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1. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Le nozze di Figaro (1998)

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It's wedding day for Figaro and Susanna, servants in the Almaviva household. Obvious to all on the estate, Count Almaviva has been making advances toward Susanna. The Count's wife, with ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Bryn Terfel, Cecilia Bartoli, Dwayne Croft, Renée Fleming

Votes: 6

2. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Così fan tutte (1996)

180 min | Music

9.7
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Two friends are goaded into a wager by Don Alfonso, who says he can prove their girlfriends are not as faithful as they claim. The two men both attempt to seduce the other's girl, helped by Don Alfonso and the girls' servant, Despina.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Carol Vaness, Jerry Hadley, Susanne Mentzer, Dwayne Croft

Votes: 7

3. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: James Levine Gala (1996)

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9.7
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: James Levine, Roberto Alagna, June Anderson, Cecilia Bartoli

Votes: 9

4. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Massenet: Thaïs (2008)

138 min | Music

9.2
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Missionary Athaniel converts the prostitute Thais to Christianity; he even leads her to enter a nunnery. The convent door slams shut: No Men Allowed. Oh no, cries Athaniel, I've fallen in love with her. Too bad, so sad. Meditate on that.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade, Daniel Clark Smith

Votes: 16

5. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: The Metropolitan Opera Silver Anniversary Gala (1991)

240 min | Music

9.2
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: James Levine, Leo Nucci, Cheryl Studer, Luciano Pavarotti

Votes: 13

6. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Ernani (1983)

142 min | Music

9.1
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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Luciano Pavarotti, Leona Mitchell, Ruggero Raimondi, Sherrill Milnes

Votes: 17

7. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: La bohème (1977)

123 min | Music

9.1
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Rodolfo and his friends are always broke or in debt, but that doesn't get in the way of fun or romance. When Rodolfo meets Mimi, it's love at first sight - but love is not enough for the penniless and sick.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Renata Scotto, Maralin Niska, Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell

Votes: 13

8. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: The Audition (2008)

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9.1
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An engrossing behind-the-scenes quasi-documentary as 10 hopefuls vie for a spot on the Met's roster.

Director: Susan Froemke | Stars: Jamie Barton, Kiera Duffy, Michael Fabiano, Dísella Lárusdóttir

Votes: 30

9. Don Giovanni (2000 TV Movie)

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Don Giovanni is the man every woman wants, and every man wants to be. But when he commits murder in his pursuit of women and pleasure, and later insults the statue of the man he killed, there is Hell to pay.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Paul Groves, Solveig Kringelborn

Votes: 34

10. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: L'italiana in Algeri (1986)

Not Rated | 157 min | Music

9.0
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A typical rescue opera involves a kidnapped young woman who faces torture or death - until her heroic lover shows up. But in this one, the roles are reversed: it's a man in desperate trouble, and his clever girlfriend gets him out of it.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Marilyn Horne, Douglas Ahlstedt, Allan Monk, Paolo Montarsolo

Votes: 9

11. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Il Trovatore (2015)

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9.0
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Marco Armiliato, Susan Graham, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Stefan Kocán

Votes: 10

12. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore (2012)

Music

8.9
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Country bumpkin Nemorino is desperately in love with Adina, but she barely gives him the time of day. She seems to be smitten with the handsome braggart, Captain Belcore. Perhaps Dr. Dulcamara can spare a magic cure to save the day.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ambrogio Maestri

Votes: 14

13. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Rigoletto (1981)

150 min | Music

8.9
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Rigoletto, jester to the Duke, has made enemies of everyone at court. The men kidnap his mistress, unaware she is Rigoletto's daughter. When Rigoletto finds the Duke has used his daughter, he plans his own revenge, but it backfires.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Louis Quilico, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Luciano Pavarotti, Isola Jones

Votes: 13

14. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Don Carlo (1983)

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8.8
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Don Carlo, crown prince of Spain, falls in love with Elisabeth of Valois, originally promised to him but later married to his father King Philip, as part of the terms of a peace treaty ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Peter Sliker, Betsy Norden, Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo

