26 February 2013

Met's 2013-14 Season to Feature New Stagings of Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus, Prince Igor, Werther; U.S. Premiere of Two Boys; James Levine's Return to Podium

The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 season will feature more than two-hundred performances of twenty-six operas — six of which will play in new productions, including a U.S. premiere, the company announced today.

The company's 130th season will open on September 23 with a new production of Eugene Onegin, featuring Anna Netrebko as Tatiana, Piotr Beczala as Lenski and Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. Deborah Warner's staging of Tchaikovsky's opera — a co-production with English National Opera — returns later in the season with a second cast featuring Peter Mattei in the title role, Marina Poplavskaya as Tatiana and Rolando Villazón as Lenski. 

The 2013-14 season will also mark the return of music director James Levine, who will conduct a new production of Falstaff as well as revivals of Così fan Tutte and Wozzeck. Levine returns to the Met podium after a two-year absence. 

In addition to Warner's production of Onegin, the 2013-14 Met season will feature the American premiere of Two Boys, composer Nico Muhly and librettist Craig Lucas's opera, which premiered in 2011 at English National Opera and is the first work to emerge from The Met/LCT Opera/Music Theater Commissions program. Commissioned by the Met, the opera will arrive on the Met stage October in Bartlett Sher's production. Maestro David Robertson will conduct the performances, which will feature Paul Appleby as Brian, Christopher Bolduc in his Met debut as Jake, Jennifer Zetlan as Rebecca, Alice Coote as Anne Strawson, Sandra Piques Eddy as Fiona, Judith Forst as Anne's Mum and Keith Miller as Peter.

In December, the company will present a new production of Falstaff, featuring Levine on the podium. Verdi's final opera, which will play in a Robert Carsen's staging, will feature Ambrogio Maestri in the title role; Franco Vassallo as Ford; Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page; Angela Meade as Alice; Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta; and Stephanie Blythe as Mistress Quickly. 

A new, English-language production of Die Fledermaus will open at the Met on New Year's Eve. Jeremy Sams directs the production and contributes new English-language lyrics, while Douglas Carter Beane will contribute dialogue. Johann Strauss's operetta will be conducted by Adam Fischer, and will feature Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde; Christopher Maltman as Eisenstein; Christine Schafer and Jane Archibald as Adele; Michael Fabiano and Alexander Lewis as Alfred; countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as Prince Orlofsky; and Paulo Szot as Dr. Falke.  

In its first Met performances since 1917, Alexander Borodin's Prince Igor will take the stage in a new production by director Dmitri Tcherniakov in February and March. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and Pavel Smelkov, performances will feature Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Oksana Dyka makes her Met debut in the role of Yaroslavna; Anita Rachvelishvili sings Konchakovna; Sergey Semishkur makes his Met debut as Vladimir; Mikhail Petrenko will sing the role of Vladimir Yaroslavich, Prince of Galich; and  Stefan Kocan will sing Konchak. The opera, which was unfinished at the time of Borodin's death, does not have a definitive performing version. Noseda and Tcherniakov have constructed a new version that reportedly incorporates all the known music and orchestration by Borodin, adjusts the order of some scenes and also includes three pieces of newly orchestrated material by Smelkov, who conducts the  February 21 performance.

Jonas Kaufmann will sing the title role in a new production of Massenet's Werther directed by Sir Richard Eyre. February and March performances will be conducted by Alain Altinoglu, and will feature Elīna Garanča as Charlotte, Lisette Oropesa as Sophie and David Bizic, who makes his Met debut as Albert. 

In addition to conducting Così performances — which will feature Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Danielle de Niese, Matthew Polenzani, Rodion Pogossov and Maurizio Muraro — James Levine will also lead March performances of Wozzeck, which will feature Thomas Hampson in the title role and Deborah Voigt as Marie. Simon O'Neill will sing the Drum Major, Peter Hoare is The Captain and Clive Bayley makes his Met debut as The Doctor. 

William Kentridge's production of Shostakovich's The Nose returns to the Met stage for Valery Gergiev and Pavel Smelkov-paced performances in September and October. Paulo Szot reprises his role as Kovalyov alongside Alexander Lewis as the titular appendage. 

Sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky and Angela Meade will share the role of Norma in fall performances of Bellini's opera conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Kate Aldrich and Jamie Barton will sing Adalgisa, and Aleksandrs Antonenko sings the role of Pollione; James Morris and Met debutant Ievgen Orlov share the role of Oroveso. 

Celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten, the Met will present performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Tim Albery's production in October. The performances, which will be conducted by American maestro James Conlon, will feature Iestyn Davies as Oberon to Kathleen Kim's Tytania. Michael Todd Simpson sings the role of Demetrius, Joseph Kaiser is Lysander, Erin Wall and Elizabeth DeShong are Helena and Hermia. Matthew Rose will sing Bottom. 

Vladimir Jurowski paces November performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten, which will play in Herbert Wernicke's production. Anne Schwanewilms and Meagan Miller make their Met debuts as the Empress; Christine Goerke sings The Dyer's Wife; Ildikó Komlosi sings The Nurse; Torsten Kerl sings The Emperor; and Johan Reuter is Barak. 

In April, Philippe Auguin conducts performances of Arabella featuring Malin Byström and Erin Wall in the title role; Genia Kühmeier as Zdenka; Roberto Sacca as Matteo; Michael Volle's Mandryka; and John Del Carlo as Waldner. 

October, November and December performances of Tosca will feature Patricia Racette, Sondra Radvanovsky and Elisabete Matos in the title role; Roberto Alagna, Marcello Giordani and Met debutant Ricardo Tamura sing Cavaradossi; and George Gagnidze sings Scarpia. Riccardo Frizza and Marco Armiliato will lead the performances. 

