Live at the Met Series

About Live at the Met

This series includes 10 operas broadcast live in high definition each season from October through April.

For the 2017-18 Live at the Met series, two subscription options are available: a full ten-opera subscription and a flexible eight-opera ticket subscription.  The full subscription provides one ticket to each of the ten operas in the series.  The flexible subscription provides eight tickets that can be used however you want – one at a time to eight different operas, all at once for eight people, or anything in between.

Assistive listening headsets are available for use with all Live at the Met broadcasts.  Simply ask any usher or Opera House staff member.  Headset funding provided by Robert & Marilyn Maytum, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club, and by a grant from Theatre Development Fund's TAP Plus program in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts.

You can see a preview of the 2018-19 season in the video below.


 


Aida

Oct 6 2018 - 1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $175 Live at the Met Subscription, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Aida at the Met in this kick-off to the Live at the Met season. 

Mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili is her formidable rival Amneris with Aleksandrs Antonenko as the warrior Radames in Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece.

This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists.

Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. 

Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met's monumental production, which runs three hours, 56 minutes, with two intermissions. 

  

 


Samson et Dalila

Oct 20 2018 - 1:00pm
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General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

When mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera in the title roles of Camille Saint-Saens’ biblical epic Samson et Dalila.

Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimelech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew.

Darko Tresnjak, the 2014 Tony Award-winning director of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies in this, the first new Met production of Samson et Dalila in 20 years. 

Sir Mark Elder conducts this production, which runs three hours, 29 minutes, with two intermissions. 

 


La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the West)

Oct 27 2018 - 1:00pm
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General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Giacomo Puccini's gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson.  Baritone Zeljko Lucic is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance.

Puccini’s “American” opera, based on David Belasco’s play The Girl of the Golden West, had its glamorous and highly publicized 1910 world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, with the composer in the audience.

The drama is set during the California Gold Rush, and the girl of the title is one of Puccini’s most appealing heroines - a strong, independent woman determined to win the man she loves.  Although it fell out of favor with audiences for a few decades following its original success, La Fanciulla del West has rebounded in popularity in recent years and is now counted among Puccini’s best works. 

Marco Armiliato conducts this production, which runs three hours, 42 minutes, with two intermissions. 

  


Marnie

Nov 10 2018 - 1:00pm
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General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities.

Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland. Iestyn Davies is Mark's brother Terry, with Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland; and acclaimed soprano Denyce Graves is Marnie's mother.

Robert Spano conducts this production, which runs three hours, 17 minutes, with one intermission. 


La Traviata

Dec 15 2018 - 1:00pm
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General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, in Giuseppe Verdi's beloved La Traviata.  Tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover.  Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

Verdi's La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt 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.  Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons.

The production runs three hours, seven minutes, with two intermissions. 

 


Adriana Lecouvreur

Jan 12 2019 - 1:00pm
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General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on - for the first time at the Met - the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion.

The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczala as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri.

Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where The Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”

The opera occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day, yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier - and lover - Maurice of Saxony.  Francesco Cilea's operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the production, which runs three hours, 33 minutes, with two intermissions. 

 


Carmen

Feb 2 2019 - 1:00pm
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General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performance, with impassioned tenor Roberto Alagna who captivated audiences as her lover, Don José, in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world.

The production runs three hours, 21 minutes, with one intermission. 

 


La Fille du Regiment (Daughter of the Regiment)

Mar 2 2019 - 1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

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 - in Gaetano Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment.

Maurizio Muraro is the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. The action is startlingly simple and unencumbered by intricate subplots, allowing the full charm of the characters and their virtuosic music to come across in an uninhibited way. 

This production runs two hours, 35 minutes, with one intermission. 

  


Die Walkure

Mar 30 2019 - 12:00pm
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General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance.  Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. 

The second opera in Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.

Philippe Jordan conducts this production, which runs four hours, 55 minutes, with two intermissions. 

 

 


Dialogues des Carmelites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)

May 11 2019 - 12:00pm
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General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $175 Live at the Met Subscription, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Francis Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom.  Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.

One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. The score reflects key aspects of its composer’s personality: Francis Poulenc was an urbane Parisian with a profound mystical dimension, and the opera addresses both the characters’ internal lives and their external realities.

The opera takes place between 1789 and 1794 in Paris and in the town of Compiègne in northeastern France, the site of the Carmelite nuns’ convent. Its historical basis is the martyrdom of a group of 16 Carmelite nuns and lay sisters from Compiègne, who chose to offer themselves as victims for the restoration of peace to France during the Revolution. 

The production runs three hours, nine minutes, with one intermission. 

  

 


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