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Link to MetOpera Database:

The MetOpera Database is updated five days a week during the opera season.  Casts of the previous evening’s performance, or the previous weekend’s, should be current by 11:00 am Eastern Time the next day.

Debut after name denotes first staged performance of an operatic role.
First appearance after name denotes first appearance with company, but not in a staged opera.
Last performance after name denotes last staged performance
Last appearance after name denotes last appearance with company but not in a staged opera

TOTALS

Performer: For an accurate count of performances and a chronological list, go to Browse, Met Careers and
enter the last name of the performer.

Work: For an accurate count of performances and chronological list, go to Multi-Field, Title and enter the
name of the opera or ballet. This works for every opera except Manon (combined with Manon Lescaut), Faust (combined with Damnation of Faust and Doktor Faust), and Cyrano (combined with Cyrano de Bergerac).

KEY WORD SEARCH is the most basic and comprehensive search method in the MetOpera database because it returns every mention of a word or name.  A search for “bjorling” will return all of Jussi Björling’s 123 Met performances, the 1906 appearance of his father, David, as a member of the Opera School in the premiere of Der Zigeunerbaron, the 1959 audition of his son Rolf, and 30 performances by Sigurd Björling. The wide sweep of this search method can yield unintended results, interesting and/or confusing.  To restrict the search to Jussi Björling, go to Browse: Met Careers and enter "bjorling."

A search for “martinelli aida” will return all of Giovanni Martinelli’s performances as Radamès in Aida along with 33 performances where the famous tenor sang in other operas with Aida Doninelli, a comprimario soprano on the Met’s roster from 1928-1933, and 25 concerts with an excerpt from Aida and Martinelli on the program.   Key Word Search is a great place to start, however it is not good for generating statistics.

With MULTI-FIELD SEARCH, data can be entered in specific fields such as name, title, and subject and return more dependable statistical results.  Entering “martinelli” in the name or subject field and “aida” in the opera field will yield all 124 of Martinelli’s performances of Radamès, including the February 26, 1938 broadcast performance where he only sang part of the Celeste Aida before withdrawing from the performance.  

Another example of when Multi-Field might be used to return more specific results would be a search for tenor Richard Leech singing Faust, a role he has sung in both Gounod’s Faust and Boito’s Mefistofele
NOTE: When using the Personal Name field, enter a performers name: last, first.  If you only know the first name or have more than one name, enter it/them in the Subject/Abstract field.

BROWSE generates lists of indexed information in four different areas.  Try searching using combinations of terms (except in Met Careers).

Subject: Search with diverse terms such as name, opera, role, statistics, etc. (see sample searches below)
Roster: Search for season, name, vocal category, debut opera or role
Met Careers: Enter last name for accurate total Met performance count
Selection / Excerpt: Search for a name, vocal or orchestral selection, opera

SEARCH

WHERE TO SEARCH

EXAMPLES OF WORDS TO ENTER

Accents are not required

   

American Opera

Browse or Key Word

american opera

Broadcasts
chronological list
of an opera


Key Word
Key Word


broadcast
broadcast elektra

Chapters about Met History

Key Word

chapter

Combinations
Singers
Singer and opera
Singers, opera


Key Word
Key Word
Key Word


tebaldi corelli
tebaldi tosca
callas gobbi tosca

Composers

Browse: Met Careers verdi

Date, performance on specific date

Key Word

october 25 2004

Debut: [Debut] after name denotes artist’s first performance in a staged opera

Debuts
of a singer
by season

Debuts in a role (i.e sopranos as
Sieglinde


Key Word
Key Word or
Browse: Roster contains
Browse: Roster contains


tebaldi debut
1954-55 debut
1954-55 debut
debut sieglinde

Designers
Of a specific opera
Works by one designer


Browse: Subject contains
Browse: Subject contains


tannhauser
designer
boris aronson new production

Designs for productions

Key Word

designs

Essays (see Chapters)

