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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Mozart's The Magic Flute

30 December 2006
Prince Tamino and Papageno are sent by the Queen of Night to save her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the evil lord Sarastro.
Matthew Polenzani ... Tamino, the Prince on a quest
Ying Huang ... Pamina, the Princess in distress
René Pape ... Sarastro, the mysterious high priest
Nathan Gunn ... Papageno, the unwillingly heroic bird-catcher
Erika Miklósa ... The Queen of the Night
Wendy Bryn Harmer ... First Lady
Kate Lindsey ... Second Lady
Tamara Mumford ... Third Lady
Stephen Paynter ... First Slave
Kenneth Floyd ... Second Slave
Gregory Cross ... Third Slave
Greg Fedderly ... Monostatos
Bennett Kosma ... First Spirit
Jesse Burnsode Murray ... Second Spirit
Jesse Burnside Murray ... Second Spirit
Jacob A. Wade ... Third Spirit
David Pittsinger ... Speaker
Brian Davis ... First Priest
Tony Stevenson ... Second Priest
Jennifer Aylmer ... Papagena
Michael Myers ... First Guard
Robert Lloyd ... Second Guard
Rachel Schuette ... Solo Dancer
Michael Parloff ... Flute Solo
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers

Katie Couric ... Herself - Host
Peter Gelb ... Himself - Introduction

James Levine ... Himself - Conducted by

Amir Levy ... Dancer
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus

Julie Taymor ... Herself - Production directed by

Season 1, Episode 2: Bellini's I Puritani

6 January 2007
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 she goes stark raving mad and sings a cadenza while lying flat on her back, her head hanging upside-down over the edge of the stage. Fearing that she might die of grief or fall over into the orchestra pit, Uncle Giorgio and Riccardo sing the complete version of "Suoni la tromba," including the repeats, and no cuts. Not to be upstaged by any of this, Arturo finally returns from his mission and explains everything by singing a high F above C, the highest note ever composed for tenor voice. There is much rejoicing. It's non-stop, nail-biting action, and Beverly Sills is on hand to provide commentary on the drama.

Anna Netrebko ... Elvira, the young Puritan woman in love
Eric Cutler ... Arturo, the Royalist and Elivira's beloved
Franco Vassallo ... Riccardo, the Puritan leader in love with Elvira
John Relyea ... Giorgio, Elvira's uncle
Valerian Ruminski ... Gualtero, Elvira's father
Maria Zifchak ... Enrichetta, widow of King Charles I
Eduardo Valdes ... Bruno, a Puritan officer
Patrick Summers ... Himself - Conducted by
William Berger ... Himself - Opera Writer: segment "Opera Madness"
Joseph Clark ... Himself - Intermission Interviewee

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Special Guest Interviewer
Margaret Juntwait ... Herself - Radio Host
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Renata Scotto ... Herself - Soprano: segment: "Opera Madness"

Beverly Sills ... Herself - Host

Season 1, Episode 3: The First Emperor

24 March 2007
To unite the lands he has conquered, the First Emperor of China, believes that a national anthem is needed. He hires a childhood friend to compose it for him, not realizing that his friend does not share the Emperor's aspirations.

Plácido Domingo ... Emperor Qin
Elizabeth Futral ... Princess Yueyang, daughter of the Emperor
Paul Groves ... Gao Jianli, a composer
Hsing-kuo Wu ... The Yin-Yang Master (as Wu Hsing-Kuo)
Michelle DeYoung ... The Shaman
Hao Jiang Tian ... General Wang
Susanne Mentzer ... Mother of the Princess
Haijing Fu ... Chief Minister
Danrell Williams ... Guard
Dou Dou Hunang ... Principal Dancer
Qi Yao ... Zheng Player
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Wang Chaoge ... Herself - Co-director
Joseph Clark ... Himself - Technical manager
Raymond Hughes ... Himself - Chorus master

Amir Levy ... Terracotta Warrior
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra

Beverly Sills ... Hseself - Special Guest Interviewer

Dun Tan ... Himself - Composed and conducted by
Emi Wada ... Herself - Costume designer

Yimou Zhang ... Himself - Production by

Ziyi Zhang ... Herself - Host

Season 1, Episode 4: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

24 February 2007
Onegin is young, handsome, rich. And bored. After spurning the naive Tatyana's romantic advances, he publicly flirts with his best friend's fiancée merely to amuse himself, but the prank ends in a duel. Some people just don't get it.

Season 1, Episode 5: Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia

24 March 2007
Rossini's sparkling comedy is given a new shine here under the direction of Broadway director Bartlett Sher. Count Almaviva is smitten by the feisty Rosina, but she is kept under lock and key by Dr. Bartolo. Send for Figaro to help.
Joyce DiDonato ... Rosina - a welthy young lady from Seville
Juan Diego Flórez ... Count Almaviva - alias 'Lindoro'
Peter Mattei ... Figaro - a barber and man-about-town
John Del Carlo ... Dr. Bartolo - Rosina's guardian and would-be suitor
John Relyea ... Don Basilio, a music teacher and Dr. Bartolo's accomplice
Brian Davis ... Fiorello - the count's hired servant
Mark Schowalter ... An officer of the law
Rob Besserer ... Ambrogio - Dr. Bartolo's very quiet servant
Maurizio Benini ... Himself - Conducted by

Kristin Chenoweth ... Herself - Introduction
Peter Gelb ... Himself - Intermission inteveiwer
Mary Jo Heath ... Herself - Intermission inteveiwer
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Servants / Partiy guest
Robert Morrison ... Recitative Accompanist
Bartlett Sher ... Himself - Production by
Deborah Voigt ... Himself - Intermission Inteveiwer

Season 1, Episode 6: Puccini's Il trittico

28 April 2007
In the early 1900s, two operas by Richard Strauss (Salome and Elektra) were taking Europe by storm. The Italian composer Puccini is said to have looked at the scores and observed, "There is nothing here but algebra and mathematics; where is the music?" True or not, in any case, Puccini set out to show that he too could compose one-act operas, and in different styles. Hence, Il Trittico (The Tryptich), a set of three operas, each less than an hour long, each different from the other two. The first, Il Tabarro (The Cloak) is a moody, macabre story of a spurned husband determined to discover the man who has seduced his wife away from him, and this is the night he finally learns who that man is. The second opera, Suor Angelica (Sister Angelique) is a frank tear-jerker about a young woman forced into a convent by her aristocratic family after she has given birth to a child out of wedlock. For seven years she has waited for news about him, and on this day, her prayers will be answered. The last opera, Gianni Schicchi, is a cynical comedy of greedy relatives who begin fighting over their dead uncle's will even while the body is still lying on its death-bed. Gianni Schicchi arrives to help them sort out the mess, and he teaches them a much-needed lesson in humility, securing a dowry for his daughter at the same time.
Anne-Carolyn Bird ... Novice
Jennifer Black ... Alms Collector
Stephanie Blythe ... Frugola / The Princess / Zita
David Cangelosi ... Tinca
Patrick Carfizzi ... Betto Di Signa
Jennifer Check ... Sister Dolcina / Nella
Alessandro Corbelli ... Gianni Schicchi
Barbara Dever ... The Mistress of Novices
Donato Di Stefano ... Simone
Bernard Fitch ... Gherardo
Barbara Frittoli ... Sister Angelica
Jane Gilbert ... Alms Collector
Massimo Giordano ... Rinuccio
Heidi Grant Murphy ... Sister Genovieffa
Maria Guleghina ... Giorgetta
Edyta Kulczak ... Lay Sister
Salvatore Licitra ... Luigi
Jeffrey Mattsey ... Marco
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Themselves
Keith Miller ... Guccio
Olga Mykytenko ... Lauretta
John Nuzzo ... A Song Seller

Jack O'Brien ... Himself / Host
Lisette Oropesa ... Lay Sister
Paul Plishka ... Talpa
Juan Pons ... Michele
Patricia Risley ... The Abbess / Ciesca

Christian Rozakis ... Dock worker
Tony Stevenson ... Young Lover
Dale Travis ... Amantio Di Nicolao
Peter Volpe ... Pinellino
Jacob A. Wade ... Gherardino
Wendy White ... The Monitor
Sara Wiedt ... Sister Osmina
Leah Wool ... Novice
Maria Zifchak ... The Nursing Sister

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Gounod's Romeo et Juliette

15 December 2007
Gounod follows Shakespeare's story closely, with minor alterations to satisfy the needs of opera. The stage and scenery are filled with astronomical symbols to depict the tragedy of "star-crossed lovers" from two warring houses in Verona.

