Saturday Afternoon Metropolitan Opera, 1-5p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on NEPR
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.
Idomeneo — Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine.
Fidelio — Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast.
Tristan und Isolde — Tristan und Isolde opens a new production by Mariusz Treliński, and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians.
Aida — The Met’s monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires.
Eugene Onegin — Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Tatiana and Onegin.
Der Fliegende Holländer — New Met star Michael Volle sings the title role of the ghostly sailor damned to wander the seas in search of the love that will set him free, under the baton of the exciting Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Cyrano — The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane, a love story for the ages, comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem, which packs the power of full-blooded Italian verismo.