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Metropolitan Opera - Semiramide

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February 19 - March 17, 2018

Returning to the Met Opera after 25 years!

Why See Metropolitan Opera - Semiramide?

Rossini's ancient royal drama returns after 25 years

Rossini's two act opera returns to the Metropolitan Opera House in 2017, for the first time in 25 years! The titular and wicked Queen of Babylon is sung by Angela Meade, with the trouser role of the heroic Arsace sung by Elizabeth DeShong. The vocal fireworks are conducted by the steady baton of Maurizio Benini, as we venture into the ancient world where conspiracy, murder and secrecy are the rule of the day.

In a story that bears resemblence to Strauss' Elektra, Semiramide, the Queen of Babylon, has killed her husband King Nino with the help of her lover Assur. When a power vacuum arises, Assur is aggrieved when her eye falls on the young commander Arsace for her new husband and King of Babylon; unknown to her however, Arsace is the illgitimate son of her late husband. Determined to take his revenge on Semiramide, Assur murders her, allowing Arsace to rise as king.

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Opening night: 19 February 2018

Run time

Four hours with one half-hour intermission

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Sung in Italian with surtitles in English, German, Italian and Spanish

Cast and Creative


Angela Meade
Elizabeth DeShong
Javier Camarena
Ildar Abdrazakov
Ryan Speedo Green

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