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Met Opera season 2018 – 2019 proudest jewels. The schedule of events for the Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera’s exciting 2018–2019 season features 5 dazzling new productions, the return of the Ring, and a full slate of revivals starring your favorite singers.

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, DEC 31 – JAN 26

From December 31, Francesco Cilea’s opera Adriana Lecouvreur will be playing, starring soprano Anna Netrebko as the titular character. Set in France in the 1730s, the opera follows the story of actress Adriana Lecouvreur, who is in love with aristocrat Maurizio, Count of Saxony. However, their budding romance is thwarted by his former lover, the Princesse de Bouillon. The opera was inspired by the death of French actress Adrienne Lecouvreur, and premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where it achieved rave reviews. The production is directed by Gianandrea Noseda, and was staged by Sir David McVicar, set in a working replica of a Baroque theater.

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ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

AIDA, SEP 26 – MAR 7

One of the most famous and epic operas ever composed, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida will be staged from September 26, starring soprano Anna Netrebko in her first Aida with the Met Opera, alongside mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Set in Egypt at the time of the pharaohs, the four-act opera follows the story of imprisoned Ethiopian princess Aida and her secret love for Radames, an Egyptian commander. Conducted by Plácido Domingo and Nicola Luisotti, the score is mysterious, exotic and soaring. Whether you’re an opera buff or trying to choose your first Met Opera production, the always popular Aida is for you. cast

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AIDA

LA BOHEME, SEP 25 – DEC 13

The heartbreaking story of Puccini’s La Bohème is based on the lives of a group of young bohemians and artists living in Paris in the first half of the nineteenth century, focusing on the passionate yet tragic love affair between Rodolfo and Mimì. From 2017-18, the Met Opera staged Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, conducted by Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato. Lyrical and romantic, La Bohème has retained its immense popularity through the years partly because of its sweet, gradually building memories and partly because it captures the lives of everyday people. It’s the most frequently staged opera at the Met.

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CARMEN, OCT 30 – FEB 8

From October, mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises the title role in Carmen after triumphing in her debut performance in the role in 2017. The four-act opera, composed by Georges Bizet with a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, is set in the south of Spain and tells the story of bullfighter Don José and his ultimately fatal seduction by the fiery Carmen. Conducted alternately by Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée, this production features tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as Don José and was directed by Sir Richard Eyre. Although scandalous when it premiered in 1875, the passion and drama of Carmen makes it a firm audience favourite to this day.

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CARMEN

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, MAR 30 – APR 20

Running March 30-April 20, Mozart’s two act opera La Clemenza di Tito stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing Sesto at the Met for the first time, alongside tenor Matthew Polenzani. Composed to celebrated the coronation of Austrian Emperor Leopold II, it was first performed in Prague in 1791, just three months before Mozart’s death. It was written in a traditional baroque style and built around set arias, loosely based on the story of the Roman Emperor Titus and including themes of love, revenge and forgiveness. Conducted by Lothar Koenigs, this production is perfect for any opera fan who enjoys epic and extravagant yet deeply humane productions.

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LA CLEMENZADI TITO

DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES, MAY 3 – MAY 11

A three-act French opera, Dialogues des Carmélites premiered in Milan in 1957, with both the music and the libretto by Francis Poulenc. This classic John Dexter production, running 3-11 May, is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and led by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, singing the role of Blanche, and soprano Karita Mattila as the Prioress. Dialogues des Carmélites is set during the French Revolution and follows the story of timid aristocrat Blanche de la Force, who decides to join a Carmelite monastery. As the nuns refuse to renounce their vocation during the Reign of Terror, the opera is tragic, beautiful, and a story that still holds weight to this day.

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DON GIOVANNI, JAN 30 – APR 18

Mozart’s two-act opera Don Giovanni premiered in Prague in 1787, and has proven to be one of the world’s most popular and widely performed operas to this day. Running from January-April 2018, this darkly comedic piece stars bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni and baritone Peter Mattei as the title character, with Cornelius Meister making his Met debut as conductor. This retelling of the Don Juan myth, set in Seville in southern Spain, finds a balance between comedy and tragedy as Don Giovanni, known as the Young Rake, moves through a series of encounters alongside his sidekick Leporello that eventually lead to his downfall and damnation.

