Tuesday, March 4, 2008

THE MET'S 2008-2009 SEASON!!!!! The 125th Season.

I gave a little preview before of the Met's new productions, but here's THE WHOLE LIST of next season's exciting and much anticipated operas.

OPENING NIGHT; Monday, September 22nd, 2008:
Renee Fleming in a gala performance (a la Volpe) featuring Ramon Vargas and Thomas Hampson. La Traviata Act II, Manon Act III, and the final scene of Capriccio.

THE 125th ANNIVERSARY GALA; March 15th, 2009:
(Also honoring Placido Domingo's 40th year with the company)
Details not given. Gasp.

Doctor Atomic: (Premiere) Starring Gerald Finely as J. Robert Oppenheimer; Production by Penny Woolcock
La Damnation de Faust: Starring Marcello Giordani, Susan Graham, and John Relyea; Production by Robert Lepage
Thais: Starring Renee Fleming and Thomas Hampson; Production by John Cox
La Rondine: Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Samuel Ramey; Production by Nicolas Joel
Il Trovatore: Starring Salvatore Licitra, Dolora Zajick, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky; Production by David McVicar
La Sonnambula: Starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez; Production by Mary Zimmerman

Wotan: James Morris/Albert Dohmen
Fricka: Yvonne Naef
Brunnhilde: Christine Brewer/Lisa Gasteen
Sieglinde: Waltraud Meier/Adrianne Pieczonka
Siegmund: Johan Botha/Plácido Domingo
Siegfried: Christian Franz/Jon Fredric West

Adriana Lecouvreur: Conducted by Placido Domingo; Starring Maria Guleghina, Olga Borodina, and Marcelo Alvarez
La Boheme: Conducted by Frédéric Chaslin; Starring Anna Netrebko, Ramon Vargas, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Paul Plishka
Cavalleria/Pagliacci: Conducted by Pietro Rizzo; Staring Andrea Gruber, Roberto Alagna, and Nuccia Focile
La Cenerentola: Conducted by Maurizio Benini; Starring Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee, and John Relyea
Don Giovanni: Conducted by Louis Langrée/Lothar Koenigs; Starring Krassimira Stoyanova/Tamar Iveri/Barbara Frittoli, Susan Graham/Petra-Maria Schnitzer/Soile Isokoski, Isabel Leonard/Isabel Bayrakdarian, Matthew Polenzani, and Erwin Schrott/Peter Mattei
L'Elisir D'Amore: Conducted by Maurizio Benini; Starring Angela Gheorghiu/Nicole Cambell, Rolando Villazón/Joseph Calleja, and Bryn Terfel
Eugene Onegin: Conducted by Jiři Bělohlávek ; Starring Karita Mattila, Thomas Hampson, and James Morris
La Gioconda: Conducted by Daniele Callegari; Starring Deborah Voigt, Olga Borodina, Ewa Podles, Carlo Guelfi, and James Morris
Lucia Di Lamermoor: Conducted by Marco Armiliato; Starring Diana Damrau/Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, and Mariusz Kwiecien
Madama Butterfly: Conducted by Patrick Summers; Starring Patricia Racette/Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft
The Magic Flute (English): Conducted by Asher Fisch; Starring Nicole Cambell, Cyndia Sieden, Rodion Pogossov, and Eric Owens
Orfeo ed Euridice: Conducted by James Levine; Starring Stephanie Blythe, Danielle de Niese, and Heidi Grant Murphy/Ying Huang
The Queen of Spades: Conducted by Seiji Ozawa; Starring Maria Guleghina, Felicity Palmer, Ben Heppner, and Vladimir Stoyanov
Rigoletto: Conducted by Riccardo Frizza; Starring Diana Damrau, Joseph Calleja, and Željko Lučić/Roberto Frontali
Rusalka: Conducted by Jiři Bělohlávek; Starring Renee Fleming, Stephanie Blythe and Kristin Sigmundsson
Salome: Conducted by Mikko Franck; Starring Karita Mattila and Joseph Kaiser
La Traviata: Conducted by Paolo Carignani; Starring Anja Harteros, Massimo Giordano, and Željko Lučić
Tristan und Isolde: Conducted by Daniel Barenboim; Starring Katarina Dalayman, Michelle DeYoung, Peter Seiffert, and Rene Pape

I'm really excited because I can pronounce everything correctly this year!

New Productions Comments: Well, they're trying Trovatore again. We'll see how that one goes. I'm super duper excited for Thais, Rondine, and Sonnambula. Not that the others don't look fabulous, I'm just a little partial towards those three.
Repertory Comments:
Excited For: Rusalka, Queen of Spades, Adriana Lecouvreur, Don Giovanni, and Salome.
Eh: The staples. As in everything we've all seen before. Still going to see them!

I'm very excited about the main production of next season:

YEA. WORK IT RENEE (love the hair). Thais is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Oh no, not that again!

Happy Listening!!! =)


of the kosmos said...

Hey - exciting news indeed. A correction: it's not that "Thaïs" is the "main production of the season" - it's that Renée is the star of opening night, and hence the season's cover girl. They chose to make her up as Thaïs because it's a new production (and because it's a sexy character), but it's more about the star here.

Pretty damn awesome! Pretty much only Renée is big enough to get a special opening night (Gelb has said that he's very much against the practice of doing staged acts of different operas on opening night - he prefers to open with a new production), a new production (albeit borrowed from Chicago) and a revival.

By the way, given its December launch, I have a feeling "Thaïs" will be the first of the HD simulcast.

mostly opera... said...

The HD simulcasts will start in October. I have a feeling, Salome might be the first one...

CaroNome said...

I would have thought the Salome would be too *ahem* scandalous to put in the theaters. Then again, if it's in the opera house why not in the movie theaters?
With so many interesting productions how will they choose which ones to show on the big screen?!?!? This is when I don't envy Peter Gelb.