Anna Netrebko ... Juliette, a Capulet
Roberto Alagna ... Roméo, a Montague
Nathan Gunn ... Mercutio, Roméo's friend
Isabel Leonard ... Stéphano, Roméo's page
Robert Lloyd ... Frère Laurent, a priest
Marc Heller ... Tybalt
Louis Otey ... Pâris
Charles Taylor ... Capulet
Jane Bunnell ... Gertrude
Tony Stevenson ... Benvolio
David Won ... Grégorio
Dean Peterson ... The Duke of Verona
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Villagers
Natalie Dessay ... Herself - Lucia from first night gala 'Lucia di Lammermoor'

Plácido Domingo ... Himself - Condcuted by

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Special Guest Interviewer
Peter Gelb ... Himself - Introduction

Amir Levy ... Capulet Brother
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Villagers

Season 2, Episode 2: Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel

1 January 2008
Set in the industrialized 1950s, Hansel and Gretel are latch-key kids to a depressed mother and overworked father. The witch runs a stainless-steel kitchen with modern gadgets and a glass-door oven. One hopes it's the self-cleaning kind.
Alice Coote ... Hansel - a young boy
Christine Schäfer ... Gretel - Hansel's sister
Alan Held ... Peter - their father
Rosalind Plowright ... Gertrude - their mother
Lisette Oropesa ... the Dew Fairy
Sasha Cooke ... The Sandman
Philip Langridge ... The Witch
Vladimir Jurowski ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus

Season 2, Episode 3: Verdi: Macbeth

12 January 2008
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.
Zeljko Lucic ... Macbeth
John Relyea ... Banquo
Maria Guleghina ... Lady Macbeth
Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs ... Lady-in-waiting to Lady Macbeth
Richard Hobson ... A Servant of Macbeth
Raymond Renault ... Duncan, King of Scotland
Russell Thomas ... Malcolm, Duncan's Son
Dimitri Pittas ... Macduff, Thane of Fife
Adam Hauser Piñeiro ... Fleance, Banquo's Son
Keith Miller ... A Murderer
Ashley Emerson ... A Bloody Child
Anne-Carolyn Bird ... A Crowned Child
Joseph Turi ... A Herald
James Courtney ... A Doctor
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Peter Gelb ... Himself - Interviewer
Mary Jo Heath ... Herself - Special Guest Interviewer

James Levine ... Himself - Conducted by

Amir Levy ... Ball Guest
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra

Adrian Noble ... Himself - Production director

Reed Clare ... Murderer (uncredited)
David Crawford ... A Warrior (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 4: Puccini: Manon Lescaut

16 February 2008
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.
Karita Mattila ... Manon Lescaut
Marcello Giordani ... Des Grieux
Dwayne Croft ... Lescaut
Sasha Cooke ... Madrigal Singers
Richard Bernstein ... A sea captain
Jennifer Black ... Madrigal Singers
James Courtney ... A sergeant
Bernard Fitch ... Dancing Master

James Levine ... Himself - Conductor
Tamara Mumford ... A musician
Lisette Oropesa ... Madrigal Singers
Sean Panikkar ... Edmondo
Paul Plishka ... An innkeeper
Ellen Rabiner ... Madrigal Singers
Tony Stevenson ... A lamlighter
Dale Travis ... Geronte

Season 2, Episode 5: Britten: Peter Grimes

15 March 2008
Peter Grimes, an unmarried, eccentric fisherman, can't keep an apprentice: they disappear mysteriously every time. In the absence of OSHA laws or child-protective services, the townspeople gather to conduct an inquest into the matter.
Anthony Dean Griffey ... Peter Grimes
Patricia Racette ... Ellen Ordord
Anthony Michaels-Moore ... Balstrode
Jill Grove ... Auntie
Felicity Palmer ... Mrs. Sedley
Teddy Tahu Rhodes ... Ned Keene
John Del Carlo ... Swallow
Greg Fedderly ... Bob Boles
Erin Morley ... Aunties's 'Nieces'
Leah Partridge ... Aunties's 'Nieces'
Dean Peterson ... Hobson
Bernard Fitch ... Rev. Horace Adams
Logan William Erickson ... John
Donald Runnicles ... Himself - Conducted by
Natalie Dessay ... Herself - Host
Roger Andrews ... Villagers
David Asch ... Villagers
Timothy Breese Miller ... Villagers
Benjamin Britten ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexander Dunlop ... Himself - Presenter of BBC East
Kenneth Floyd ... Villagers

David Frye ... Villagers
Jason Hendrix ... Villagers
Mary Hughes ... Villager
Robert Maher ... Villagers
Jeffrey Mosher ... Villagers
Donald Palumbo ... Himself - Interviewee
Peter Pears ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Persing ... Villagers
Mitchell Sendrowitz ... Villagers
Daniel Clark Smith ... Villagers

Lynne Taylor ... Villagers
Joseph Turi ... Villagers

Season 2, Episode 6: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

22 March 2008
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.
Robert Dean Smith ... Tristan
Deborah Voigt ... Isolde
Eike Wilm Schulte ... Kurwenal
Michelle DeYoung ... Brangäne
Matti Salminen ... King Marke
Stephen Gaertner ... Melot
Matthew Plenk ... Sailor's Voice
Mark Schowalter ... Shepherd
James Courtney ... Steersman

James Levine ... Himself - Conductor
Susan Graham ... Herself - Host

Season 2, Episode 7: Puccini: La Bohème

5 April 2008
Imagine a world where taste and sensitivity have been overrun by gaudy excess and marketing hyperbole, where Puccini's quiet, intimate love-story can at last be told with A Cast of Thousands and a Real, Live Military Marching Band.
Angela Gheorghiu ... Mimì
Ramón Vargas ... Rodolfo
Ainhoa Arteta ... Musetta
Ludovic Tézier ... Marcello
Oren Gradus ... Colline
Quinn Kelsey ... Schaunard
Paul Plishka ... Benoît and Alcindoro
Nicola Luisotti ... Himself - Conducted by
Meredith Derr ... Parpignol
Elena Doria ... Herself - Children's Chorus Director

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Robert Maher ... Costomhouse Officer

Season 2, Episode 8: Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment

26 April 2008
Marie, lost as a baby, was found and raised by the local regiment. Tonio loves her, she loves him, but when her aunt recognizes her, it seems they will never be allowed to be together.
Natalie Dessay ... Marie, a girl adopted by French Soldiers
Juan Diego Flórez ... Tonio, a young Swiss villager
Felicity Palmer ... The Marquise of Berkenfield
Alessandro Corbelli ... Sergeant Sulpice

Marian Seldes ... The Duchess of Krankenthorp
Marco Armiliato ... Himself - Conductor
Donald Maxwell ... Hortensius

David Frye ... A Townsman
Roger Andrews ... A Coporal
Jack Wetherall ... Notary

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Jeffrey Goldberg ... Stage Band Condcutor

Amir Levy ... Soldier

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Opening Night Gala Starring Renée Fleming

22 September 2008
Keeping with a long-standing tradition, Renee Fleming kicks off the new season at the Met with scenes from Verdi's Traviata, Massenet's Manon, and Strauss' Capriccio. She is joined by Ramon Vargas and Thomas Hampson.

Renée Fleming ... Violetta / Manon / Countess
Marco Armiliato ... Himself - Conductor: 'Manon'
Griff Braun ... Dancers - La Traviata: Act II
Dwayne Croft ... Lescaut
Kathryn Day ... Annina - La Traviata: Act II
Michael Devlin ... Major-Domo - Capriccio: Final Scene
Sara Erde ... Dancers - La Traviata: Act II
Thomas Hampson ... Germont
John Hancock ... Baron Douphol - La Travitata: Act II / De Brétigny - Manon: Act III
Theodora Hanslowe ... Flora - La Traviata: Act II

James Levine ... Himself - 'La Traviata' conducted by
Robert Lloyd ... Count Des Grieux
Christine McMillan ... Dancers - La Traviata: Act II
Louis Otey ... Marquis d'Obigny - La Traviata: Act II
Paul Plishka ... Doctor Grenvil - La Traviata: Act II
Patrick Summers ... Himself - Conductor: 'Capriccio'
Ramón Vargas ... Alfredo
Monica Yunus ... Pousette - Manon: Act III

Season 3, Episode 2: Richard Strauss: Salome

11 October 2008
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.

Season 3, Episode 3: Doctor Atomic

8 November 2008
Composer John Adams re-creates the tension at Los Alamos, 1945, the night before the first atom bomb is tested. Gerald Finley portrays Dr. Oppenheimer; the first act ends with a soul-searching aria, "Batter My Heart." (text by John Dryden).
Gerald Finley ... J. Robert Oppenheimer
Sasha Cooke ... Kitty Oppenheimer
Eric Owens ... General Leslie Groves
Richard Paul Fink ... Edward Teller
Thomas Glenn ... Robert Wilson
Meredith Arwady ... Pasqualita
Earle Patriarco ... Frank Hubbard
Roger Honeywell ... Captain James Nolan
John Adams ... Himself - Composer
Benjamin Bederson ... Himself
Alan Gilbert ... Himself - Conductor
Susan Graham ... Herself - Host
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
J. Robert Oppenheimer ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Rhodes ... Himself

Steve Trzaska ... Oppenheimer Scientist

Season 3, Episode 4: Berlioz: La damnation de Faust

22 November 2008
French composer Hector Berlioz puts a unique spin on the familiar tale of Faust, the scholar/scientist who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for love and knowledge. The story is told in 8 episodic scenes, in Cirque Du Soleil style.
Marcello Giordani ... Faust
Susan Graham ... Marguerite / Host
John Relyea ... Méphistophélès
Patrick Carfizzi ... Brander

