Great Performances at the Met (Season 15)

Great Performances at the Met: New Year’s Eve Gala

Air date: 12/31/2021

Premieres beginning Friday, December 31 on PBS (check local listings)

 

Recorded in December, the Met rings in the new year with a gala performance featuring Met stars Angel Blue, Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena and Matthew Polenzani. Performing from the Parktheater in Kurhaus Göggingen, in Augsburg, Germany, the program features arias, duets and ensembles from Donizetti to Puccini, as well as arrangements of operetta and Neapolitan songs.

Musical Program:

“Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme”

from “La Fille du Régiment”

Music by Gaetano Donizetti

Libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François-Alfred Bayard

 

“Chacun le sait” from “La Fille du Régiment”

Music by Gaetano Donizetti

Libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François-Alfred Bayard

 

“Che gelida manina” from “La Bohème”

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on the novel “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème” by Henri Murger

 

“Sì, mi chiamano Mimì” from “La Bohème”
Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on the novel “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème” by Henri Murger

 

“O soave fanciulla” from “La Bohème”

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on the novel “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème” by Henri Murger

 

“Quoi! Vous m’aimez?” from “La Fille du Régiment”

Music by Gaetano Donizetti

Libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François-Alfred Bayard

 

“Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso” from “La Rondine”

Music by Giacomo Puccini

Libretto by Giuseppe Adami, after A. M. Willner and Heinz Reichert

 

“Sì, ritrovarla io giuro” from “La Cenerentola”

Music by Gioachino Rossini

Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti,

based on the story “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault and libretti by Charles-Guillaume Étienne (for Nicolas Isouard’s “Cendrillon”) and Francesco Fiorini (for Stefano Pavesi’s “Agatina, o La Virtù Premiata”)

 

“Una voce poco fa” from “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”

Music by Gioachino Rossini

Libretto by Cesare Sterbini, based on the play by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

 

“La donna è mobile” from “Rigoletto”

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play “Le Roi s’Amuse” by Victor Hugo

 

“D’amor sull’ali rosee” from “Il Trovatore”

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano and

Leone Emanuele Bardare, based on the play

“El Trovador” by Antonio García Gutierrez

 

“Mattinata”

By Ruggero Leoncavallo

 

“Torna a Surriento”

Music by Ernesto De Curtis

Text by Giambattista De Curtis

 

“O sole mio”

Music by Eduardo di Capua

Text by Giovanni Capurro

 

Medley arranged by Lukas Medlam and Tomasz Wabnic

 

“Libiamo, ne’ lieti calici” from “La Traviata”

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play “La Dame aux Camélias” by Alexandre Dumas fils

 

“Auld Lang Syne”

Traditional

Poetry by Robert Burns

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Angel Blue and Matthew Polenzani. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

Javier Camarena, Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani and Angel Blue. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

Javier Camarena, Pretty Yende, Angel Blue and Matthew Polenzani. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

Matthew Polenzani and Angel Blue. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

Angel Blue and Matthew Polenzani. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

Javier Camarena, Pretty Yende, Angel Blue and Matthew Polenzani. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.