The Metropolitan Opera pays tribute to Benjamin Britten's centennial with a broadcast of A Midsummer Night's Dream on December 21st.
12/7 Verdi: Rigoletto Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the title role of Verdiâ€™s tragic masterpiece for the first time at the Met in Michael Mayerâ€™s dazzling production set in Las Vegasâ€”the neon-bedecked hit of the 2012â€“13 season. Matthew Polenzani is the womanizing Duke, and Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva, both in their Met debuts, sing Gilda.
12/14 Verdi: Falstaff An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdiâ€™s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsenâ€™s productionâ€”the first new Met Falstaff since 1964â€”is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri (last seasonâ€™s Dulcamara in the Opening Night production of Lâ€™Elisir dâ€™Amore) sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.
12/21 Britten: A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream Brittenâ€™s adaptation of Shakespeareâ€™s magical romance returns to the Met for the first time in ten years, in celebration of the composerâ€™s centennial. James Conlon conducts the gifted ensemble, which includes soprano Kathleen Kim as Tytania and countertenor Iestyn Davies as Oberonâ€”the fairiesâ€™ Queen and King. "Superbly cast and beautifully conducted by James Conlon...The young cast was as good as any the Met has fielded for Britten in years, led by Iestyn Davies, calmly commanding as Oberon... Mr. Davies is fearsomely eloquent and velvety in the middle and low parts of his voice...Kathleen Kim sang Tytania, the fairy queen, with fresh, sensuous lyricism."
12/28 Puccini: Tosca Pucciniâ€™s timeless verismo score is well served by two exceptional casts. Patricia Racette and Sondra Radvanovsky share the title role of the jealous diva, opposite two leading tenorsâ€”Roberto Alagna and Marcello Giordani. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia.