Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Metropolitan Opera in HD 2017-18

7-Oct-17 Norma, Bellini 

It stars Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato and Joseph Calleja. This is a new production by Sir David McVicar.

14-Oct-17 Magic Flute, Mozart

Here is something interesting.  On purpose they call this the "full length German version" of Julie Taymor's production.  There was a lot of complaining about the shortened version done for children, which I rather liked.  Italian and French operas seem to stay in their native languages, but German is constantly being translated, so original German is nice.

The stars I know are Charles Castronovo, Rene Pape, Christian Van Horn.

18-Nov-17 The Exterminating Angel, Adès

This is the American premier of an opera by Thomas Adès which premiered in 2016 at the Salzburg Festival.  The composer will conduct and the librettist will direct.  Christian Van Horn, Alice Coote, John Tomlinson.  I always go to anything new.

27-Jan-18 Tosca, Puccini

This is yet another new production by Sir David McVicar.  I don't think I'll miss the one it is replacing.  Andris Nelsons will conduct his wife Kristine Opolais.  This performance will also star Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel.  March 3 this has been changed to Vittorio Grigolo instead of Kaufmann. This whole thing has fallen apart.  It now features Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Grigolo and James Levine.  Only Sir Bryn Terfel remains.

10-Feb-18 L'Elisir d'Amore, Donizetti

The stars of this revival are Pretty Yende who recently subbed for Diana Damrau in I Puritani, Matthew Polenzani, and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.


24-Feb-18 La Boheme, Puccini

Would it be a Met season without the Zeffirelli La Boheme?  Probably not.  The stars this time are Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Lucas Meachem.  Marco Armeliato will conduct.

10-Mar-18 Semiramide, Rossini

This is apparently a revival.  From long ago.  Before HD.  I will not be able to resist comparing it to Caballe/Horne or Joyce DiDonato's Munich stream later this month.  Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong and our boy Javier Camarena. Benini will conduct.

31-Mar-18 Cosi fan tutte, Mozart

This will be fun to see Phelim McDermott's new production which takes place on Coney Island in the 50s.  The most inspired piece of casting is probably Kelli O'Hara as Despina.  I will no longer be required to miss Cecilia Bartoli in the old production.

14-Apr-18 Luisa Miller, Verdi

This is a revival of an opera I don't really like, but the cast is good. Piotr Beczala, Sonya Yoncheva, Plácido Domingo.  Levine conducts.  This is all the Verdi we get.

28-Apr-18 Cendrillon,  Massenet

This is a new production by Laurent Pelly because it is the first time this opera has ever played at the Met.  We had it in San Francisco in 1982.  We missed Joyce DiDonato in the Rossini, but they made up for it by casting her here.  Alice Coote is Prince Charming.  Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Laurent Naouri.

I guessed that Tara Erraught would sing Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, but we don't get to see it.  Nor do we get to see her outing as Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffmann.  I will probably add more things I wish I got to see later.  Anna Netrebko's Tosca, a new role for her.

We don't get to see the new music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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