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Metropolitan Opera announces its 2014-15 season

Nadja Michael as Judith in Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle." The opera has its Met premiere on January 26, 2015 in a double bill with Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta." Both operas will be conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Trelinski.
Nadja Michael as Judith in Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle." The opera has its Met premiere on January 26, 2015 in a double bill with Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta." Both operas will be conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Trelinski.
Teatr Wielki Production Photo: Krzysztof Bieliński

Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-15 season will feature 26 operas, including three Met premieres. Six new productions consisting of eight operas will unveil, and 18 revivals by 12 composers comprise the remaining works. Met premieres span 172 years: “The Death of Klinghoffer” by John Adams (1991), “La Donna del Lago” by Gioachino Rossini (1819), and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s one-act fairy-tale “Iolanta” (1892).

New productions. The much-loved Music Director James Levine will return to a full workload conducting six operas, including opening night, Sept. 22, when the Met unveils its first new production, “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1786), directed by Richard Eyre. In the title role, bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov will appear opposite soprano Marlis Petersen as Susanna. Baritone Peter Mattei will sing Count Almaviva with soprano Marina Poplavskaya as Countess Rosina. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard will portray the lovesick page Cherubino. A later cast stars baritone Erwin Schrott, soprano Danielle de Niese, baritone Mariusz Kwiecień, and debuting sopranos Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi, to be led by maestro Edo de Waart. The work is scheduled for a total of 15 performances.

Conductor David Robertson will lead Tom Morris’ new production of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which opens Oct. 20 for eight performances. Alan Opie sings the title role, while Michael Martens portrays Marilyn Klinghoffer. Other cast members include Sean Pannikar, Paulo Szot, Aubrey Allicock, and Ryan Speedo Green.

Starting New Year’s Eve and continuing for 14 performances, director Susan Stroman debuts at the Met with the new production of “The Merry Widow,” by Franz Lehár. Renée Fleming and Susan Graham will share the title honours. Kelli O’Hara (debut) and Danielle de Niese will portray Valencienne. Nathan Gun and Rod Gilfry will sing the role of Danilo; Alek Shrader and Stephen Costello, that of Camille de Rosillon; with Thomas Allen and Alan Opie as Baron Mirko Zeta. Andrew Davis and Fabio Luisi are among those sharing conducting duties.

Two double bills of one-act operas receive new productions in the new season. The first pairs Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” starring Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczała, in a co-production with Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera, and Béla Bartók’s “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle,” featuring Mikhail Petrenko in the title role and Nadja Michael and Michaela Martens sharing the role of Judith. Valery Gergiev and Pavel Smelkov conduct. The new production directed by Mariusz Treliński opens Jan. 26 and runs for eight performances.

Starting Feb. 16, 2015, Maestro Michele Mariotti will conduct eight performances of “La Donna del Lago” in a new production by Paul Curran, making his debut at the Met. The stellar cast includes Joyce DiDonato in the title role, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn, and Oren Gradus.

Opening April 14, 2015, the second double bill combines Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria rusticana” with Ruggero Leoncavallo’s nearly inseparable “Pagliacci” in its first new production at the Met in 45 years. Fabio Luisi conducts eight performances of David McVicar’s staging. Eva-Maria Westbroek will sing the role of Santuzza, with Željko Lučić as Alfio and Marcelo Álvarez and Carl Tanner sharing the role of Turridu in “Cavalleria rusticana,” also sharing the title role of “Pagliacci.” Patricia Racette will appear as Nedda, George Gagnidze as Tonio, and Lucas Meachem as Silvio.

Returning repertory, by composer

Georges Bizet:

Gaetano Donizetti:
“Lucia di Lammermoor”

Engelbert Humperdinck:
“Hansel and Gretel” (abridged, in English)

Jules Massenet:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
“Don Giovanni”
“Die Zauberflöte” (full-length, in German)

Jacques Offenbach:
“Les Contes d’Hoffmann”

Giaccomo Puccini:
“La Bohème”

Gioachino Rossini:
“Il barbiere di Siviglia”

Modest Shostakovich:
“Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk”

Igor Stravinsky:
“The Rake’s Progress”

Giuseppe Verdi:
“Un ballo in maschera”
“Don Carlo”
“La Traviata”

Richard Wagner:
“Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”


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