Kelli O'Hara, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato Will Highlight Met Opera's 2017-18 Season
The Metropolitan Opera's 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi's towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem. Of note, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara is set to return to the Met in Così fan tutte this season.
The season opens on September 25 with a new production of Bellini's Norma, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, directed by Sir David McVicar, and starring Sondra Radvanovsky, one of the world's leading interpreters of the role, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa and Joseph Calleja as Pollione.
On October 26, composer Thomas Adès conducts the North American premiere of his The Exterminating Angel, a Met co-commission, based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza of Buñuel's 1962 absurdist film. The opera, which will be sung in English, will be staged by the librettist Tom Cairns, who is making his company debut.
A new production of Puccini's Tosca will open on New Year's Eve, with Andris Nelsons conducting Sir David McVicar's staging. Kristine Opolais stars in the title role oppositeJonas Kaufmann as her devoted lover Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Later performances will star Anna Netrebko as the title character with Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle as Scarpia.
A new staging of Così fan tutte, set in the 1950s on Coney Island, opens March 15 and is conducted by David Robertson and directed by Phelim McDermott. The new production will star an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara in her role debut as the maid Despina.
On April 12, Massenet's operatic adaptation of the Cinderella story, Cendrillon, has its Met premiere, conducted byBertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Alice Coote as Prince Charming.
In November and December, Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine will conduct four concert performances of Verdi's Requiem, featuring soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, along with the Met's orchestra and chorus.
Among the season's revivals are some rarely performed stagings, including Verdi's Luisa Miller, starring Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala, and Plácido Domingo; Rossini's Semiramide, last performed at the Met in 1993, with Angela Meade in the title role; and two recent new productions having their first revivals, François Girard's staging of Wagner's Parsifal and Patrice Chéreau's celebrated production of Strauss's Elektra.
The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world, continues for its 12th season. Ten performances from the season will be broadcast, beginning October 7 with the new production of Norma.
For the third season in a row, ticket prices will not increase, and audience development initiatives created in recent seasons will continue to be a core part of the company's outreach strategies.
The 2017-18 season was announced by Met General Manager Peter Gelb: "We're replenishing our core repertoire with new productions of Così fan tutte, Norma, and Tosca, while stretching our horizons with The Exterminating Angel and Cendrillon," said Gelb. "It's a season of repertory favorites and stimulating rarities, with something for neophytes and aficionados alike."
Further details on new productions, repertory, special events, ticket prices and audience development initiatives, the Live in HD series, and more are available below.
Norma - Vincenzo Bellini OPENING NIGHT
Opening: September 25, 2017
Conductors: Carlo Rizzi / Joseph Colaneri
Production: Sir David McVicar
Set Designer: Robert Jones
Costume Designer: Moritz Junge
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Movement Director: Leah Hausman
Live in HD: October 7, 2017
The season opens with a new production of Bellini's Bel Canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago-making her one of the world's leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Joyce DiDonatoco-stars as Norma's colleague and rival, Adalgisa, opposite Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Matthew Rose as Oroveso. On October 16 and 20, Marina Rebeka will make her Met role debut as the Druid priestess, Norma. Beginning December 1, the production will star Angela Meade as Norma with Jamie Barton reprising the role of Adalgisa and led by Joseph Colaneri. Sir David McVicar directs the production, having staged seven Met productions including Verdi's Il Trovatore, Handel's Giulio Cesare, the double bill of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, and Donizetti's Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Roberto Devereux.
The Exterminating Angel - Thomas Adès MET PREMIERE
Opening: October 26, 2017
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Libretto: Tom Cairns, in collaboration with the composer
Production: Tom Cairns
Set and Costume Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer: Jon Clark
Projection Designer: Tal Yarden
Choreographer: Amir Hosseinpour
Live in HD: November 18, 2017
The Exterminating Angel has its Met premiere, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Directed by the librettist Tom Cairns, the ensemble cast features Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar; Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile; Sally Matthewsas Silvia de Ávila and Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, both in Met debuts; Alice Coote as Leonora Palma; Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado; Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila; Joseph Kaiser as Edundo de Nobile;Frédéric Antoun in his Met debut as Raúl Yebenes; David Portillo as Edmundo; David Adam Moore in his Met debut as Col. Álvaro Gómez; Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc; Kevin Burdette as Señor Russell;Christian Van Horn as Julio; and John Tomlinson as Dr Carlos Conde. The Exterminating Angel is a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered in 2016.
