Three queens and a Lulu; what’s new at the Met

Headline: US soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will sing Donizetti’s ‘Three Queens’ in Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux.




Headline: James Levine conducts Berg’s Lulu, with Marlis Petersen and Susan Graham.

Headline: Esa-Pekka Salonen’s conducts the late Patrice Chéreau’s production of Strauss Elektra, which much of the original cast.

Six new productions, in all. And a one percent price increase.

Actually, the marketing is almost the cleverest part of the programme: Kids under 18 get in half-price between Thanksgiving and New Year, so long as their ticket is urchased with a full-priced one.

More here.


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  • Real changing of the guard. Few “stars” remaining. It feels as if we’re entering a phase when no singer will capture the imagination like so many before. A post-opera star phase.

    Sad to see Blythe and Hampson not represented. The lack of Fleming is not a surprise, but still unfortunate to see. Has Netrebko seen a loss of status?

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