Joyce gets Met to stage Dead Man Walking

The Met has sprung a leak ahead of its next season announcement.

Among the new shows woll be Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking, featuring Joyce DiDonato and Susan Graham.

Yannick conducts.


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  • Perhaps the striking New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes will be in the cast. He made a great impression singing it some years ago.

  • It’s a stitch up for the gushing and embarrassing “friendship” between Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Joyce. Sadly the piece has gained popularity due to the issue and emotional impact. The actual score is poor and 3rd rate. Meets expectations of millennials and bleeding hearts.

  • DiDonato, Graham, Barton, and Von Stade all named this as one of their favorite operas in a BBC poll two years ago. Everyone got three choices.

  • Unbelievable. This “opera” was performed in Tel Aviv a couple of weeks ago. Highly superficial work. Manipulative featherweight work which would not even qualify as a musical. For the Israeli opera this may be a pretext to stage a popular work camouflaged as new work, but at the MET?

  • We saw Dead Man Walking at Chicago Lyric Opera house this season. The orchestra and music was mesmerizing, and the singers’ voices were something you don’t want to miss. I’m 76 years old, not a millennial, and I appreciate good opera. I recommend you go for the performances, even if you don’t agree with the subject.

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