Opera

GREAT PERFORMANCES
Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Birgit Nilsson: A League of Her Own

 

Watch as German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann explains why Birgit Nilsson was “an unbelievable force of nature” while English-Italian conductor Antonio Pappano breaks down her 1969 performance of “Turandot.”

 

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Aida

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Aida

 

Watch Verdi’s grand opera featuring his most celebrated arias. Starring vocal powerhouses Anna Netrebko in the title role and Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris as they go toe to toe in this love story set in ancient Egypt. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

 

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Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages

GREAT PERFORMANCES Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages

 

Luciano Pavarotti brought opera to the masses with “Nessun dorma”. In this concert, he performs that hit, along with arias from La BohèmeRigoletto and Aida; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini, including “Mamma” and “O Sole Mio;” and duets with Bono, Sting, Vanessa Williams and Eric Clapton.

 

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Doubt from the Minnesota Opera

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Doubt from the Minnesota Opera

 

This first-time collaboration between Stanley and composer Douglas J. Cuomo is a production of the Minnesota Opera New Works Initiative and is directed by Kevin Newbury. The opera stars GRAMMY Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius, Adriana Zabala as Sister James, Matthew Worth as Father Flynn and Denyce Graves as Mrs. Miller. It is a production of Minnesota Opera.

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
Cosi Fan Tutte

 

Met music director James Levine conducts Mozart’s barbed romance, a comic masterpiece about the romantic complications that ensue when two friends decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity. Lesley Koenig’s production features a cast of rising Met stars, including Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid, Despina. Maurizio Muraro is the cynical Don Alfonso. Soprano Renée Fleming hosts.

 

 

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
The Exterminating Angel

 

See the American premiere of Thomas Adès’ opera, a surreal fantasy of a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape, based on Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film. Starring John Tomlinson and Alice Coote, with direction from librettist Tom Cairns and conducted by Adès.

 

 

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