220 Performances of 26 Works, With Five New Productions, Including Two Met Premieres
The season opens September 25 with a new staging of Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece Norma, directed by Sir David McVicar and starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role
Thomas Adès conducts the North American premiere of his new opera The Exterminating Angel, co-commissioned by the Met, beginning October 26
Massenet’s Cendrillon, a retelling of the Cinderella story, has its first-ever Met performances beginning April 12, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role
On March 15, Phelim McDermott’s new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, set in Coney Island in the 1950s, premieres with an ensemble cast conducted by David Robertson and featuring Kelli O’Hara as Despina
Beginning November 24, Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts four concert performances of Verdi’s Requiem, featuring soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto
Rare revivals include Rossini’s Semiramide, last performed at the Met in 1993
The Met: Live in HD will feature 10 live transmissions, beginning October 7 with Norma
New York, NY (February 15, 2017)—The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi’s towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem.
The season opens on September 25 with a new production of Bellini’s Norma, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, directed by Sir David McVicar, and starring Sondra Radvanovsky, one of the world’s leading interpreters of the role, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa and Joseph Calleja as Pollione. On October 26, composer Thomas Adès conducts the North American premiere of his The Exterminating Angel, a Met co-commission, based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza of Buñuel’s 1962 absurdist film. The opera, which will be sung in English, will be staged by the librettist Tom Cairns, who is making his company debut. A new production of Puccini’s Tosca will open on New Year’s Eve, with Andris Nelsons conducting Sir David McVicar’s staging. Kristine Opolais stars in the title role opposite Jonas Kaufmann as her devoted lover Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Later performances will star Anna Netrebko as the title character with Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle as Scarpia. A new staging of Così fan tutte, set in the 1950s on Coney Island, opens March 15 and is conducted by David Robertson and directed by Phelim McDermott. The new production will star an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara in her role debut as the maid Despina. On April 12, Massenet’s operatic adaptation of the Cinderella story, Cendrillon, has its Met premiere, conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Alice Coote as Prince Charming. In November and December, Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine will conduct four concert performances of Verdi’s Requiem, featuring soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, along with the Met’s orchestra and chorus.
Among the season’s revivals are some rarely performed stagings, including Verdi’s Luisa Miller, starring Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala, and Plácido Domingo; Rossini’s Semiramide, last performed at the Met in 1993, with Angela Meade in the title role; and two recent new productions having their first revivals, François Girard’s staging of Wagner’s Parsifal and Patrice Chéreau’s celebrated production of Strauss’s Elektra.
The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world, continues for its 12th season. Ten performances from the season will be broadcast, beginning October 7 with the new production of Norma. For the third season in a row, ticket prices will not increase, and audience development initiatives created in recent seasons will continue to be a core part of the company’s outreach strategies.The 2017-18 season was announced by Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “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. “It’s a season of repertory favorites and stimulating rarities, with something for neophytes and aficionados alike.”