A revival of the Met's new Michael Mayer staging of Rigoletto will feature Dmitri Hvorostovsky in his first performances of the title role in New York. Alexandra Kurzak sings Gilda and Matthew Polenzani will sing the Duke of Mantua in performances paced by Pablo Heras-Casado, who makes his Met debut on the podium.

English National Opera music director Edward Gardner leads performances of Der Rosenkavalier in November and December. Martina Serafin sings the Marschallin to the Octavians of Elīna Garanča and Daniela Sindram; Mojca Erdmann and Erin Morley share the role of Sophie; Peter Rose sings Baron Ochs; Eric Cutler and Mario Chang will be the Italian Singer; and Hans-Joachim Ketelsen sings Faninal. 

Conductor Jane Glover makes her Met debut when she takes the podium to lead holiday performances of the company's abridged English-language version of The Magic Flute, which will find Alek Shrader and Matthew Plenk as Tamino; Heidi Stober and Mary Dunleavy as Pamina; Albina Shagimuratova and Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night; Nathan Gunn and John Moore as Papageno; and Eric Owens as Sarastro. 

Anna Netrebko will return as Adina for a revival of Bartlett Sher's new production of L'Elisir d'Amore, which will play in January 2013 under the baton of Maurizio Benini. Ramon Vargas sings the role of Nemorino, Erwin Schrott sings Dulcamara and Nicola Alaimo sings Belcore. 

Fourteen performances of La Bohème will be conducted by Stefano Ranzani, who paces Maija Kovalevska, Anita Hartig and Barbara Frittoli as Mimì. Irina Lungu, Jennifer Rowley and Susanna Phillips sing Musetta; Joseph Calleja and Vittorio Grigolo sing Rodolfo; and Alexey Markov and Massimo Cavalletti take on the role of Marcello.

South African soprano Amanda Echalaz makes her Met debut as Cio-Cio-San in the company's revival of Anthony Minghella's production of Madama Butterfly. Taking on the title role in subsequent performances are sopranos Kristine Opolais and Hui He. Tenors Bryan Hymel, Adam Diegel, James Valenti and Gwyn Hughes Jones will sing Pinkerton; Elizabeth DeShong and Maria Zifchak share the role of Suzuki; and Sharpless will be sung by Scott Hendricks and Dwayne Croft. The performances — which will play in January, February, April and May — will be conducted by Philippe Auguin, Marco Armiliato and Fabio Luisi. 

Renée Fleming returns to the Met in the title role of Dvořák's Rusalka, which will be conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Emily Magee makes her Met debut as the Princess in Otto Schenk's production; Dolora Zajick sings the role of Ježibaba; Piotr Beczala sings the Prince; and John Relyea is the Water Sprite. 

A revival of the Met's Baroque pasticcio The Enchanted Island will be conducted by Patrick Summers in February. Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch's production will feature Susan Graham in the role of the witch Sycorax opposite David Daniels as Prospero; Danielle de Niese returns to the role of Ariel; Andriana Chuchman makes her Met debut as Miranda; Anthony Roth Costanzo returns as Ferdinand; Luca Pisaroni sings Caliban; and Plácido Domingo returns to the role of Neptune. 

A March revival of Mary Zimmerman's production of La Sonnambula will feature Diana Damrau's first Met performances as Amina. Javier Camarena and Taylor Stayton sing the role of Elvino and Michele Pertusi is Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts Bellini's score. 

Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier will receive March and April performances lead by Gianandrea Noseda, who conducts Marcelo Álvarez in the title role. Patricia Racette will make her Met role debut as Maddalena and Željko Lučić will sing Carlo Gérard in Nicolas Joël's production.

Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko makes her Met debut as as Elvira in I Puritani, which will feature Lawrence Brownlee as Arturo Talbot and Mariusz Kwiecien as Riccardo; Michele Mariotti conducts. 

Met principal condcutor Fabio Luisi leads will lead starry April and May performances of La Cenerentola, which will find Joyce DiDonato in the role of Angelina. Juan Diego Flórez will sing Don Ramiro and and Italian baritone Pietro Spagnoli makes his Met debut as Dandini. Alessandro Corbelli is Don Magnifico and Luca Pisaroni will sing Alidoro. 

On March 9, the Met will present Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo in a solo recital on the Met stage. Grigolo and pianist Vincenzo Scalera will perform songs by Bellini, Rossini, Tosti, Stanislao Gastaldon, Leoncavallo, De Curtis and Vincento D'Annibale, in addition to performing arias from Donizetti's Il Duca d'Alba and Verdi's Il Corsaro.

In addition to leading staged opera performances, James Levine will helm the MET Orchestra in three Sunday afternoon concerts at Carnegie Hall. A concert on October 13 will feature Joyce DiDonato in selections from Rossini's Giovanna d'Arco and Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito; also on the program are the  overture from Verdi's I Vespri Siciliani, Elliott Carter's "Variations for Orchestra" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. A December 22 concert finds Levine pacing an all-Mahler program, which will feature baritone Peter Mattei performing the composer's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; the orchestra play Mahler's Symphony No. 7. An all-Dvořák program on May 11 features Levine leading the MET Orchestra in the composer's Carnival Overture, his Symphony No. 7 in D minor and his Cello Concerto in B minor. 

The 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD will feature ten transmissions of of selected Saturday matinees, beginning with an October 5 performance of Eugene Onegin. The series continues with transmissions of The Nose (October 26), Tosca (November 9), Falstaff (December 14), Rusalka (February 8), Prince Igor (March 1), Werther (March 15), La Bohème (April 5), Così fan Tutte (April 26), and La Cenerentola (May 10). spacer 

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