Tosca - Giacomo Puccini NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA
Opening: December 31, 2017
Conductor: Andris Nelsons / Bertrand de Billy
Production: Sir David McVicar
Set and Costume Designer: John MacFarlane
Lighting Designer: David Finn
Movement Director: Leah Hausman
Live in HD: January 27, 2018
Andris Nelsons conducts a new staging of Puccini's dramatic tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar. Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, withBryn Terfel as the villainous Scarpia. In April, Anna Netrebko adds a new role to her Met repertory as the title diva, opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi. Michael Volle and George Gagnidze share the role of Scarpia during April and May performances with Bertrand de Billy conducting.
Così fan tutte - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Opening: March 15, 2018
Conductor: David Robertson
Production: Phelim McDermott
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Costume Designer: Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Live in HD: March 31, 2018
Phelim McDermott returns to the Met with a new staging of Mozart's comedy Così fan tutte, led by David Robertson. The production, set in Coney Island during the 1950s, features Amanda Majeskiand Serena Malfi as the conflicted sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara as their feisty maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the sisters' fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Christopher Maltman as the cynical Don Alfonso. Così fan tutte is a co-production with the English National Opera, where this staging premiered in 2014, in collaboration with Improbable.
Cendrillon - Jules Massenet MET PREMIERE
Opening: April 12, 2018
Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
Production: Laurent Pelly
Set Designer: Barbara de Limburg
Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Choreographer: Laura Scozzi
Live in HD: April 28, 2018
Massenet's enchanting opera Cendrillon, based on the Cinderella story, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy in a staging by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti'sLa Fille du Régiment and Massenet's Manon. Joyce DiDonato stars as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, The Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also features Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, Alice Coote as Prince Charming, Stephanie Blythe as the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, and Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe. Cendrillon is produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera in 2006.
Requiem - Giuseppe Verdi CONCERT
Opening: November 24, 2017
Conductor: James Levine
Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine will conduct four concert performances of Verdi's Requiem, a powerful meditation on death, featuring soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, along with the Met's orchestra and chorus.
Noteworthy Met Debuts
Notable Met debuts this season include Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught as Nicklausse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (September 26); South African soprano Golda Schultz as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte(September 27); British conductor Alexander Soddy leading La Bohème (October 2); American soprano Angel Blue as Mimì in La Bohème (October 2); British soprano Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila in The Exterminating Angel (October 26): Italian conductor Jader Bignamini leading Madama Butterfly (November 2); German soprano Christiane Karg as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (December 6); American conductor Ward Stare leading The Merry Widow (December 14); Venezuelan conductor Domingo Hindoyan leading L'Elisir d'Amore (January 16); Italian baritone Davide Luciano as Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore(January 16); German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius as Kundry in Parsifal (February 5); German mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster as Klytämnestra in Elektra (March 1); and Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov as Walter in Luisa Miller (March 29).
In addition, Lithuanian conductor Mirga Grainyt?-Tyla makes her first Met appearance, leading the MET Orchestra in a Carnegie Hall concert on May 18.
The 2017-18 season will feature 20 revivals of works by 14 composers starring many of the world's leading opera singers and conductors.
Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Mozart's opera, Die Zauberflöte, sung in full-length performances in its original German. The cast features Golda Schultz as Pamina, Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as Tamino, Markus Werba as Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and Tobias Kehrer as Sarastro.
Il Trovatore, also conducted by Levine, stars Maria Agresta as Leonora, Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena, YongHoon Lee as Manrico, Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi as Count di Luna, and Štefan Kocánand Kwangchul Youn as Ferrando.
Levine also conducts a rare revival of Luisa Miller, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role, opposite Piotr Beczala as Luisa's lover Rodolfo, in the story of a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father's life. The cast also includes Plácido Domingo as Luisa's father Miller with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.
Met Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a revival of Parsifal, starring Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role, with Evelyn Herlitzius as Kundry, Peter Mattei as Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as Klingsor, and René Pape as Gurnemanz.
In March, Nézet-Séguin returns to the Met to conduct Elektra starring Christine Goerke in the title role, with Elza van den Heever as Chrysothemis, Michaela Schuster as Klytämnestra, Jay Hunter Morris as Aegisth, and Mikhail Petrenko as Orest.
Rossini's rarity set in ancient Babylon, Semiramide, which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years, will be conducted by Maurizio Benini and feature Angela Meade in the title role, with Elizabeth DeShong as Arsace, Javier Camarena as Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as Assur, and Ryan Speedo Green as Oroe.