Votes: 27

15. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Francesca da Rimini (1984)

148 min | Music

8.8
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, Richard Fredricks

Votes: 17

16. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (2014)

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8.8
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Ildar Abdrazakov, Marlis Petersen, John Del Carlo, Susanne Mentzer

Votes: 14

17. L'elisir d'amore (1991 TV Movie)

129 min | Comedy, Music

8.7
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Pons, Enzo Dara

Votes: 54

18. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Aida (1989)

158 min | Music

8.7
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Aprile Millo, Dolora Zajick, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes

Votes: 74

19. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Il trovatore (1988)

132 min | Music

8.7
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Set in the mountains of Medieval Northern Spain, "Il Trovatore" (the Troubadour) is a chanting warrior named Manrico. Manrico's enemy in the region is led by the Count di Luna. From the ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Large | Stars: James Levine, Eva Marton, Dolora Zajick, Luciano Pavarotti

Votes: 61

20. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Simon Boccanegra (1995)

Music

8.7
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: James Levine, Bruno Pola, Hao Jiang Tian, Vladimir Chernov

Votes: 29

22. Turandot (1987 TV Movie)

134 min | Music

8.6
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Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: James Levine, Eva Marton, Plácido Domingo, Leona Mitchell

Votes: 105

23. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Rossini: La Cenerentola (2014)

Music

8.6
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Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Joyce DiDonato, Rachelle Durkin, Patricia Risley, Alessandro Corbelli

Votes: 9

24. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Wagner: Siegfried (2011)

242 min | Music

8.6
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Ring Cycle, pt 3. Years later, the twins' baby is a man; he goes forth to do manly things, like kill his guardian, slay dragons, steal the Ring and talk to animals. He finds a woman ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Jay Hunter Morris, Deborah Voigt, Bryn Terfel, Gerhard Siegel

Votes: 26

25. Carmen (1987 TV Movie)

172 min | Drama, Music, Musical

8.5
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: James Levine, Agnes Baltsa, Leona Mitchell, José Carreras

Votes: 97

26. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Bellini's I Puritani (2007)

Music

8.5
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England, 1640s. Civil war and politics interfere with Elvira's plans to marry Arturo, because he is helping Queen Elizabeth escape from the rebels. Elvira doesn't understand any of this, so... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Anna Netrebko, Eric Cutler, Franco Vassallo, John Relyea

Votes: 28

27. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de Perles (2016)

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8.5
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Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Gianandrea Noseda, Patricia Racette, Diana Damrau, Mariusz Kwiecien

Votes: 11

28. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (1978)

Music

8.5
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A "Live from the Met" broadcast of the opera, on a double bill with its frequent "partner", Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana".

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Tatiana Troyanos, Plácido Domingo, Isola Jones, Vern Shinall

Votes: 31

29. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (2013)

161 min | Music

8.5
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Accusations and hostilities are hurled back and forth between Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Joshua Hopkins, Elza van den Heever, Matthew Polenzani, Joyce DiDonato

Votes: 11

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

183 min | Music

8.5
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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: 24

31. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Il barbiere di Siviglia (1988)

160 min | Music

8.5
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Leo Nucci, Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, Enzo Dara

Votes: 15

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

180 min | Music

8.5
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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: 22

33. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (2013)

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8.5
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Onegin's friend Lensky introduces him to Tanya, his fiancee's sister but Onegin flirts with his fiancee. Lensky challenges him to a duel; nobody stops them. Later, Onegin tries to seduce ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Mariusz Kwiecien, Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Alexei Tanovitsky

Votes: 19

34. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Elektra (1980)

110 min | Music

8.4
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Electra, like her brother Orestes and younger sister Chrysothemis, is a child of the Mycenaean king Agamemnon, who went off to the Trojan war for ten years. His queen Clytemnestra took a ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Birgit Nilsson, Leonie Rysanek, Mignon Dunn, Donald McIntyre

Votes: 21

35. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: L'elisir d'amore (1981)