James Levine ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Thomas Hampson ... Himself - Guest Interviewer
Robert Lepage ... Himself - Production by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Renato Palumbo ... Himself - Chorus Master

Christian Rozakis ... Student

Kyle Zingler ... Student

Season 3, Episode 5: Massenet: Thaïs

20 December 2008
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.

Renée Fleming ... Thaïs
Thomas Hampson ... Athanaël
Michael Schade ... Nicias
Daniel Clark Smith ... Cenobite Monks
Roger Andrews ... Cenobite Monks
Kurt Phinney ... Cenobite Monks
Richard Pearson ... Cenobite Monks
Craig Montgomery ... Cenobite Monks
Alain Vernhes ... Palémon
Trevor Scheunemann ... Guard
Alyson Cambridge ... Crobyle
Ginger Costa-Jackson ... Myrtale
Leah Partridge ... La Charmeuse
Maria Zifchak ... Albine

Zahra Hashemian ... Solo Dancer
David Chan ... Himself - Violin soloist
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers

Plácido Domingo ... Himself - Host
Mary Jo Heath ... Herself - Correspondent
Jesús López Cobos ... Himself - Conducted by (as Jesús López-Cobos)
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra

Season 3, Episode 6: Puccini: La rondine

10 January 2009
Magda, mistress to wealthy Rambaldo, wants romance with a younger man. She moves in with Ruggiero until his cash runs out.
Monica Yunus ... Yvette
Alyson Cambridge ... Bianca
Marius Brenciu ... Prunier
Angela Gheorghiu ... Magda
Lisette Oropesa ... Lisette
Elizabeth DeShong ... Suzy
Samuel Ramey ... Rambaldo
Tony Stevenson ... Gobin
David Won ... Périchaud
David Crawford ... Crébillon
Roberto Alagna ... Ruggero
Marty Singleton ... Adolf
Anne Nonnemacher ... Georgette
Belinda Oswald ... Gabriele
Alexandra Newland ... Lolette
Jason Hendrix ... Rabonnier
Ashley Emerson ... A Singer
Roger Andrews ... A Butler
Marco Armiliato ... Himself - Conductor

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host

Season 3, Episode 7: Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice

24 January 2009
Gluck's first "reform" opera, meaning the music of the baroque era with its embellishments and improvisations is replaced with a simpler and more direct vocal style. This production is modernized and includes a host of celebrities in Hades.
Stephanie Blythe ... Orfeo
Danielle de Niese ... Euridice
Heidi Grant Murphy ... Amor

James Levine ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Joshua Greene ... Himself - Harpsichord
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Mark Morris ... Himself - Intermission Interviewee

Season 3, Episode 8: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

7 February 2009
Lucia's nerves are already rattled, she's seeing ghosts and all. When her brother forces her to marry and her real boyfriend shows up at the wedding, that does it - she goes right over the edge. Sorry Arturo, she's just not that into you.

Anna Netrebko ... Lucia
Piotr Beczala ... Edgardo
Mariusz Kwiecien ... Lord Enrico Ashton
Ildar Abdrazakov ... Raimondo
Michaela Martens ... Alisa
Michael Myers ... Normanno
Colin Lee ... Arturo
Mariko Anraku ... Herself - Harp Solo
Marco Armiliato ... Himself - Conductor
Cecilia Brauer ... Herself - Armonica Solo
Natalie Dessay ... Herself - Host
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson ... Himself - Flute Solo

Season 3, Episode 9: Puccini: Madama Butterfly

7 March 2009
On shore leave in Japan, Lt. Pinkerton is ready for action and finds it in a wedding broker. Cio-Cio-San naively believes the marriage is real. Wait until the real Mrs. Pinkerton hears about this: there's sure to be a Little Trouble ahead.
Patricia Racette ... Cio-Cio-San
Marcello Giordani ... Lt. B.F. Pinkerton
Dwayne Croft ... U.S. Consul Sharpless
Maria Zifchak ... Suzuki
Greg Fedderly ... Goro
Laura Fries ... Cio-Cio-San's Relatieves - Cousin
Linda Mays ... Cio-Cio-San's Relatieves - Mother
Jean Braham ... Cio-Cio-San's Relatieves - Aunt
Stephen Paynter ... Cio-Cio-San's Relatieves - Uncle Yakuside
Keith Miller ... Imperial Commissioner
Christian Jeong ... The Registrar
Dean Peterson ... The Bonze, Cio-Cio-San's Uncle
David Won ... Yamadori
Edyta Kulczak ... Kate Pinkerton
Kevin Augustine ... Cio-Cio-San's Child
Tom Lee ... Cio-Cio-San's Child
Marc Petrosino ... Cio-Cio-San's Child
Hsin-Ping Chang ... Ballet - Female Solo
James Graber ... Ballet - Male Solo
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Ballet
Carolyn Choa ... Herself - Interviewee

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host

Amir Levy ... Shadow Dancer
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus

Anthony Minghella ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Patrick Summers ... Himself - Conductor

Season 3, Episode 10: Bellini: La sonnambula

21 March 2009
Amina sleep-walks her way into the bedroom of a nobleman who is staying at the village inn. Enraged and humiliated, her fiancé breaks the engagement. The nobleman attests to her innocence, and Amina offers a demonstration of sleep-walking.
Natalie Dessay ... Amina
Juan Diego Flórez ... Elvino
Michele Pertusi ... Count Rodolfo
Jennifer Black ... Lisa
Jeremy Galyon ... Alessio
Jane Bunnell ... Teresa
Bernard Fitch ... Notary
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers

Amir Levy ... Dance Captain
Carrie-Ann Matheson ... Herself - Interviewee / Prompter
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Evelino Pidò ... Himself - Conducted by
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Philip Willingham ... Dancer / Actor (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 11: Rossini: La Cenerentola

9 May 2009

Rachelle Durkin ... Clorinda
Patricia Risley ... Tisbe
Elina Garanca ... Cenerentola, Angelina
John Relyea ... Alidoro
Alessandro Corbelli ... Don Magnifico
Lawrence Brownlee ... The Prince, Don Ramiro
Simone Alberghini ... Dandini
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Maurizio Benini ... Himself - Conducted by
Thomas Hampson ... Himself - Host
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus

Season 3, Episode 12: The Audition

12 October 2008
An engrossing behind-the-scenes quasi-documentary as 10 hopefuls vie for a spot on the Met's roster.
Jamie Barton ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Kiera Duffy ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Michael Fabiano ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Dísella Lárusdóttir ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Ryan McKinny ... Himself -The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Angela Meade ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Nicholas Pallesen ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Matthew Plenk ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists
Alek Shrader ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Ryan Smith ... Himself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Amber L. Wagner ... Herself - The 2007 National Council Auditions Grand Finalists, Winner
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Marco Armiliato ... Himself - Conducted by
Jay David Saks ... Music Producer
Lindsay Ammann ... Herself - Semi-Finalists
Christopher Bolduc ... Himself - Semi-Finalists
Matthew Hanscom ... Himself - Semi-Finalists
Stephen Hartley ... Himself - Semi-Finalists
Joel Herold ... Himself - Semi-Finalists (as Joel C. Herold)
Miriam Khalil ... Herself - Semi-Finalists
Joshua Kohl ... Himself - Semi-Finalists

Gaston Rivero ... Himself - Semi-Finalists
Faith Sherman ... Herself - Semi-Finalists
Cleona Torres ... Herself - Semi-Finalists (as Cleona M. Torres)
Christin Wismann ... Herself - Semi-Finalists
John Churchwell ... Himself - Pianist for the Semi-Finals
Carrie-Ann Matheson ... Herself - Pianist for the Semi-Finals
Stephanie Blythe ... Himself - National Council Grand Finals Concert's Host
Gary Dietrich ... Himself - Stage Manager
Gina Lapinski ... Herself - Met Assistant Director
Raymond Menard ... Himself - Stage Manager
Gayletha Nichols ... Herself

Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Puccini: Tosca

10 October 2009
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.
Karita Mattila ... Floria Tosca
Marcelo Álvarez ... Mario Cavaradossi
George Gagnidze ... Scarpia
Paul Plishka ... Sacristan
Joel Sorensen ... Spoletta
David Pittsinger ... Angelotti
James Courtney ... Sciarrone
Jonathan A. Makepeace ... Shepherd
Keith Miller ... Jailer
Luc Bondy ... Himself - Interviewee

Milena Canonero ... Herself - Interviewee
Joseph Colaneri ... Himself - Conducted by
Susan Graham ... Herself - Host
Carrie-Ann Matheson ... Herself - Musical staff
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Donald Palumbo ... Himself - Chorus master

