The Metropolitan Opera, commonly referred to as "The Met", is a company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager. The music director position is in transition as of 2016. The music director designate is Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the music director emeritus is James Levine.

The Met was founded in 1880 as an alternative to the previously established Academy of Music opera house, and debuted in 1883 in a new building on 39th and Broadway (now known as the "Old Met").

The Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in North America. It presents about 27 different operas each year in a season which lasts from late September through May. The operas are presented in a rotating repertory schedule with up to seven performances of four different works staged each week. Moving to the new Lincoln Center location in 1966, performances are given in the evening Monday through Saturday with a matinée on Saturday. Several operas are presented in new productions each season. Sometimes these are borrowed from or shared with other opera houses. The rest of the year's operas are given in revivals of productions from previous seasons. The 2015-16 season comprised 227 performances of 25 operas.

The operas in the Met's repertoire consist of a wide range of works, from 18th-century Baroque and 19th-century Bel canto to the Minimalism of the late 20th century. These operas are presented in staged productions that range in style from those with elaborate traditional decors to others that feature modern conceptual designs.

The Met's performing company consists of a large symphony-sized orchestra, a chorus, children's choir, and many supporting and leading solo singers. The company also employs numerous free-lance dancers, actors, musicians and other performers throughout the season. The Met's roster of singers includes both international and American artists, some of whose careers have been developed through the Met's young artists programs. While many singers appear periodically as guests with the company, others, such as Renée Fleming and Plácido Domingo, have long maintained a close association with the Met, appearing many times each season.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Macbeth Verdi; Leonard Warren, Leonie Rysanek, Carlo Bergonzi, Jerome Hines, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Leinsdorf 2
1990 L'elisir d'amore Gaetano Donizetti; Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Leo Nucci, Enzo Dara, Dawn Upshaw, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra , James Levine 5 1
1990 Vanessa Barber; Eleanor Steber, Nicolai Gedda, Rosalind Elias, Giorgio Tozzi, Regina Resnik, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus 1
1991 Carmen (1972 studio cast) Bizet; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Manhattan Opera Chorus, Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, James McCracken, Adriana Maliponte, Tom Krause 2
1992 Faust Charles-François Gounod; Jussi Björling, Dorothy Kirsten, Cesare Siepi, Frank Guarrera, Fausto Cleva & Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 1
1992 La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, James Levine, Cheryl Studer, Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Pons 2
1993 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition / Stravinsky: Rite of Spring Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский, Модест Петрович Мусоргский, James Levine & Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 1
1993 Wagner Overtures & Preludes Richard Wagner; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & James Levine 1
1994 Il trovatore (1991 studio cast) Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Aprile Millo, Dolora Zajick, Vladimir Chernov, James Morris, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine 1
1994 Beethoven: Symphonie no. 3, Es-dur, op. 55, "Eroica" / Schubert Symphonie no. 8, h-moo, D 759, "Unvollendete" Beethoven / Schubert; The MET Orchestra, James Levine 1
1996 Mozart: Idomeneo Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Plácido Domingo, Cecilia Bartoli, Carol Vaness, Heidi Grant Murphy, Thomas Hampson, Frank Lopardo, Bryn Terfel, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, James Levine 1
1997 Der fliegende Holländer Richard Wagner, James Levine, Deborah Voigt, Ben Heppner, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Paul Groves, Birgitta Svendén, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus 1
2000 Die Walküre Richard Wagner; Erich Leinsdorf, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Lauritz Melchior, Helen Traubel 1
2002 Der Ring des Nibelungen Wagner; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine 2
2007 The Rake's Progress Igor Stravinsky; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky 1
2011 Manon Lescaut (1992 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, Dwayne Croft, Giuseppe Taddei, Ramón Vargas, Cecilia Bartoli, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine 1
2012 Twilight of the Gods: The Ultimate Wagner Ring Collection Richard Wagner; Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Jay Hunter Morris, Eric Owens, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, James Levine, Fabio Luisi 1
La traviata (Highlights) Giuseppe Verdi; Luciano Pavarotti, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Richard Bonynge 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Mozart: Opera Arias Kathleen Battle; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine 1
2003 I Want Magic! Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine 1
2006 管弦楽曲集 ワーグナー;メトロポリタン・オーケストラ,レヴァイン 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Artur Bodanzky 1
1999 La forza del destino Giuseppe Verdi; Stella Roman, Frederick Jagel, Irra Petina, Lawrence Tibbett, Ezio Pinza, Salvatore Baccaloni, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, Bruno Walter 1
2000 Louise Gustave Charpentier; Grace Moore, Raoul Jobin, Irra Petina, Ezio Pinza, Thelma Votipka, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2005 Turandot Giacomo Puccini; Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Anna Moffo, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski 5 2
2011 Carmen (1952 live cast) Georges Bizet; Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Pelléas et Mélisande Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus, Emil Cooper 1

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