The world premiere of The Hours, based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Michael Cunningham, officially opened November 22 at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera, composed by Kevin Puts with a libretto by Greg Pierce, follows three women: Virginia Woolf in 1929, in the process of writing Mrs. Dalloway; Laura Brown in 1949, who is reading it; and Clarissa Vaughan toward the end of the 20th century, who is seemingly living it. The roles are played respectively by Joyce DiDonato, Kelli O'Hara, and Renée Fleming. Performances run through December 15.
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DiDonato, Fleming, and O'Hara are joined by Kathleen Kim, Sylvia D'Eramo, Denyce Graves, John Holiday, William Burden, Sean Panikkar, Kyle Ketelsen, and Brandon Cedel.
The Metropolitan Opera's season continues this week with revivals of Don Carlo and Rigoletto. Later, the season will include new productions of Giordano's Fedora, Wagner's Lohengrin, the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard's Champion, and Mozart's Don Giovanni (directed by Ivo van Hove) and Die Zauberflöte.