The Metropolitan Opera announces 2016-17 Season

[A scene from Pierre Audi's production of Rossini's Guillaume Tell. 
Photographed here at the Dutch National Opera. Photo by Ruth Walz.]

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 Season—Its 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center—Will Feature 225 Performances of 26 Operas, with Six New Productions, Including a Met Premiere

The season opens September 26 with a new staging of Wagner’s epic tragedy Tristan und Isolde, starring Nina Stemme

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season, the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center, will feature 225 opera performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to one of the most acclaimed operas in recent years.

Repertoire for the company’s 132nd season will include the Met premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera L’Amour de Loin, as well as new stagings of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Dvořák’s Rusalka, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.

A gala concert on May 7, 2017 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s Lincoln Center location with performances by opera’s leading stars honoring the Met’s past and future.

Ticket prices will not increase, remaining the same as in the current season, and audience development programs instituted by the company in recent years will continue.

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The season opens on September 26 with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Treliński, and starring the world’s preeminent Isolde, Nina Stemme, opposite Stuart Skelton as Tristan. On October 18, Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the premiere of Pierre Audi’s new staging of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, familiar to music lovers for its famous overture. The opera has not been staged by the Met since 1931 and never before in its original French. The new production will star Gerald Finley, Marina Rebeka, and Bryan Hymel in the central roles. On December 1, L’Amour de Loin, a meditation on idealized love set in the medieval era, has its Met premiere, led by Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki in her company debut, directed by Robert Lepage, and starring Susanna PhillipsTamara Mumford, and Eric Owens. A new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette will open on New Year’s Eve, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting Bartlett Sher’s staging and Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo as the star-crossed lovers. Rusalka (opening February 2), conducted by Sir Mark Elder and directed by Mary Zimmerman, will star Kristine Opolais in the title role of a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince, sung by Brandon Jovanovich. On April 13, the company will unveil its first new staging in more than 40 years of Richard Strauss’s wistful comedy Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen, with Renée Fleming in her signature role of the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča in her company role debut as Octavian; Günther Groissböck sings Baron Ochs.

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The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world, continues for its 11th season. Ten performances from the season will be broadcast, beginning October 8 with the 100th transmission in series history, the new production of Tristan und Isolde.

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50th Anniversary Gala

On May 7, 2017, many of the company’s most prominent singers will perform at a special anniversary gala honoring the 50th anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. The fully staged gala will pay tribute to the company’s storied past and look ahead to the future, with some artists previewing roles they will perform in upcoming Met seasons. Artists scheduled to appear include Piotr Beczala, Ben Bliss, Javier Camarena, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Mariusz Kwiecien, Isabel Leonard, James Levine, Željko Lučić, Amanda Majeski, Angela Meade, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani, Rolando Villazón, Michael Volle, Pretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva. The event will feature direction and scenic design by Julian Crouch, costume design by Kevin Pollard, and projection design by 59 Productions.

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Repertory Highlights

The 2016-17 season will feature 20 revivals of works by 13 composers, starring many of the world’s leading opera singers and conductors. 

Anna Netrebko will add a new role to her Met repertory when she stars in a revival of Richard Eyre’s new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (which premiered at the Met last week), opposite Marcelo Álvarez as des Grieux and Christopher Maltman as Lescaut. Marco Armiliato will conduct. 

Netrebko will also reprise one of her greatest successes in recent years, the heroine Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, this time paired with fellow Russian superstar Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Onegin. Alexey Dolgov will sing Lenski in the revival, conducted by Robin Ticciati.

Five works not heard at the Met in recent years will be part of the 2016-17 season. James Levine will conduct a rare revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, starring Matthew Polenzani in the title role of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production. The rest of the cast includes Elza van den Heever as Elettra, Nadine Sierra as Ilia, Alice Coote as Idamante, and Alan Opie as Arbace.

Levine also leads a revival of Rossini’s lighthearted L’Italiana in Algeri, also in a Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production. The charismatic young cast is headed by Elizabeth DeShong as Isabella, debuting American tenor René Barbera as Lindoro, Nicola Alaimo as Taddeo, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Mustafà.

Janáček’s searing small-town tragedy Jenůfa will star Oksana Dyka in the title role, with the star of the most recent Met revival, Karita Mattila, taking on the new role of the fanatical Kostelnička. The cast, led by David Robertson, also includes Hanna Schwarz, Daniel Brenna, and Joseph Kaiser.

Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac will star Roberto Alagna and Patricia Racette as the lovelorn title character and his beloved Roxane, both in company role debuts. Marco Armiliato, who led the opera’s U.S. premiere at the Met in 2005, returns to conduct the revival.

Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, will be presented for the first time since 2006, with Sebastian Weigle conducting Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore, Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller in her Met debut as Marzelline, Greer Grimsley as Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann as Rocco.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct his first Wagner opera at the Met when he leads a revival of Der Fliegende Holländer, starring Michael Volle as the Dutchman and Amber Wagner as Senta. The cast also features Jay Hunter Morris as Erik, Dolora Zajick as Mary, Ben Bliss as the Steuermann, and Franz-Josef Seligas Daland.

Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena, who starred together to acclaim in Bellini’s La Sonnambula at the Met in 2014, will re-team for another opera by the same composer, I PuritaniMaurizio Benini conducts a cast that also includes Alexey Markov and Luca Pisaroni.

Peter Mattei will star in the title role of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, opposite Pretty Yende, who returns to the Met to sing a new bel canto heroine, Rosina. Javier Camarena and Dmitry Korchak sing Almaviva in the revival, conducted by Maurizio Benini.

Richard Strauss’s Salome will star American soprano Catherine Naglestad (in her Met debut) as the shockingly amoral title character, a role she has sung to acclaim around the world. Debuting conductor Johannes Debus, Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company, leads a cast that also features Gerhard Siegel and Željko Lučić in new Met roles as King Herod and the doomed prophet Jochanaan, respectively.

Four Verdi revivals will be presented in 2016-17. Aida will feature Liudmyla Monastyrska and Latonia Moore reprising their roles as the title princess, alternating with Krassimira Stoyanova in her first Met performances of the role. Ekaterina Gubanova and Violeta Urmana sing Amneris, and Marco Berti, Riccardo Massi, and debuting tenor Jorge de León sing the hero Radamès. The opera will be conducted by Marco Armiliato and, in his Met debut, Daniele Rustioni.

Nabucco, conducted by Levine, will feature Plácido Domingo in a new Met role as the title character. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings Nabucco’s willful daughter Abigaille, with Jamie Barton as Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitry Belosselskiy reprising the role of his 2011 Met debut as Zaccaria.

Rigoletto, conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi in his Met debut, will star Željko Lučić as the title character, Stephen Costello and Joseph Calleja as the Duke of Mantua, and Olga Peretyatko as Gilda.

La Traviata, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, will star Sonya Yoncheva and Carmen Giannattasio as Violetta, Michael Fabiano and Atalla Ayan (in his Met debut) as Alfredo, and Thomas HampsonGeorge Petean, and Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont.

            Yoncheva will also star in the opening performances of a revival of Puccini’s La Bohème, singing Mimì opposite the Rodolfo of debuting tenor Dmytro Popov. The season’s performances also feature Kristine Opolais and Ailyn Pérez as Mimì, Susanna Phillips and debuting soprano Brigitta Kele as Musetta, and Piotr Beczala and Michael Fabiano as Rodolfo. The revival will be conducted by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato.

            Two French mezzo-sopranos will share the title role of Bizet’s CarmenSophie Koch, who made her Met debut in 2014 as Charlotte in Werther, and debuting artist Clémentine MargaineMaria Agresta, who made a notable company debut as Mimì in the current season, will sing her first Met performances of Micaëla, opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Don José and Kyle Ketelsen as the toreador Escamillo. The performances will be conducted by Dan Ettinger and Louis Langrée.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni returns for a 16-performance run with multiple casts, most of whom are singing their roles for the first time at the Met. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct the performances, which will star Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien as the title character. Three singers will perform two different roles in the opera over the course of the season, with Malin Byström taking on both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira; Adam Plachetka and Matthew Rose sing both Leporello and Masetto. The performances will also feature Hibla Gerzmava and Angela Meade as Donna Anna; Amanda Majeski and Marina Rebeka as Donna Elvira; Serena MalfiNadine Sierra, and Isabel Leonard as Zerlina; Erwin Schrott as Leporello; and Rolando VillazónRamón VargasPaul Appleby, and Matthew Polenzani as Don Ottavio.

Isabel Leonard will also star as Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, opposite Vittorio Grigolo in his first Met performances as the title character. Edward Gardner will conduct the first revival of Sir Richard Eyre’s recent new production of the romantic drama.

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The Met: Live in HD 2016-17

The 2016-17 season of The Met: Live in HD will kick off October 8 with the 100th presentation in series history, Tristan und Isolde. The series will continue with Don Giovanni (October 22), L’Amour de Loin (December 10), Nabucco (January 7), Roméo et Juliette (January 21), Rusalka (February 25), La Traviata (March 11), Idomeneo (March 25), Eugene Onegin (April 22), and Der Rosenkavalier (May 13).

The Met’s groundbreaking series launched in 2006 and quickly established the company as the world’s leading alternative cinema content provider. More than 19 million tickets have been sold since the series’ inception, and the series currently reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.

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