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2012

11 Feb. 2012
R. Strauss: Capriccio
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).
 
5 Feb. 2012
Wagner: Die Walküre
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.
 
13 Oct. 2012
Donizetti: Anna Bolena
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.
 
11 Feb. 2012
Wagner: Götterdämmerung
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.
 
25 Feb. 2012
Verdi: Ernani
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.
 
7 Apr. 2012
Massenet: Manon
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.
 
14 Apr. 2012
Verdi: La Traviata
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.
 
27 Oct. 2012
Verdi: Otello
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.
 
10 Nov. 2012
Thomas Adès: The Tempest
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.
 
1 Dec. 2012
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
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.
 
8 Dec. 2012
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
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.
 
15 Dec. 2012
Verdi: Aida
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.
 

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