Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of bel canto virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, with their vocal fireworks embellishing the tragic plot. This Met premiere production is directed by Paul Curran and conducted by Michele Mariotti. Sung in Italian. Approximate running time 3 hrs. 7 min.
Vittorio Grigolo and Matthew Polenzani take turns playing the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title. Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines for the first six performances, with Audrey Luna, Susanna Phillips, and Elena Maximova stepping in later in the run. Thomas Hampson sings the Four Villains, and James Levine and Yves Abel conduct Offenbach’s sparkling score. Sung in French. Approximate running time 3 hrs. 26 min.
The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Mezzo-soprano diva Susan Graham takes on the title role later in the run. Sir Andrew Davis and Fabio Luisi conduct. Sung in English. Approximate running time 2 hrs. 32 min.
James Levine returns to Wagner with a signature run of this epic comedy, back at the Met for the first time in eight years. Johan Reuter, who triumphed in last season’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, sings the central role of Hans Sachs. Johan Botha reprises his indomitable Walther, and the elegant Annette Dasch is Eva. Sung in German. Approximate running time 5 hrs. 52 min.
Music Director James Levine conducts a new production of Mozart’s eternal masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action in a 19th-century manor house in Seville but during the gilded age of the late 1920s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, our Figaro, leads a dazzling cast, including Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count, Marina Poplavskaya as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino. Designer Rob Howell (Carmen, Werther) utilizes a revolving set to keep the story bubbling along. Sung in Italian. Approximate running time 3 hrs. 34 min.
A varied program featuring a dazzling duo, two quartets and a quintet, including Ravels’s La Vlise with pianists Donald Runnicles and Adelle Eslinger-Runnicles; Haydn String Quartet, op. 77; Shostakovish String Quartet No. 7; and Glazunov String Quintet, op. 39.
This program highlights music from La Belle Epoque, roughly 1890 to 1915. While Mahler was actively writing his expansive symphonies, composers throughout the world were pursuing equally creative and ground-breaking new paths in composition while others clung to the traditions of the nineteenth century. The evening will focus on both in a program that includes works by Charles Loeffler, Dvořák, and Charles Ives.
There is no more fitting location for the performance of Mahler than in the heart of the Tetons. Each summer, Mahler retreated to the mountains to take long hikes and work on his songs and epic symphonies. From the opening trumpet fanfare to the exhilarating finale of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, the music explores the entire human condition. Opening the concert are heartbreakingly beautiful songs set to the text of Rückert Lieder.