Shocking poverty: Only four new shows in the Met’s next seasonmain
These are the novelties in 2018/19, announced today:
1 Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila, directed by Darko Tresnjak, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, starring Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanča.
2 The US premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie, which did not go down well in London.
3 La Traviata, directed by Michael Mayer, conducted by Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau.
4 Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, director Sir David McVicar, conductor Gianandrea Noseda, starring Anna Netrebko.
Gelb ascribes the paucity of new shows to the time taken up by a revival of the Robert Lepage Ring cycle.
Others say the kitty is empty.
Four new productions is not much for a major house.
Gustavo Dudamel will condcut Verdi’s Otello, his Met debut.
Jonas Kaufmann will appear in Fanciulla and Netrebko will sing Aida, her first at the Met.