Mirga is next up at the Met

Mirga is next up at the Met


norman lebrecht

April 11, 2018

The Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra Carnegie Hall concerts, a highlight of the Levine regime, have fallen into other hands in the interim months between Levine’s dismissal and Yannick’s succession.

The next one, on May 18 at Carnegie Hall, will be conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who has never yet been seen at the Met.

The other two, in May and June, are with Gianandrea Noseda and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Friday, May 18 at 8 PM
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Conductor
Anita Rachvelishvili, Mezzo-Soprano
DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
MUSSORGSKY Songs and Dances of Death (orch. Shostakovich)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

Wednesday, May 30 at 8 PM
Gianandrea Noseda, Conductor
James Ehnes, Violin
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

Tuesday, June 5 at 8 PM
Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor
Pretty Yende, Soprano
RUGGLES Evocations
MOZART Exsultate, jubilate
MAHLER Symphony No. 4


  • Will Duffay says:

    Good for her. Hope it goes well.
    (Very conservative programming, isn’t it, apart from the Ruggles (presumably MTT’s request)).

    • Chris says:

      Yes, Levine’s original program had Eros and Nemesis by Charles Wuorinen instead.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Given they are an opera orchestra who only play a few symphony concerts a year, I am not really sure why you would complain. This is probably the only chance the musicians have to perform this type of music, and part of the point of these concerts is so that the musicians can perform the symphonic repertoire they may never otherwise get to play.

  • phf655 says:

    Michael Tilson Thomas has never conducted at the Met either.

  • Marcus says:

    I am glad they were able to get Tilson Thomas for the June concert, which was supposed to be conducted by James Levine. Definitely an improvement, imho.
    Maestro Tilson Thomas as a fine way with Mahler, and it is a somewhat rare NY City appearance for him.
    Despite what the naysayers will say, the Met will be in fine musical hands now that they are finally rid of Levine.

  • Rgiarola says:

    Hiummm…It’s seems that we are still having just “Ups & Downs on the beat” at MET.