Despite the parish paper’s invocation of a ‘new era’ at the Met, the novelty value is confined to a clutch of fashionable directors and a showing of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, ordered to please Diva Joyce. There are just five new productions.
What caught our eye more than the glitz is the number of conductor debuts, some of them long overdue.
Here’s a list:
Lorenzo Viotti in Carmen
Hartmut Haenchen in Tristan
Speranza Scapucci in Traviata
Michail Jurowski in The Fiery Angel
Nimrod David Pfeffer in Bohème
Giacomo Sagripanti in Barber
Jakub Hruša in Rusalka
Kensho Watanabe in Dead Man Walking
At least three of these names are making serious waves in the world. And it’s good to see Italians back in the reckoning.
These appointments might be Yannick’s major contribution to the ‘new era’.