The Metropolitan Opera announces 2018-19 Season

The Act 3 finale of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with Wotan and the sleeping Brünnhilde. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera has today announced full details of its 2018-19 season, which will see new Met Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, take up the post two seasons earlier than planned, in time for the start of the new season.

Nézet-Séguin will be a significant presence on the podium in the 2018-19 season, who, in addition to leading a new production of La Traviataand conducting the two Carnegie Hall concerts, will also lead revivals of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.

Elīna Garanča as Dalila and Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila.” Photo: Vincent Peters / Met Opera

The Met’s 2018-19 season opens on 24 September with Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak’s new production of Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and starring Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanča in the title roles. Nico Muhly’s new opera Marnie (a co-production with ENO) has its North American premiere a few weeks later, conducted by Robert Spano, with Isabel Leonard in the title role. Marnie is directed by Michael Mayer, who will also direct the new La Traviata, conducted by Nézet-Séguin and starring Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez. The final new production will be Sir David McVicar‘s new version of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role.

A scene from Act III of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West.” Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

The 18 revivals will include: a revival of Robert Lepage’s stunning production of Wagner’s epic four-opera masterwork, Der Ring des Nibelungen, starring Soprano Christine Goerke as the warrior maiden Brünnhilde; Verdi’s Aida, with Anna Netrebko singing the title role for the first time at the Met; Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, with tenor Jonas Kaufmann returning to the Met to star opposite Eva-Maria Westbroek; Verdi’s Otello, starring Stuart SkeltonSonya Yoncheva and Željko Lučić, and with Gustavo Dudamel making a highly anticipated Met conducting debut; Tosca, starring Sondra Radvanovsky and Joseph Calleja; Robert Carsen’s production of Arrigo Boito’s only opera, Mefistofele, starring Christian Van Horn as the title character; and La Clemenza di Tito, with Matthew Polenzani and Joyce DiDonato.

A scene from Verdi’s “Aida.” Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The 2018-19 season of The Met: Live in HD will kick off October 6 with Aida. The series will continue with Samson et Dalila (October 20), La Fanciulla del West (October 27), Marnie (November 10), La Traviata (December 15), Adriana Lecouvreur (January 12), Carmen (February 2), La Fille du Régiment (March 2), Die Walküre (March 30), and Dialogues des Carmélites (May 11).

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