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Subject: Next season at the Met
From: robert levine <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:19:07 -0500

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*New York, NY (February 15, 2017)*—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*.

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 opposite *Jonas
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*.* OnApril 12, Massenet’s
operatic adaptation of the Cinderella story, *Cendrillon, *has its Met
premiere, conducted by *Bertrand 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

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 12
th 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. A separate press release focused on the *Live
in HD *transmissions is also available from the Met press office.

*Click here* <> and
enter the password *metphotos* for promotional photos of the 2017-18 season.

*Click here
<>* and
enter the password *metphotos* for promotional videos of the 2017-18 season.

*New Productions*

*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 DiDonato *co-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

*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 Matthews *as 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

*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, with *Bryn
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 *

*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
fan tutte, *led by *David Robertson. *The production, set in Coney Island
during the 1950s, features *Amanda Majeski *and *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
at the Met conducted by *Bertrand de Billy* in a staging by *Laurent
Met credits include staging Donizetti’s *La 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

*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

*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 Gražinytė-Tyla makes her first Met
appearance, leading the MET Orchestra in a Carnegie Hall concert on May 18.

*Repertory Highlights*

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 Kocán* and *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

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,
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.

*Ailyn Pérez* stars in her role debut as the title character in *Thaïs*
 opposite*Gerald Finley *as Athanaël, with *Jean-François Borras *as Nicias
and *David Pittsinger*as Palémon. The performances will be conducted
by *Emmanuel

*Les Contes d’Hoffmann, *conducted by *Johannes Debus, *stars *Vittorio
Grigolo*as Hoffmann with *Erin Morley *as Olympia, *Anita Hartig *as
Antonia/Stella, *Oksana Volkova *as Giulietta, *Tara Erraught *as
Nicklausse/The Muse, *Laurent Naouri *as the Four Villains, and *Christophe
Mortagne *as the Four Servants.

Three Puccini revivals will be presented in the 2017-18 season. *La Bohème*
stars *Angel Blue *as Mimì, opposite *Dmytro Popov *as Rodolfo with *Brigitta
Kele* as Musetta and *Lucas Meachem* as Marcello. Later performances
star *Anita
Hartig *and*Sonya Yoncheva *as Mimì; *Jean-François Borras, Russell
Thomas, *and *Michael Fabiano *as Rodolfo; and *Michael Todd Simpson* as
Marcello. The opera will be conducted by *Alexander Soddy *and *Marco

*Madama Butterfly* stars *Hui He* and *Ermonela Jaho* as Cio-Cio-San with*Maria
Zifchak *as Suzuki, *Roberto Aronica* and *Luis Chapa *as Pinkerton, and *David
Bizic*, *Dwayne Croft*, and *Roberto Frontali* as Sharpless. *Jader
Bignamini *and*Marco Armiliato *conduct all performances.

*Turandot* features *Oksana Dyka* and *Martina Serafin* sharing the title
role of the icy princess, with *Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong*, and *Guanqun
Yu *as Liù.*Marcelo Álvarez *reprises the role of Calàf, and *James Morris *
and *Alexander Tsymbalyuk *share the role of Timur.

*Le Nozze di Figaro *stars *Rachel Willis-Sørensen *and *Sonya Yoncheva *as
the Countess, *Christiane Karg* and *Nadine Sierra* as Susanna, *Serena
Malfi* and *Isabel Leonard* as Cherubino, *Luca Pisaroni* and *Mariusz
Kwiecien* as the Count, and *Adam Plachetka* and *Ildar Abdrazakov* as the
title character. *Harry Bicket *conducts all performances.

*Susan Graham *reprises Hanna Glawari in *The Merry Widow *conducted by*Ward
Stare*. The cast also includes *Andriana Chuchman *as Valencienne, *Paul
Groves*as Danilo, *David Portillo* as Camille de Rosillon, and *Thomas
Allen *as Baron Mirko Zeta.

The double bill of *Cavalleria Rusticana *and *Pagliacci *is conducted
by *Nicola
Luisotti, *which features *Roberto Alagna *in the leading tenor roles of
Turiddu in*Cavalleria Rusticana *and Canio in *Pagliacci*. *Cavalleria
Rusticana *also features*Ekaterina Semenchuk* and *Eva-Maria Westbroek* as
Santuzza, and *Željko Lučić* as Alfio. *Pagliacci *stars *Aleksandra Kurzak* as
Nedda, *George Gagnidze* as Tonio, and*Alessio Arduini* as Silvio.

*Pretty Yende *and *Matthew Polenzani* star as the spirited Adina and
Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her, in *L’Elisir
d’Amore, *which also stars *Davide Luciano* as Belcore and *Ildebrando
D’Arcangelo* as Dulcamara. All performances are conducted by *Domingo

*Lucia di Lammermoor *returns to the Met starring *Olga Peretyatko, Jessica
Pratt, *and *Pretty Yende *in the title role. *Vittorio Grigolo *and *Michael
Fabiano *share the role of Edgardo with *Massimo Cavalletti, Luca Salsi, *
and *Quinn Kelsey *as Enrico and *Vitalij Kowaljow *and *Alexander
Vinogradov *as Raimondo. *Roberto Abbado*conducts all performances.

*Ailyn Pérez* and *Bryan Hymel* star as the doomed lovers in *Roméo et
Juliette*with *Joshua Hopkins *as Mercutio and *Kwangchul Youn *as Frère
Laurent. *Plácido Domingo *conducts all performances.

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