First appearance: [First appearance] after name denotes first appearance with company but not in a staged performance (Examples: Patrice Munsel, Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills)

General Managers
(Chronological or by name)

Browse: Subject contains
Browse: Met Careers

general manager
gelb

Last appearance: [Last appearance] after a name denotes the last appearance with the company but not in a staged performance (Example: Leontyne Price)

Last performance: [Last performance] after a name denotes last appearance with the company in a staged performance (Example: Lauritz Melchior)

Location
City
Country
Opera in old Metropolitan Opera House
Opera in Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center
Metropolitan Opera House (non tour)


Key Word
Key Word
Key Word (end 9/1/1966)

Key Word (start 9/1/1966)
Key Word


dallas
japan
turandot

turandot
metropolitan opera house

National Council Audition Concerts

Key Word

national council

New Productions
by opera
by season

Browse, Subject contains
Browse, Subject contains
Browse, Subject contains

new production
new production zauberflote
new production 1966-67

Opening Nights
chronological list
by opera
of an opera


Key Word
Key Word (sort by Title)
Key Word


opening night
opening night
opening night otello

Operas/ballets
performance statistics by season


Browse: Subject contains


ernani
statistics

Park performances
all
by location
opera


Key Word (start date 1967)
Key Word
Key Word


parks
park prospect
boheme parks

Photographs
all
of a singer
by opera
production photos [Photos of current repertory are added to the database throughout the season]


Key Word or Browse
Key Word or Browse
Key Word or Browse
Key Word or Browse


photograph
photograph sembrich
aida photograph
photos troyens

Premieres
World
Metropolitan Opera
United States


Key Word or Browse
Key Word or Browse
Key Word or Browse


world premiere
met premiere
united states premiere

Productions
by director / producer
by designer


Browse, Subject contains
Browse, Subject contains


john dexter
george tsypin new production

Production History of an opera.  Statistics of performances per season and new productions.

Browse

lohengrin statistics

Production funding
by opera
by donor
list of donors by season / opera


Browse: Subject contains
Browse: Subject contains
Browse: Subject contains


gift troyens
gift harrington
gift 1990-91

Repertory, by season

Browse

1939-40 statistics

Reviews

Key Word

review milanov

Ring Cycles, chronological list

Browse: Subject contains

ring cycle

Roles, with statistics
Performers of the same role

Browse: Subject contains
Browse: Subject contains

jussi bjorling
amfortas

Rosters
by season, with debuts and statistics
with a particular singer


Browse: Roster contains
Browse: Roster contains


1964-65
jussi bjorling

Season
List of performances in a season
Repertory of a season


Key Word
Browse: Subject contains


1891-92
1891-92 statistics

Selection / Excerpt *
Different performances of a selection
Selections performed by a singer at Met events

* indexing of these entries is in progress


Browse: Selection contains
Browse: Selection contains


madama butterfly or un bel di
deborah voigt

Singer / Conductor
List of performances with totals
Number of Performances, by season
Number of Performances, by role


Browse: Met Careers
Browse: Roster contains
Browse: Subject contains


thebom
blanche thebom
blanche thebom

Statistics
Singers, Met career totals
Singers, performances by role


Roles, singers in a role
Designers, productions by


Browse: Met Careers
Multi-Field, Personal Names & Titles
Browse, Subject contains
Browse, Subject contains
Browse, Subject contains


bjorling

anthony, charles and turandot

anthony, charles
amfortas
new production joseph urban

Telecasts
chronological list
by season / alphabetical by opera
One opera


Key Word
Browse
Key Word or Browse


telecast
telecast
telecast otello

Tour
by city
Tour performances per season
Non-tour performances per season


Key Word
Key Word
Key Word


dallas
1956-57 tour
1956-57 metropolitan opera house

Trittico: performances that include all three works are numbered

Key Word or Browse

trittico

Updating: new performance data is added to the database five days a week during the opera season.