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The Met’s 50th Anniversary Season at Lincoln Center is running full speed ahead! Below is a listing of their season; just let us know if you’d like to talk about booking a group.

 

 

 

L’Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)

 

One of Rossini’s earliest successes (written when he was 21), L’Italiana in Algeri is clearly the product of youthful vitality and charming irreverence. The score of this comic farce is a brilliant convergence of giddy madness and creative sophistication. The opportunities for comedy in the paradigmatic story are obvious, but the surprise is in the masterful way the music makes the situations come alive, and in the genuine human emotion of the characters. 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. Mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato makes her Met debut in the title role, and bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov plays the pasha who is overcome by love and pasta.

 

Jenufa: 

 

Among opera’s most psychologically astute dramas, Jenufa presents a believable world in which no one is entirely good or bad and in which spiritual growth comes from the hard lessons of real life. The story centers on two women in a village in Moravia, Jenufa and her stepmother.  Rich in human insight expressed in passionate, emotionally honest music, Jenufa has come to be regarded as one of the great operas of the 20th century. Janáček’s harrowing tale stars Oksana Dyka in the title role, the victim of sin and hypocrisy in a rural village. The great Karita Mattila plays her stepmother, the Kostelnička, the moral guardian of the village but also its greatest threat. David Robertson conducts the first return of this riveting work in nearly a decade.

 

Don Giovanni: 

 

Aided by his ingenious librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is neither tragic nor entirely comic, but rather lighthearted, urbane, and ironic. We follow the title character and his earthy comic sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duel, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell. Ildar Abdrazakov performs the role of the title hero, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. Fabio Luisi conducts.

 

Aida: 

 

The Met’s monumental staging of Verdi’s masterpiece is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires.  This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists: Amneris, the proud daughter of the pharaoh; her slave, Aida, who is the princess of the rival kingdom of Ethiopia; and Radamès, the Egyptian warrior they both love. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty.

 

 

 

 

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