Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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.