27 June 2008

Future Seasons at the Met

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LAST UPDATED: 29 September 2010

Brad Wilber has asked Sieglinde to provide a home for his famous file of information on Metropolitan Opera feature seasons. As always, this list is compiled as reliably as possible, but should not to be taken as fact, nor is it affilated with the Met in any way. As always, if you have corrections, deletions, or additions, please contact Brad directly: Bradley.Wilber(at)houghton.edu.

A summary of the latest updates can be found here.


[new production] with Anna Netrebko/Angela Meade, Elina Garanca, Kate Lindsey, Stephen Costello, Ildar Abdrazakov, c. Marco Armiliato, dir. David McVicar

SIEGFRIED, GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG [new productions] with Deborah Voigt/Katarina Dalayman, Stephanie Blythe, Ben Heppner, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel/Falk Struckmann, Eric Owens, Michael Volle* (Gunther), Waltraud Meier/Karen Cargill* (Waltraute), c. James Levine, dir Robert Lepage. Siegfried in the fall of 2011 and Götterdämmerung in January 2012. Complete cycles are scheduled for the springs of 2012 and 2013, the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth.

DON GIOVANNI [new production] with Barbara Frittoli/Annette Dasch/Marina Rebeka*, Maija Kovalevska, Mojca Erdmann*/Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien/Gerald Finley, Luca Pisaroni, Stefan Kocan (Commendatore), c. James Levine/Edward Gardner, dir. Michael Grandage

MANON [new production, co-produced with Covent Garden] with Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Paulo Szot, c. Fabio Luisi, dir. Laurent Pelly

FAUST [new production, co-produced with ENO] with Angela Gheorghiu/Marina Poplavskaya, Jonas Kaufmann/Piotr Beczala, Alexei Markov/George Petean (Valentin), c. Yannick Nezet-Seguin, dir. Des McAnuff, des. Robert Brill

ENCHANTED ISLAND [new production, original pastiche by Jeremy Sams, featuring music from Handel and Vivaldi] with Danielle de Niese (Ariel), Lisette Oropesa (Miranda), Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax), David Daniels (Prospero), Anthony Roth Costanzo* (Ferdinand), Placido Domingo (Neptune), Luca Pisaroni (Caliban), c. William Christie, dir./prod. Phelim McDermott/Julian Crouch, chor. Christopher Wheeldon

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Javier Camarena*/Colin Lee (Almaviva), Mikhail Petrenko (Basilio)

L'ELISIR D'AMORE with Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez, Mariusz Kwiecien, Alessandro Corbelli (Dulcamara)

MACBETH with Nadja Michael*, Gunther Groissbock, c. Gianandrea Noseda

THE MAKROPOULOS CASE with Karita Mattila, David Kuebler (Vitek), Johan Reuter* (Baron Prus), Tom Fox (Doctor Kolenaty)

NABUCCO with Maria Guleghina/Marianne Cornetti, Zeljko Lucic (Nabucco), Yonghoon Lee (Ismaele), Carlo Colombara (Zaccaria)

RODELINDA with Renee Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Kobie van Rensburg, Iestyn Davies* (Unulfo), c. Harry Bicket

BILLY BUDD with John Daszak* (Captain Vere), Nathan Gunn (Billy Budd)

KOVANSHCHINA with Olga Borodina (Marfa), Ildar Abdrazakov (Ivan), George Gagnidze (Shaklovity)

ERNANI with Angela Meade, Salvatore Licitra, c. Marco Armiliato

AIDA with Stephanie Blythe, Lado Ataneli, c. Fabio Luisi

LA TRAVIATA with Natalie Dessay

FILLE DU REGIMENT with Nino Maichadze (Marie)

MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Luca Salsi (Sharpless)

TOSCA with Roberto Alagna

HANSEL AND GRETEL with Alice Coote, Aleksandra Kurzak


DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN with Eva Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde), Simon O'Neill (Siegmund), Stefan Margita (Loge)


MARIA STUARDA [Metropolitan Opera premiere] with Joyce Di Donato as Maria, Elza van den Heever* (Elisabetta), c. Maurizio Benini, dir. David McVicar

THE TEMPEST by Thomas Adès [Metropolitan Opera premiere], Simon Keenlyside (Prospero), dir. Robert Lepage

EUGENE ONEGIN [new production] with Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien, Matthew Polenzani (Lensky), dir. Deborah Warner

