Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2012-13 Season

The forthcoming productions for the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012-13  Live in HD cinema season are as follows:

L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) – New Production

October 13, 2012, 12:55 pm ET

Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher’s new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours 2 minutes

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Otello (Verdi)

October 27, 2012, 12:55 pm ET

Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Met with Johan Botha in the title role opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming. Semyon Bychkov conducts.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours 27 minutes

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The Tempest (Adès) – Met Premiere

November 10, 2012, 12:55 pm ET

Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th-century La Scala in this inventive staging.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours

La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)

December 1, 2012, 12:55 pm ET

The virtuosic Elīna Garanča sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours 13 minutes

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Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) – New Production

December 8, 2012, 12:55 pm ET

Director David Alden’s dreamlike setting provides a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and Stephanie Blythe sings the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours 54 minutes

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Aida (Verdi)

December 15, 2012, 12:55 pm ET

The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours 54 minutes

Les Troyens (Berlioz)

January 5, 2013, 12 pm ET

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the house in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

Approximate runtime: 5 hours 30 minutes

Maria Stuarda (Donizetti) – Met Premiere

January 19, 2013, 12:55 pm ET

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I, and Maurizio Benini conducts.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours 15 minutes

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Rigoletto (Verdi) – New Production

February 16, 2013, 12:55 pm ET

Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960.  Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke, Željko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours 31 minutes

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Parsifal (Wagner) – New Production

March 2, 2013, 12 pm ET

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom in François Girard’s new vision for Wagner’s final masterpiece. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts.

Approximate runtime: 5 hours 40 minutes

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Francesca da Rimini (Zandonai)

March 16, 2013, 12 pm ET

Zandonai’s compelling opera, inspired by an episode from Dante’s Inferno, returns in the Met’s ravishingly beautiful production, last seen in 1986. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Approximate runtime: 3 hours 57 minutes

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Giulio Cesare (Handel) – New Production

April 27, 2013, 12 pm ET

The opera that conquered London in Handel’s time comes to the Met in David McVicar’s lively production. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Approximate runtime: 4 hours 31 minutes

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