Opera

"This week we are visiting London, a city with 19 venues for Met Live in HD – virtually all of them sold out last August before tickets went on sale at home [the US]. Friends here finally unearthed four tickets to 'L’Elisir d’Amore' far to the northwest in Kensal Rise where we found a jewel-box: a 75 seat theater in a converted Edwardian music hall, with fabulous light installations by the light sculptor Bruce Monro and one of the “top 5 public sound systems in the country;” the whole viewing room is a sound system.  Astonishingly, all profits go to charity and the cinema is staffed by devoted local volunteers.  Owner Teresa Graham bills herself as Head of Parties and Fun and greeted us with flutes of champagne."  From The Portable Met blog.  Just a sample of what to look forward to, although we can't promise Teresa herself behind the box office at each opera!

The 2016/2017 season of broadcasts from the Met celebrates its 100th screening, of Tristan und Isolde on October 8, and continues with Don Giovanni (October 22), L’Amour de Loin (December 11), Nabucco (January 8), Roméo et Juliette (January 21), Rusalka (February 25), La Traviata (March 11), Idomeneo (March 25), Eugene Onegin (April 22) and finally, Der Rosenkavalier (May 13).  That’s 10 transmissions from the Met stage:  five brand new productions, three operas new to the ‘Live’ series, and several starry revivals featuring leading artists in the world of opera.  Eight are broadcast live, with L'Amour du Loin (Sun 11 Dec) and Nabucco (Sun 8 Jan) available as Encores, the day after their live performances.  This is a recording of the live performance, complete with all the additional content but available at an earlier time of day. 

Tickets for the season will be available from Thu 5 May from 10:00 in an exclusive members’ booking window*, and then will go on sale to the general public from 10:00 on Mon 9 May. (That's from 10:00 in person, or from 11:00 via the booking line.)

*Join now, and begin to reap the benefits!  Members also get a £5 discount on Met tickets.  If you are a member and are trying to purchase tickets for an opera which takes place beyond the expiry of your membership, please call the booking line so they can process this over the phone for you.  The booking line is 020 3011 5523, and it is answered between 11:00 - 6:30, Mon - Fri.

For a terrifically engaging insight into the thrills, spills and trills of a young opera singer, read this exclusive account from Soraya Mafi.

 

MET PREMIERE

Composer:   Saariaho

Libretto: Amin Maalouf

Conductor: Susanna Mälkki

Production: Robert Lepage

Cast: Susanna Phillips (Clémence), Tamara Mumford (The Pilgrim), Eric Owens (Jaufré Rudel)

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.”  This yearning medieval romance has its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by... More info

Composer:  Verdi

Conductor: James Levine

Production: Elijah Moshinsky

Cast: Liudmyla Monastyrska (Abigaille), Jamie Barton (Fenena), Russell Thomas (Ismaele), Plácido Domingo (Nabucco), Dmitry Belosselskiy (Zaccaria)

The success of Verdi’s third opera, a stirring drama about the fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), catapulted the 28-year-old composer to international fame.  The music and Verdi himself were subsumed into... More info

NEW PRODUCTION

Composer:  Gounod

Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda

Production: Bartlett Sher

Cast: Diana Damrau (Juliette), Vittorio Grigolo (Roméo), Elliot Madore (Mercutio), Mikhail Petrenko (Frère Laurent)

When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.”  Now they’re back as opera... More info

NEW PRODUCTION

Composer:  Dvořák

Conductor: Sir Mark Elder

Production: Mary Zimmerman

Cast: Kristine Opolais (Rusalka), Katarina Dalayman (The Foreign Princess), Jamie Barton (Ježibaba), Brandon Jovanovich (The Prince), Eric Owens (The Water Sprite)

Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvořák’s fairy-tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka.  Mary Zimmerman brings her... More info

Composer:  Verdi

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

Production: Willy Decker

Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta Valéry), Michael Fabiano (Alfredo Germont), Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont)

Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo.  The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the... More info

Composer:  Mozart

Conductor: James Levine

Production: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle

Cast: Elza van den Heever (Elettra), Nadine Sierra (Ilia), Alice Coote (Idamante), Matthew Polenzani (Idomeneo), Alan Opie (Arbace)

Met resident conductor James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own... More info

Composer:   Tchaikovsky

Conductor: Robin Ticciati

Production: Deborah Warner

Cast: Anna Netrebko (Tatiana), Elena Maximova (Olga), Alexey Dolgov (Lenski), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Onegin), Štefan Kocán (Gremin)

Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the naïve heroine of Tchaikovsky’s opera, adapted from Pushkin’s classic novel .  Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana’s love until it’s too... More info

NEW PRODUCTION

Composer:  Strauss

Conductor: James Levine

Production: Robert Carsen 

Cast: Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Erin Morley (Sophie), Matthew Polenzani (A Singer), Marcus Brück (Faninal), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs)

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera.  Set in an idealized Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera... More info

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