Verdi’s La Traviata
Few operatic figures are as beloved as Violetta, the dignified, selfless, and sickly heroine of Verdi’s classic tragedy. An elegant courtesan with a heart of gold, she chooses true love over the amusements and riches of her glamorous Parisian life, then sacrifices everything for the sake of a young woman she’s never even met. All of this—the glitter of her earlier wealth, the heat of her passion with the ardent young Alfredo, the pain of their separation, and her tragic end—lands with devastating weight thanks to Verdi, whose score stands as one of music’s greatest depictions of love and loss.

Romanian soprano Ileana Cotrubaș sings one of her signature roles, the courtesan Violetta in Verdi’s beloved tragedy.





Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
When he set out to write a new opera based on the same irresistible heroine that inspired Massenet’s popular Manon, the young Puccini was undaunted by the risk of provoking comparisons. As he explained: “Why shouldn’t there be two operas about Manon? A woman like Manon can have more than one lover.” And in his take on the alluring young country girl who becomes the toast of Paris before suffering a swift fall and ignominious end, Puccini came through with a masterpiece equal to Massenet’s, trading the French composer’s urbane elegance for overwhelming emotionality.

 Kristine Opolais stars in the title role of Puccini’s passionate early masterpiece, alongside Roberto Alagna as des Grieux and Massimo Cavalletti as Lescaut. Fabio Luisi conducts.


Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
Inspired by Wagner’s own tortured affair with the wife of his patron, this searing masterwork is based on Arthurian legend and tells of an illicit romance between a Breton nobleman and the Irish princess betrothed to his uncle and king. The composer’s larger-than-life sensibilities are on full display throughout the score: Along with intoxicating orchestral music that surges in tandem with the couple’s burgeoning passion and a chord left symbolically unresolved until the last moments of the opera, the opera also features one of the repertory’s most soaring and ecstatic final climaxes, as Isolde surrenders to a love so powerful that she transcends life itself.






Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Anthony Minghella’s exquisite production—an instant classic at the Met since its 2006 premiere—provides an evocative setting for this tragedy about a noble but naive geisha awaiting the return of her American Navy lieutenant. Key to the staging are symbolic visuals that tap into traditional Japanese culture while honoring the searching, timeless beauty of Puccini’s mid-career masterpiece.

 Hui He stars as Cio-Cio-San, the heroine of Puccini’s powerful tragedy. The performance also features Bruce Sledge as Pinkerton, Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, and Paulo Szot as Sharpless. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts. 





映画作品としては、もうちょっと絞れたんじゃないか? それ以前に、どうもいかにも感覚が古いんだな、2009年作品というのに。まあ(監督)1935年生まれ、作品発表時に74歳だからしょうがないか。




Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini
The music of early–20th-century Italian composer Francesco Zandonai has largely been forgotten—with the exception of this expansive 1914 opera based on an episode from Dante’s Inferno. The melodramatic plot concerns an affair between the title character and the handsome brother of a cruel and disfigured warlord, to whom she is betrothed. Their dalliance leads to the predictable violent and tragic end, but not before Zandonai makes his case for increased recognition with a surfeit of sumptuous, luxuriously orchestrated music.

Eva-Maria Westbroek takes on the title role of Zandonai’s rarely performed epic, alongside Marcello Giordani as Paolo and Mark Delavan as Gianciotto, with Marco Armiliato on the podium.






Mozart’s Così fan tutte
The last of Mozart’s legendary collaborations with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, this exuberant comedy of manners and morals tracks an ill-conceived bet about women’s fidelity and the darkly hilarious fall-out it produces. The master composer lines his score with one sublime musical number after another, and ultimately manages to communicate universal truths about both women and men, and the nature of attraction and love, even as the laughs keep coming.

Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, and Rodion Pogossov are the quartet of young lovers in Mozart’s comedy of disguise, deception, and decorum, with Danielle de Niese as Despina and Maurizio Muraro as Don Alfonso.

『ボエーム』でMuset役だった人(Susanna Phillips、ソプラノ)が主人公。ワーグナーが酷評していた(by wiki)というのもわかるあらすじ(人を試してはいけない)。実際は、なかなか複雑になっていて面白い。





Puccini’s La Bohème
As classic as opera gets: the most-performed work in Met history, in Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved staging, the most-performed production in Met history. An archetypal tragedy filled with gorgeous and deeply affecting music, Puccini’s timeless tale of love, camaraderie, jealousy, and loss in the garrets and cafés of bohemian Paris has reliably enchanted audiences and left them in tears since its 1896 premiere.

Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano star as the bohemian lovers in Puccini’s timeless classic. Marco Armiliato is on the podium, and Susanna Phillips, Lucas Meachem, Alexey Lavrov, and Matthew Rose round out the cast.