List of premieres at the Metropolitan Opera

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Throughout its history the Metropolitan Opera has taken a leading role at introducing both original stage works to the world and bringing works from around the globe to the United States for the first time. The following is a list of works that have premiered at the Met. All works are operas unless otherwise stated.

World premieres[edit]

Opera Composer Date of premiere
La fanciulla del West Giacomo Puccini 1910-12-10
Königskinder Engelbert Humperdinck 1910-12-28
Mona Horatio Parker 1912-03-14
Cyrano Walter Damrosch 1913-02-27
Madeleine Victor Herbert 1914-01-24
Madame Sans-Gêne Umberto Giordano 1915-01-25
Goyescas Enrique Granados 1916-01-28
The Canterbury Pilgrims Reginald de Koven 1917-03-08
Shanewis Charles Wakefield Cadman 1918-03-23
The Dance in Place Congo (ballet) Henry F. Gilbert 1918-03-23
Il trittico Giacomo Puccini 1918-12-14[1]
The Legend Joseph Carl Breil 1919-03-12[2]
The Temple Dancer John Adam Hugo 1919-03-12
L'oiseau bleu Albert Wolff 1919-12-27
Cleopatra's Night Henry Kimball Hadley 1920-01-31[3]
Skyscrapers (ballet) John Alden Carpenter 1926-02-19
The King's Henchman Deems Taylor 1927-02-17[4]
Peter Ibbetson Deems Taylor 1931-02-07[5]
The Emperor Jones Louis Gruenberg 1933-01-07
Merry Mount Howard Hanson 1934-02-10[6]
In the Pasha's Garden John Laurence Seymour 1935-01-24
The Man Without a Country Walter Damrosch 1937-05-12[7]
The Island God Gian Carlo Menotti 1942-02-20
The Warrior Bernard Rogers 1947-01-11
Vanessa Samuel Barber 1958-01-15
Antony and Cleopatra Samuel Barber 1966-09-16
Mourning Becomes Electra Marvin David Levy 1967-03-17
The Ghosts of Versailles John Corigliano 1991-12-19
The Voyage Philip Glass 1992-10-12
The Great Gatsby John Harbison 1999-12-20
An American Tragedy Tobias Picker 2005-12-02
The First Emperor Tan Dun 2006-12-21

United States premieres[edit]

Opera Composer Date of premiere
La Gioconda Amilcare Ponchielli 1883-12-20
Die Walküre Richard Wagner 1885-01-30
Die Königin von Saba Karl Goldmark 1885-12-02
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Richard Wagner 1886-01-04
Das Goldene Kreuz Ignaz Brüll 1886-11-19
Tristan und Isolde Richard Wagner 1886-12-01
Merlin Karl Goldmark 1887-01-03
Siegfried Richard Wagner 1887-11-09
Der Trompeter von Säkkingen Viktor Nessler 1887-11-23
Euryanthe Carl Maria von Weber 1887-12-23
Fernand Cortez Gaspare Spontini 1888-01-06
Götterdämmerung Richard Wagner 1888-01-25
Das Rheingold Richard Wagner 1889-01-04
Tannhäuser Richard Wagner 1889-01-30
Der Barbier von Bagdad Peter Cornelius 1890-01-03
Asrael Alberto Franchetti 1890-11-26
Il Vassallo di Szigeth Antonio Smareglia 1890-12-12
Diana von Solange Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 1891-01-09
Werther Jules Massenet 1894-03-29
Elaine Herman Bemberg 1894-12-17
Manon Jules Massenet 1895-01-16
Falstaff Giuseppe Verdi 1895-02-04
La Navarraise Jules Massenet 1895-12-11
Ero e Leandro Luigi Mancinelli 1899-03-10
Tosca Giacomo Puccini 1901-02-04
Messaline Isidore de Lara 1902-01-22
Manru Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1902-02-14
Der Wald Ethel Smyth 1903-03-11
Parsifal Richard Wagner 1903-12-24
Fedora Umberto Giordano 1906-12-05
La damnation de Faust Hector Berlioz 1906-12-07
Salome Richard Strauss 1907-01-22
Tiefland Eugen d'Albert 1908-11-23
Le Villi Giacomo Puccini 1908-12-17
La Wally Alfredo Catalani 1909-01-06
Germania Alberto Franchetti 1910-01-22
L'attaque du moulin Alfred Bruneau 1910-02-08
The Queen of Spades Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1910-03-05
Armide Christoph Willibald Gluck 1910-11-14
Ariane et Barbe-bleue Paul Dukas 1911-03-29
Lobetanz Ludwig Thuille 1911-11-18
Le donne curiose Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari 1912-01-03
Versiegelt Leo Blech 1912-01-20
La Vita Nuova (cantata) Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari 1912-01-28
L'Orfeo Claudio Monteverdi 1912-04-14
Boris Godunov Modest Mussorgsky 1913-03-19
Der Rosenkavalier Richard Strauss 1913-12-09
L'amore dei tre re Italo Montemezzi 1914-01-02
Julien Gustave Charpentier 1914-02-26
L'amore medico Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari 1914-03-25
L'Oracolo Franco Leoni 1915-02-04
Prince Igor Alexander Borodin 1915-12-30
Iphigénie en Tauride Christoph Willibald Gluck 1916-11-25
Francesca da Rimini Riccardo Zandonai 1916-12-22
Mârouf, savetier du Caire Henri Rabaud 1917-12-19
The Legend of Saint Elisabeth (a staged oratorio) Franz Liszt 1918-01-03
Lodoletta Pietro Mascagni 1918-01-12
The Golden Cockerel Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1918-03-06
La reine Fiammette Xavier Leroux 1919-01-24
Eugene Onegin Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1920-03-24[8]
Il Carillon Magico (ballet) Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli 1920-12-02
Der Polnische Jude Karel Weis 1921-03-09[9]
Die tote Stadt Erich Wolfgang Korngold 1921-11-19
The Snow Maiden Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1922-01-23[10]
Così Fan Tutte Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1922-03-24
Anima Allegra Franco Vittadini 1923-02-14
Mona Lisa Max von Schillings 1923-03-01[11]
I Compagnacci Primo Riccitelli 1924-01-02[12]
Jenufa Leoš Janáček 1924-12-06
Giovanni Gallurese Italo Montemezzi 1925-02-19
La cena delle beffe Umberto Giordano 1926-01-02[13]
La vida breve Manuel de Falla 1926-03-06[14]
Le Rossignol Igor Stravinsky 1926-03-06
Turandot Giacomo Puccini 1926-11-16
Violanta Erich Wolfgang Korngold 1927-11-05
Madonna Imperia Franco Alfano 1928-02-08[15]
La Rondine Giacomo Puccini 1928-03-10
Die ägyptische Helena Richard Strauss 1928-11-06
La campana sommersa Ottorino Respighi 1928-11-24[16]
Jonny spielt auf Ernst Krenek 1929-01-19
Fra Gherardo Ildebrando Pizzetti 1929-03-21[17]
Sadko Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 1930-01-25[18]
The Fair at Sorochyntsi Modest Mussorgsky 1930-11-29
Le Preziose Ridicole Felice Lattuada 1930-12-10
Schwanda the Bagpiper Jaromír Weinberger 1931-11-07
La Notte di Zoraima Italo Montemezzi 1931-12-02[19]
Simon Boccanegra Giuseppe Verdi 1932-01-28
Il Signor Bruschino Gioacchino Rossini 1932-12-09
Caponsacchi Richard Hageman 1937-02-04[20]
Alceste Christoph Willibald Gluck 1941-01-24
The Rake's Progress Igor Stravinsky 1953-02-14
Arabella Richard Strauss 1955-02-10
Atlàntida (cantata) Manuel de Falla 1962-09-29
The Last Savage Gian Carlo Menotti 1964-01-23
The Happy Prince Malcolm Williamson 1967-08-21
Syllabaire pour Phèdre Maurice Ohana 1973-02-17
Death in Venice Benjamin Britten 1974-10-18
Le siège de Corinthe Gioacchino Rossini 1975-04-07
Cyrano de Bergerac Franco Alfano 2005-05-13
Two Boys Nico Muhly 2013-10-21

