Tuesday 27 September sees the opening night of ‘Don Giovanni’ at the Metropolitan Opera, starring Simon Keenlyside in the title role, Adam Plachetka as Leporello and Matthew Rose as Masetto. Rose and Plachetka swap roles for the later performances in the run, and Fabio Luisi conducts Michael Grandage’s production.
Making a role debut in the house, Simon Keenlyside has sung the role previously in London, Zurich, Brussels, Vienna, Barcelona, Munich and Tokyo. He has also made several highly acclaimed recordings of Don Giovanni with Franz Welser-Möst (DVD, EMI), with Sir Charles Mackerras (DVD, Opus Arte) and with Claudio Abbado (CD, Deutsche Grammophon). Keenlyside will sing the role later this season for the Vienna State Opera and Bilbao Opera.
Also making a house role debut is Adam Plachetka
, swift off the back of performing the title role Figaro at the Salzburg Festival. Following his run as Leporello (and Masetto), Adam will return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to sing Papageno in ‘Die Zauberflöte’. This season he will also perform ‘Winterreise’ in recital at the Musikverein fur Steiermark in Graz, sing Dulcamara in ‘L’Elisir d’amore’, Don Giovanni, Mustafa in ‘Italiana in Algeri’ and Count Figaro for the Wiener Staatsoper, Beethoven ‘Missa Solemnis’ with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
, and Belcore in ‘L’elisir d’amore’ for his return to the Royal Opera House.
And Matthew Rose returns to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, having previously sung Masetto at Covent Garden. Leporello is a role known well to Matthew with highly acclaimed performances worldwide, including at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Santa Fe Opera. He will also be singing Leporello in Dresden in April 2017. This will not be Rose’s only visit to The Met this season as he will sing Frère Laurent in ‘Romeo et Juliette’ in February after having sung Baron Ochs in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ at the Royal Opera House.
Performance dates are as follows:
27 September, 1, 5, 8, 11, 15, 19 & 22 October (Keenlyside, Plachetka, Rose)
1, 4 & 10 November (Plachetka & Rose)
For further details please visit the Met’s website
The performance on Saturday 22 October will be recorded for the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. See cinema listings here