Gelb rolls out the Met’s 22-23, minus Netrebko

Gelb rolls out the Met’s 22-23, minus Netrebko

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norman lebrecht

February 23, 2022

The diva is missing from a new Lohengrin she had promised to sing, but may turn up in other casts.

Here’s the full rundown:

New productions:
Terence Blanchard’s Champion
9 Performances
Dates: Apr 10, 14, 18, 22, 25, 29m, May 4, 8, 13
Production: James Robinson
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin / TBA (May 13)
Griffith: Eric Owens
Young Griffith: Ryan Speedo Green
Griffith’s mother: Latonia Moore
Kathy Hagen: Stephanie Blythe / Meredith Arwady (May 8)
Coproduction with Opera Theater of St. Louis

Mozart’s Don Giovanni
8 Performances
Dates: May 5, 9, 12, 16, 20m, 24, 27m, Jun 2
Production: Ivo van Hove
Conductor: Natalie Stutzmann
Don Giovanni: Peter Mattei
Donna Anna: Federica Lombardi
Donna Elvira: Ana María Martínez
Zerlina: Ying Fang
Don Ottavio: Ben Bliss
Leporello: Adam Plachetka
Masetto: Alfred Walker
Commendatore: Alexander Tsymbalyuk / Dmitry Belosselskiy (May 27, Jun 2)
Coproduction with Opera National de Paris

Giordano’s Fedora
8 Performances
Dates: Dec 31, Jan 4, 7, 11, 14m, 19, 22, 28
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Fedora: Sonya Yoncheva
Olga: Rosa Feola
Count Loris Ipanov: Piotr Beczala
De Siriex: Artur Rucinski

Kevin Puts’ The Hours
8 Performances
Dates: Nov 22, 25, 28, Dec 1, 4m, 7, 10m, 15
Production: Phelim McDermott
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Virginia Woolf: Joyce DiDonato
Clarissa: Renee Fleming
Laura: Kelli O’Hara
Richard: Kyle Ketelsen
Leonard: Sean Panikkar
Dan: Brandon Cedel
Louis: William Burden
Co-commission with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Wagner’s Lohengrin
10 Performances
Dates: Feb 26m, Mar 2, 5m, 10, 14, 18m, 21, 25, 28, Apr 1
Production: François Girard
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Lohengrin: Piotr Beczała
Ortrud: Christine Goerke
Elsa: Tamara Wilson / Elena Stikhina (Mar 28, Apr 1)
Telramund: Evgeny Nikitin
Der Heerrufer: Brian Mulligan
Heinrich der Vogle: Günther Groissböck
Coproduction with The Bolshoi Theatre

Cherubini’s Medea
8 Performances
Dates: Sep 27, Oct 1, 5, 8, 13, 18, 22m, 28
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Medea: Sondra Radvanovsky
Glauce: Janai Brugger
Neris: Ekaterina Gubanova
Giasone: Matthew Polenzani
Creonte: Michele Pertusi
Production: Sir David McVicar
(In Italian)

Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
9 Performances
Dates: May 19, 22, 25, 27, 31, Jun 3m, 6, 8, 10
Production: Simon McBurne

Conductor: Nathalie Stutzmann
Tamino: Lawrence Brownlee
Pamina: Erin Morley
Queen of the Night: Kathryn Lewek
Papageno: Thomas Oliemans
Sarastro: Alan Held
Stephen Milling
Monostatos: Breton Ryan
Co-production with Dutch National Opera, English National Opera, and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Repertory
Verdi’s Aida
15 Performances
Dates: Dec 2, 6, 10, 13, 17, 21, 27, Jan 3, 7m, Apr 27, 30m, May 6, 10, 13m, 18
Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Aida: Latonia Moore (Dec) / Michelle Bradley (Jan, Apr, May)
Amonasro: Quinn Kelsey
Amneris: Olesya Petrova (Dec 2-10, Apr, May) / Anita Rachvelishvili (Dec 13 – Jan 7)
Radamès: Brian Jagde (Dec, Jan) / Marcelo Alvarez (Apr, May)
Amonasro: George Gagnidze (Dec 2-10, Apr, May) / Quinn Kelsey (Dec 13 – 27) / Luca Salsi (Jan 3-7)
Il Re: Christian Van Horn
Ramfis: Alexandros Stavrakakis (Dec, Jan) / Krzysztof Baczyk (Apr, May)