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FALSTAFF, FEB 22 – MAR 16

Running February 22-March 16 2019, Robert Carsen’s production of Falstaff moves the setting to post-war Britain in the 1950s as baritone Ambrogio Maestri takes on the title role. Originally produced in London in May 2012, it received rave reviews at the time and promises to be an exciting and innovative interpretation of Verdi’s comical and emotional last opera. With scenes drawn primarily from Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor, the three-act opera with a libretto by Arrigo Boito focuses on the larger than life central character of Sir John Falstaff. It was only Verdi’s second comedy, but proved to be a success with both audiences and critics.

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FALSTAFF

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, OCT 4 – OCT 27

From October 4-27, Giacomo Puccini’s Wild West epic La Fanciulla del West, otherwise known as The Girl Of The West, will be performed by a cast including soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the heroine alongside tenor Jonas Kaufmann and baritone Željko Lučić. Conducted by Marco Armiliato, the drama is set during the Gold Rush in California and based on the play The Girl Of The Golden West by David Belasco. La Fanciulla del West, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1910, follows the story of Minnie, a saloon owner who falls for outlaw Dick Johnson, with tragic consequences.

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LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

LA FILLE DU REGIMENT,  FEB 7 – MAR 2

La Fille du Régiment is a two-act comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti, set to a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard, first performed in Paris in 1840. The Met Opera production conducted by Enrique Mazzola runs February 7-March 2, starring tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende. With this particular production set in the picturesque Tyrol during the First World War, the story follows canteen girl Marie as she falls in love with Tonio, a Tyrolean who is a prisoner and later discovers the identity of her real mother. This comic, light-hearted opera is full of charm and wit.

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IOLANTA/BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE, JAN 24 – FEB 14

Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle is making its first return to the stage since its premiere in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014-15 season, in a production from January 24-February 14. Created by Mariusz Treliński, this innovative production pairs one-act operas by Béla Bartók and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, starring soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the blind princess Iolanta and baritone Gerald Finley as Bluebeard. Conducted by Henrik Nánási, these one-act operas create an intense operatic journey full of drama, emotion and intrigue, set in a space inspired by 1940s film noir. A fascinating and compelling pairing of these two works, it’s a must-see for all opera fans.

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THE MAGIC FLUTE DEC 19 – JAN 5

The Magic Flute is one of the most enchanting and magical operas out there. Playing from December 19-January 5, Julie Taymor’s abridged, English-language production is a perfect family Christmas treat. A two-act opera by Mozart, it’s conducted by Harry Bicket and stars soprano Erin Morley as Pamina and tenor Ben Bliss as Tamino. The Magic Flute, which originally premiered in 1791 in Vienna just two months before Mozart’s death, follows the story of the handsome prince Tamino, who vows to rescue Pamina, the daughter of the mysterious Queen of the Night, from the so-called evil kidnapper Sarastro – but Tamino soon finds out that all is not as it seems…

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MARNIE, OCT 19 – NOV 10

Marnie is a brand new Metropolitan Opera production by composer Nico Muhly and librettist Nicholas Wright, which begins October 19 until November 10. A reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, it’s set in the 1950s and follows the story of Marnie, a young and beautiful woman who must face the consequences of her behaviour after repeatedly changing her identity and embezzling from her employers. The lead role is sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, alongside baritone Christopher Maltman and conductor Robert Spano. The novel has already inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock – it’s a spellbinding and fast-moving story of intrigue and mystery.

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MARNIE

MEFISTOFELE,  NOV 8 – DEC 1

A four act opera by Italian composer and librettist Arrigo Boito, this Robert Carsen production of Mefistofele stars bass baritone Christian Van Horn as the title character alongside tenor Michael Fabiano as Faust. Making its return to the Met for the first time since 2000, it’s conducted by Carlo Rizzi and premiered in the late nineteenth century. One of many pieces of art and drama that follows the Faust legend, it follows the demon Mefistofele and Faust after Faust sells his soul to the devil in return for worldly bliss. It’s a spectacular and epic production with incredible staging that should not be missed.

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MEFISTOFELE

NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS GRAND FINALS CONCERT,  MAR 31

The National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert takes place March 31, as the finalists of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions compete for cash prizes and the chance to launch their careers. There is no better way to check out the talent of the future – stars including Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens, Angela Meade, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson, and Lawrence Brownlee all started their careers here. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra accompanies the Finalists, conducted by the renowned Carlo Rizzi, and a champagne reception will toast the wins on The Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier after the show.

