Met's 2016-17 Season to Feature Stemme in New Tristan, Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, New Stagings of William Tell, Roméo et Juliette, Rusalka Der Rosenkavalier
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17 February 2016

Met's 2016-17 Season to Feature Stemme in New Tristan, Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, New Stagings of William Tell, Roméo et Juliette, Rusalka Der Rosenkavalier 

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Nina Stemme as Isolde in Mariusz Treliński's new production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
Photo by Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan Opera


THE METROPOLITAN OPERA will open its 2016-17 season, celebrating the company’s fiftieth anniversary at Lincoln Center, with a new production of Tristan und Isolde, and will go on to present the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’Amour de Loin as well as new stagings of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier.  

Announced today, the company’s 2016-17 season will present some 225 performance of 26 operas, as well as a gala performance on May 7, 2017, that will gather opera’s biggest stars to fête the company’s semicentennial at Lincoln Center. 

The Met season will open on September 26, 2016 with a production of Tristan und Isolde conducted by Simon Rattle and directed by Mariusz Treliński. Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, the world’s foremost Isolde, will join Stuart Skelton as Tristan; Ekaterina Gubanova will sing the role of Brangäne, and René Pape will assume one of his touchstone roles, King Marke. 

Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, which has not been staged by the Met since 1931—and has never been presented by the company in its original language—will take the stage in Pierre Audi’s Netherlands Opera’s production. Baritone Gerald Finley will appear in the title role, Marina Rebeka sings Mathilde and Bryan Hymel will sing Arnold. Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi will conduct Rossini’s score. 

The Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”) is slated for December 1, with the opera receiving a new production directed by Robert Lepage; Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki will pace Saariaho’s score. Susanna Phillips will sing the role of Clémence, Eric Owens will sing Jaufré and Tamara Mumford will perform the role of the Pilgrim, who transports messages of love between the two. The performances will mark the first time that the Met has staged an opera by a woman composer since 1903.

A New Year’s Eve gala will feature the Met premiere of Bartlett Sher’s production of Roméo et Juliette—a La Scala production that was initially presented at the Salzburg Festival in 2008—which will take the stage with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in the lead roles. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the proceedings. 

A new staging of Dvořák’s Rusalka by Mary Zimmerman will feature Kristine Opolais in the title role when it premieres in February 2017. Sir Mark Elder will conduct the performances, which will also feature Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, Eric Owens as the Water Sprite and Jamie Barton as Ježibaba. 

In April, the company’s first new staging of Der Rosenkavalier in more than forty years will take the stage in a production directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by James Levine. Renée Fleming will sing the role of the Marschallin opposite Elīna Garanča, who sings her first North American performances of Octavian. Günther Groissböck takes on the role of Baron Ochs, Erin Morley sings Sophie and Matthew Polenzani will appear as the Italian Singer. 

A gala celebrating the company’s fiftieth anniversary at Lincoln Center is slated for May 7, 2017, and will feature fully-staged performances by the most prominent singers on the Met roster, including Piotr Beczala, 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.

In addition to its new productions, the company will present revivals of twenty repertory works, including Aida; Il Barbiere di Siviglia; La Bohème; Carmen; Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac;Don Giovanni; Eugene Onegin; Fidelio; Der Fliegende Holländer; Idomeneo; L’Italiana in Algeri; Jenůfa; its abridged holiday, English-language Magic Flute; Manon Lescaut; Nabucco; I Puritani; Rigoletto; Salome; La Traviata and Werther.  

Anna Netrebko will take on the title role in Manon Lescaut performances that will also feature Marcelo Álvarez as des Grieux and Christopher Maltman as Lescaut. Netrebko will also sing Tatiana opposite Dmitri Hvorostovsky in performances of Eugene Onegin that will be conducted by Robin Ticciati. 

James Levine will conduct performances of Mozart’s Idomeneo that will feature tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, Elza van den Heever as Elettra, Nadine Sierra as Ilia, Alice Coote as Idamante, and Alan Opie as Arbace. 

Levine also paces Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production of Rossini's L’Italiana in Algeri, for which Elizabeth DeShong will sing Isabella, René Barbera will make his Met debut as Lindoro, Nicola Alaimo will sing Taddeo and Ildar Abdrazakov will sing Mustafà.

A revival of Janáček's Jenůfa will feature Oksana Dyka in the title role with Karita Mattila taking on the role of the Kostelnička; David Robertson conducts a cast that also includes Hanna Schwarz, Daniel Brenna, and Joseph Kaiser. 

Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac returns to the Met stage in Francesca Zambello’s production, with both Roberto Alagna and Patricia Racette making their company role debuts as Cyrano and Roxane. Marco Armiliato, who led the work’s 2005 premiere at the Met will return to conduct. 

A revival of Fidelio will feature Adrianne Pieczonka and Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan; Sebastian Weigle conducts. 

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will lead his first Wagner performances at the Met when he paces Der Fliegende Holländer performances that will feature Michael Volle as the Dutchman, Amber Wagner as Senta, Jay Hunter Morris as Erik and Dolora Zajick as Mary. 

Performances of I Puritani will feature Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena as Elvira and Arturo, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Alexey Markov sings the role of Riccardo and Luca Pisaroni will sing Giorgio Walton. 

A revival of Bartlett Sher’s production of Barbiere will feature Pretty Yende making her Met role debut as Rosina opposite the Almavivas of Javier Camarena and Dmitry Korchak; Peter Mattei takes on the title role of Figaro in performances conducted by Benini. 

Catherine Naglestad will make her Met debut as the title character in performances of Salome conducted by Canadian Opera Company music director Johannes Debus, who also makes his company debut. Gerhard Siegel and Željko Lučić will sing the respective roles of Herod and Jochanaan. 

Liudmyla Monastyrska, Latonia Moore and Krassimira Stoyanova will share the role of Aida in performances of Verdi’s opera that will also feature Ekaterina Gubanova and Violeta Urmana as Amneris, and Marco Berti, Riccardo Massi and Jorge de León in the role of Radamès. 

A revival of the company’s production of Nabucco, conducted by Levine, will feature Plácido Domingo making his Met role debut as the title character. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings Abigaille, Jamie Barton sings Fenena and Russell Thomas will take on the role of Ismaele. 

Michael Mayer’s Rat Pack-era production of Rigoletto will feature Željko Lučić as the title character; Stephen Costello and Joseph Calleja will share duties as the Duke of Mantua and Olga Peretyatko will sing the role of Gilda. Pier Giorgio Morandi makes his company debut conducting Verdi’s score. 

Willy Decker’s staging of La Traviata returns for performances conducted by Nicola Luisotti that will feature Sonya Yoncheva and Carmen Giannattasio as Violetta, Michael Fabiano and Atalla Ayan as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson, George Petean and Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont.

Yoncheva will also appear as Mimì in a revival of Franco Zeffirelli's iconic production of La Bohème opposite the Rodolfo of Dmytro Popov, who makes his Met debut. Additional performances of Puccini’s opera will feature the Mimìs of Kristine Opolais and Ailyn Pérez, Susanna Phillips and Brigitta Kele will sing Musetta and Piotr Beczala and Michael Fabiano sharing duties as Rodolfo. 

Sophie Koch and Clémentine Margaine will take on the title role in performances of Carmen that will also feature Maria Agresta’s Micaëla, Marcelo Álvarez as Don José and Kyle Ketelsen as Escamillo. 

Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo will conduct performances of Don Giovanni that will feature Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. Malin Byström is slated to sing performances as both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira, and Adam Plachetka and Matthew Rose will both sing performances of Leporello and Masetto. Hibla Gerzmava and Angela Meade will sing the role of Donna Anna; Amanda Majeski and Marina Rebeka will be Donna Elvira; and Serena Malfi, Nadine Sierra, and Isabel Leonard will share the role of Zerlina. Erwin Schrott sings the role of Leporello, and Rolando Villazón, Ramón Vargas, Paul Appleby, and Matthew Polenzani will share the role of Don Ottavio. 

Performances of Richard Eyre’s production of Werther will feature Isabel Leonard as Charlotte and Vittorio Grigolo in the title role. 

The company’s abridged, English-language version of The Magic Flute will feature Layla Claire as Pamina, Jessica Pratt and Kathryn Lewek as Queen of the Night, Ben Bliss as Tamino, Christopher Maltman as Papageno, Shenyang as the Speaker, and Morris Robinson as Sarastro. Antony Walker will conduct the performances. 

On October 8, the Met will present its one-hundredth Live in HD simulcast with a screening of Tristan und Isolde (October 8), and will continue with simulcasts of 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).

Additionally, James Levine will conduct The MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall performances in 2016-17. An all-Mahler program will feature Susan Graham and Matthew Polenzani on May 31, 2017, and on June 3 Maurizio Pollini will join Levine and the Orchestra in an all-Brahms program. Christian Tetzlaff will appear with Levine and the Orchestra in an all-Sibelius program on June 6. spacer 

More information about the Met's 2016-17 season can be found at The Metropolitan Opera.

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