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Metropolitan Opera 2014-2015 Productions Schedule
The following are the productions that will be performed in the next several months. Needless to say, once again the roster is breathtaking and we all look forward to be enchanted by the marvel of these masterpieces, majestically performed by the best casts in the world.
- Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
- Carmen by Georges Bizet
- Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
- Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
- Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner
- Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
- Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi
- Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
- Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
- Iolanta by Béla Bartók, Peter Tchaikovsky
- Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók, Peter Tchaikovsky
- La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
- La Donna del Lago by Gioachino Rossini
- La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
- Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Dmitri Shostakovich
- Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach
- Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
- Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
- Manon by Jules Massenet
- New Production Gala—Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci by Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo
- New Year’s Eve Gala—The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár
- Opening Night Gala—Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- René Pape in Recital by Antonin Dvorák, Ludwig Beethoven, Modest Mussorgsky, Roger Quilter
- The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams
- The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár
- The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky
- Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
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The New York Metropolitan Opera’s History
The New York metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883. It was founded by a group of businessmen who had a desire for their own theatre. It was also started to compete with the Academy of Music. Initial productions were performed in Italian. The first metropolitan Opera house was located on 1423 Broadway between 39th and 40th streets. “Faust” by Gounod was the first performance to be stage at the Metropolitan Opera. It featured Christine Nilsson, Franco Novara, Italo Campanini and Giuseppe Del Puente. Tours would begin shortly after.
The original owners went on to rent the building to a group of entrepreneurs who put together a performance company that organized shows in the building. In 1940, the building was acquired by the Metropolitan Opera Association.
The first time live performances were recorded was in 1900 by Lionel Mapleson. He used a phonograph that he placed close to the stage. It captured audio images of the performances. These images are the only existing images of early performers of the time.
Radio and TV Broadcast of Operas
Regular broadcasts of performances in the Met began in 1931. These broadcasts continue uninterrupted today. These broadcasts not only air in the USA but also around the globe through various networks.
The first televised broadcast from the Met Stage was the opening performance of the 1948/1949 season. The Met started producing its own series of TV productions in 1977. The first performance was La Boheme and was conducted by James Levine. He also happens to have conducted the most performances in the Met. This performance was viewed by over four million viewers. To date, many Met performances have been made available on DVD and video.
The metropolitan opera changed location in 1966. The Lincoln center opera house was officially launched on September 16th. The first performance in this new opera house was the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra. A test performance had however been staged on April 11 the same year to test the building’s acoustics and see whether they matched up to other opera house expectations. The original opera house had limited stage facilities for most of the performances held. The new venue became possible when the Metropolitan Opera and other New York institutions came together to form the Lincoln center of performing arts.
The Met’s Modern Times
This new opera house had the best technical facilities of the time. In 1995 the opera house received another major upgrade with the introduction of Met Titles. This system features screens on the back of every seat. These screens show translations of all opera text. This is to ensure minimal distractions. This system is the first of its kind, and the Met opera was the first opera house to install such a system. The system costs $2.7 million.
The Opera house shows about 27 operas each year in a season that starts in September and concludes in May. The company also launched live high definition transmissions in 2006. These transmissions were shown in movie theatres around the globe. This series has now expanded to 12 transmissions from an initial six. These shows are also shown on public television. The Live in HD transmissions are also available for free for students in their schools. This was made possible through a partnership with the Metropolitan Opera Guild and New York City Department of Education.
The New York Metropolitan opera also has other media offerings. These include; Met Opera on Demand. This is a subscription service offering shows even the Live on HD shows on PC or tablet. This also includes classic telecasts and archive recordings of opera performances. Metropolitan Opera Radio is also another subscription based service on SiriusXm satellite Radio. There are also free performances that you can stream live from their website once a week.
The 2014/2015 season is just about to start. Some of the performances for this season are La Boheme on September 23rd. Repeat performances will be on September 26 and on other dates throughout the season. Some other current productions include Aida, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Un ballo in Maschera and Carmen. There are new performances this season. These include Cavalleria Rusticana, Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle.
New York City Metropolitan Opera Tickets
Ticket prices for this season will start at $25-$35 for Orchestra standing room tickets. Tickets for Family Circle Standing Room will be $17-$22. For gala and other exclusive events, family circle standing room tickets are $28 each and $40 each for Orchestra Standing room tickets.
Enjoy this extract from “La Boheme”!