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The most famous operas, the world’s stars and the world’s best productions. All this is brought to you by the Metropolitan Opera in New York at the Reduta Theatre. Enjoy both classic and progressive pieces from the world’s most prestigious opera house. As an added bonus, each performance will be preceded by an introduction by Alena Bork. Brno audiences can thus see an excellent performance and at the same time will not miss the often needed context.

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EURYDIKÉ (Aucoin/Ruhl)
4 December 2021

American composer Matthew Aucoin sets the plot of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus in the 21st century, presenting the familiar story in a new, more modern way. In addition, the libretto by Sarah Ruhl describes the story from the perspective of Eurydice. The title role will be played by soprano Erin Morley, Orpheus by baritone Joshua Hopkins and his alter-ego in the underworld by countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński.

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Directed by Mary Zimmerman
Set: Daniel Ostling
Costumes: Ana Kuzmanic
Lighting design by T. J. Gerckens
Projection by S. Katy Tucker

Erin Morley
Jakub Józef Orliński
Barry Banks
Joshua Hopkins
Nathan Berg

2 hrs 55 mins (including intermission)


14 December 2021

The Magic Flute is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s last opera. It is one of the foundational operas of the world repertoire and its musical language has greatly influenced many of the world’s great composers, such as Beethoven and Weber. The plot of the opera deals with the question of the meaning of the world in fairy tale form. Good triumphs over evil, modesty over pride, reason over the deceitfulness of the senses, love over hate and truth over lies. Directed by Julie Taymor, she has brought to the stage a variety of visual effects including flying birds, dancing bears and a star-spangled Queen of the Night. The Magic Flute is a show for the whole family.

Conductor: James Levine
Directed by Julie Taymor

Ying Huang
Matthew Polenzani
Erika Miklósa
Francis Robinson
Nathan Gunn

1 hour 55 mins


1 January 2022

The fairytale opera Cinderella is now playing in English translation. The title role will be played by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Also starring as the Prince will be mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo, soprano Jessica Pratt as the Fairy Godmother and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe with bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as Cinderella’s fractious foster parents.

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Directed by Laurent Pelly
Set: Barbara de Limburg
Costumes by Laurent Pelly
Lighting design by Duane Schuler

Jessica Pratt
Isabel Leonard
Emily D’Angelo
Stephanie Blythe
Laurent Naouri

1 hour 35 mins


29 January 2022

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher sets the opera in 1920s Europe on an Art Deco set by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey will play Rigoletto, soprano Rosa Feola will play his daughter Gilda, and Piotr Beczala will play the Duke of Mantua. The orchestra will be conducted by maestro Daniele Rustioni.

Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Set: Michael Yeargan
Costumes: Catherine Zuber
Lighting design by Donald Holder

Rosa Feola
Varduhi Abrahamyan
Piotr Beczała
Quinn Kelsey
Andrea Mastroni

3 hrs 10 mins (including two intermissions)


BORIS GODUNOV (Musorgskij) – record
6 February 2022

Bassist René Pape is one of the best contemporary interpreters of the role of Boris Godunov, the Tsar who is tormented by the desire for power, but is also terrified of it. Pape will portray him this time in the opening broadcast of the Met’s new and highly anticipated Season: Live in HD 2021-2022. Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, a mainstay of the Russian operatic repertoire, will be conducted by Sebastian Weigle in its original 1869 version. Stephen Wadsworth’s eloquent direction powerfully captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people and the ruler himself.

Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
Directed by Stephen Wadsworth
Set: Ferdinand Wögerbauer
Costumes: Moidele Bickel
Lighting Design: Duane Schuler

René Pape
David Butt Philip
Maxim Paster
Alexey Bogdanov
Ain Anger
Ryan Speedo Green

2 hrs 20 mins


Ariadne auf Naxos

12 March 2022

The outstanding soprano Lise Davidsen will make her Met: Live in HD debut in one of her most important roles as the mythical Greek heroine of Strauss’ enchanting masterpiece. Rounding out the stellar cast will be mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the composer of the opera at the opera, which is the main theme of the performance, soprano Brenda Rae as the carefree Zerbinetta, and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as the god Bacchus, with whom Ariadne falls in love. The orchestra will be conducted by Marek Janowski.

