Monday, February 03, 2020

Metropolitan Opera in HD for 2019-2020 - Cast changes

Agrippina by Handel (February 29), At last we will get to hear Joyce DiDonato sing a significant Baroque role.
  • Conductor Harry Bicket 
  • Production Sir David McVicar--New
  • Agrippina Joyce DiDonato 
  • Poppea Brenda Rae 
  • Nerone Kate Lindsey 
  • Ottone Iestyn Davies 
  • Claudio Matthew Rose 

Der Fliegende Holländer by Wagner (March 14).  I think this is new to HD.
  • Conductor Valery Gergiev 
  • Production François Girard--New
  • Senta Anja Kampe
  • Mary Mihoko Fujimura 
  • Erik Sergey Skorokhodov 
  • Steuermann David Portillo 
  • Holländer Evgeny Nikitin, replacing Sir Bryn
  • Daland Franz-Josef Selig

Tosca by Puccini (April 11),  This is for Netrebko, of course.
  • Conductor Bertrand de Billy 
  • Production Sir David McVicar
  • Tosca Anna Netrebko
  • Cavaradossi Brian Jagde
  • Scarpia Michael Volle 

Maria Stuarda by Donizetti (May 9)  This is the third David McVicar production in this list.
  • Conductor Maurizio Benini 
  • Production Sir David McVicar
  • Maria Stuarda Diana Damrau
  • Elisabetta Jamie Barton
  • Leicester Stephen Costello
  • Cecil Andrzej Filonczyk 

Turandot by Puccini (October 12),  We open our season with Christine Goerke.  This should be fantastic.
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Production: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Turandot: Christine Goerke
  • Liù: Eleonora Buratto
  • Calàf: Yusif Eyvasov
  • Timur: James Morris 

Manon by Massenet (October 26),  I would want this for Lisette and Michael.
  • Conductor: Maurizio Benini 
  • Production: Laurent Pelly
  • Manon: Lisette Oropesa 
  • Chevalier des Grieux: Michael Fabiano 
  • Guillot de Morfontaine: Carlo Bosi 
  • Lescaut: Artur Ruciński 

Madama Butterfly by Puccini (November 9), This is the opera I always skip.
  • Conductor: Pier Giorgio Morandi 
  • Production: Anthony Minghella
  • Cio-Cio-San: Hui He  She will look the part
  • Suzuki: Elizabeth DeShong 
  • Pinkerton: Andrea Carè  
  • Sharpless: Paulo Szot

Akhnaten by Glass (November 23), I've wanted to see this for quite a while.
  • Conductor Karen Kamensek 
  • Production Phelim McDermott--New
  • Queen Tye Dísella Lárusdóttir 
  • Nefertiti J'Nai Bridges 
  • Akhnaten Anthony Roth Costanzo 
  • High Priest of Amon Aaron Blake 
  • Horemhab Will Liverman 
  • Aye Richard Bernstein 
  • Amenhotep, the Scribe Zachary James  

Wozzeck by Berg (January 11),  Peter Mattei is something to look forward to.  The production comes to the Met from Salzburg where I saw the stream last summer.
  • Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Production William Kentridge--New
  • Marie Elza van den Heever
  • Margaret Tamara Mumford 
  • The Drum Major Christopher Ventris 
  • The Captain Gerhard Siegel 
  • Andres Andrew Staples 
  • Wozzeck Peter Mattei 
  • The Doctor Christian Van Horn 

Porgy and Bess by Gershwin (February 1),  There are a lot of great singers in this cast.  The Gershwin family insist that all of the black characters be played by black singers.
  • Conductor David Robertson
  • Production James Robinson--New
  • Bess Angel Blue 
  • Clara Golda Schultz 
  • Serena Latonia Moore 
  • Maria Denyce Graves
  • Sportin' Life Frederick Ballentine
  • Porgy Eric Owens
  • Crown Alfred Walker 
I look forward to new favorites Christine Goerke, Peter Mattei and Lisette Oropesa as well as old favorites Anna Netrebko and Joyce DiDonato.  I've wanted to see Akhnaten for a long time.  It's a rather work-a-day season.

I might have liked to see Tara Erraught in Cenerentola.  Werther with Joyce and Piotr would have been lovely.  Sigh.

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