The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series return to the Saint Louis Art Museum

By | September 28, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera returns to the Saint Louis Art Museum on Saturday, Oct. 3 with Verdi’s Il Trovatore starting off the 10th season of the Met’s Live in HD series. Nine additional matinee performances will follow via high-definition broadcasts in the Museum’s Farrell Auditorium.

Tickets are $24 ($18 to Members of the Art Museum, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York), and are available at the Museum or through MetroTix. Tickets purchased through MetroTix will incur a service fee. The service fee is waived for tickets purchased in person at the Museum. (Members should contact the Museum at 314-655-5335 or to receive a special discount code for MetroTix orders.)

Join us and an audience of millions around the world for the ultimate stage spectacle, live onscreen in the Farrell Auditorium.

Il Trovatore | Verdi
October 3, 2015, 11:55 am
(3 hours, 7 minutes)

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met—Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Angela Meade sings Leonora in later performances. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

Otello | Verdi
October 17, 2015, 11:55 am
(3 hours, 27 minutes)

The Met season opens with Verdi’s masterful Otello, inspired by Shakespeare’s play and matching it in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Zeljko Lucic plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

Tannhäuser | Wagner
October 31, 2015, 11:00 am
(4 hours, 31 minutes)

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor, Johan Botha, takes on the daunting title role of the young knight caught between true love and passion. Eva-Maria Westbroek is Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.

Lulu | Berg
November 21, 2015, 11:30 am
(4 hours, 27 minutes)

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.

The Magic Flute | Mozart
December 12, 2015, 12:55 pm
(2 hours)

The Magic Flute is a special encore performance that coincides with Winter Celebrations, and will be played at 12:55 pm (all time zones will be at 12:55 pm).
Special ticket pricing:
Full price: $15
Met Opera Member: $12
Saint Louis Art Museum Member: $12
Opera Theater Saint Louis Member: $12
Student (13 years +): $12
Child to 12 years: $7.50

Les Pêcheurs de Perles | Bizet
January 16, 2016, 11:55 am
(2 hours, 54 minutes)

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.

Turandot | Puccini
January 30, 2016, 11:55 am
(3 hours, 35 minutes)

Christine Goerke, Lise Lindstrom, and Nina Stemme, three of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, take turns in the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. Tenors Marcelo Álvarez and Marco Berti are Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Manon Lescaut | Puccini
March, 5, 2016, 11:55 am(3 hours, 33 minutes)

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.

Madama Butterfly | Puccini
April 2, 2016, 11:55 am
(3 hours, 48 minutes)

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Kristine Opolais reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title role, opposite Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Hei-Kyung Hong and Massimo Giordano star in a second set of performances. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

Roberto Devereux | Donizetti
April 16, 2016, TIME TBD
(3 hours, 5 minutes)

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlier Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.

Elektra | Strauss
April 30, 2016, TIME TBD
(1 hours, 45 minutes)

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.