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Subject: Re: Next season at the Met
From: Dennis Ryan <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:26:49 -0500

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Hi, Y'all!  
    This new "Cosi," not my favorite opera in the first  place, sounds 
simply GHASTLY--a prime example of why and how the Met cannot get  butts into 
seats. But most of the rest sounds intriguing and attractive.  
    I hope, as the new "Tosca" premieres, that Mr. Gelb  will take note of 
what a disaster for the Met his choice to support the Luc  Bondy production 
turned out to be.  He clearly knew enough SOON enough to  have squelched 
that production and would have saved the Met considerable  cash and 
considerable credibility by doing so.  
    Dennis Ryan
In a message dated 2/15/2017 12:19:51 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
[log in to unmask] writes:
*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 
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  
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 
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,  
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*  <> 
enter  the password *metphotos* for promotional photos of the 2017-18  

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

*New Productions*

*Norma – **Vincenzo  Bellini

*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 
the production will star  *Angela Meade *as Norma with *Jamie Barton 
the role of Adalgisa  and led by *Joseph Colaneri. Sir David McVicar 
the production,  having staged seven Met productions including Verdi’s *Il
Trovatore,  *Handel’s *Giulio Cesare, *the double bill of Mascagni’s  
Rusticana* and Leoncavallo’s *Pagliacci, *and Donizetti’s *Anna  Bolena,* 
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  
Cairns,* the ensemble cast features* Audrey Luna *as Leticia Maynar;  
Echalaz *as Lucia de Nobile; *Sally Matthews *as Silvia de Ávila and  
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

*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 
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*, 
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 
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 
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 
16); German soprano Evelyn Herlitzius as Kundry  in *Parsifal* (February 5);
German mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster as  Klytämnestra in *Elektra *(March 
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, 
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 
Salsi*as Count di Luna, and *Štefan Kocán* and  *Kwangchul Youn* as 

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* 
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 
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 
Zifchak *as Suzuki, *Roberto  Aronica* and *Luis Chapa *as Pinkerton, and 
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 
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 
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 
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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