Met Opera on Demand

by bderoes-12985 | created - 10 months ago | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

This list is in the sequence (alpha by title, not composer) found at The Metropolitan Opera on Demand Catalog. On 26Apr2019 I found 150 opera titles, plus 29 audio playlists, Gala/Concert Performances, or non-opera videos (some of which are listed here). 38 opera titles were audio-only, leaving 112 titles on video. Including multiple performances, that yields ~200 opera videos.

The Met advertises many more performances to consume, because many titles have multiple performances via video, both audio and video, or audio only.

If I had to do it again, I would watch their catalog in order by performance release date, or perhaps by date the opera originally premiered. (Premiere dates are listed below. To create a playlist in that order, Export this list to a spreadsheet, and sort by the Description field.)

To select from this list by composer: Adams | Adès | Beethoven | Bellini | Berg | Berlioz | Bizet | Borodin | Britten | Donizetti | Dun | Dvorák | Giordano | Gluck | Gounod | Handel | Humperdinck | Lehár | Leoncavallo | Mascagni | Massenet | Mozart | Muhly | Mussorgsky | Offenbach | Poulenc | Puccini | Rossini | J.Strauss | R.Strauss | Saariaho | Saint-Saëns | Shostakovich | Smetana | Tchaikovsky | Thomas | Verdi | Wagner | Weill | Zandonai | and the rest

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1. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2019)

Musical

An actress and a princess vie for the same man; a bouquet of poisoned violets ends the competition.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Gianandrea Noseda, Matthew Polenzani, Sarah Joy Miller, Ambrogio Maestri

Votes: 16

1902, Cilea

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

Musical

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: Fabio Luisi, Renée Fleming, Mary Jo Heath, Stefan Kocán

Votes: 15

1871, Verdi

4. 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

1871, Verdi

5. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Aida (1989)

158 min | Music

Pharaoh's daughter Amneris loves general Radames, but he loves slave Aida. Aida's father leads the Ethiopian army to invade Egypt. When he's captured, he wants Aida to gain military secrets from Radames.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Aprile Millo, Dolora Zajick, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes

Votes: 78

1871, Verdi

6. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Aida (1985)

Music

Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, captive Ethiopian slave, is in love Radames, captain of the Egyptian army. Amneris, Pharoah's daughter, is also in love with Radames. Aida is forced to choose either loyalty to Ethiopia or Radames.

Stars: Fiorenza Cossotto, Simon Estes, James McCracken, Leontyne Price

Votes: 13

1871, Verdi

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

171 min | Musical

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

2000, Saariaho

8. Andrea Chénier (1996 TV Movie)

122 min | Drama, Music

Andrea Chenier is a poet during the French Revolution. He and Maddalena are in love. Gerard, former servant in Maddalena's house, denounces them to the Tribunal, but recants it too late. The lovers go to the guillotine together.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Guleghina, Juan Pons, Stephanie Blythe

1896, Giordano

9. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Donizetti: Anna Bolena (2011)

Musical

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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Marco Armiliato, Anna Netrebko, Ildar Abdrazakov, Renée Fleming

Votes: 23

1830, Donizetti

10. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Arabella (1994)

166 min | Music

It all comes down to a glass of water.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Kiri Te Kanawa, Wolfgang Brendel, Marie McLaughlin, David Kuebler

Votes: 28

1933, R.Strauss

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

Musical

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: 12

1817, Rossini

14. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: The Audition (2008)

Musical

An engrossing behind-the-scenes quasi-documentary as 10 hopefuls vie for a spot on the Met's roster.

Director: Susan Froemke | Stars: Jamie Barton, Kiera Duffy, Michael Fabiano, Dísella Lárusdóttir

Votes: 33

15. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (2012)

Musical

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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Fabio Luisi, Deborah Voigt, Keith Miller, David Crawford

Votes: 10

1859, Verdi

1859, Verdi

17. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Un ballo in maschera (1980)

149 min | Music

Riccardo, governor of Boston at the end of the 17th century, falls in love with Amelia, wife of Renato, his secretary and intimate friend. Amelia returns Riccardo's love, but is discovered ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Katia Ricciarelli, William Wildermann, Judith Blegen, Julien Robbins

Votes: 21

1859, Verdi

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

Musical

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: 40

1816, Rossini

20. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Il barbiere di Siviglia (1988)

160 min | Music

Barber facilitates Count's courtship of Doctor's ward, while Doctor wants to marry her himself.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: Leo Nucci, Kathleen Battle, Rockwell Blake, Enzo Dara

Votes: 17

1816, Rossini

25. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Puccini: La Bohème (2008)

150 min | Musical

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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Angela Gheorghiu, Ramón Vargas, Ainhoa Arteta, Ludovic Tézier

Votes: 30

1896, Puccini

26. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: La Bohème (1982)

123 min | Music

Starving artist and consumptive seamstress fall in love, have trouble maintaining the relationship. His painter friend also has romantic troubles with his ambitious grisette.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Richard Stilwell, José Carreras, James Morris, Allan Monk

Votes: 57

1896, Puccini

27. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: La bohème (1977)

123 min | Music

Rodolfo and his friends are always broke or in debt, but that doesn't get in the way of fun or romance. When Rodolfo meets Mimi, it's love at first sight - but love is not enough for the penniless and sick.

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Renata Scotto, Maralin Niska, Luciano Pavarotti, Ingvar Wixell

Votes: 17

1896, Puccini

28. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (2010)

Musical

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.

Director: Brian Large | Stars: René Pape, Oleg Balashov, Patricia Racette, Mikhail Petrenko

Votes: 18

1874, Mussorgsky

29. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: R. Strauss: Capriccio (2011)

150 min | Musical

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).

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Renée Fleming, Russell Braun, Joseph Kaiser, Peter Rose

Votes: 16

1942, R.Strauss

32. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Bizet: Carmen (2010)

188 min | Musical

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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Trevor Scheunemann, Barbara Frittoli, Roberto Alagna, Keith Miller

Votes: 60

1875, Bizet

34. 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

1875, Bizet

36. Great Performances at the Met (1977– )
Episode: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (1978)

Music

A "Live from the Met" broadcast of the opera, on a double bill with its frequent "partner", Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana".

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Tatiana Troyanos, Plácido Domingo, Isola Jones, Vern Shinall

Votes: 35

1890, Mascagni; 1892, Leoncavallo

39. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Rossini: La Cenerentola (2009)

Musical

A loose adaptation of the Cinderella tale without the magic.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Rachelle Durkin, Patricia Risley, Elina Garanca, John Relyea

Votes: 19

1817, Rossini

41. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2012)

186 min | Musical

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.

Director: Barbara Willis Sweete | Stars: Harry Bicket, Giuseppe Filianoti, Barbara Frittoli, Susan Graham

Votes: 15

1791, Mozart

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

Musical

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

1828, Rossini

44. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live (2006– )
Episode: Offenbach: Les contes d'Hoffmann (2009)

Musical

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.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Joseph Calleja, Kate Lindsey, Alan Held, Kathleen Kim

Votes: 12

1881, Offenbach