The Metropolitan Opera announces its 2024–25 season, with 4 Met premieres & 14 timeless classics!

The Metropolitan Opera has announced its full 2024–25 season lineup, which showcases timeless classics of the operatic repertory in revivals and new productions, alongside four Met premieres.

The season opens on 23 September 2024 with the Met premiere of two-time Tony Award–winning composer Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded, an opera commissioned by the Met and based on librettist George Brant’s acclaimed play. Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo stars as Jess, a hot-shot fighter pilot whose pregnancy takes her out of the cockpit and lands her in Las Vegas, operating Reaper drones. Maestro Nézet-Séguin conducts a cast that also features tenor Ben Bliss as Eric—a Wyoming rancher who becomes Jess’s husband.

Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Grammy Award–winning Ainadamar premieres at the Met on October 15. The opera dramatizes the life and murder of poet-playwright Federico García Lorca, who was assassinated for his socialist politics and sexual orientation. Brazilian director and choreographer Deborah Colker, a Laurence Olivier Award winner, makes her Met debut with this new production. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack sings the trouser role of Federico García Lorca. Sopranos Angel Blue and Gabriella Reyes share the role of Lorca’s muse, the actress Margarita Xirgu; soprano Elena Villalón plays Nuria; and flamenco singer Alfredo Tejada—in his Met debut—completes the principal cast as the Falangist politician Ramón Ruiz Alonso. In his Met debut, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts a score that crackles with the energy and rhythms of flamenco and rumba.

For the annual New Year’s Eve gala premiere, Maestro Nézet-Séguin again takes the podium to lead acclaimed director Michael Mayer’s opulent new production of Aida. Soprano Angel Blue makes her Met role debut as the title Ethiopian princess. The cast also features mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi as Amneris, tenor Piotr Beczała as Radamès, baritone Quinn Kelsey as Amonasro, bass Dmitry Belosselskiy as Ramfis, and bass Morris Robinson as the King. Subsequent performances feature mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Amneris; tenor Brian Jagde as Radamès; baritones Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Michael Chioldi, and bass-baritone Eric Owens as Amonasro; basses Alexander Vinogradovand Morris Robinson as Ramfis; and bass Krysztof Bączyk as the King. Christina Nilsson, in her Met debut, is scheduled to sing the title role in March, and Alexander Soddy shares conducting duties. Maestro John Keenan conducts the final performance in the spring.

The second half of the season opens on March 3 with the Met premiere of Jake Heggie’s 2010 adaptation of Herman Melville’s epic Moby-Dick. A cast of standouts comes together on the decks of the Pequod, led by Maestro Karen Kamensek, with tenor Brandon Jovanovich starring as Captain Ahab, tenor Stephen Costello as Greenhorn, baritone Peter Mattei as Starbuck, and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green as Queequeg. The cast also includes soprano Janai Brugger as Pip, tenor William Burden as Flask, and baritone Malcolm MacKenzie as Stub. Director Leonard Foglia, in his Met debut, expands his earlier production for the Met.

In its first new production at the company in 20 years, Strauss’s Salome returns on April 29 in a new staging by director Claus Guth, in his company debut. Maestro Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met performances of the opera, leading a cast featuring soprano Elza van den Heever in the title role and baritone Peter Mattei as Jochanaan. Tenors Gerhard Siegel and Chad Shelton share the role of King Herod; mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is Herodias; and tenor Piotr Buszewski is Narraboth.

The final new production of the season is the most recent work of preeminent American composer John Adams: Antony and Cleopatra, which has its Met premiere on May 12. The adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama stars soprano Julia Bullock, following her company debut in Adams’s El Niño in the 2023–24 season, as Cleopatra, opposite bass-baritone Gerald Finley’s Antony, with tenor Paul Appleby as Caesar and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Octavia, Caesar’s sister. The cast also includes mezzo-soprano Taylor Ravenas Charmian, in her Met debut; tenor Brenton Ryan as Eros; and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Enobarbus. Adams himself takes the podium to conduct a new staging by director Elkhanah Pulitzer, who transports the story from ancient Rome to the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, conducts Grounded, Salome, and Aida. John Adams conducts his own score of Antony and Cleopatra.

Twelve revivals round out the roster—Verdi’s Rigoletto and Il Trovatore; Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème; Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten; Beethoven’s Fidelio; Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades; and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and the Met’s annual presentation of Julie Taymor’s abridged, English-language version of The Magic Flute for the winter holidays.

Among the important performers making first appearances at the house are the sopranos Aigul Khismatullina, Christina Nilsson, Jacquelyn Stucker, and Adela Zaharia; mezzo-sopranos Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Taylor Raven; tenors Freddie De Tommaso, Magnus Dietrich, Duke Kim, and Jack Swanson; baritone Gihoon Kim; bass-baritone Peter Kálmán; basses Alexander Köpeczi and Bogdan Talos; conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Joana Mallwitz, and Giacomo Sagripanti; and flamenco singer Alfredo Tejada.

Returning stars include sopranos Eleonora Buratto, Lise Davidsen, Kathryn Lewek, Ailyn Pérez, Golda Schultz, Nadine Sierra, Elza van den Heever, Pretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva; mezzo-sopranos Aigul Akhmetshina, Jamie Barton, Maria Barakova, J’Nai Bridges, Elīna Garanča, and Isabel Leonard; tenors SeokJong Baek, Piotr Beczała, Benjamin Bernheim, Stephen Costello, and Matthew Polenzani; baritones Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Igor Golovatenko, Quinn Kelsey, Will Liverman, David Luciano, Alexey Markov, Peter Mattei, Thomas Oliemans, Luca Salsi, and Michael Volle; bass-baritones Eric Owens, Ryan Speedo Green, Bryn Terfel, and Alfred Walker; basses Peixin Chen, Soloman Howard, Andrea Mastroni, Stephen Milling, René Pape, and Alexander Vinogradov; and conductors Marco Armiliato, Susanna Mälkki, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Karen Kamensek, Evan Rogister, Keri-Lynn Wilson, and Xian Zhang.

For more information, and to view the full season lineup, please visit: metopera.org/season/2024-25-season/

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