A Rare Revival of Berlioz's LES TROYENS Opens Tonight at the Met
Susan Graham's 140 performances with the Met include Marguerite in the new production premiere of La Damnation de Faust and Ascanius in a 1993 staging of Les Troyens. Her Met repertory includes Octavian in Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, which she has sung 25 times with the company, and the Composer in his Ariadne auf Naxos; the title role in the new production premiere of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride; Mozart's Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Idamante in Idomeneo, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro; the title role in Lehár's The Merry Widow; and Charlotte in Massenet's Werther. She has also starred in two world premieres at the Met, singing JorDan Baker in Harbison's The Great Gatsby and Sondra Finchley in Picker's An American Tragedy, also directed by Zambello. She sang Dido at the Châtelet in Paris in a series of performances that were recorded for DVD.
Julie Boulianne made her Met debut in 2011, singing both Diane in Iphigénie en Tauride and Stéphano in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. Later this season, she makes her Met role debut as Siébel in Gounod's Faust.
Karen Cargill made her Met debut last season as Waltraute in Götterdämmerung, a role she will repeat in all three of this spring's Ringcycles.
Paul Appleby, a graduate of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made his Met debut as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos in 2011 and returned last season to sing Demetrius in the world premiere of the Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island. Later this season, he sings the Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites.
Eric Cutler, also a Lindemann graduate, has sung more than 60 performances in 10 roles at the Met, most recently the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Arturo in Bellini's I Puritani, and Léopold in the new production premiere of Halévy's La Juive.
DWayne Croft sang Coroebus opposite Voigt's Cassandra in the 2003 new production premiere of Les Troyens. This season at the Met, he also sings Ping in Turandot, Rambaldo in Puccini's La Rondine, and Donner in Der Ring des Nibelungen. His past performances with the company have included Figaro in IL Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande, and the title roles in Don Giovanni and Britten's Billy Budd.
Richard Bernstein has sung more than 250 Met performances in a wide variety of roles. This season, he also sings Zuniga in Bizet'sCarmen, Wagner in Faust, and Commissioner 2 in Dialogues des Carmélites.
Kwangchul Youn, who sings both Narbal and Mercury in this season's performances of Les Troyens, most recently appeared at the Met as Raimondo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. His other Met roles include Sarastro in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, King Marke in Tristan und Isolde,and Ferrando in Verdi's Il Trovatore.