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2018-2019 Operas within Driving Distance

Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila. March 23

Saint-Saens:  Samson et Dalila.  March 23
Anita Rachvelishvili is Dalila with Gregory Kunde as Samson for the spring run of Samson and Dalila. Sir Mark Elder conducts this new production of Saint-Saens only opera that remains in repoertory.

Verdi: Falstaff. March 16

Verdi:  Falstaff.  March 16
Ambrogio Maestri returns to comedy as Verdi's penultimate title character, Sir John Falstaff. The production is updated to post-World War II England.

Wagner: Das Rheingold. 9 February

Wagner:  Das Rheingold.  9 February
This year's Ring Cycle begins with Greer Grimsley as Wotan in Das Rheingold.

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment. March 2

Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment.  March 2
Actress Kathleen Turner portrays the Duchess of Krakenthorpe along with Stephanie Blythe as the Marquise de Berkenfeld at the beginning of Act III of this charming comedy, available in your local theater in a Live from the Met in HD broadcast as well as the radio broadcast. Pretty Yende and javier Camarena are the lovers Marie and Tonio.

Verdi: Rigoletto. February 23

Verdi:  Rigoletto.  February 23
The Met's infamous Rigoletto in Las Vegas production returns with Roberto Frontali in the title role with Nadine Sierra and Vittorio Grigolo as Gilda and the Duke of Mantua.

Mozart: Don Giovanni. February 16

Mozart:  Don Giovanni.  February 16
One of the most perfectly-constructed operas ever written features Luca Pisaroni as the lecher title character and Ildar Abdrazaakov as his servant Leporello, with Rachel Willis-Sorenson as Donna Anna and Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Don Ottavio.

Tchaikovsky: Iolanta and Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle. February 9, 11:30 a.m.

Tchaikovsky:  Iolanta and Bartok:  Bluebeard's Castle.  February 9, 11:30 a.m.
Two fairy tales, the first with a happy ending and the second with a tragic ending. Sonya Yoncheva is Iolanta and Angela Denoke is Judith.



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