Danny Burstein, Betsy Wolfe Make Met Debuts in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Opening Tonight
Earlier this season, Susanna Phillips made an acclaimed Met role debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, her third Mozart heroine with the company, under the baton of James Levine in his first performances after a two-year absence from the Met podium. Her other Met performances have included Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème, the role of her company debut. This spring, she will return to the Met to reprise her performances as both Musetta and Fiordiligi.
Jane Archibald made her Met debut in 2010 as Ophélie in a new production of Thomas's Hamlet. Her other performances this season include Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos at the Bavarian State Opera and Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Olympia in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann at Zurich Opera.
Anthony Roth Costanzo made his Met debut in 2011 as Unulfo in Handel's Rodelinda. Later that season, he originated the role of Ferdinand in The Enchanted Island and sang some performances of Prospero, filling in for an ailing colleague. Later this season, he will reprise his Ferdinand in a revival of The Enchanted Island at the Met in February and sing Eustazio in Handel'sRinaldo at Glyndebourne.
Christopher Maltman's previous roles at the Met have included the Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos (the role of his 2005 debut), Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. His other engagements this season include the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Berlin State Opera) and, at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, both the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro and Lescaut in a forthcoming new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
Michael Fabiano first came to prominence as a winner of the Met's 2007 National Council Auditions, which were documented in the film The Audition. He made his company debut in 2010 as Raffaele in Verdi's Stiffelio and returned last season to sing Cassio in Otello. His other performances this season include Rodolfo in La Bohème at Canadian Opera Company, the VerdiRequiem at San Francisco Opera, and the title role in Gounod's Faust at Netherlands Opera.
Paulo Szot made his Met debut in 2010, singing the leading role of Kovalyov in the company premiere of Shostakovich'sThe Nose, a performance he reprised this season. His Met repertory also includes Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen and Lescaut in the 2012 new production premiere of Massenet's Manon. He won a 2008 Tony Award for his performance in South Pacific on Broadway.
Patrick Carfizzi has sung more than 250 Met performances in 29 roles. His most recent appearances with the company include Peter Quince in this season's revival of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Jailer in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, and Schaunard in La Bohème.
Danny Burstein has appeared in 14 Broadway productions, earning Tony nominations for his performances as Aldolpho inThe Drowsy Chaperone, Luther Billis in South Pacific, Buddy in Follies, and Tokio in Golden Boy. His other credits include the musicals Titanic and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. This season, he stars on Broadway as Max Hohmann in Sharr White's The Snow Geese (Manhattan Theater Club) and plays Herr Schultz in the Roundabout Theater Company's forthcoming revival of Cabaret.
Betsy Wolfe was most recently seen on Broadway as Miss Rosa Bud in the Roundabout's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and off-Broadway as Cathy in Second Stage's revival of The Last Five Years. This spring, she will star as Ellen in the Broadway musical adaptation of Woody Allen's film Bullets Over Broadway.
Robert Jones designed the sets for the Met premiere staging of Donizetti's Anna Bolena and last season's hit new production of Handel's Giulio Cesare. Jennifer Schriever's recent lighting designs include the Broadway production of John Leguizamo'sGhetto Klown and the Soho Playhouse staging of The Other Josh Cohen. Stephen Mear's previous credits include The Little Mermaid on Broadway and, as co-choreographer, the stage adaptation of Mary Poppins.
Tonight's December 31 opening performance will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 74, as will the performances on January 11 and 15, and February 13 and 20. The December 31 and February 13 performances will also be streamed live on the Met's website, www.metopera.org.
The January 11 matinee performance will be broadcast live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
For more information on this season's performances of Die Fledermaus, please visit the Met's website at www.metopera.org.
Photo by Walter McBride.