Christian Rozakis ... Peasant

Season 4, Episode 2: Verdi: Aida

24 October 2009
Pharoah's daughter loves Radames, leader of the Egyptian army. So does slave-girl, Aida, who happens to be (unknown to anyone) Princess of Ethiopia. Aida must choose either her country or Radames. The outcome leaves both gasping for breath.
Violeta Urmana ... Aida
Johan Botha ... Radamès
Dolora Zajick ... Amneris
Carlo Guelfi ... Amonasro
Roberto Scandiuzzi ... Ramfis
Stefan Kocán ... The King
Adam Laurence Herskowitz ... A Messenger
Jennifer Check ... A Priestress
Christine Freeman ... Solo Dancers
Bradley Shelver ... Solo Dancers
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Daniele Gatti ... Himself - Conducted by
Leo Kubota ... Egyptian Standard-Bearer
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chors
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Aleksei Ratmansky ... Himself - Choreographer (as Alexei Ratmansky)
John Sellars ... Himself - Technical manager

Season 4, Episode 3: Puccini: Turandot

7 November 2009
To win the hand of Princess Turandot, suitors must first answer her three riddles, but an incorrect answer sends the suitor to the executioner. A Stranger with No Name, whom no-one knows, tries: will he win her hand, or lose his head?
Maria Guleghina ... Turandot
Marcello Giordani ... Calàf
Marina Poplavskaya ... Liù
Samuel Ramey ... Timur
Charles Anthony ... Emperor Altoum
Joshua Hopkins ... Ping
Tony Stevenson ... Pang
Eduardo Valdes ... Pong
Mark Dechiazza ... Three Masks (as Mark De Chiazza)
Andrew Robinson ... Three Masks
Sam Meredith ... Three Masks
Keith Miller ... Mandarin
Antonio DeMarco ... Executioner
Sasha Semin ... Prince of Persia
Anne Nonnemacher ... Handmaidens
Mary Hughes ... Handmaidens
Linda Gelinas ... Temptresses
Annemarie Lucania ... Temptresses
Rachel Schuette ... Temptresses
James R. Blumenfeld ... Himself - Properties Manager

Joseph Calleja ... Himself - Interviewee from next program 'Les contes d'Hoffmann'
David Krauss ... Himself - Interviewee

Amir Levy ... Popolo
Andris Nelsons ... Himself - Conducted by
Patricia Racette ... Herself - Host
James Ross ... Himself - Interviewee

Christian Rozakis ... Popolo

Season 4, Episode 4: Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann

19 December 2009
Three acts, book-ended by a Prologue and Epilogue, tell the poet Hoffman's failed loves. The first was just a doll, the second a dying singer, and the third a lady of the evening. That's Hoffman, looking for love in all the wrong places.

Season 4, Episode 5: R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

9 January 2010
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.

Renée Fleming ... Princess von Werdenberg
Susan Graham ... Octavian
Kristinn Sigmundsson ... Baron Ochs
Christine Schäfer ... Sophie
Thomas Allen ... Faninal
James Courtney ... Notary
Nicholas Crawford ... Mahomet
Eric Cutler ... Italian Singer

Plácido Domingo ... Himself - Host
Bernard Fitch
Kenneth Floyd ... Lackey
Jeremy Galyon ... Police Commissioner
Lee Hamilton ... Orphan
Ellen Lang ... Widow
Robert Maher ... Malckey
Sam Meredith ... Hairdresser
Ronald Naldi
Belinda Oswald ... Orphan
Stephen Paynter ... Leopold
Charlotte Philley ... Milliner
Kurt Phinney ... Animal Vendor
Rodell Rosel ... Valzacchi

Christian Rozakis ... Octavian Runner
Marty Singleton ... Lackey
Daniel Clark Smith ... Lackey
Patricia Steiner ... Orphan
Tony Stevenson ... Innkeeper

Erica Strauss ... Marianne
Wendy White ... Annina

Season 4, Episode 6: Bizet: Carmen

16 January 2010
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.
Trevor Scheunemann ... Moralès, an officer
Barbara Frittoli ... Micaëla, a peasant girl
Roberto Alagna ... Don José, a corporal
Keith Miller ... Zuniga, a captain
Elina Garanca ... Carmen, a gypsy
Elizabeth Caballero ... Frasquita
Sandra Piques Eddy ... Mercédès
Teddy Tahu Rhodes ... Escamillo, a toreador
Earle Patriarco ... Le Dancaïre
Keith Jameson ... Le Remendado
Maria Kowroski ... Solo Dancers

Martin Harvey ... Solo Dancers
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin ... Himself - Conducted by

Christian Rozakis ... Drunken Soldier
Christopher Wheeldon ... Himself - Choreographer

Season 4, Episode 7: Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

6 February 2010
Verdi's opera tells the story of Simon Boccanegra (literally: Simon the Black-Mouth), a reformed pirate who becomes chief magistrate of Genoa. Infants swapped at birth, estranged families, and political intrigue threaten to topple his rule.

Plácido Domingo ... Simon Boccanegra
Adrianne Pieczonka ... Amelia
Marcello Giordani ... Gabriele Adorno
James Morris ... Jacopo Fiesco
Stephen Gaertner ... Paolo Albiani
Richard Bernstein ... Pietro
Joyce El-Khoury ... Maid
Adam Laurence Herskowitz ... Captain

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host

James Levine ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra

Season 4, Episode 8: Thomas: Hamlet

27 March 2010
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.

Season 4, Episode 9: Rossini: Armida

1 May 2010
Soldiers rally outside Jerusalem, where a beautiful woman claims to be the rightful ruler. She begs the men to help her take the crown from evil uncle, Idraote. Little do they know, however, that this is a plot to destroy them from within.

Renée Fleming ... Armida
Lawrence Brownlee ... Rinaldo
John Osborn ... Goffredo
Barry Banks ... Gernando / Carlo
Kobie van Rensburg ... Ubaldo
Yeghishe Manucharyan ... Eustazio
Keith Miller ... Astarotte
Peter Volpe ... Idraote
Teele Ude ... Love

Isaac Scranton ... Revenge
Aaron Loux ... Ballet Rinaldo
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dance
David Chan ... Himself - Violin solo
Rafael Figueroa ... Himself - Cello solo
Riccardo Frizza ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Philip Willingham ... Devil

Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: Wagner: Das Rheingold

9 October 2010
When Wotan, king of the gods, hired the Giants to build a palace, he didn't have the money to pay them. What to do? Plunder and steal: there is a Ring with limitless power, and that will be his solution. He doesn't know the Ring is cursed.
Bryn Terfel ... Wotan
Richard Croft ... Loge
Eric Owens ... Alberich
Stephanie Blythe ... Fricka
Franz-Josef Selig ... Fasolt
Hans-Peter König ... Fafner
Wendy Bryn Harmer ... Freia
Patricia Bardon ... Erda
Gerhard Siegel ... Mime
Adam Diegel ... Froh
Dwayne Croft ... Donner
Jennifer Johnson ... Wellgunde
Tamara Mumford ... Flosshilde
Lisette Oropesa ... Woglinde
Peter Gelb ... Himself - Introduction
Robert Lepage ... Himself - Production by

James Levine ... Himself - Conductor
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Season 5, Episode 2: Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov

23 October 2010
Boris might have been a good Czar except for that thing he did years ago: he murdered the child who was the true heir to Russia's throne. Now nightmares, his conscience, the Council of Ministers and a brewing rebellion threaten his rule.
René Pape ... Boris Godunov
Oleg Balashov ... Prince Shuisky
Mikhail Petrenko ... Pimen
Aleksandrs Antonenko ... Grigory
Ekaterina Semenchuk ... Marina
Yevgeni Nikitin ... Rangoni (as Evgeny Nikitin)
Vladimir Ognovenko ... Varlaam
Andrey Popov ... Simpleton
Valerian Ruminski ... Nikitich
Mikhail Svetlov ... Mitiukha
Olga Savova ... Innkeeper
Nikolai Gassiev ... Missail
Gennady Bezzubenkov ... Officer
Jennifer Zeltan ... Xenia
Jonathan A. Makepeace ... Feodor
Larisa Shevchenko ... Nurse
Dennis Petersen ... Krushchov
Andrew Oakden ... Lavitsky
Mark Schowalter ... Chernikovsky
Brian Frutiger ... Boyar in Attendance
Valery Gergiev ... Himself - Conducted by

Amir Levy ... Dancer
Alexey Markov
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus

Christian Rozakis ... Actor

Philip Willingham ... Boyar

Season 5, Episode 3: Donizetti: Don Pasquale

13 November 2010
After disinheriting his nephew Ernesto, the elderly Pasquale seeks a wife to produce an heir for his estate. Dr. Malatesta sympathizes with Ernesto and devises a plan to help Ernesto regain his inheritance and the widow Norina.
John Del Carlo ... Don Pasquale, an elderly bachelor
Mariusz Kwiecien ... Dr. Malatesta, his physician
Matthew Polenzani ... Ernesto, Pasquale's nephew

Anna Netrebko ... Norina, a youthful widow, beloved of Ernesto
Bernard Fitch ... A Notary, Malatesta's cousin Carlino

