With A Metropolitan Opera High-Definition Production (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Mozart's The Magic Flute (2006)

112 min | Musical

8.5
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Prince Tamino and Papageno are sent by the Queen of Night to save her daughter Pamina from the clutches of the evil lord Sarastro.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Matthew Polenzani, Ying Huang, René Pape, Nathan Gunn

Votes: 44

2. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: The First Emperor (2007)

189 min | Musical

7.6
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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.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Elizabeth Futral, Paul Groves, Hsing-Kuo Wu

Votes: 23

3. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (2007)

Musical

8.4
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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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo

Votes: 33

4. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Gounod's Romeo et Juliette (2007)

192 min | Musical

7.9
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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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard

Votes: 19

5. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment (2008)

146 min | Musical

8.8
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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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Natalie Dessay, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Felicity Palmer

Votes: 17

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

249 min | Musical

6.4
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Wagner's supporters say that he took music to new heights of expression here; his detractors say it's the death-knell for melody and structure. It's four hours of aching yearning that does not rest until the last few minutes of the opera.

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

Votes: 9

7. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: La rondine (2009)

Musical

8.9
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Magda, mistress to wealthy Rambaldo, wants romance with a younger man. She moves in with Ruggiero until his cash runs out.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Monica Yunus, Alyson Cambridge, Marius Brenciu, Angela Gheorghiu

Votes: 20

8. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: Turandot (2009)

Musical

7.0
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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, who no-one knows, tries. Will he win her hand, or lose his head?

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Maria Guleghina, Marcello Giordani, Marina Poplavskaya, Samuel Ramey

Votes: 22

9. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Rossini: Armida (2010)

Musical

7.6
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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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, John Osborn, Barry Banks

Votes: 11

10. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (2011)

Musical

7.8
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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 ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Susan Graham, Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves

Votes: 11

11. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Rossini: Le Comte Ory (2011)

Musical

8.5
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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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau, Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato

Votes: 23

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

143 min | Musical

8.5
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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: 24

13. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Philip Glass: Satyagraha (2011)

Musical

7.8
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Based on the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Richard Croft, Bradley Garvin, Richard Bernstein, Rachelle Durkin

Votes: 23

14. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: The Enchanted Island, a Baroque Pastiche (2012)

Musical

8.7
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A loose adaptation of Shakespeare's Tempest and Twelfth Night with some of the most beautiful pieces by baroque composers such as Haendel and Vivaldi.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: David Daniels, Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, Luca Pisaroni

Votes: 20

15. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: La Traviata (2012)

Musical

6.9
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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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Natalie Dessay, Fabio Luisi, Matthew Polenzani, Deborah Voigt

Votes: 17

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

Musical

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: 18

17. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Thomas Adès: The Tempest (2012)

142 min | Musical

8.1
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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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Thomas Adès, Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Deborah Voigt

Votes: 15

18. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Aida (2012)

Musical

7.7
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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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Liudmyla Monastyrska, Roberto Alagna, Olga Borodina, Mary Jo Heath

Votes: 15

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

161 min | Musical

8.7
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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: 15

20. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Rigoletto (2013)

136 min | Musical

6.9
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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?

Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Piotr Beczala, Michele Mariotti, Renée Fleming, Alexander Lewis

Votes: 17

21. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Wagner: Parsifal (2013)

Musical

7.8
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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.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, René Pape

Votes: 26

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

Musical

8.7
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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: 26

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

127 min | Musical

7.0
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Paulo Szot, Andrey Popov, Alexander Lewis, Claudia Waite

Votes: 13

24. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Falstaff (2013)

Musical

7.8
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The story of Sir John Falstaff, a portent womanizer down on his luck, and the "Merry Wives of Windsor" whom he is trying to woo.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Stephanie Blythe, Carlo Bosi, Paolo Fanale, Renée Fleming

Votes: 16

25. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Borodin: Prince Igor (2014)

Musical

7.4
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Gianandrea Noseda, Eric Owens, Ildar Abdrazakov, Mikhail Petrenko

Votes: 16

26. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Massenet: Werther (2014)

166 min | Musical

8.1
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Alain Altinoglu, Patricia Racette, Sophie Koch, Lisette Oropesa

Votes: 17

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

Musical

8.5
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Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Joyce DiDonato, Rachelle Durkin, Patricia Risley, Alessandro Corbelli

