Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (HD Oct. 8) will begin the season with a new production starring Nina Stemme, Stuart Skelton, René Pape and Ekaterina Gubanova, with Simon Rattle conducting. Considering how much I hated the elevator car production, this is very welcome, as are the stars who will be singing. Above is Nina.
Mozart's Don Giovanni (HD Oct. 22) will be a repeat production this time with Don Giovanni sung by Simon Keenlyside and Don Ottavio by Rolando Villazón. The women are not familiar to me. Fabio Luisi will conduct.
Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin (HD Dec. 10) is the first opera composed by a woman presented at the Met in over 100 years. It cannot help but be a new production, by Cirque de Soleil producer Robert Lepage, and will star Eric Owens and Susanna Phillips. Keeping with the female trend, conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut. YES! I asked for this and promise to love it.
Verdi's Nabucco HD (Jan. 7) I have seen both stars Plácido Domingo and Liudmyla Monastyrska in this opera in a movie theater from the Royal Opera. It was one of baritone Domingo's better outings. James Levine will conduct. This opera made Verdi decide to return to composing opera.
Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (HD Jan. 21) stars Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. This is a new production for the Met by Bartlett Sher and comes from Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. I think I will miss the masks.
Dvořák's Rusalka (HD (Feb. 25) in a new production by Mary Zimmerman will star Kristine Opolais. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts. I have only ever seen this opera with Fleming.
Verdi's La Traviata HD (Mar. 11) is the same old red dress, large clock production but the cast of Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano and Thomas Hampson will be excellent. Nicola Luisotti will conduct.
Mozart's Idomeneo (HD Mar. 25) will be presented in the old Ponnelle production that used to star Pavarotti. This time the stars will be Nadine Sierra, Matthew Polenzani, and Alice Coote. James Levine will conduct.
Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (HD Apr. 22) will finally get the casting we have been waiting for: Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Tatiana and Onegin. Robin Ticciati conducts.
Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier HD (May 13) in a new production with Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča (looking forward), Erin Morley, Günther Groissböck (already seen as Ochs streamed from Salzburg), with James Levine conducting. I never pass up a Rosenkavalier, and this cast looks fabulous.
Things not in HD:
On Stage 2016-17
50th Anniversary (in the new house which opened Sept 16, 1966) Gala
Starring: Piotr Beczała, Ben Bliss, Javier Camarena, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Mariusz Kwiecien, Isabel Leonard, James Levine, Željko Lučić, Amanda Majeski, Angela Meade, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani, Rolando Villazón, Michael Volle, Pretty Yende, Sonya Yoncheva. Perhaps this will show up on PBS.
Instead of repeats of Traviata and Giovanni, I might prefer to see
Rossini's Guillaume Tell.