Massenet’s enchanting opera Cendrillon, based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment and Massenet’s Manon. Joyce DiDonato adds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Coote as Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blythe as the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kim as the Fée, and Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe. Cendrillon is produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera.
Date SUN JUN 10, 2018
Running time 2:45 (165 MINUTES)
Music Leo Delibes
Choreography Sergei Vikharev after Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and
Corps de Ballet
Swanhilda notices her fianceé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia
who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two
sweethearts, Coppélia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to
teach Franz a lesson…
The Bolshoi’s unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction
of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a
feisty heroine, a boyish fianceé with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker.
The company’s stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and
famous “dance of the hours,” and its principals abound in youthful energy
and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.
Phelim McDermott returns to the Met staging Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte, led by David Robertson. Set in the 1950s on Coney Island, the cast features Amanda Majeski as the conflicted Fiordiligi; Serena Malfi as her sister, Dorabella; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the sisters’ fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Christopher Maltman as the cynical Don Alfonso. Così fan tutte is a co-production with the English National Opera.
PG-13for some thematic material.
Within days of becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
Date SUN APR 8, 2018
Running time 2:20 (140 MINUTES)
Music Adolphe Adam
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Giselle), Sergei Polunin (Albrecht)
When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman,
she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from
the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until
Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in
the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht,
in this chilling, yet luminous ballet that continues to captivate audiences for
over 150 years at the Bolshoi.
An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato.
THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS
Date SUN Feb 4, 2018
Running time 3:05 (185 MINUTES)
Music John Neumeier
Choreography Frédéric Chopin
Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Margeurite), Edvin Revazov (Armand), Andrei Merkuriev (Monsieur
Duval), Anna Tikhomirova (Manon Lescaut), Semyon Chudin (Des Grieux)
At a theatre performance of ‘Manon Lescaut’, the young and naive Armand
is utterly captivated after meeting the ravishing and most desirable courtesan
Marguerite Gautier. Their encounter gives birth to a passionate yet doomed
Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel comes to life on the Bolshoi stage, with prima
Svetlana Zakharova as the ailing Marguerite seeking love and redemption
from her life as a courtesan. The Bolshoi brings choreographer John
Neumeier’s work of rare beauty and tragic depth to new emotional heights,
accompanied by Chopin’s romantic piano score.
Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.
Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a revival of Luisa Miller, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006. Starring Sonya Yoncheva as a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life. The cast also stars Plácido Domingo as Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.
Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character in Semiramide. Rossini’s opera, which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years, will be conducted by Maurizio Benini and feature Elizabeth DeShong as the Commander of the Assyrian army Arsace, Javier Camarena as an Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as the prince Assur, and Ryan Speedo Green as the high priest Oroe.
THE FLAMES OF PARIS
Date SUN MAR 4, 2018
Running time 2:15 (135 MINUTES)
Music Boris Asafiev
Choreography Alexei Ratmansky, after Vasily Vainonen
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
In the era of the French Revolution, Jeanne and her brother Jérôme leave
Marseille for Paris in support the revolutionary effort that is taking over the
capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way…
Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi’s overflowing energy and
fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily
Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris. With powerful virtuosity and some of the most
stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too
enormous for the Moscow stage.
Rfor sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language
From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.