The Metropolitan Opera announce 2018/19 season



The Metropolitan Opera have today released details of their 2018/19 season. Announcing concurrently that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will take up the role of Music Director two seasons earlier than expected, the 2018/19 season will see three operas and two Carnegie Hall concerts conducted by Yannick, four new productions, a revival of Robert Lepage’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, and house debuts for seven AH artists. For a full season overview, visit the Metropolitan Opera website.

New productions

SAINT-SAËNS Samson et Dalila – Opening night
Opening 24 September
Conducted by Sir Mark Elder, directed by Darko Tresnjak with Elīna Garanča and Dmitry Belosselskiy

MUHLY Marnie – Met and US premiere
Opening 19 October
Conducted by Robert Spano, directed by Michael Mayer, with Isabel Leonard, Christopher Maltman and Iestyn Davies

VERDI La Traviata
Opening 4 December 2018
Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, directed by Michael Mayer, with Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez and Quinn Kelsey. Double cast, further performances are conducted by Nicola Luisotti, with Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello and Placido Domingo.

CILEA Adriana Lecouvreur – New Year’s Eve Gala
Opening 31 December
Conducted by Giandandrea Noseda, directed by Sir David McVicar, with Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Anita Rachvelishvili, and Samantha Hankey

House debuts

Revivals including:

  • Robert Lepage’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen returns for the first time since 2013, with appearances from Dame Sarah Connolly and Dmitry Belosselskiy
  • James Gaffigan conducts Zeffirelli’s La bohème, with casts including Matthew Rose, Nicole Car, Étienne DupuisAilyn Pérez, and Duncan Rock
  • Louis Langrée conducts performances of Carmen in January 2019, with the cast including Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo, and Samantha Hankey as Mercedes
  • Il Trittico returns with Placido Domingo in the title role of Gianni Schicchi, with Kristina Mkhitaryan as Lauretta. Marcelo Álvarez sings Luigi in Il Tabarro 
  • Harry Bicket conducts Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute, featuring Duncan Rock
  • Pelléas et Mélisande returns for the first time in almost a decade, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with Isabel Leonard as Mélisande and Paul Appleby as Pelléas
  • Joyce DiDonato sings Sesto for the first time at the Met, in Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s 1984 staging, conducted by Lothar Koenigs
  • Ailyn Pérez takes on the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff
  • Enrique Mazzola conducts La Fille du Régiment, an “opéra comique” in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s third opera of the season, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, stars Isabel Leonard as Blanche de la Force, plus Erin Morley, David Portillo and Karita Mattila
  • In April, Adam Plachetka sings Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni alongside Dmitry Belosselskiy as The Commedatore. Aida Garifullina performs in the February production as Zerlina

The Met: Live in HD 2018/19

The 2018/19 season of The Met: Live in HD will kick off 6 October with Aida. The series will continue with Samson et Dalila (20 October), La Fanciulla del West (27 October), Marnie (10 November), La Traviata (15 December), Adriana Lecouvreur (12 January), Carmen (2 February), La Fille du Régiment (2 March), Die Walküre (30 March), and Dialogues des Carmélites (11 May).

View the full season at metopera.org

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