Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Met 2014-15


The HD transmission schedule:

Macbeth October 11, 2014
  Luisi; Netrebko, Calleja, Lucic, Pape

Le Nozze di Figaro  October 18, 2014  New Production
  Levine; Poplavskaya, Petersen, Leonard, Mattei, Abdrazakov

Carmen  November 1, 2014
  Heras-Casado; Hartig, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Abdrazakov

The Death of Klinghoffer  November 15, 2014  New to the Met
  Robertson; Martens, Panikkar, Szot, Opie, Allicock, Green

Die Meistersinger  December 13, 2014
  Levine; Dasch, Cargill, Botha, Appleby, Reuter, Kränzle, König, Rose

Merry Widow January 17, 2015   New Production
   Davis; Fleming, O'Hara, Gunn, Shrader, Allen

Les Contes d’Hoffmann  January 31, 2015
  Abel; Gerzmava, Gerzmava, Gerzmava, Lindsey, Grigolo, Hampson

Iolanta/Duke Bluebeard’s Castle  February 14, 2015  New Production
  Gergiev; Netrebko, Beczala, Markov, Azizov, Tanovitski, Michael, Petrenko

La Donna del Lago  March 14, 2015   New to the Met
   Mariotti; DiDonato, Barcellona, Flórez, Osborn, Gradus

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci. April 25, 2015  New Production
     Luisi; Westbroek, Álvarez, Lucic, Racette, Álvarez, Gagnidze, Meachem


I get Iolanta.  I get La Donna del Lago.

I find that I would very much like to see Isabel Leonard's Cherubino.  Now I will have the chance, and the production will finally look different from when Cecilia sang in it.

Bryan Hymel is deservedly moving into the big time with Rodolfo.

We get to see Anna Netrebko walking on chairs.  Let's hope she doesn't fall off.

The presence of Paolo Szot might make me go to Klinghoffer.

I haven't seen a Cav/Pag in many years, and the cast looks wonderful.  I might even like the Eurotrash production.  I never join those groups that say they hate modern opera productions.  I think I might like a Eurotrash Lustige Witwe, but I'm not going to get one.

There are not a lot of new people here.  There is no Kaufmann for us.  He will sing a couple of Carmens but not ours.  Ailyn Pérez will make her Met debut, finally, pretty slow there I have to say, in Carmen but not in ours.  Why not give us March 7 instead of November 1?

After the Harteros, Kaufmann Don Carlo, I don't mind missing the Met one.  I would very much have liked to see Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, especially with Westbroek, but I see it doesn't get a matinee.

It still doesn't beat the San Francisco season but looks like there are some bright spots.  In San Francisco we get an actual new opera, singers we've never seen before, and Luca Pisaroni as the Count.

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