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OTELLO, DEC 14 – JAN 10

One of Verdi’s three Shakespeare inspired operas, the Metropolitan Opera production of Otello takes place December 14-January 10 as conductor Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut. Following the tragic story of one of Shakespeare’s best known plays, Otello follows the downfall of the once-honourable Otello, his doomed wife Desdemona, and his treacherous sidekick Iago. This revival of Bartlett Sher’s lauded 2015 production stars tenor Stuart Skelton, soprano Sonya Yoncheva, and baritone Željko Lučić. With a story as thrilling as the music, Otello’s story is tragic and psychologically acute with three demanding lead roles and a finale that will stay with all theatregoers for a long time.

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OTELLO

LES PECHEURS DE PERLES, NOV 14 – DEC 8

Les Pêcheurs de Perles, otherwise known as The Pearl Fishers, makes its return to the Met three years after Penny Woolcock’s production was the talk of the 2015-16 season, playing November 14 until December 8. Composed by Georges Bizet when he was not yet twenty-five years old and premiered in September 1863 in Paris, it’s set in the Far East and features beautiful priestess Leïla, who is embroiled in a love triangle with fishermen Nadir and Zurga. This production with its lyrical beauty and gorgeous score, which stars soprano Pretty Yende, tenor Javier Camarena, and baritone Mariusz Kweicien, is conducted by Emmanuel Villaume.

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LES-PECHEURS-DE-PERLES

PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, JAN 15 – JAN 31

Pelléas et Mélisande is the only opera by French composer Claude Debussy. A five act opera adapted from Maurice Maeterlinck’s play of the same name, it premiered in Paris in April 1902, and in January 2019 it’s making its return to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in almost a decade. Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts, while tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard star as the title characters. Set in the mythical kingdom of Allemonde, it’s medieval story that follows a love triangle featuring Prince Golaud and his brother Pelléas, who both fall in love with the mysterious Mélisande.

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PELLEAS-ET-MELISANDE

DAS RHEINGOLD, MAR 9 – MAY 6

Das Rheingold comes to the Metropolitan Opera March 9-May 6. By Richard Wagner, it premiered in Munich in September 1869. The first instalment of the four music dramas that make up the Ring Cycle, it’s based on characters from the Norse Sagas and depicts the original theft of the golden ring, along with friction between the gods and the building of Valhalla. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this production stars bass-baritone Greer Grimsley and baritone Michael Volle sharing the role of Wotan, lord of the gods, while mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton plays Wotan’s wife Fricka. The Ring Cycle is an epic work that will hook opera and fantasy fans alike.

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DAS-RHEINGOLD

RIGOLETTO, FEB 12 – MAY 10

A three act opera by Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto is considered to be one of his greatest masterpieces. With a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on a play by Victor Hugo, it premiered in March 1851 in Venice. Michael Mayer’s neon Las Vegas themed production set in 1960 makes its return to the Met from February 12 to May 10, with baritones Roberto Frontali and George Gagnidze sharing the title role alongside soprano Nadine Sierra reprising the role of Gilda as Nicola Luisotti conducts. The story of a hunchbacked jester, Rigoletto is an epic piece that tackles themes of love, pain, beauty, and evil.

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RIGOLETTO

SAMSON ET DALILA,  SEP 24 – MAR 28

Samson et Dalila, otherwise known as Samson and Delilah, is a new production from September 24 to March 28, starring mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna. The pair, who also starred together in a new production of Carmen at the Met, play the title roles in a French opera directed by Tony Award winning director Darko Tresnjak and conducted by Mark Elder. A three act opera by Camille Saint-Saëns, it first premiered in Weimer in December 1877. Set in Palestine in 1150 BC, it follows the biblical story of Samson, who is tempted to reveal the secret of his immense strength by the treacherous Dalila.

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SIEGFRIED, APR 13 – MAY 9

Siegfried is the third of Richard Wagner’s four music dramas that make up The Ring Of The Nibelung, a German language epic loosely based on the Norse sagas. Premiering in Bayreuth, Germany, in 1876, it’s a coming of age drama set in mythological times starring orphaned Siegfried as he embarks on his journey to learn his true identity and become Brünnhilde’s savior. This production is conducted by Philippe Jordan, while tenors Stefan Vinke and Andreas Schager sing the title role and Christine Goerke sings the role of Brünnhilde. In this series of dramas Wagner uses leitmotifs which evolve in this part, with three main male voices creating a dark and dramatic atmosphere.

