15 February 2017

Metropolitan Opera's 2017-18 Season to Feature New Productions of Norma, Tosca, Adès' Exterminating Angel, Cendrillon and Così fan Tutte

Sondra Radvanovsky to take on title role in Norma, opposite Adalgisa of Joyce DiDonato; New Year's Eve Premier of New Tosca to feature Kristine Opolais, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel; DiDonato to sing title role in first Met performances of Cendrillon

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA will open its 2017-18 season with a new production of Norma, and will go on to present a new Tosca staging, the North American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, a new production of Cendrillon, and a new Così fan Tutte, the company announced today. 

Featuring 220 performances of twenty-six works—including two Met premieres—the Met's season will begin on September 25, when David McVicar’s new Norma staging will take the stage with Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa and Joseph Calleja as Pollione; Carlo Rizzi conducts. The production will return later in the season for performances that will also feature sopranos Marina Rebeka and Angela Meade in the title role; mezzo Jamie Barton will sing Adalgisa for those performances.  

Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, a Met co-commission and co-production based on the screenplay for Luis Buñuel’s 1962 surrealist film and featuring a libretto by Tom Cairns, opens in October, with the composer pacing the performances. Cairns will direct a cast that includes Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Rod Gilfry, Christian Van Horn and John Tomlinson. 

On New Year’s Eve, the Met will present a new production of Tosca that will feature Kristine Opolais in the title role, opposite tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia; David McVicar’s staging will be conducted by Andris Nelsons. Subsequent performances of Puccini’s opera will feature Anna Netrebko in the title role, opposite Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle as Scarpia. 

In March, a new production of Così fan Tutte, set in the 1950s on Coney Island, will take the stage. Phelim McDermott’s staging—a co-production with English National Opera—will be conducted by David Robertson, and will feature Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi as Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara as Despina, Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as Ferrando and Guglielmo, and Christopher Maltman as Don Alfonso. 

In April, Joyce DiDonato will star in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Massenet’s Cendrillon, which will be conducted by Bertrand de Billy; Laurent Pelly’s staging, first seen at Santa Fe Opera, will also feature Alice Coote as Prince Charming and Stephanie Blythe as Madame de la Haltière. 

In November, the Met will also present four performances of Verdi’s Requiem conducted by music director emeritus James Levine. Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto will be joined by the Met orchestra and chorus.  

Next season will also find the company presenting revivals of twenty works, including La Bohème, Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Elektra, L’Elisir d’Amore, Hansel and Gretel, Lucia di Lammeroor, Luisa Miller, Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, The Merry Widow, Le Nozze di Figaro, Parsifal, Roméo et Juliette, Semiramide—an opera last performed at the Met in 1993—Thaïs, Il Trovatore, Turandot and Die Zauberflöte

The Met will present ten Live in HD transmissions during the 2017-18 season, beginning on October 7 with a simulcast of Norma. Subsequent performances transmitted to movie theaters worldwide will include Die Zauberflöte (October 14), The Exterminating Angel (November 18), Tosca (January 27), L’Elisir d’Amore (February 10), La Bohème (February 24), Semiramide (March 10), Così fan Tutte (March 31), Luisa Miller (April 14), and Cendrillon (April 28). spacer

More information—including announced casting for all repertory productions—can be found at The Metropolitan Opera

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