Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A'twitter for the 2008/09 Met season!

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Opera issued its press release for next season. I'm just a'twitter thinking of the tickets I'll be buying and the thrilling performances I'll be seeing. And watch out NYC buses, billboards, phone booths, I think there's a new poster girl in town!

My obvious wishlist:

OPENING NIGHT GALA STARRING RENÉE FLEMING
Monday, September 22, 2008
Conductors James Levine and Marco Armiliato

Verdi
La Traviata, Act II
Violetta Renée Fleming
Alfredo Ramón Vargas
Germont Thomas Hampson

Massenet
Manon, Act III
Manon Renée Flemimg
Chevalier des Grieux Ramón Vargas
Lescaut Dwayne Croft
Count des Grieux Robert Lloyd

R. Strauss
Capriccio, Final scene
Madeleine Renée Fleming


THAÏS
Premiere: December 8, 2008
Composer Jules Massenet
Libretto Louis Gallet
Production property of Lyric Opera of Chicago
Conductor Jesús López-Cobos
Production John Cox
Set & Costume
Designer Paul Brown
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Choreographer Sara Jo Slate
Thaïs Renée Fleming
Nicias Michael Schade
Athanaël Thomas Hampson
(Dec. 8, 11, 17, 20 mat, 23, 27, 30, Jan. 2, 5, 8)

LA SONNAMBULA
Premiere: March 2, 2009
Composer Vincenzo Bellini
Libretto Felice Romani
Conductor Evelino Pidò
Production Mary Zimmerman
Set Designer Daniel Ostling
Costume Designer Mara Blumenfeld
Lighting Designer T. J. Gerckens
Choreographer Daniel Pelzig
Amina Natalie Dessay
Elvino Juan Diego Flórez/Barry Banks
Rodolfo Michele Pertusi
(March 2, 6, 11, 14, 18, 21 mat, 24, 28, April 3)

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR
Composer Francesco Cilea
Libretto Arturo Colautti
Conductor Plácido Domingo
Staged by Mark Lamos
Set Designer C. M. Cristini, after sketches by Camillo Parravicini
Costume Designer Ray Diffen
Additional
Costumes by Jane Greenwood
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Choreographer Sergei Gritsai
Adriana Maria Guleghina
The Principessa Olga Borodina
Maurizio Marcelo Álvarez
Michonnet Roberto Frontali
(Feb. 6, 10, 13, 17, 21 mat, 25, 28)

LA GIOCONDA
Composer Amilcare Ponchielli
Libretto Arrigo Boito
Conductor Daniele Callegari*
Original Production Margherita Wallmann
Staged by Peter McClintock
Set Designer Beni Montresor
Costumes after the
original designs by Beni Montresor
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon
Additional costumes by Holly Hynes
Lighting Designer Wayne Chouinard
La Gioconda Deborah Voigt
Laura Badoero Olga Borodina
La Cieca Ewa Podleś
Enzo Grimaldo Aquiles Machado
Barnaba Carlo Guelfi
Alvise Badoero James Morris
(Sept. 24, 27, Oct. 2, 6, 9)

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Composer Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto Salvadore Cammarano
Conductor Marco Armiliato
Production Mary Zimmerman
Set Designer Daniel Ostling
Costume Designer Mara Blumenfeld
Lighting Designer T. J. Gerckens
Choreographer Daniel Pelzig
Lucia Diana Damrau/Anna Netrebko
Edgardo Piotr Beczala/Rolando Villazón
Enrico Vladimir Stoyanov*/Mariusz Kwiecien
Raimondo Ildar Abdrazakov
(Oct. 3, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 mat, Jan. 26, 29, Feb. 3, 7 mat)

ORFEO ED EURIDICE
Composer Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto Ranieri de’ Calzabigi
Conductor James Levine/TBA
Production Mark Morris
Set Designer Allen Moyer
Costume Designer Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting Designer James F. Ingalls
Choreographer Mark Morris
Euridice Danielle de Niese
Amor Heidi Grant Murphy/Ying Huang
Orfeo Stephanie Blythe
(Jan. 9, 14, 17 mat, 20, 24 mat, 28, 31)