James Levine ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus

Season 5, Episode 4: Verdi: Don Carlo

11 December 2010
Family jealousy, threat of rebellion, political back-stabbing and the Inquisition weigh heavy on the court of King Phillip II. The tension finally ignites at the King's coronation, where a number of heretics are to be burnt at the stake.
Roberto Alagna ... Don Carlo - crown prince of Spain
Layla Claire ... Tebaldo - Elisabeth's page
Marina Poplavskaya ... Elisabeth of Valois - daughter of Henry II of France
Eduardo Valdes ... The Count of Lerma
Anne Dyas ... The Countess of Aremberg
Alexei Tanovitsky ... A Friar
Simon Keenlyside ... Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa
Ferruccio Furlanetto ... Philip II - King of Spain
Anna Smirnova ... The Princess Eboli

Tommaso Matelli ... Priest Inquisitor
Donovan Singletary ... Flemish Deputy
Keith Harris ... Flemish Deputy
Christopher Schaldenbrand ... Flemish Deputy
Joshua Benaim ... Flemish Deputy
Tyler Simpson ... Flemish Deputy
Eric Jordan ... Flemish Deputy
Jennifer Check ... A Celestial Voice
Eric Halfvarson ... The Grand Inquisitor
Marcello Giordani ... Himself - Talk guest
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Yannick Nézet-Séguin ... Himself - Conductor
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Philip Willingham ... (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 5: Puccini: La Fanciulla del West

8 January 2011
Minnie, the titular "Girl of the Golden West" is saloon-keeper, nurse, and Bible school teacher to a camp of miners during the California Gold Rush. When the mysterious Mr. Johnson arrives, the miners suspicions (and jealousies) are roused.

Season 5, Episode 6: John Adams: Nixon in China

12 February 2011
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.
James Maddalena ... Richard Nixon
Janis Kelly ... Pat Nixon
Robert Brubaker ... Mao Tse-tung
Kathleen Kim ... Chian Ch'ing
Russell Braun ... Chou En-lai
Richard Paul Fink ... Henry Kissinger
Ginger Costa-Jackson ... Nancy Ch'ing (First Secretary to Mao)
Teresa S. Herold ... Second Secretary to Mao
Tamara Mumford ... Third Secretary to Mao
Haruno Yamazaki ... Solo Dancers
Kanji Segawa ... Solo Dancers
John Adams ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Thomas Hampson ... Herself - Host
Leo Kubota ... Chinese Soldier / Waiter
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... People
Mark Morris ... Himself - Intermission Interviewee
Peter Sellars ... Himself - Intermission Interviewee

Season 5, Episode 7: Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride

26 February 2011
Iphigenie, banished daughter of Klytemnaestra, is now high priestess to Diana. Two strangers from Greece wash up on shore; when Iphigenie recognizes one as her brother, Orestes, she is powerless to stop his execution. Cue the goddess Diana.
Susan Graham ... Iphigénie

Plácido Domingo ... Oreste
Paul Groves ... Pylade
Gordon Hawkins ... Thoas
Julie Boulianne ... Diane
Lei Xu ... First Priestess
Cecelia Hall ... Second Priestess
David Won ... Scythian Minister
Jacqueline Antaramian ... Clytemnestre
Rob Besserer ... Agamemnon
Patrick Summers ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Diana Damrau ... Herself - Comtesse Adèle from 'Le Comte Ory'
Natalie Dessay ... Herself - Host
Joyce DiDonato ... Herself - Isolier from 'Le Comte Ory'
Peter Gelb ... Himself - General Manager
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themself - Orchestra
Bartlett Sher ... Himself - Director of 'Le Comte Ory'
Stephen Wadsworth ... Himself - Intermission interviewee

Season 5, Episode 8: Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

19 March 2011
A reprise of 2009's production with cast changes, including Natalie Dessay and Joseph Calleja. The famous Mad Scene is orchestrated with a glass harmonica per Donizetti's original score, and not a flute, which is more commonly used today.
Natalie Dessay ... Lucia

Joseph Calleja ... Edgardo
Ludovic Tézier ... Enrico
Kwangchul Youn ... Raimondo
Philip Webb ... Normanno
Theodora Hanslowe ... Alisa
Matthew Plenk ... Arturo
Denis Bourikov ... Himself - Flute Solo

Renée Fleming ... Himself - Host
Mary Jo Heath ... Herself - Correspondent
Deborah Hoffman ... Herself - Hapr Solo

Amir Levy ... Servant
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
John Sellars ... Himself - Interviewee
Patrick Summers ... Himself - Conductor
Mary Zimmerman ... Herself - Production by

Season 5, Episode 9: Rossini: Le Comte Ory

9 April 2011
The young Count Ory takes advantage of the fact that the village men are off fighting, and breaks into the castle to declare his love to Adele. His sidekick Isolier reveals Ory's plans to her, and the two of them hatch a plan to trick Ory.
Juan Diego Flórez ... Count Ory
Diana Damrau ... Countess Adèle
Joyce DiDonato ... Isolier
Stéphane Degout ... Raimbaud
Michele Pertusi ... The Tutor
Susanne Resmark ... Ragonde
Monica Yunus ... Alice
Tony Stevenson ... Courtier
Tyler Simpson ... Courtier
Rob Besserer ... the Prompter
Maurizio Benini ... Himself - Conductor
Timothy Church ... Himself - Costume manager

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus

Christian Rozakis ... Stage Hand
Bartlett Sher ... Himself - Production by
Catherine Zuber ... Herself - Costume designer

Melody Bates ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 10: R. Strauss: Capriccio

23 April 2011
Which is greater among the arts, poetry or music? The opera explores that question in an allegorical tale: the Countess (Fleming), is torn between two suitors, the poet Olivier (Russell Braun) and the composer Flamand (Joseph Kaiser).

Renée Fleming ... Countess
Russell Braun ... Olivier, a poet
Joseph Kaiser ... Flamand, a composer
Peter Rose ... La Roche, a theater director
Morten Frank Larsen ... The Count
Sarah Connolly ... Clairon, an actress
Barry Banks ... Italian Singers
Olga Makarina ... Italian Singers
Michael Devlin ... The Major-Domo
Bernard Fitch ... Monsieur Taupe, a prompter
Ronald Naldi ... Servants
Paul Corona ... Servants
Steven Goldstein ... Servants
Christopher Schaldenbrand ... Servants
Grant Youngblood ... Servants
Scott Scully ... Servants
Brian Frutiger ... Servants
Kyle Pfortmiller ... Servants
Laura Feig ... Solo Dancers
Eric Otto ... Solo Dancers
David Chan ... Musicians - violin
Rafael Figueroa ... Musicians - cello
Dennis Giauque ... Musicians - harpsichod
Andrew Davis ... Himself - Conductor
Joyce DiDonato ... Herself - Host

Season 5, Episode 11: Verdi: Il Trovatore

30 April 2011
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.
Marcelo Álvarez ... Manrico
Sondra Radvanovsky ... Leonora
Dmitri Hvorostovsky ... Count di Luna
Dolora Zajick ... Azucena
Stefan Kocán ... Ferrando
Maria Zifchak ... Ines
Eduardo Valdes ... Ruiz
Raymond Aparentado ... A Messenger
Robert Maher ... A Gypsy
Marco Armiliato ... Himself - Conducted by

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra

Christian Rozakis ... Anvil
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Star of Walküre
Michael Kaup ... Fighter (uncredited)
Travis Wojcik ... Anvil (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 12: Wagner: Die Walküre

14 May 2011
Ring Cycle part 2, where we learn that two of Wotan's kids are having an incestuous affair, his wife is furious, so Valkyrie Brunnhilde is sent to fix things (ie, kill them). But she lets them escape instead, and oh boy, is Wotan angry now.
Jonas Kaufmann ... Siegmund
Eva-Maria Westbroek ... Sieglinde
Hans-Peter König ... Hunding
Bryn Terfel ... Wotan
Deborah Voigt ... Brünnhilde
Stephanie Blythe ... Fricka
Kelly Cae Hogan ... Gerhilde
Molly Fillmore ... Helmwige
Marjorie Elinor Dix ... Waltraute
Mary Phillips ... Schwertleite
Wendy Bryn Harmer ... Ortlinde
Eve Gigliotti ... Siegrune
Mary Ann McCormick ... Grimgerde
Lindsay Ammann ... Rossweisse
Joseph Anderer ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section, Principal Horn
Demian Austin ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Michelle Baker ... Herself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Peter Bond ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
E. Scott Brubaker ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Anthony Cecere ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Joyce DiDonato ... Herself - Host

Plácido Domingo ... Himself - Host
Brad Gemeinhardt ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Javier Gándara ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Christopher John Hall ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Pat Herb ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Billy R. Hunter Jr. ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Barbara Jöstlein ... Herself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
David Krauss ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section, Principal Trumpet
David Langlitz ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section

James Levine ... Himself - Conductor
Steve Norrell ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Julia A. Pilant ... Herself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Denson Paul Pollard ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section, Bass Trumpet
Erik Ralske ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section, Principal Horn
Raymond Riccomini ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
James Ross ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
Anne Marie Scharer ... Herself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section
John Sellars ... Himself - Technical director
Weston Sprott ... Himself - The Metropolitan Opera Brass Section

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: Donizetti: Anna Bolena

12 October 2011
The first of the "Three Queens" operas by Donizetti tells of Anne Boleyn's disastrous marriage to Henry VIII. Anna Netrebko plays the doomed queen, Ildar Abdrazakov is her Henry VIII, and Stephen Costello is Lord Percy.

