2014 Summer Season

October 25, 8pm
by Nick Dear, based on the book by Mary Shelley

As a special Halloween treat, we will be screening Nick Dear’s Frankenstein on our screen again: This time with Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, Sherlock) as Victor Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Dark Shadows) as the Creature. The two men shared the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actor for their roles in this production.

October 26, 1pm
Music by Arif Melikov, Libretto by Nazim Hikmet, Original Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shyrin, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shyrin her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

November 8, 1pm
Bizet

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them.

November 16, 1pm
by David Hare

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) feature in the highly anticipated West End production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry, broadcast live from London’s West End by National Theatre Live.

November 22, 1pm
Rossini

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

November 23, 1pm
Music by Cesare Pugni; Libretto by Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa; Choreography, sets and costumes by Pierre Lacotte

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and begins to dream that the princess has come to life.

December 7, 1pm
Music by Ludwig Minkus; Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov; Original Choreography by Marius Petipa; New version Yuri Grigorovich

When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in secret, they swear eternal mutual fidelity. However, the High Brahmin, who is also in love with Nikiya, overhears them. He rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah, who has decided that Solor will marry his beloved daughter Gamzatti.

December 13, 12pm
Wagner

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city.

December 21, 1pm
Music by Piotr Tchaikovsky; Choreography and Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.

January 17, 1pm
Lehar

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact).

January 31, 1pm
Offenbach

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire.

January 25, 1pm
Music by Piotr Tchaikovsky; Choreography and Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich

At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball.

February 8 at 1pm
by Robert Louis Stevenson, adapted by Bryony Lavery

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre.

February 14, 12:30pm
Tchaikovsky/Bartok

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle).

March 14, 1pm
Rossini

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott.

March 8, 1pm
Music by Sergei Prokofiev; Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky; Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich

In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets organise a masked ball in honour of their daughter Juliet, Romeo Montague and his friend Mercutio attend incognito because of the hatred that tears the two houses apart. Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, and are distraught when they realise they belong to rival families.

April 25, 12:30pm
Mascagni/Leoncavallo

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci.

April 19, 1pm
Music by Sergei Prokofiev; Choreography and Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

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