RIGOLETTO
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto Francesco Maria Piave
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza*
Production: Otto Schenk
Set &Costume
Designer Zack Brown
Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler
Gilda Aleksandra Kurzak/Diana Damrau
Maddalena Victoria Vizin*/Tamara Mumford
Duke Giuseppe Filianoti/Piotr Beczala/Joseph Calleja
Rigoletto Željko Lučić/Roberto Frontali
Sparafucile Mikhail Petrenko/Raymond Aceto
(Jan. 24, 27, 31 mat, Feb. 4, 7, 12, April 1, 4, 9, 14, 17)

RUSALKA
Composer Antonin Dvořák
Libretto Jaroslav Kvapil
Conductor Jiři Bělohlávek
Production Otto Schenk
Set Designer Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Costume Designer Sylvia Strahammer
Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler
Choreographer Carmen De Lavallade
Rusalka Renée Fleming
Foreign Princess Christine Goerke
Ježibaba Stephanie Blythe
Prince Aleksandrs Antonenko*
Water Sprite Kristinn Sigmundsson
(March 9, 12, 14 mat, 17, 21)

SALOME .
Composer Richard Strauss
Libretto Richard Strauss
Conductor Mikko Franck*
Production Jürgen Flimm
Set & Costume
Designer Santo Loquasto
Lighting Designer James F. Ingalls
Choreographer Doug Varone
Salome Karita Mattila
Herodias Ildikó Komlósi
Herod Kim Begley
Narraboth Joseph Kaiser
Jokanaan Juha Uusitalo*
(Sept. 23, 26, 30, Oct. 4 mat, 7, 11 mat, 16)

LA DAMNATION DE FAUST
Premiere: November 7, 2008
Composer Hector Berlioz
Libretto Almire Gandonnière and Hector Berlioz
In collaboration with Ex Machina
This new production was reconceived for the Metropolitan Opera
and is based on a co-production of the Saito Kinen Festival and the
Opéra National de Paris

Conductor James Levine/TBA
Production Robert Lepage*
Set Designer Carl Fillion*
Costume Designer Karin Erskine*
Lighting Designer Sonoyo Nishikawa*
Choreographers Johanne Madore* and Alain Gautier*
Video designers Holger Foerterer* and Boris Firquet*
Marguerite Susan Graham
Faust Marcello Giordani
Méphistophélès John Relyea

(Nov. 7, 10, 14, 18, 22 mat, 25, 29 mat, Dec. 4)

6 comments:

cameron said...

I feel like I struck gold this morning when I logged on to renew my Met subscription. I went to look at the details for my usual option (Monday evening) and was greeted with the primas for Il Trovatore and La Sonnambula, along with Netrebko's first Lucia and the fabulously cast (at least on the female side) Gioconda. I'll probably exchange my weakly cast subscription Don G (Schrott and Iveri, double yuck) for one of those great sounding April performances (Langree conducting Frittoli, Mattei, Isokowski and Bayrakdarian...talk about embarrassment of wishes).

#1 on my wishlist right now is the free Requiem with Levine conducting Frittoli, Borodina, Giordani and Morris. God only knows how early one will have to wake up and get in line to secure those free tix.

cameron said...

Embarrassment of riches, not wishes. Don't know what I was thinking when I typed that.

Anonymous said...

I see Rigoletto on the list. I believe that was your first opera. What a fateful trip that was for me to come to NYC. The beginning of many things....

Beth

SarahB said...

Cameron - Since Sally and I decided to try for single tickets this year instead of a subscription, I think mine IS an embarrasment of wishes.

Kari said...

ooh, gala! gala! i hope you'll be sharing your "single tickets" with me.

Esther said...

Wow, that is an absolutely stunning picture!