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.  Emmanuel Villaume will conduct, and Sonya Yoncheva will sing Tosca.  This performance will also star Vittorio Grigolo and Željko Lučić. Every one of these names has changed, and one changed more than once, from the original casting.

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.  Domingo Hindoyan will conduct.

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.  The conductor is now listed as Bertrand de Billy.

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.  Anna Netrebko's Tosca is a new role for her, but we don't get to see it.

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

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