Thursday, May 17, 2012

Met 2012-2013 Changes

Opera Tattler has posted some cast changes for the Met next season.  The main things that affect the simulcasts are a complete rearrangement of Sondra Radvanovsky's schedule.  I have reposted my previous post about the Met next season.

Here is the announcement from the Metropolitan Opera for the 2012-2013 season. First we have things we've already seen in HD:
  • Aida, Giuseppe Verdi, the surprise here is the presence of Roberto Alagna in the cast.  This is the role he was booed off the stage for in Milan.  Besides, I'm bored with this production. Borodina sings Amneris for the simulcast.  **
  • The Barber of SevilleGioachino Rossini, with Isabel Leonard.  She seems to be having a big season.
  • Carmen, Georges Bizet, with Kate Royal.
  • Le Comte OryGioachino Rossini, Florez is repeating.
  • Don Carlo, Giuseppe Verdi, featuring Radvanovsky and Vargas. New cast list says Radvanovsky is out in this opera, but replacement is not announced.
  • Don Giovanni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • FaustCharles Gounod, this time with Beczala and Relyea.  ##
  • Das RheingoldDie Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Richard Wagner, I guess this isn't bogus after all, but maybe it's already sold out.  They're doing 3 cycles in April of 2013 in addition to the ones in 2012.  #
  • TurandotGiacomo Puccini, half Guleghina, half Theorin.
  • La RondineGiacomo Puccini, without Angela, which is unimaginable.
  • La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi, with Damrau, Pirgu, Domingo.  That means that Domingo is singing the father.  How interesting.  ##
  • Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi, one performance shows Angela Meade.  The tenor is mostly TBD.  From Opera Tattler we learn that Gwyn Hughes-Jones will make his Met role debut as Manrico.  Carmen Giannattasio will replace Sondra Radvanovsky.
 This leaves a lot of tasty items.
  • Un Ballo in Maschera, Giuseppe Verdi, a new production with Mattila, Kim, Zajick, Álvarez, Hvorostovsky, a distinguished cast.  For the simulcast on December 8 Rodvanovsky replaces Mattila.  **
  •  L'Elisir d'Amore, Gaetano Donizetti, with Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, practically the same cast as Don Pasquale.**  ##
  • Francesca da Rimini, Riccardo Zandonai, with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani.  It won't be the same without Placido, the most beautiful knight in all the world.**
  • Giulio Cesare, George Frideric Handel, with Dessay, Daniels, and Alice Coote.  This will be a new production.  To prepare you might want to listen to Natalie's recording.  **
  • La Clemenza di Tito, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, top billing goes to Elina Garanca as Sesto.  So she will be back.  **
  • Dialogues des Carmélites, Francis Poulenc, I see only three performances with Patricia Racette and Isabel Leonard.
  • Maria Stuarda, Gaetano Donizetti, starring the fabulous Joyce DiDonato.  So we don't have to go to Houston if we don't want.  **
  •  Le Nozze di Figaro, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Kovalevska, Erdmann, Schäfer, Finley, Abdrazakov.  Who plays what I'm not sure.  Finley is probably Figaro.  He was Almaviva when I saw him in London. 
  • Otello, Giuseppe Verdi, this is Fleming and Botha with Placido Domingo conducting.  I recall liking Botha in this role in San Francisco, but recommended he improve his physical conditioning.  We'll see.**  The Met no longer shows Domingo conducting.
  • Parsifal, Richard Wagner, with Dalayman, Kaufmann, Mattei, Nikitin, and Pape.  Sigh.  We'll have to boycott if this one is left out, too.  I've never actually made it to the end of Parsifal, but if Jonas is singing, I'll have to try a lot harder.  It's the damn Dresden amen that gets me.  This is also a new production.  **  ##
  • Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi,  this is a new production with Damrau and Beczala.  First there is no Rigoletto and then there is Rigoletto everywhere, including Sacramento (tomorrow) and San Francisco.  Luckily I like Rigoletto.**  ##
  •  The Tempest, Thomas Adès, this is a suitable followup to The Enchanted Island of the current season.  Top billing goes to Simon Keenlyside.  This is supposed to be set inside the 18th century opera house at La Scala, haha.  I will get the opportunity to reassess this opera which is generally very highly regarded. **  ##
  • Les Troyens,  Hector Berlioz, with Voigt, Graham, Cargill, Giordani, Cutler, Croft, Youn.  I assume Voigt will sing Cassandra, and Graham will sing Dido.  Jonas is singing this in London, and I would far rather hear him in this than Parsifal.  Sigh.  **
The announced HD performances are:

  • October 13, 2012 Donizetti’s L'Elisir d'Amore 
  • October 27, 2012 Verdi’s Otello 
  • November 10, 2012Adès’s The Tempest—Met Premiere 
  • December 1, 2012 Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito 
  • December 8, 2012 Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera—New Production 
  • December 15, 2012 Verdi’s Aida 
  • January 5, 2013 Berlioz’s Les Troyens 
  • January 19, 2013 Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda—Met Premiere 
  • February 16, 2013 Verdi’s Rigoletto– New Production 
  • March 2, 2013 Wagner’s Parsifal–New Production 
  • March 16, 2013, 12 pm ET Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini 
  • April 27, 2013 Handel’s Giulio Cesare—New Production 

Cool.  That's everything I asked for.  Happy opera.  My wish list would include something more interesting for Kaufmann and Netrebko, preferably both of them together.  Or!!  Or perhaps the problem is that they are not yet ready to trust Kaufmann in Italian repertoire in HD.

** HD
## I have added this to show which productions are rather Eurotrashy, an extremely large number compared to past seasons. Perhaps there are more.

1 comment:

mamascarlatti said...

As I understand it the Giulio Cesare is only new to the Met - it's the famous Glyndebourne one which you can find on DVD with Connolly and de Niese, directed by McVicar. I don't believe the original cast can be topped