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Gibbons Huneker (December 15, 1918). "Opera: A World Premier of Puccini Operas. "Il Tabarro." "Suor Angelica." "Gianni Schicchi."". The New York Times. p. 22. 
  2. ^ "New Native Operas Foreign In Scene". The New York Times. March 9, 1919. p. 50. 
  3. ^ Richard Aldrich (February 1, 1920). "The Opera". The New York Times. p. 21. 
  4. ^ Olin Downes (February 18, 1927). "Hailed As Best American Opera". pp. 1, 24. 
  5. ^ "Great Ovation Won By 'Peter Ibbetson' At World Premiere". The New York Times. February 8, 1931. pp. 1, 26. 
  6. ^ Olin Downes (February 11, 1934). "'Merry Mount' Gets A Stirring Ovation". pp. 80, 82. 
  7. ^ "Damrosch Cheered At Opera Premiere". The New York Times. May 13, 1937. pp. 27, 30. 
  8. ^ Richard Aldrich (March 25, 1920). "The Opera: Based on a Work of Pushkin". The New York Times. p. 9. 
  9. ^ Richard Aldrich (March 10, 1921). "Indian Chief Sings Leading Opera Role". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Richard Aldrich (January 24, 1922). "The Opera". The New York Times. p. 22. 
  11. ^ Richard Aldrich (March 2, 1923). "Opera". The New York Times. p. 18. 
  12. ^ Olin Downes (January 3, 1924). "Music; Tragedy and Comedy at Opera". The New York Times. p. 13. 
  13. ^ Olin Downes (January 3, 1926). "Opera: "The Jest" a Dramatic Success". The New York Times. p. 29. 
  14. ^ Olin Downes (March 7, 1926). "Opera". The New York Times. p. 30. 
  15. ^ "'Madonna Imperia' Shown To America". The New York Times. February 9, 1928. p. 28. 
  16. ^ "Programs of the Week". The New York Times. November 18, 1928. p. 169. 
  17. ^ Olin Downes (March 22, 1929). "'Fra Gherardo' Has American Premiere". The New York Times. 
  18. ^ "American Premiere Of Fantasy 'Sadko'". The New York Times. January 26, 1930. p. 27. 
  19. ^ Olin Downes (December 3, 1931). "Montemezzi Opera Is A Melodrama". The New York Times. p. 35. 
  20. ^ Olin Downes (February 5, 1937). "' Caponsacchi' Has Premiere Here; Audience Acclaims Hageman Opera". The New York Times. p. 16. 

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