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1. Götterdämmerung (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 269 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

The final opera of the Ring cycle tells the story of how the ring and its curse brings the downfall of the Gods and a tragic end to the love between Siegfried and Brünnhilde. As ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Hulscher | Stars: Albert Bonnema, Roland Bracht, Sarah Castle, Janet Collins

7. Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010)

Not Rated | 178 min | Drama, Music, Musical

A celebratory 25th anniversary concert performance of the hit musical at The O2 in London.

Director: Nick Morris | Stars: Alfie Boe, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Jenny Galloway

Votes: 4,905

11. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Carmen (1987)

172 min | Music

Gypsy Carmen picks soldier Don Jose as her latest conquest, costs him his career, takes up with a toreador while he's in jail, recruits him for the smuggling ring, and foresees her own death.

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

Votes: 102

13. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)

TV-PG | 170 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.

Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 2,024

14. Billy Elliot (2014)

Not Rated | 169 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A talented young dancer has to learn to fight for his dream despite social and parental disapproval.

Directors: Stephen Daldry, Brett Sullivan | Stars: Elliott Hanna, Ollie Jochim, Bradley Perret, Matteo Zecca

Votes: 1,258

15. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )
Episode: New York City Opera - The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess" (2002)

160 min | Music, Musical

The New York City Opera's new production of Gershwin's classic opera

Director: Tazewell Thompson | Stars: Marquita Lister, Alvy Powell, Timothy Robert Blevins, Sabrina Elaine Carten

Votes: 12

18. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )
Episode: New York City Opera: Manon (1977)

153 min | Music, Musical

Young woman forsakes love for luxury, has a change of heart, but is banished for her disloyalty.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Beverly Sills, Samuel Ramey, Sandra Walker, Nico Castel

Votes: 6

19. Notre-Dame de Paris (1998 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, Music, Musical

A musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel "Notre Dame de Paris" which follows the gypsy dancer Esmeralda and the three men who vie for her love: the kind hunchback Quadimodo, the twisted priest Frollo, and the unfaithful soldier Phoebus.

Director: Gilles Amado | Stars: Hélène Ségara, Daniel Lavoie, Bruno Pelletier, Garou

Votes: 1,392

21. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )
Episode: Act One (2015)

150 min | Music, Musical

James Lapine's tribute to a life in the theater, starring Tony Shalhoub and Andrea Martin.

Director: Matthew Diamond | Stars: Bob Ari, Bill Army, Will Brill, Laurel Casillo

Votes: 14

23. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )
Episode: Leonard Bernstein: Candide (1986)

150 min | Music, Musical

Stage performance by the New York City Opera.

Director: Robert Scheerer | Stars: James Billings, Muriel Costa-Greenspon, Deborah Darr, David Eisler

Votes: 14

24. Live from Lincoln Center (1976– )
Episode: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - In Concert with the New York Philharmonic (2014)

147 min | Music, Musical

Stephen Sondheim's classic musical of revenge, Swenney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, takes the stage in Concert, Live from the Lincon Center.

Director: Lonny Price | Stars: Audra McDonald, Bryn Terfel, Emma Thompson, Jay Armstrong Johnson

Votes: 71

25. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Wagner: Das Rheingold (2010)

183 min | Musical

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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Bryn Terfel, Richard Croft, Eric Owens, Stephanie Blythe

Votes: 44

26. Lohengrin (1990 TV Movie)

217 min | Drama, Romance, Music

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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Robert Lloyd, Cheryl Studer, Hartmut Welker

Votes: 37

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

143 min | Musical

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: 25

29. Rigoletto (1987)

128 min | Drama, Music

The Duke lives the high life. The court jester taunts too well. Revenge has unintended consequences both times it is attempted.

Director: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle | Stars: Ingvar Wixell, Edita Gruberova, Luciano Pavarotti, Ferruccio Furlanetto

Votes: 282

30. Otello (1986)

PG | 118 min | Drama, Music

Based on Shakespeare's play, Verdi's opera depicts the devastating effects of jealousy, "...the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds upon". Believing Otello has promoted the... See full summary »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Díaz, Petra Malakova

Votes: 489 | Gross: $0.19M

31. Macbeth (II) (2011)

170 min | Drama, Music

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: Sue Judd | Stars: Simon Keenlyside, Raymond Aceto, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Elisabeth Meister

Votes: 22

33. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Aida (2009)

Musical

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 ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Violeta Urmana, Johan Botha, Dolora Zajick, Carlo Guelfi

Votes: 12

34. Wozzeck (1972 TV Movie)

104 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

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Director: Joachim Hess | Stars: Toni Blankenheim, Richard Cassilly, Gerhard Unger, Hans Sotin

Votes: 24

35. Der Rosenkavalier (2009 TV Movie)

211 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

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Director: Brian Large | Stars: Renée Fleming, Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata

Votes: 12

36. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Le nozze di Figaro (1998)

Music

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

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

Votes: 8

39. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Così fan tutte (1996)

180 min | Music

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

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

Votes: 8

40. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Simon Boccanegra (1995)

141 min | Music

Unknown identities and secrets hamper the leaders of Genoa: The Doge and the former Doge do not realize Amelia is their kin, and revealing that calms some strife in the city-state - too late for some.

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

Votes: 32

43. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: La fanciulla del West (1992)

140 min | Music

Minnie, barkeeper to a camp of gold miners, has fallen for a mysterious visitor from Sacramento. Meanwhile, a notorious bandit is on the loose, and Sheriff Rance and a lynch mob is hot on his trail. Minnie comes to the rescue.