Metropolitan Opera 2017 - 2018

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The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 Season will feature Five New Productions, Including Two Met Premieres.

The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition, will begin its 12th season on October 28th, with a new production of Bellini’s Norma directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed Normas, Sondra Radvanovsky.

Live in HD audiences around the world will see ten live performances from the Met’s 2017-18 season. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world.  The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

The 2017-18 HD season was announced by Met General Manager Peter Gelb.

“This season, we’re replenishing our core repertoire with new productions of Così fan tutte, Norma, and Tosca, while stretching our horizons with The Exterminating Angel and Cendrillon,” said Gelb. “The HD schedule includes repertory favourites and stimulating rarities with something for neophytes and aficionados alike.”

Met Opera: 2017-2018 Season Tickets on sale now: Adults: $28.00, Concessions: $24.00

 

 

The Exterminating Angel (Thomas Adès) - NEW PRODUCTION

Conductor: Thomas Adès

Production: Tom Cairns
Set & Costume Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer: Jon Clark
Projection Designer: Tal Yarden
Choreographer: Amir Hosseinpour
Cast: Audrey Luna (Leticia Maynar), Amanda Echalaz (Lucia de Nobile), Sally Matthews (Silvia de Ávila), Sophie Bevan (Beatriz), Alice Coote (Leonora Palma), Christine Rice (Blanca Delgado), Iestyn Davies (Francisco de Ávila), Joseph Kaiser (Edmundo de Nobile), Frédéric Antoun (Raúl Yevenees), David Portillo (Eduardo), David Adam Moore (Colonel Álvaro Gómez), Rod Gilfry (Alberto Roc), Kevin Burdette (Señor Russell), Christian Van Horn (Julio), John Tomlinson (Doctor Carlos Conde)
Running time: 2:52 including interval

The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December 2017 at 1.00pm


 

 

Tosca (Giacomo Puccini) - NEW PRODUCTION

Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Production: Sir David McVicar
Set & Costume Designer: John Macfarlane
Lighting Designer: David Finn
Movement Director: Leah Hausman
Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca), Vittorio Griogolo (Cavaradossi), Bryn Terfel (Scarpia), Patrick Carfizzi (Sacristan)
Running time: 3:18 including interval

Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Sonya Yoncheva stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel. Andris Nelsons conducts.

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 February 2018 at 1.00pm


 

 

L’Elisir d’Amore (Gaetano Donizetti) 

Conductor: Domingo Hindoyan

Production: Bartlett Sher

Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Jennifer Tipton
Cast: Pretty Yende (Adina), Matthew Polenzani (Nemorino), Davide Luciano (Belcore), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Dulcamara)
Running time: 2:59 including interval

Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March 2018 at 1.00pm


 

 

La Bohème (Giacomo Puccini) 

Conductor: Marco Armiliato

Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designer: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Revival Stage Director: J. Knighten Smit
Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì), Susanna Phillips (Musetta), Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo), Lucas Meachem (Marcello), Alexey Lavrov (Schaunard), Matthew Rose (Colline), Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro)
Running time: 3:16 including interval

The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Saturday 31 March & Sunday 1 April 2018 at 1.00pm

 

 

Semiramide (Gioachino Rossini) 

Conductor: Maurizio Benini

Production: John Copley
Set Designer: John Conklin
Costume Designer: Michael Stennett
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Cast: Angela Meade (Semiramide), Elizabeth DeShong (Arsace), Javier Camarena (Idreno), Ildar Abdrazakov (Assur), Ryan Speedo Green (Oroe)
Running time: 3:50 including interval

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April 2018 at 1.00pm


 

 

Così fan tutte (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) – NEW PRODUCTION

Conductor: David Robertson

Production: Phelim McDermott
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Costume Designer: Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Cast: Amanda Majeski (Fiordiligi), Serena Malfi (Dorabella), Kelli O'Hara (Despina), Ben Bliss (Ferrando), Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo), Christopher Maltman (Don Alfonso)
Running time: 3:56 including interval

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May 2018 at 1.00pm


 

 

Luisa Miller (Giuseppe Verdi)

Conductor: James Levine

Production: Elijah Moshinsky
Set & Costume Designer: Santo Loquasto
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Stage Director: Kristine McIntyre
Luisa: Sonya Yoncheva
Federica: Olesya Petrova
Cast: Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo), Plácido Domingo (Miller), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter), Dmitry Belosselskiy (Wurm)
Running time: 3:58 including interval

James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June 2018 at 1.00pm


 

 

Cendrillon (Jules Massenet) – NEW PRODUCTION

Conductor: Bertrand de Billy

Production: Laurent Pelly
Set Designer: Barbara de Limburg
Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Choreographer: Laura Scozzi
Cast: Kathleen Kim (La Fée), Cendrillon (Joyce DiDonato), Alice Coote (Le Prince Charmant), Stephanie Blythe (Madame de la Haltière), Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe)
Running time: 3:12 including interval

For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 July 2018 at 1.00pm