Season 6, Episode 2: Mozart: Don Giovanni

29 October 2011
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.
Mariusz Kwiecien ... Don Giovanni
Marina Rebeka ... Donna Anna
Ramón Vargas ... Don Ottavio
Barbara Frittoli ... Donna Elvira
Luca Pisaroni ... Leporello
Mojca Erdmann ... Zerlina
Joshua Bloom ... Masetto
Stefan Kocán ... Commendatore
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host

Amir Levy
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conductor / Harpsichord Continuo
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Joyce Rasmussen Balint ... Herself - Mandolin Solo

Philip Willingham ... Commendatore Servant (uncredited)

Season 6, Episode 3: Wagner: Siegfried

5 November 2011
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 imprisoned by a wall of fire; they fall instantly in love.
Jay Hunter Morris ... Siegfried
Deborah Voigt ... Brünnhilde
Bryn Terfel ... The Wanderer
Gerhard Siegel ... Mime
Eric Owens ... Alberich
Patricia Bardon ... Erda
Hans-Peter König ... Fafner
Mojca Erdmann ... The Forest Bird
William Berger ... Himself - Author, Wagner Without Fear
John Fisher ... Himself - Met Coach

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Peter Gelb ... Himself - General Manager
Mary Jo Heath ... Herself - Special Correspondent
Robert Lepage ... Himself - Director
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Erik Ralske ... Himself - Stage Horn Solo

Season 6, Episode 4: Philip Glass: Satyagraha

19 November 2011
Based on the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi.
Richard Croft ... M K. Gandhi
Bradley Garvin ... Prince Arjuna
Richard Bernstein ... Lord Krishna
Rachelle Durkin ... Miss Schlesen, Gandi's secretary
Molly Fillmore ... Mrs. Naidoo, Indian co-worker
Maria Zifchak ... Kasturbai, Gandhi's wife
Kim Josephson ... Mr. Kallenbach, European co-worker
Alfred Walker ... Parsi Rustomji, Indian co-worker
Mary Phillips ... Mrs. Alexander, European friend
The Skills Ensemble ... Improvistional Peppetry
Philip Eddolls ... Skills Ensemble (as Phil Eddolls)
Charlie Folorunsho ... Skills Ensemble
Alex Harvey ... Skills Ensemble
Nick Haverson ... Skills Ensemble
Tina Koch ... Skills Ensemble
Charlie Llewellyn-Smith ... Skills Ensemble
Vic Llewellyn ... Skills Ensemble
Charlotte Mooney ... Skills Ensemble
Kumar Muniandy ... Skills Ensemble
Caroline Partridge ... Skills Ensemble
Rajha Shakiry ... Skills Ensemble
Rob Thirtle ... Skills Ensemble
Dante Anzolini ... Himself - Conductor
Julian Crouch ... Himself - Associate Director and Set Designer

Mohandas K. Gandhi ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Gelb ... Himself - Opening interviewr

Philip Glass ... Himself - Composer
Joseph Lelyveld ... Himself - Auther 'Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi nad His Struggle with India'
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Eric Owens ... Himself - Host
Donald Palumbo ... Himself - Chorus Master

Season 6, Episode 5: Handel: Rodelinda

3 December 2011
Bertarido escaped to Hungary after Grimoaldo's armies had attacked, even though he had once been an ally of Bertarido. Now he has returned in disguise to rescue his wife and son, whom he left behind. But Rodelinda believes him to be dead.

Renée Fleming ... Rodelinda
Andreas Scholl ... Bertarido
Joseph Kaiser ... Grimoaldo
Stephanie Blythe ... Eduige
Iestyn Davies ... Unulfo
Shenyang ... Garibaldo

Moritz Linn ... Flavio
Harry Bicket ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Season 6, Episode 6: Gounod: Faust

10 December 2011
The oft-told tale of the scientist Faust, who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for an extra 24 years to live, is updated, apparently happening entirely in the confines of Faust's lab, which makes the Act 2 carnival hard to fathom.
Jonas Kaufmann ... Faust
René Pape ... Mephistophélès
Marina Poplavskaya ... Marguerite
Michèle Losier ... Siébel
Russell Braun ... Valentin
Wendy White ... Marthe
Jonathan Beyer ... Wanger
Joyce DiDonato ... Herself - Host
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Yannick Nézet-Séguin ... Himself - Conducted by

Season 6, Episode 7: The Enchanted Island, a Baroque Pastiche

21 January 2012

David Daniels ... Prospero
Danielle de Niese ... Ariel
Joyce DiDonato ... Sycorax
Luca Pisaroni ... Caliban
Lisette Oropesa ... Miranda
Layla Claire ... Helena
Elizabeth DeShong ... Hermia
Paul Appleby ... Demetrisu
Elliot Madore ... Lysander

Plácido Domingo ... Neptune
Ashley Emerson ... Quartet
Monica Yunus ... Quartet
Philippe Castagner ... Quartet
Tyler Simpson ... Quartet
Anthony Roth Costanzo ... Ferdinando
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Bradley Brookshire ... Himself - Continuo, harpsichord
William Christie ... Himself - Conducted by
David Heiss ... Himself - Continuo, cello
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Season 6, Episode 8: Wagner: Götterdämmerung

11 February 2012
Ring Cycle, pt 4. Siegfried is drugged and tricked into kidnapping his wife, since she has the Ring now. More double-crossings, Siegfried ends up dead. Brunnhilde has had enough of this, tosses the Ring into the river and torches the place.
Elizabeth Bishop ... Second Norn
Wendy Bryn Harmer ... Gutrune
Jennifer Johnson Cano ... Wellgunde
Hans-Peter König ... Hagen
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conducted by
Waltraud Meier ... Waltraute
Heidi Melton ... Third Norn
Erin Morley ... Woglinde
Jay Hunter Morris ... Siegfried
Tamara Mumford ... Floßhilde
Eric Owens ... Alberich
Iain Paterson ... Gunther
Maria Radner ... First Norn
Erik Ralske ... Stage Horn solo
Deborah Voigt ... Brünnhilde

Season 6, Episode 9: Verdi: Ernani

25 February 2012
The opera that pushed Verdi onto the world stage. Ernani, outlawed nobleman, heads a resistance effort against Don Carlo, who killed Ernani's father. He also plans to elope with Elvira. Unfortunately, Don Carlo also is in love with Elvira.
Marcello Giordani ... Ernani
Angela Meade ... Elvira
Dmitri Hvorostovsky ... Don Carlo
Ferruccio Furlanetto ... Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
Mary Ann McCormick ... Giovanna
Adam Laurence Herskowitz ... Don Riccardo
Jeremy Galyon ... Jago
Marco Armiliato ... Himself (conductor)
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Group cast members

Season 6, Episode 10: Massenet: Manon

7 April 2012
Naive Manon is seduced by Chevalier Des Grieux and she runs away with him to avoid being sent to the convent. Gradually she learns to use her beauty to her advantage in the world of men. In opera, that usually spells bad news for the woman.

Anna Netrebko ... Manon
Piotr Beczala ... Chvalier des Grieux
Paulo Szot ... Lescaut
David Pittsinger ... Comte des Grieux
Christophe Mortagne ... Guillot de Morfontaine
Bradley Garvin ... De Brétigny
Anne-Carolyn Bird ... Pousette
Jennifer Black ... Javotte
Philip Cokorinos ... An Innkeeper
Ginger Costa-Jackson ... Rosette
David Crawford ... Guards
Kathryn Day ... A Maid
Alexander Lewis ... Guards
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... People

Season 6, Episode 11: Verdi: La Traviata

14 April 2012
The self-sacrificing courtesan with a heart of gold, and yes, she's going to die before it's over, and it will be too late to make amends for those who have wronged her. That's why the big clock in the background is ticking away like that.
Natalie Dessay ... Violetta Valéry
Matthew Polenzani ... Alfredo Germont
Dmitri Hvorostovsky ... Giorgio Germont
Patricia Risley ... Flora
Scott Scully ... Gastone
Kyle Pfortmiller ... Marquis D'Obigny
Luigi Roni ... Dr. Grenvil
Maria Zifchak ... Annina
Juhwan Lee ... Giuseppe
Joseph Turi ... Messenger
Athol Farmer ... Guest
Peter Volpe ... Gentleman
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Party Guest

Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

13 October 2012
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.

Anna Netrebko ... Adina
Matthew Polenzani ... Nemorino
Mariusz Kwiecien ... Belcore
Ambrogio Maestri ... Dulcamara
Anne-Carolyn Bird ... Giannetta
Robert Morrison ... Recitative Accompanist
Maurizio Benini ... Himself - Conducted by
Peter Gelb ... Himself - Introduction
Isabel Leonard ... Herself - Cast of The Tempest
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Townspeople / Army
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Alan Oke ... Himself - Cast of The Tempest
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host
Michael Yeargan ... Himself - Set designer
Catherine Zuber ... Herself - Costume designer

