Friday, February 26, 2010

Met in HD 2010-2011

A surprising number of things are moving from San Francisco to New York (**).

October 9
Wagner’s Das Rheingold
James Levine; Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Bardon, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, Franz-Josef Selig, Hans-Peter Kšnig.
The big event here is that Bryn will sing Wotan.

October 23
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov
Valery Gergiev; Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Oleg Balashov, Evgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, Vladimir Ognovenko.
René Pape as Boris is not to be missed. And Valery Gergiev is no slacker.

November 13
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
James Levine; Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, John Del Carlo.
At the Met Anna made her first big splash here. We went mad for her in San Francisco long before this.

December 11
Verdi’s Don Carlo
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, Roberto Alagna, Simon Keenlyside, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Eric Halfvarson.
Roberto does Verdi.

January 8
Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West**
Nicola Luisotti; Deborah Voigt, Marcello Giordani, Juha Uusitalo.
This opera premiered at the Met 100 years ago.

February 26
Adams’s Nixon in China
John Adams; Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Russell Braun, James Maddalena, Richard Paul Fink
This is a recent addition to the schedule.

February 26
Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride**
Patrick Summers; Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, Gordon Hawkins.

March 19
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Patrick Summers; Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja, Ludovic Tézier, Kwangchul Youn.
Natalie is getting her turn on HD. It's only fair, but for me it's too soon to be showing this again.

April 9
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Maurizio Benini; Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, Michele Pertusi.
This will be a much anticipated new opera for me with a strong cast.

April 23
Strauss’s Capriccio
Andrew Davis; Renée Fleming, Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen, Peter Rose.
It was inevitable.

April 30
Verdi’s Il Trovatore**
James Levine; Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
This will give me a chance to finally see Dmitri.

May 14
Wagner’s Die Walküre
James Levine; Deborah Voigt, Eva Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Hans-Peter König.
Bryn again as Wotan and Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund-also much anticipated.

Joyce DiDonato singing the composer in Ariadne auf Naxos.
William Christie making his Met debut in Cosi fan Tutte.

Pelléas et Mélisande. One understands.
Queen of Spades with Karita Mattila. Perhaps she hasn't earned a place in the HD series.
Rigoletto. I was just complaining about never getting to see Rigoletto. Instead endless performances of Don Carlo are thrown in my path.
Matthias Goerne and Waltraud Meier in Wozzeck.


Carlos said...

What means "At the Met, Anna started here" talking about "Don Pasquale"???

Anna made her Met debut in 1998 during the Kirov Opera Festival, followed by what most people consider to be her debut in 2002 in War and Peace, Don Giovanni in 2003, La Bohème in 2004 and Rigoletto in 2005, before the Don Pasquale performances in 2006.

Dr.B said...

Well, I was just paraphrasing something on the Met website. They said she was reprising her Met debut. The exact quote is "Anna Netrebko returns to the role that made her a Met star" so maybe I misinterpreted it. So as far as they were concerned she wasn't a star for War and Peace? For us she was a star from Russlan and Ludmila.

I apologize for not maintaining a precise catalog of Anna's performances. No offense intended. I am an old lady and just wing this stuff.

Anonymous said...

The Web seems to be _FULL_ of this lately. Having heard, and enjoyed, Mr. Terfel's _Walkure_ Wotan in the 2005 Proms performance, the principal interest for me here, as you seem to imply as well, will be in Herr Kaufmann's Siegmund, which I expect to be _SUPERB_, if he, like Mr. Terfel seemed to be doing for a while, does not somehow mess up his voice! The only principal in this production who no one seems to be covering is the Hunding.

And, to add to the riches, I am told that Mr. Terfel is due to appear here in Washington sometime next Spring as well. If only La Gritton would come! Her new disc on Chandos, of Britten, Delius and Finzi, might already be out in the UK, or should be soon.


Anonymous said...

you may buy Trovatore with Dmitri on DVD too:-)