Character Studies

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Murder! Madness! Suicide! Four of this fall's Metropolitan Opera stars share their approaches to inhabiting extreme roles.

The Met's fall repertoire features some of the most emotionally charged works and intense characters in opera. The ruthless Macbeths, the distraught Juliette, the despondent Butterfly — each of these characters calls for a singing actor who's not afraid to explore the darker side of human nature.

We asked the principal singers behind these roles to describe the dramatic challenges of bringing these extreme portrayals to the stage.

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