Votes: 11

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

Musical

8.2
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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, Fabio Luisi, René Pape, Anita Rachvelishvili

Votes: 20

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

Musical

8.5
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Ildar Abdrazakov, Marlis Petersen, John Del Carlo, Susanne Mentzer

Votes: 18

30. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (2014)

Musical

8.0
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Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Rob Besserer, Lawrence Brownlee, Paata Burchuladze, Dennis Giauque

Votes: 11

31. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (2014)

309 min | Musical

8.1
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Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: James Levine, Renée Fleming, Johan Botha, Annette Dasch

Votes: 12

32. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Lehár: The Merry Widow (2015)

162 min | Musical

8.0
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Andrew Davis, Joyce DiDonato, Jeffrey Mattsey, Thomas Allen

Votes: 23

33. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann (2015)

Musical

7.2
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Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Yves Abel, David Crawford, Hibla Gerzmava, Vittorio Grigòlo

Votes: 10

34. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Tchaikovsky: Iolanta/Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle (2015)

Musical

7.9
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Elchin Azizov, Ilya Bannik, Piotr Beczala, Matt Boehler

Votes: 14

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

Musical

8.4
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Stefan Kocán, Maria Zifchak, Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Votes: 18

36. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Otello (2015)

180 min | Musical

7.7
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The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Eric Owens, Jeffrey Mattsey, Dimitri Pittas

Votes: 12

37. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Wagner: Tannhäuser (2015)

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7.9
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Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Noah Baetge, Johan Botha, Michelle DeYoung, Ying Fang

Votes: 10

38. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Berg: Lulu (2015)

202 min | Musical

7.2
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Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Marlis Petersen, Susan Graham, Deborah Voigt, Daniel Brenna

Votes: 8

39. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Bizet: The Pearl Fishers (2016)

Musical

8.6
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Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Gianandrea Noseda, Patricia Racette, Mariusz Kwiecien, Matthew Polenzani

Votes: 19

40. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: Turandot (2016)

Musical

7.0
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Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Paolo Carignani, Renée Fleming, Nina Stemme, Anita Hartig

Votes: 20

41. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: Manon Lescaut (2016)

171 min | Musical

7.1
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Fabio Luisi, Deborah Voigt, Zach Borichevsky, Roberto Alagna

Votes: 8

42. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: Madama Butterfly (2016)

Musical

8.4
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US Navy Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton buys a house in Japan along with a bride, Cio-Cio San, a.k.a. Butterfly, to tide him over until he marries a "real" American wife. When he leaves for ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Karel Mark Chichon, Deborah Voigt, Roberto Alagna, Tony Stevenson

Votes: 17

43. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Donizetti's Roberto Devereux (2016)

Musical

8.3
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Maurizio Benini, Deborah Voigt, Brian Downen, Yohan Yi

Votes: 14

44. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: R. Strauss: Elektra (2016)

117 min | Musical

8.5
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Elektra mourns for her father who was recently murdered because of her mother. Even though her sister tries to console her, she plans her revenge when her brother Orestes returns.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Renée Fleming, Nina Stemme, Waltraud Meier

Votes: 15

45. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2016)

274 min | Musical

7.8
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Simon Rattle, Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton

Votes: 13

46. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Mozart: Don Giovanni (2016)

225 min | Musical

7.0
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Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Fabio Luisi, Joyce DiDonato, Adam Plachetka, Hibla Gerzmava

Votes: 9

47. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Kaija Saariaho: L'Amour de Loin (2016)

171 min | Musical

7.5
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A prince/troubadour in Aquitaine longs for love. A pilgrim matches him with a princess in Tripoli. A death occurs.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Susanna Mälkki, Deborah Voigt, Eric Owens, Tamara Mumford

Votes: 8

48. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Nabucco (2017)

Musical

8.1
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Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: James Levine, Eric Owens, Dmitri Belosselsky, Russell Thomas

Votes: 10

49. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Gounod: Roméo et Juliette (2017)

210 min | Musical

8.0
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Gianandrea Noseda, Ailyn Pérez, Diego Silva, David Crawford

Votes: 14

50. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Dvorák: Rusalka (2017)

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8.2
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Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Mark Elder, Matthew Polenzani, Hyesang Park, Megan Marino

Votes: 11


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