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SIEGFRIED

TOSCA, OCT 25 – APR 6

A three-act opera by Giacomo Puccini, Tosca premiered in Rome in January 1900. A melodramatic opera set in Rome in 1800, it’s playing at the Met from October 25 to April 6, starring Sondra Radvanovsky and Jennifer Rowley as the title character while tenor Joseph Calleja plays Cavaradossi in Sir David McVicar’s production. Meanwhile, Carlo Rizzi conducts. Tosca is an iconic, melodious and dramatic work which follows the story of Tosca, a celebrated singer who is desperate to save her lover’s life. There are few operas which are as famous as Tosca in the eyes of the general public, and this production will suit all spectators.

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TOSCA

LA TRAVIATA, DEC 4 – APR 27

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata is a three act opera with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, first performed in Venice in 1853. This new Michael Mayer directed production plays at the Met December 4 to April 27, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Juan Diego Flórez starring as Violetta and Alfredo. It’s one of the most widely loved operas, following courtesan Violetta as she falls for Alfredo and gradually fades away from tuberculosis, with a score that’s gloriously tender yet dramatic. This production has an eighteenth century setting with sumptuous scenery that will captivate audiences.

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LA Traviata

IL TRITTICO, NOV 23 – DEC 15

Il Trittico, a collection of three one act operas by Giacomo Puccini, premiered at the Met Opera in 1918 and makes a comeback one hundred years later from November 23 to 15 December. Jack O’Brien’s production features tenor Marcelo Álvarez and Amber Wagner in Il Tabarro, soprano Kristine Opolais in Suor Angelica, and Plácido Domingo in Gianni Schicchi, with Bertrand de Billy conducting. From the dark brooding of Il Tabarro to the uplifting redemption of Suor Angelica to the comedy of Gianni Schicchi, this wide-ranging evening that encompasses the entire human experience as Puccini intended the works to be seen should not be missed.

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IL-TRITTICO

DIE WALKURE, MAR 30 – MAY 7

The second of the four works that comprise Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung, Die Walküre features soprano Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, the warrior daughter of Wotan, the leader of the gods, and his wife Fricka. The main role in the most loved and performed opera in the cycle, Brünnhilde undergoes a transformation as she gives up her immortality. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, it also stars Eva-Maria Westbroek as Sieglinde and Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, the incestuous twins who provide some of the most popular music in the opera, and Greer Grimsley as Wotan. Die Walküre premiered in Munich in June 1870.

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Founded in 1883 with a performance of Gounod’s Faust, New York City’s Met Opera has become a hub for the most exciting operatic work in the world, with numerous new operas premiering there every year along with a selection of the best operatic productions from around the world. All the world’s most distinguished and talented opera singers have flocked to perform there since its inception, including Lilli Lehmann, Enrico Caruso, and Luciano Pavarotti. Conductors including Anton Seidl, Gustav Mahler, Artur Bodanzky and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the current Music Director Designate.

Initially the Met focused on performances in Italian, but found greater success when it opened its eyes to German and French performances too. It was popularised further with Giulio Gatti-Casazza’s reign as general manager, in which he began weekly radio broadcasts, thereby bringing opera to the masses. Under Edward Johnson, more American composers and artists were encouraged, and Rudolf Bing brought African American singers to the Met along with arranging its first touring company and televised performances as it modernised and made its programming more accessible to the whole country.

 

In September 1966, the Met moved from 39th street to the new Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center, where the company was able to put on more impressive performances thanks to its remarkable technical facilities. These days, the Met stages more than two hundred performances in New York each season, attended by more than eight hundred thousand people. Through distribution, technology, its radio broadcast series and The Met: Live In HD transmissions, millions of people worldwide are able to experience the works that the Met produces.

Since its inception, the  Met Opera has brought new productions of famous works to its spectators, along with debuting brand new operas. Its mix of experimental staging and traditional opera have made it a timeless delight for both its fans and for tourists who pass in and out of New York looking for culture. Through the Lincoln Center, the Met has been able to modernise and to move with the times, for example creating a commissioning program that enables composers and playwrights to create and develop new works. Not only is the Met a way to see Tosca, Carmen and Aida, but it’s a way to experience a new way of looking at the arts and at the world. It is a vital part of New York City’s entertainment and arts scene.

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