The Met has announced its new HD season. There are a few things that can be counted on, apparently: something will be found for Karita Mattila, Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Anna Netrebko, and Natalie Dessay, suitable or not. Angela as Carmen is the most dubious, I suppose.
I am hoping Anna and Elina will reprise their Barcarole for us. Jennifer Larmore's name appears; I suppose this is the biggest surprise. Paul will be happy to see Bruce Ford. After hearing a light voice sing Aida, I don't think I would like Violeta Urmana in the role. And just after hearing Dmitri as Simon Boccanegra, would I want to hear Placido in the part? This is all so strange.
Tosca – October 10
James Levine; Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, Juha Uusitalo, Paul Plishka
Aida – October 24
Daniele Gatti; Violeta Urmana, Dolora Zajick, Johan Botha, Carlo Guelfi, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Stefan Kocán [Verdi cast for a very heavy sound across the board.]
Turandot – November 7
Andris Nelsons; Maria Guleghina, Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey [I'm a big fan of Maria Guleghina and think she would make a great Turandot. Pronounced Turando.]
Les Contes d’Hoffmann – December 19
James Levine; Kathleen Kim, Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova, Elina Garanča, Rolando Villazón, René Pape
Der Rosenkavalier – January 9
James Levine; Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Christine Schäfer, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen, Kristinn Sigmundsson [Dr.B. Oh my oh my. This is irresistible. I might have to see this more than once. Renée and Susan are exquisite together in this opera.]
Carmen – January 16
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Barbara Frittoli, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Mariusz Kwiecien [Hmm]
Simon Boccanegra – February 6
James Levine; Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, Plácido Domingo, James Morris [DrB. After seeing Dmitri in this role, I'm not very excited by this cast.]
Hamlet – March 27
Louis Langrée; Natalie Dessay, Jennifer Larmore, Toby Spence, Simon Keenlyside, James Morris
Armida – May 1
Riccardo Frizza; Renée Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Bruce Ford, José Manuel Zapata, Barry Banks, Kobie van Rensburg. This is Rossini.
As part of this season’s The Met: Live in HD series, the Metropolitan Opera will premiere The Audition, a feature-length documentary directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Grammy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, on 400 screens across the country on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 pm ET (and in Canada on June 6 and 15 at 1:00 pm EST).
Things that interest me that are missing from the HD season:
Nina Stemme singing Ariadne auf Naxos.
Anna Netrebko singing Mimi.
From the House of the Dead by Janácek.
Marlis Petersen singing Lulu.
Gergiev conducting Shostakovich's The Nose.
Especially house of the dead. I may have to travel.