Melody Bates ... Dulcamara's Girl (uncredited)

Season 7, Episode 2: Verdi: Otello

27 October 2012
Before OJ and Nicole, there were Otello and Desdemona. Verdi had to be coaxed out of retirement by his publisher for a new opera; Verdi agreed after meeting librettist Boito, and the two of them settled on Shakespeare for their subject.
Johan Botha ... Otello

Renée Fleming ... Desdemona
Falk Struckmann ... Iago
Michael Fabiano ... Cassio
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Semyon Bychkov ... Himself - Conducted by
Stephen Gaertner ... Montàno

Amir Levy ... Duet Dancer
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... People
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
James Morris ... Lodovico
Luthando Qave ... Herald
Sondra Radvanovsky ... Herself - Host
Renée Tatum ... Emilia
Eduardo Valdes ... Roderigo

Season 7, Episode 3: Thomas Adès: The Tempest

10 November 2012
Composer Ades employs a variety of musical styles, from dissonance to tonality, even a passacaglia for voices. The story follows Shakespeare's play: the banished magician Prospero regains his humanity after outsiders visit his island.
Simon Keenlyside ... Prospero
Isabel Leonard ... Miranda
Audrey Luna ... Ariel
Alan Oke ... Caliban
Alek Shrader ... Ferdinand
Kevin Burdette ... Stefano
Iestyn Davies ... Trinculo
Toby Spence ... Antonio
Christopher Feigum ... Sebastian
John Del Carlo ... Gonzalo
William Burden ... King of Naples
Thomas Adès ... Himself - Composer and Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Season 7, Episode 4: Mozart: La clemenza di Tito

1 December 2012
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.
Giuseppe Filianoti ... Tito
Barbara Frittoli ... Vitellia
Elina Garanca ... Sesto
Lucy Crowe ... Servilia
Kate Lindsey ... Annio
Oren Gradus ... Publio
Toni Rubio ... Berenice
Harry Bicket ... Himself - Conductor
Bradley Brookshire ... Himself - Harpsichord Continuo
Susan Graham ... Herself - Host
David Heiss ... Himself - Cello Continuo
Anthony McGill ... Himself - Clarinet Soloist
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... People
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
James Ognibene ... Himself - Basset Horn Soloist

Season 7, Episode 5: Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

8 December 2012
The Governor has not been carrying on a secret dalliance with best friend's wife, regardless of how matters appear. No matter, best friend Renato is convinced, and there's no talking him out of it. The truth will be unmasked at the Ball.
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Stephanie Blythe ... Madame Ulrica Arvidsson
David Crawford ... Tom
Dmitri Hvorostovsky ... Count Anckarström (Renato)
Kathleen Kim ... Oscar

Amir Levy ... Masked Dancer
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Keith Miller ... Samuel
Sondra Radvanovsky ... Amelia Anckarström

Christian Rozakis ... Actor
Trevor Scheunemann ... Silvano
Mark Schowalter ... Judge
Scott Scully ... Servant
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host
Marcelo Álvarez ... King Gustavo III (Riccardo)

Season 7, Episode 6: Verdi: Aida

15 December 2012
A reprise of 2009's performance with a new cast: in her Met debut, Monastyrska is a revelation as the titular princess; Alagna acquits himself well as her love interest. Aida is torn between loyalty to her country and her love for Radames.
Liudmyla Monastyrska ... Aida
Roberto Alagna ... Radamès
Olga Borodina ... Amneris
George Gagnidze ... Amonasro
Stefan Kocán ... Ramfis
Miklós Sebestyèn ... King
Hugo Vera ... Messenger
Jennifer Check ... Priestress
Laura Feig ... Dancers (as Laura Otto)
Scott Weber ... Dancers
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Raymond Sadik James ... Egyptian Soldier
Ari Lew ... Popolo Man / Egyption Soldier
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... People
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra

Rob Tunstall ... Egyptian Soldier / Cover
Brennan Vickery ... Egyptian Soldier

Season 7, Episode 7: Berlioz: Les Troyens

5 January 2013
Berlioz' last large-scale work was an attempt to rise above what he viewed as shallow, crowd pleasing "grand" operas in vogue at the time. This is his retelling of nothing less than the Trojan Wars of antiquity; the style hints at Wagner.
Deborah Voigt ... Cassandra
Susan Graham ... Dido
Karen Cargill ... Anna
Bryan Hymel ... Enée
Eric Cutler ... Iopas
Dwayne Croft ... Cerboebus
Kwangchul Youn ... Narbal
Paul Appleby ... Hylas
Richard Bernstein ... Panthée
Julie Boulianne ... Ascagne
Joyce DiDonato ... Herself - Host
Theodora Hanslowe ... Hécube
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Julien Robbins ... Priam
Eduardo Valdes ... Hélénus
Francesca Zambello ... Herself - Production

Season 7, Episode 8: Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

19 January 2013
Accusations and hostilities are hurled back and forth between Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth.
Joshua Hopkins ... Lord Cecil
Elza van den Heever ... Queen Elisabeth
Matthew Polenzani ... Robert, Earl of Leicester
Joyce DiDonato ... Mary Stuart
Matthew Rose ... Lord Talbot
Maria Zifchak ... Hannah Kennedy
Maurizio Benini ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Diana Damrau ... Herself - Star of next attraction 'Rigoletto'
Peter Gelb ... Himself - Interviewer
Zeljko Lucic ... Himself - Star of next attraction 'Rigoletto'
John Macfarlane ... Himself - Set and Costume Designer
David McVicar ... Himself - Production director
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themself - Orchestra
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Philip Willingham ... Groom (uncredited)

Season 7, Episode 9: Verdi: Rigoletto

16 February 2013
Set in rat-pack Las Vegas. Duke is Sinatra; Rigoletto is Don Rickles. Rigoletto owns a condo; he holds the elevator for the courtiers. Later on, when he finds a stranger's corpse in his car-trunk, why doesn't he drive her to the hospital?
Piotr Beczala ... The Duke
Alexander Lewis ... Borsa
Emalie Savoy ... Countess Ceprano
Zeljko Lucic ... Rigoletto
Jeffrey Mattsey ... Marullo
David Crawford ... Count Ceprano
Robert Pomakov ... Monterone
Stefan Kocán ... Sprafucile
Diana Damrau ... Gilda
Maria Zifchak ... Giovanna
Catherine Choi ... A Page
Earle Patriarco ... Guard
Oksana Volkova ... Maddalena
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Katarina Dalayman ... Herself

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Susan Hilferty ... Herself - Costume Designer
Christine Jones ... Herself - Set Designer
Jonas Kaufmann ... Himself - Next attraction's star from Parsifal

Amir Levy ... Kidnapper
Michele Mariotti ... Himself - Conducted by
Michael Mayer ... Himself - Production by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Thmeselves - Orchestra

Season 7, Episode 10: Wagner: Parsifal

2 March 2013
Many arguments have been made about Wagner's last opera: claims of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny. The story is simple, really: the Knights who were supposed to guard the Holy Relics managed to lose one; now God wants it back, or else.
Jonas Kaufmann ... Parsifal
Katarina Dalayman ... Kundry
Peter Mattei ... Amfortas
René Pape ... Gurnemanz
Yevgeni Nikitin ... Klingsor (as Evgeny Nikitin)
Rúni Brattaberg ... Titurel
Maria Zifchak ... Voice
Jennifer Forni ... First Esquire
Lauren McNeese ... Second Esquire
Andrew Stenson ... Third Esquire
Mario Chang ... Fourth Esquire
Mark Schowalter ... First Knight
Ryan Speedo Green ... Second Knight
Kiera Duffy ... Flower Maidens
Lei Xu ... Flower Maidens
Irene Roberts ... Flower Maidens
Haeran Hong ... Flower Maidens
Katherine Whyte ... Flower Maidens
Heather Johnson ... Flower Maidens
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Daniele Gatti ... Himself - Conducted by

Amir Levy ... Amfortas Knight
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Eric Owens ... Himself - Host

Season 7, Episode 11: Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini

16 March 2013
Francesca waits to be fetched to her wedding; her new husband's brother arrives, and they fall instantly in love. The groom happens to be a fierce and remorseless warrior, fresh from battle. Moral: don't sleep with your brother's new bride.
John Moore ... Simonetto, a jester
Dísella Lárusdóttir ... Francesca's Companions: Garsenda
Caitlin Lynch ... Francesca's Companions: Biancofiore
Patricia Risley ... Francesca's Companions: Altichiara
Renée Tatum ... Francesca's Companions: Donella
Ginger Costa-Jackson ... Smaragdi, her slave
Keith Jameson ... Ser Toldo Berardengo, a lawyer
Eva-Maria Westbroek ... Francesca
Dina Kuznetsova ... Samaritana, her sister
Marcello Giordani ... Paolo
Stephen Gaertner ... Berlingerio, the tower guard
Philip Horst ... Ostasio, Francesca's brother
Hugo Vera ... An Archer
Mark Delavan ... Paolo's Brothers: Giovanni, known as Gianciotto
Robert Brubaker ... Paolo's Brothers: Malatestino
Dustin Lucas ... A Prisoner
Marco Armiliato ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
David Daniels ... Herself - Star from next attraction 'Giulio Cesare'
Natalie Dessay ... Herself - Star from next attraction 'Giulio Cesare'
Jerry Grossman ... Himself - Cello Solo
Douglas F. Lebrecht ... Himself - Chergeman Scenic Artist
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Sylvia Nolan ... Hersefl - Staff Costume Designer
Sondra Radvanovsky ... Herself - Host

