blanche, and soprano Karita Mattila as the Prioress. Dialogues des Carmélites is set during the French Revolution and follows the story of timid aristocrat Blanche de la Force, who decides to join a Carmelite monastery. As the nuns refuse to renounce their vocation during the Reign of Terror, the opera is tragic, beautiful, and a story that still holds weight to this day.

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DON GIOVANNI, JAN 30 – APR 18

Mozart’s two-act opera Don Giovanni premiered in Prague in 1787, and has proven to be one of the world’s most popular and widely performed operas to this day. Running from January-April 2018, this darkly comedic piece stars bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and baritone Peter Mattei as the title character, with Cornelius Meister making his Met debut as conductor. This retelling of the Don Juan myth, set in Seville in southern Spain, finds a balance between comedy and tragedy as Don Giovanni, known as the Young Rake, moves through a series of encounters alongside his sidekick Leporello that eventually lead to his downfall and damnation.

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FALSTAFF, FEB 22 – MAR 16

Running February 22-March 16 2019, Robert Carsen’s production of Falstaff moves the setting to post-war Britain in the 1950s as baritone Ambrogio Maestri takes on the title role. Originally produced in London in May 2012, it received rave reviews at the time and promises to be an exciting and innovative interpretation of Verdi’s comical and emotional last opera. With scenes drawn primarily from Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor, the three-act opera with a libretto by Arrigo Boito focuses on the larger than life central character of Sir John Falstaff. It was only Verdi’s second comedy, but proved to be a success with both audiences and critics.

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FALSTAFF

LA FILLE DU REGIMENT,  FEB 7 – MAR 2

La Fille du Régiment is a two-act comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti, set to a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard, first performed in Paris in 1840. The Met Opera production conducted by Enrique Mazzola runs February 7-March 2, starring tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende. With this particular production set in the picturesque Tyrol during the First World War, the story follows canteen girl Marie as she falls in love with Tonio, a Tyrolean who is a prisoner and later discovers the identity of her real mother. This comic, light-hearted opera is full of charm and wit.

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NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS GRAND FINALS CONCERT,  MAR 31

The National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert takes place March 31, as the finalists of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions compete for cash prizes and the chance to launch their careers. There is no better way to check out the talent of the future – stars including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens, Angela Meade, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson, and Lawrence Brownlee all started their careers here. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra accompanies the Finalists, conducted by the renowned Carlo Rizzi, and a champagne reception will toast the wins on The Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier after the show.

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PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, JAN 15 – JAN 31

Pelléas et Mélisande is the only opera by French composer Claude Debussy. A five act opera adapted from Maurice Maeterlinck’s play of the same name, it premiered in Paris in April 1902, and in January 2019 it’s making its return to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in almost a decade. Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts, while tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard star as the title characters. Set in the mythical kingdom of Allemonde, it’s medieval story that follows a love triangle featuring Prince Golaud and his brother Pelléas, who both fall in love with the mysterious Mélisande.

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PELLEAS-ET-MELISANDE

DAS RHEINGOLD, MAR 9 – MAY 6

Das Rheingold comes to the Metropolitan Opera March 9-May 6. By Richard Wagner, it premiered in Munich in September 1869. The first instalment of the four music dramas that make up the Ring Cycle, it’s based on characters from the Norse Sagas and depicts the original theft of the golden ring, along with friction between the gods and the building of Valhalla. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this production stars bass-baritone Greer Grimsley and baritone Michael Volle sharing the role of Wotan, lord of the gods, while mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton plays Wotan’s wife Fricka. The Ring Cycle is an epic work that will hook opera and fantasy fans alike.

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DAS-RHEINGOLD

RIGOLETTO, FEB 12 – MAY 10

A three act opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto is considered to be one of his greatest masterpieces. With a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on a play by Victor Hugo, it premiered in March 1851 in Venice. Michael Mayer’s neon Las Vegas themed production set in 1960 makes its return to the Met from February 12 to May 10, with baritones Roberto Frontali and George Gagnidze sharing the title role alongside soprano Nadine Sierra reprising the role of Gilda as Nicola Luisotti conducts. The story of a hunchbacked jester, Rigoletto is an epic piece that tackles themes of love, pain, beauty, and evil.

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RIGOLETTO

SIEGFRIED, APR 13 – MAY 9

Siegfried is the third of Richard Wagner’s four music dramas that make up The Ring Of The Nibelung, a German language epic loosely based on the Norse sagas. Premiering in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1876, it’s a coming of age drama set in mythological times starring orphaned Siegfried as he embarks on his journey to learn his true identity and become Brünnhilde’s savior. This production is conducted by Philippe Jordan, while tenors Stefan Vinke and Andreas Schager sing the title role and Christine Goerke sings the role of Brünnhilde. In this series of dramas Wagner uses leitmotifs which evolve in this part, with three main male voices creating a dark and dramatic atmosphere.

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SIEGFRIED

DIE WALKURE, MAR 30 – MAY 7

The second of the four works that comprise Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung, Die Walküre features soprano Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, the warrior daughter of Wotan, the leader of the gods, and his wife Fricka. The main role in the most loved and performed opera in the cycle, Brünnhilde undergoes a transformation as she gives up her immortality. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, it also stars Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde and Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, the incestuous twins who provide some of the most popular music in the opera, and Greer Grimsley as Wotan. Die Walküre premiered in Munich in June 1870.

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DIE-WALKURE

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