Saturday Afternoon Metropolitan Opera, 1-5p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on NEPR
Manon Lescaut — Anna Netrebko and Kristine Opolais share the title role, a heroine as alluring and irresistible as her adored city of Paris.
L’Amour de Loin — Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.”
Salome — Richard Strauss’s revolutionary score and scandalous Oscar Wilde–inspired drama took the world by storm at its premiere and continues to wow audiences today.
Hansel and Gretel — This deliciously dark take on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale, appealing to audiences of all ages, was part of the Met’s popular English-language holiday series.
L’Italiana in Algeri — James Levine conducts this comedy of a feisty Italian girl turning the tables on her bumbling captors via Rossini’s blend of madness and fun.
Nabucco — The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine.
La Bohème — The Met presents its spectacular Zeffirelli production,with multiple excellent casts: Ailyn Pérez and Kristine Opolais are paired with Dmytro Popov, Piotr Beczała, and Michael Fabiano, as the young Parisian lovers at the center of the story.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia — Peter Mattei reprises one of his most compelling portrayals, that of the wily barber Figaro. The Met’s popular production of Rossini’s comedic jewel—performed in the full-length Italian version—also pairs bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena as the lovers Rosina and Count Almaviva, with Maurizio Benini conducting.
Rigoletto — Michael Mayer’s hit production of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960.
Carmen — Two French mezzo-sopranos, Sophie Koch and Clémentine Margaine, alternate as Bizet’s immortal heroine.
I Puritani — The art of bel canto will take center stage in Bellini’s lyrical jewel.
February 25 — Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.”
Werther — Tenor sensation Vittorio Grigolo is Werther, the young poet who seeks the unattainable love of the beautiful Charlotte, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Edward Gardner conducts Richard Eyre’s visual feast of a production.
La Traviata — Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont.
Guillaume Tell — Rossini’s epic telling of the William Tell fable returns to the Met stage after an absence of more than 80 years, in a new production by Pierre Audi.