Season 7, Episode 12: Handel: Giulio Cesare

27 April 2013
Julius Caesar's visit to Cleopatra in Egypt.
David Daniels ... The Romans: Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare)
John Moore ... The Romans: Curius (Curio), tribune
Patricia Bardon ... The Romans: Cornelia, widow of Pompey
Alice Coote ... Sesto
Natalie Dessay ... The Egyptians: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt
Christophe Dumaux ... Tolomeo
Rachid Ben Abdeslam ... Nireno
Guido Loconsolo ... Achilla
Christina Luzwick ... Dancers
Justin Flores ... Dancers
Karla Dionne Victum ... Dancers
Brian Baldwin ... Actors
Kei Tsuruharatani ... Dancers
Sean Chin ... Actors
Matthew Cusick ... Actors

Tony Guerrero ... Actors
Shad Ramsey ... Actors

Christian Rozakis ... Actors
Sasha Semin ... Actors
Collin Ware ... Actors

Philip Willingham ... Actors
Joshua Wynter ... Actors
Christian Zaremba ... Actors
David Chan ... Violion Solo
Harry Bicket ... Himself - Conducted by

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Nick Sandys ... Himself - Fight Director

Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

5 October 2013

Season 8, Episode 2: Shostakovich: The Nose

26 October 2013

Paulo Szot ... Kovalyov
Andrey Popov ... Police Inspector
Alexander Lewis ... The Nose
Joseph Barron ... Caretakers / Policemen / Gentlemen
Jeffrey Behrens ... Policemen / Old Man / Students
Gennady Bezzubenkov ... A Cabby / Doctor
Matt Boehler ... Caretakers / Policemen / Gentlemen / Black Marketeer / Lady's Sons
Kevin Burdette ... Caretakers / Policemen / Gentlemen / Lady's Sons / Kovalyov's Acquaintances
Snezhana Chernova ... Acting Ensemble
Philip Cokorinos ... Caretakers / Father / Dandys
Frank Colardo ... Acting Ensemble
James Courtney ... Newspaper Clerk
Kathryn Day ... Respectable Lady
Barbara Dever ... Mme. Podtochina
Ying Fang ... Female Voice / Podtochina's daughter
Michael Forest ... Sons / Newcomers
Brian Frutiger ... Policemen / Gentlemen / Students
Maria Gavrilova ... Mother
Kevin Glavin ... Caretakers / Coachman / Someone
Theodora Hanslowe ... Matron
Christopher Job ... Caretakers / Sons / Students
Svetlana Kifa ... Acting Ensemble
Stass Klassen ... Acting Ensemble
Brian Kontes ... Footman / Caretakers / Policemen / Gentlemen / Kovalyov's Acquaintances
Vadim Krol ... Acting Ensemble
Ricardo Lugo ... Countess's Footman / Ivan Ivanovitch / Students
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Michael Myers ... Policemen / Gentlemen / Dandys / Kovalyov's Acquaintances
Vladimir Ognovenko ... Ivan Yakovlevich / Khosrev-mirza

Erik Parillo ... Acting Ensemble
Patricia Racette ... Herself - Host

Dan Renkin ... Acting Ensemble
Dina Rose Rivera ... Acting Ensemble

Christian Rozakis ... Acting ensamble
Sergei Skorokhodov ... Ivan, Kovalyov's Servant / Porter / Policemen / Gentlemen / Students
Pavel Smelkov ... Himself - Conducted by
Grigory Soloviov ... Constable / Caretakers / Policemen / Newcomers
Tony Stevenson ... Male Voice / Policemen / Gentlemen / Students
Claudia White ... Praskovya Osipovna / Pretzel Vendor
Todd Wilander ... Students
Inna Yesilevskaya ... Acting Ensemble

Season 8, Episode 3: Puccini: Tosca

9 November 2013

Patricia Racette ... Tosca
Roberto Alagna ... Cavaradossi
George Gagnidze ... Scarpia
John Del Carlo ... Sacristan
Eduardo Valdes ... Spoletta
Richard Bernstein ... Angelotti
James Courtney ... Sciarrone
Seth Ewing-Crystal ... Shepherd
Ryan Speedo Green ... Jailer

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Riccardo Frizza ... Himself - Conducted by
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra

Season 8, Episode 4: Verdi: Falstaff

14 December 2013

Stephanie Blythe ... Mrs. Quickly
Carlo Bosi ... Dr. Cajus
Paolo Fanale ... Fenton

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Keith Jameson ... Bardolfo
Jennifer Johnson Cano ... Meg Page

James Levine ... Himself - Conducted by
Ambrogio Maestri ... Sir John Falstaff
Angela Meade ... Alice Ford
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Lisette Oropesa ... Nannetta
Christian Van Horn ... Pistola
Franco Vassallo ... Ford

Season 8, Episode 5: Dvorák: Rusalka

8 February 2014

Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Piotr Beczala ... Prince
Julie Boulianne ... Kitchen Boy
Vladimír Chmelo ... Gamekeeper

Renée Fleming ... Rusalka
Susan Graham ... Herself - Host
Maya Lahyani ... Third Wood Sprite
Alexey Lavrov ... Hunter

Amir Levy ... Noble
Dísella Lárusdóttir ... First Wood Sprite
Emily Magee ... Foreign Princess
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin ... Himself - Conductor
John Relyea ... Water Gnome, Rusalka's father
Renée Tatum ... Second Wood Sprite
Dolora Zajick ... Jezibaba

Season 8, Episode 6: Borodin: Prince Igor

1 March 2014

Ildar Abdrazakov ... Prince Igor
Mikhail Petrenko ... Prince Galitsky
Sergey Semishkur ... Vladimir Igorevich
Vladimir Ognovenko ... Skula
Andrey Popov ... Yeroshka
Oksana Dyka ... Yaroslavna
Kiri Deonarine ... Polovtsian Maiden
Anita Rachvelishvili ... Konchakovna
Mikhail Vekua ... Ovlur
Stefan Kocán ... Khan Konchak
Barbara Dever ... Yaroslavna's Nurse
Metropolitan Opera Ballet ... Dancers
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda ... Himself - Conducted by
Eric Owens ... Himself - Host

Season 8, Episode 7: Massenet: Werther

14 March 2014

Helena Abbott ... Gretel
Alain Altinoglu ... Himself - Conducted by
David Bizic ... Albert
Philip Cokorinos ... Johann

Richard Eyre ... Himself - Production
Christopher Job ... Brühlmann
Jonas Kaufmann ... Werther
Sophie Koch ... Charlotte
Maya Lahyani ... Käthchen

Amir Levy ... Dancer, Asst. Choreographer
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Lisette Oropesa ... Sophie
Patricia Racette ... Herself - Host
Tony Stevenson ... Schmidt
Jonathan Summers ... The Bailiff

Season 8, Episode 8: Puccini: La bohème

5 April 2014

Patrick Carfizzi ... Schaunard
Massimo Cavalletti ... Marcello
Joyce DiDonato ... Herself - Host
Oren Gradus ... Colline
Vittorio Grigolo ... Rodolfo
Jason Hendrix ... Sergeant
Ari Lew ... Sapper Soldier
Donald Maxwell ... Benoit / Alcindro
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Kristine Opolais ... Mimì:
Susanna Phillips ... Musetta
Stefano Ranzani ... Himself - Conducted by
Daniel Clark Smith ... Parpignol
Joseph Turi ... Officer

Season 8, Episode 9: Mozart: Così fan tutte

26 April 2014

Danielle de Niese ... Despina

Renée Fleming ... Herself - Host
Isabel Leonard ... Dorabella

James Levine ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Maurizio Muraro ... Alfonso
Susanna Phillips ... Fiodiligi
Rodion Pogossov ... Guglielmo
Matthew Polenzani ... Ferrando

Season 8, Episode 10: Rossini: La Cenerentola

10 May 2014

Joyce DiDonato ... Angelina, known as Cenerentora
Rachelle Durkin ... Clorinda
Patricia Risley ... Tisbe
Alessandro Corbelli ... Don Magnifico
Juan Diego Flórez ... Don Ramiro
Pietro Spagnoli ... Dandini
Luca Pisaroni ... Alidoro
Dennis Giauque ... Himself - Recitaive Accompanist
Fabio Luisi ... Himself - Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Chorus ... Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
Deborah Voigt ... Herself - Host

Season 9


Season 9, Episode 1: Verdi: Macbeth

11 October 2014

Season 9, Episode 2: Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro

18 October 2014


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