132 min | Music

8.4
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Country bumpkin Nemorino is in love with Adina. She seems interested, but a poor farmer is beneath her station. She flirts with handsome Sgt Belcore, but when Nemorino joins his army to earn money to marry Adina, she sheds a secret tear.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Judith Blegen, Luciano Pavarotti, Brent Ellis, Sesto Bruscantini

Votes: 10

36. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Semiramide (1990)

219 min | Music

8.4
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: June Anderson, Marilyn Horne, Stanford Olsen, Samuel Ramey

Votes: 15

37. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Stiffelio (1993)

116 min | Music

8.4
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Sharon Sweet, Vladimir Chernov, Paul Plishka

Votes: 21

38. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Un ballo in maschera (1980)

149 min | Music

8.4
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Riccardo, governor of Boston at the end of the 17th century, falls in love with Amelia, wife of Renato, his secretary and intimate friend. Amelia returns Riccardo's love, but is discovered ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Katia Ricciarelli, William Wildermann, Judith Blegen, Julien Robbins

Votes: 18

39. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )

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This is the 1977 television recording of the Rise and Fall of Managing by Kurt Weill

Stars: Metropolitan Opera Chorus, James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Charles Anthony

Votes: 16

40. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Handel: Giulio Cesare (2013)

Music

8.3
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Julius Caesar's visit to Cleopatra in Egypt.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: David Daniels, John Moore, Patricia Bardon, Alice Coote

Votes: 14

41. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: John Adams: Nixon in China (2011)

188 min | Music

8.3
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US President Richard Nixon, wife Pat, and Henry Kissinger travel to China to visit Chairman and Madame Mao in 1972, normalizing relations between the countries for the first time in 25 years. Both sides wonder if this for the better.

Director: Peter Sellars | Stars: James Maddalena, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Kathleen Kim

Votes: 19

42. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2012)

Music

8.3
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An old-fashioned opera even in Mozart's day, but one that pleased the aristocrats. A plot to murder Roman Emperor Tito nearly succeeds, the Capitol burns, the traitors are caught, Tito forgives all. Give Mozart a break, he needed the cash.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Giuseppe Filianoti, Barbara Frittoli, Elina Garanca, Lucy Crowe

Votes: 14

43. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Il Trovatore (2011)

143 min | Music

8.3
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The gypsy Azucena has harbored a grudge for thirty years, but she is about to have revenge at last. Meanwhile, her son Manrico is in love with Leonora, but so is his arch-enemy, the Count Di Luna. A pot-boiler, where every tune is a hit.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Marcelo Álvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Dolora Zajick

Votes: 19

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

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8.3
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Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

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

Votes: 14

45. Billy Budd (1998 TV Movie)

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

Votes: 5

46. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Bizet: Carmen (2010)

188 min | Music

8.2
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It's a familiar story: Act 1, boy meets girl, goes to jail for her. Act 2, boy is out of jail, girl rewards him with special favors. Act 3, girl is bored already, moving on. Act 4, boy kills girl for ruining his life. We've all been there.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Trevor Scheunemann, Barbara Frittoli, Roberto Alagna, Keith Miller

Votes: 30

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

146 min | Music

8.1
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle, Tatiana Troyanos, James King

Votes: 20

48. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Mozart: Don Giovanni (2011)

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8.1
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The nobleman Don Giovanni has apparently lost all his manners: not only does he rape the Commander's daughter and murder the old man; later on he invites his statue to dinner. It's completely inappropriate, and there will be Hell to pay.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Mariusz Kwiecien, Marina Rebeka, Ramón Vargas, Barbara Frittoli

Votes: 14

49. The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977– )
Episode: Tannhäuser (1982)

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8.1
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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Richard Cassilly, Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos, Bernd Weikl

Votes: 18

50. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Thomas: Hamlet (2010)

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8.1
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French composer Ambroise Thomas sticks close to Shakespeare's basic plot, with an added Mad Scene for Ophelia. Simon Keenlyside is the brooding Prince of Denmark, for whom the play's the thing in which to catch the conscience of the king.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Simon Keenlyside, Marlis Petersen, Jennifer Larmore, Toby Spence

Votes: 9