Conductor: Marek Janowski
Directed by Elijah Moshinsky
Scene designer: Michael Yeargan
Costumes: Michael Yeargan
Lighting Design: Gil Wechsler

Lise Davidsen
Brenda Rae
Isabel Leonard
Brandon Jovanovich
Sean Michael Plumb
Johannes Martin Kränzle
Thomas Allen

2 hrs 50 mins (including one intermission)


26 March 2022

This epic opera about unhappy love among the highest nobility is set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. The title role will be played by tenor Matthew Polenzani, followed by soprano Sonja Joncheva as Élisabeth de Valois and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Eboli. The role of Philip II will be played by bass Günther Groissböck, the Grand Inquisitor by bass-baritone John Relyea and the list of soloists is completed by baritone Étiene Dupuis in the role of Rodrigo. Verdi’s masterpiece will be seen in a new and monumental production by Sir David McVicar, who, with his eleventh staging here, ranks among the most prolific and successful creators at the Metropolitan Opera today.

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Directed by David McVicar
Set: Charles Edwards
Costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting design by Adam Silverman

Sonja Joncheva
Elīna Garanča
Matthew Polenzaniv
Étiene Dupuis
Günther Groissböck
John Relyea

4 hrs 55 mins (including two intermissions)


10 April 2022

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will direct the opera adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s novel by Terence Blanchard, a Grammy Award-winning composer, jazz musician and composer. This performance is about a young man who tries to overcome previous traumas. The role of Charles will be played by the talented young baritone Will Liverman. Angel Blue will appear as Fate/Samota/Greta and Latonia Moore will play the role of Billie.

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Directed by James Robinson and Camille A. Brown
Allen Moyer
Costumes by Paul Tazewell
Lighting design by Christopher Akerlind
Projection by Greg Emetaz

Angel Blue
Latonia Moore
Will Liverman

3 hrs 10 mins (including one intermission)


TURANDOT (Puccini)
7 May 2022

Opera star Anna Netrebko is about to make her long-awaited metropolitan debut in the role of Puccini’s Ice Princess. Tenor Yonghoon Lee will play the role of the fierce prince who is determined to win Turandot’s love. Soprano Michelle Bradley will be featured as the devoted servant Liu, and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto will sing the blind King Timur. Puccini’s Turandot, in Frank Zeffirelli’s ageless setting, will be conducted by maestro Marco Armiliato.

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Set design: Franco Zeffirelli
Costumes: Anna Anni and Dada Saligeri
Lighting design by Gil Wechsler

Anna Netrebko
Michelle Bradley
Yonghoon Lee
Ferruccio Furlanetto

3 hrs 15 mins (including two intermissions)


21 May 2022

Soprano Nadine Sierra performs one of the most beautiful roles in opera literature, Donizetti’s tragic heroine Lucia di Lammermoor, in a dazzling new production by Australian theatre and film director Simon Stone and conducted by Riccardo Frizza. We can look forward to tenor Javier Camarena as Lucia’s beloved Edgardo, baritone Artur Ruciński as her stern brother Enrico and bass Matthew Rose as her teacher Raimondo.

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Directed by Simon Stone
Set: Lizzie Clachan
Costumes: Alice Babidge
Lighting Design: James Farncombe

Nadine Sierra
Javier Camarena
Artur Ruciński
Matthew Rose

3 hrs 25 mins (including two intermissions)


HAMLET (Dean/Jocelyn)
12 June 2022

Hamlet is directed by Neil Armfield, who brought several of the original protagonists to the Met, including Allan Clayton in the title role. You can look forward to soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius and legendary bass Sir John Tomlinson will play the ghost of Hamlet’s father. Nicholas Carter will make his conducting debut.

Conductor: Nicholas Carter
Directed by Neil Armfield
Set: Raplh Myers
Costumes: Alice Babidge
Lighting Design: Jon Clark

Brenda Rae
Sarah Connolly
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Christopher Lowrey
Allan Clayton
David Butt Philip
William Burden
Jacques Imbrailo
Rod Gilfry
John Tomlinson

3 hrs 15 mins (including one intermission)

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