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1. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Le nozze di Figaro (1985)

Music

9.5
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Count Almaviva has been making advances toward his wife's maid, Susanna, and everyone knows it. Susanna is supposed to marry Figaro now; the Count wants to delay it. His wife, Susanna and Figaro come up with a scheme to expose the Count.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Ruggero Raimondi, Kathleen Battle, Thomas Allen, Carol Vaness

Votes: 6

2. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Il trittico (1981)

Music

9.2
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A trio of operas in three short stories - the first a gruesome murder melodrama, the second is a passionate tearjerker, and the third is a dark comedy of death and an inheritance. Each story is strikingly different from the preceding one.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Renata Scotto, Vasile Moldoveanu, Cornell MacNeil, Bianca Berini

Votes: 5

3. The Ghosts of Versailles (1992 TV Movie)

174 min | Drama, Musical

8.8
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Teresa Stratas, Marilyn Horne, Graham Clark, Gino Quilico

Votes: 15

4. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Der Rosenkavalier (1982)

Music

8.7
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The Marschallin has been carrying on an affair with Count Octavian. When she sends him on an errand on behalf of Baron Ochs, he meets Sophie; it's love at first sight for the youngsters. The Marschallin realizes she must end the affair.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Tatiana Troyanos, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kurt Moll, Judith Blegen

Votes: 7

6. Die Zauberflöte (I) (1991 TV Movie)

169 min | Adventure, Romance

8.6
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Live recording of a theatrical performance of The Magic Flute, the famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Kathleen Battle, Francisco Araiza, Manfred Hemm, Kurt Moll

Votes: 80

7. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Idomeneo (1982)

183 min | Music

8.6
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Returning home from the Trojan Wars during a storm, Idomeneo, the king of Crete, vows to sacrifice to Neptune (the Greek god Poseidon) the first living creature he meets ashore in return ... See full summary »

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Ileana Cotrubas, Frederica von Stade, Loretta di Franco, Batyah Godfrey Ben-David

Votes: 23

8. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: La forza del destino (1984)

180 min | Music

8.6
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Leonora plans to elope with Don Alvaro, but he accidentally shoots and kills her father, who curses them as he dies. The lovers go on the run, but get separated. Bent on revenge, Leonora's brother Don Carlo, hunts them down.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Richard Vernon, Leontyne Price, Giuseppe Giacomini, Leo Nucci

Votes: 21

9. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Simon Boccanegra (1984)

150 min | Music

8.4
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Sherrill Milnes, Paul Plishka, Vasile Moldoveanu, Anna Tomowa-Sintow

Votes: 7

10. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Macbeth (2014)

Music

8.4
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Zeljko Lucic, René Pape, Anna Netrebko, Claudia White

Votes: 12

12. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Falstaff (1992)

127 min | Music

8.3
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Paul Plishka, Bruno Pola, Frank Lopardo, Piero De Palma

Votes: 21

13. Billy Budd (1998 TV Movie)

8.2
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Stars: Dwayne Croft, Philip Langridge, James Morris, Victor Braun

Votes: 5

14. La forza del destino (1996 TV Movie)

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8.2
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Stars: Sharon Sweet, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, Roberto Scandiuzzi

Votes: 5

15. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Ariadne auf Naxos (1988)

146 min | Music

8.2
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Tatiana Troyanos, James King

Votes: 19

16. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Tosca (1985)

127 min | Music

8.2
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An opera in three acts about an escaped political prisoner, a prima donna, and the brutal chief of the secret police.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Hildegard Behrens, Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, James Courtney

Votes: 72

17. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Les Troyens (1983)

250 min | Music

8.0
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Tatiana Troyanos, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo, Allan Monk

Votes: 18

18. La fanciulla del West (1992 TV Movie)

140 min | Drama, Romance, Music

7.9
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Minnie, barkeeper to a camp of gold miners, has fallen for a mysterious visitor from Sacramento. Meanwhile, a notorious bandit is on the loose, and Sheriff Rance and a lynch mob is hot on his trail. Minnie comes to the rescue.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Leonard Slatkin, Barbara Daniels, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes

Votes: 26

19. Fedora (1997 TV Movie)

Music, Drama

7.9
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, Ainhoa Arteta, Dwayne Croft

Votes: 16

20. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: Tosca (2013)

Music

7.7
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Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna, George Gagnidze, John Del Carlo

Votes: 11

21. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier (2010)

Music

7.7
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The aristocratic Marschallin is increasingly aware of things: middle-age is approaching, her beauty is fading, and her young lover Octavian has fallen in love with someone younger and prettier than she. She knew this would happen one day.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Christine Schäfer

Votes: 10

22. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2008)

Music

7.6
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A life of love or a life of luxury? In a moment of crisis, Manon can't decide; so she tries to have both, and ends up with neither. This is co-dependency set to music, and it was Puccini's first big hit.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Karita Mattila, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft, Sasha Cooke

Votes: 10

23. Madama Butterfly (1995 TV Movie)

Music, Drama

7.3
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Catherine Malfitano, Richard Leech, Wendy White, Dwayne Croft

Votes: 7

24. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Shostakovich: The Nose (2013)

Music

7.0
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Paulo Szot, Andrey Popov, Alexander Lewis, Joseph Barron

Votes: 10

25. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: Tosca (2009)

153 min | Music

6.6
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Lust, political corruption, police brutality, torture, rape, murder, execution, suicide: opera. Tosca's lover Mario is arrested for treason when she spills the beans about the escape of a political prisoner. Evil Baron Scarpia wins again.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, Paul Plishka

Votes: 14

26. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Richard Strauss: Salome (2008)

113 min | Music

6.5
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Oscar Wilde's scandalous play set to equally outrageous music by Richard Strauss. It caused riots when it opened but has become one of the most-often performed operas around the world.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Karita Mattila, Juha Uusitalo, Kim Begley, Ildiko Komlosi

Votes: 13

27. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2008)

249 min | Music

6.2
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Wagner's supporters say that he took music to new heights of expression here; his detractors say it's the death-knell for melody and structure. It's four hours of aching yearning that does not rest until the last few minutes of the opera.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Robert Dean Smith, Deborah Voigt, Eike Wilm Schulte, Michelle DeYoung

Votes: 8

28. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Ariadne auf Naxos (2003)

134 min | Music

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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Deborah Voigt, Natalie Dessay, Susanne Mentzer, Richard Margison

29. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Dialogues des Carmélites (1987)

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Blanche joined a convent to escape the Reign of Terror. Convent life challenges her.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Maria Ewing, Régine Crespin, Jessye Norman, Florence Quivar

30. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Lulu (1980)

178 min | Music

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Former society matron Lulu has fallen on hard times, and gradually is forced to work her way down the social ladder. At first she's a dancer, then a kept woman, and finally a prostitute. One of her first clients is Jack the Ripper.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Julia Migenes, Evelyn Lear, Kenneth Riegel, Frank Little

31. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Macbeth (2008)

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The witches tell fortunes: Macbeth will be King, Banquo will beget Kings. Macbeth helps the agenda by murdering King Duncan; and, what the heck, Banquo, too. Macbeth takes the crown, Lady Macbeth hosts a dinner; Banquo crashes the event.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Zeljko Lucic, John Relyea, Maria Guleghina, Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs

32. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Wozzeck (2001)

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German soldier Wozzeck takes part in medical experiments to supplement his meager income. As time goes on, he becomes unhinged, suspecting his girlfriend Marie of carrying on an affair. It only gets worse from there.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Falk Struckmann, Katarina Dalayman, Graham Clark, Wolfgang Neumann