CARMEN with Vesselina Kasarova (Carmen), Ekaterina Shcherbachenko*/Maija Kovalevska (Micaela), Yonghoon Lee (Don Jose), c. Michele Mariotti*

FRANCESCA DA RIMINI with Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcello Giordani, c. Yannick Nezet-Seguin

PARSIFAL [new production] with Jonas Kaufmann/Simon O'Neill, Katarina Dalayman, dir. Francois Girard

IL TROVATORE with Anja Harteros, Franco Vassallo (Di Luna), c. Daniele Callegari

DON CARLO with Eric Halfvarson (Grand Inquisitor), c. Lorin Maazel/Fabio Luisi

DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES with Kristine Jepson (Mere Marie), Felicity Palmer (Mme. de Croissy)

LES TROYENS with Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, Karen Cargill (Anna)

AIDA with Violeta Urmana, Marco Berti, George Gadnidze, Stefan Kocan

RIGOLETTO [new production] with Diana Damrau/Lisette Oropesa, Piotr Beczala, Zeljko Lucic/George Gagnidze

UN BALLO IN MASCHERA [new production] with Karita Mattila, Marcello Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, c. Fabio Luisi, dir. David Alden

OTELLO with Krassimira Stoyanova, Jose Cura


TURANDOT with Marco Berti, Takesha Meshe Kizart (Liu), c. Dan Ettinger

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Maija Kovalevska (Countess), Mojca Erdmann (Susanna), John Graham-Hall* (Basilio)

NORMA with Sondra Radvanovsky

BARBER OF SEVILLE (some in abridged family version) with c. Yves Abel

GIULIO CESARE [new production] with David Daniels, Rachid Ben Abdeslam* (Nireno)



I PURITANI with Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez, Mariusz Kwiecien (Riccardo), c. Michele Mariotti

DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN with Anne Schwanewilms* (Kaiserin), Johan Reuter (Barak), c. Valdimir Jurowski

[TITLE TBA] [commissioned work by composer Nico Muhly with libretto by Craig Lucas] with dir. Bartlett Sher, co-production with English National Opera

FALSTAFF [new production] with Lisette Oropesa (Nannetta), Stephanie Blythe (Quickly), Franco Vassallo (Ford), dir. Jack O'Brien

DIE FLEDERMAUS [new production] with new dialogue by David Hirson



LA SONNAMBULA with Diana Damrau, Javier Camarena

PRINCE IGOR [new production] with Ildar Abdrazakov

WERTHER [new production] with dir. Richard Eyre


CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/PAGLIACCI [new production] with Marcello Alvarez, c. Fabio Luisi

Commissioned work by Osvaldo Golijov, libretto by Alberto Manguel, dir. Robert Lepage

THE MERRY WIDOW [new production] with Renee Fleming, dir. Susan Stroman

©Bradley Wilber

25 June 2008

24 June 2008

I'm not promising anything

Where has Sieglinde been, you ask? I could say, campaigning for Diva Hillary in the gay baths of Appalachia; or travelling the world's opera houses on first class; or learning how to excise my acute fear of swim tests; or starting some sort of free porn download blog elsewhere. But really I was immersed mostly in the thrilling banality of work, in the discovery of small things, in seeing my name on academic publications. So I had to work my ass off, is all. There may have been crises of identity for Sieglinde, but I'm forgetting the details now. So yeah, I wasn't doing much else the past few months-- boycotting MSNBC mostly, also leaving dozens of balcony box tickets unused. Of the ones I used, the most memorable are the three incandescent Tristan und Isoldes, each with a unique set of lovers. (I was there when the Tristan got nearly decapitated by Dieter Dorn's magic carpet!) A healthy Deborah Voigt is a formidable Wagnerian soprano, the voice now with indisputably less beauty but with a more "live" quality and secure power. She should be able to do the Brunnhildes in the coming new Met Ring production, and do in historic dimensions, I have little doubt. What else? A Peter Grimes that mostly solidified Patricia Racette's place in my pantheon of fearsome sopranos, an Ernani that put me to sleep, a Fille du Regiment (with bis!) that confirmed what I've thought of Natalie Dessay and Donizetti's opera all along. Before I forget, I'd like to supplement the terribly mean things I said about Johan Botha's Otello below, which unfortunately have been first to greet every visitor these many weeks. I saw a couple more of the later Otellos, and by golly wow: once comfortable, this man sang true with beauty and anger at once, a rare summation. This early, he is already a great Otello. Renee Fleming, your Desdemona brought me to near-tears every single time. More later.