Puccini’s La Bohème
14 Performances
Dates: Apr 21, 24, 28, May 2, 6m, 11, 14m, 17, 20, 26, 29, Jun 1, 4m, 9
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin / TBA (May 11, 17, 20) / James Gaffigan (May 26, 29, Jun)
Mimi: Eleonora Buratto / Susanna Phillips (May 26, 29, Jun)
Musetta: Kristina Mkhitaryan / Leah Hawkins (May 11) / Latonia Moore (May 26, 29, Jun)
Rodolfo: Stephen Costello / Charles Castronovo (May 26, 29, Jun)
Marcello: Davide Luciano / Quinn Kelsey (May 26, 29, Jun)
Schaunard: Alexey Lavrov / Iurii Samoilov (May 26, 29, Jun)
Colline: Christian Van Horn / Krzystof Baczyk (May 26, 29, Jun)
Benoît/Alcindoro: Donald Maxwell / Philip Cokorinos (May 11)

Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites
5 Performances
Dates: Jan 15m, 18, 21, 25, 28m
Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
Blanche de la Force: Ailyn Pérez
Madame Lidoine: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Constance: Sabine Devielhe
Mere Marie: Jamie Barton
MADAME DE CROISSY: Alice Coote
Chevalier de la Force: Piotr Buszewski
Marquis de la Force: Laurent Naouri

Verdi’s Don Carlo
9 Performances
Dates: Nov 3, 7, 11, 15, 19m, 23, 26, 30, Dec 3m
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
Elisabetta di Valois: Anna Netrebko / Angela Meade (Nov 23-30, Dec 3)
Philip II: Günther Groissböck
Eboli: Anita Rachvelishvili
Don Carlo: Russell Thomas
Rodridgo: Peter Mattei
Grand Inquisitor: John Relyea
(In Italian)

Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore
12 Performances
Dates: Jan 10, 13, 17, 21m, 24, 27, Apr 13, 16m, 19, 22m, 26, 29
Conductor: Michele Gamba
Adina: Golda Schultz / Amanda Woodbury (Jan 24) / Aleksandra Kurzak (Apr)
Nemorino: Javier Camarena / Zabier Anduaga (Apr)
Belcore: Davide Luciano / Micheal Sumuel (Jan 24) / Joshua Hopkins (Apr)
Dr Dulcamara: Ambrogio Maestri / Alex Esposito (Apr)

Verdi’s Falstaff
6 Performances
Dates: Mar 12m, 16, 19m, 24, 29, 1m
Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
Falstaff: Michael Volle
Fenton: Bogdan Volkov [7]
Nannetta: Hera Hyesang Park
Alice Ford: Ailyn Pérez
Mistress Quickly: Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Meg: Jennifer Johnson Cano
Micheal Volle
Ford: Christopher Maltman

Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer
4 Performances
Dates: May 30, Jun 3, 7, 10m
Conductor: Jaap Van Zweden
Holländer: Tomasz Konieczny [8]
Senta: Elza van den Heever
Erik: Eric Cutler
Richard Trey Smagur
Tomasz Konieczny
Daland: Dmitry Belosselskiy

Mozart’s Idomeneo
6 Performances
Dates: Sep 28, Oct 1m, 6, 9m, 14, 20
Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Idomeneo: Michael Spyres
Ilia: Ying Fang
Elettra: Albina Shagimuratova
Idamante: Kate Lindsey
Arbace: Paolo Fanale
High priest of Neptune: Issachah Savage

Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
6 Performances
Dates: Sep 29, Oct 2m, 7, 12, 15m, 21
Conductor: Keri-Lynn Wilson
Katerina: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Sergei: Brandon Jovanovich
Zinoviy: Nikolai Schukoff
Boris: John Relyea

Mozart’s The Magic Flute
9 Performances
Dates: Dec 16, 18m, 22, 24m, 26, 28m, 30m, Jan 2, 6
Conductor: Ducan Ward
Pamina: Joélle Harvey / Sydney Mancasola (Dec 28-30, Jan 2-6)
Queen of the Night: Aleksandra Olczyk
Tamino: Ben Bliss / Portillo
Papageno: Joshua Hopkins / Chris Kenney (Dec 28, Jan 2)
Alan Held / TBA (Dec 28, Jan 2)
Soloman Howard / Peixin Chen (Dec 28, Jan 2)
Rodell Rosel / Thomas Capobianco (Dec 28, Jan 2)

Bellini’s Norma
7 Performances
Dates: Feb 28, Mar 4, 8, 11, 17, 22, 25m
Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Norma: Sonya Yoncheva
Adalgisa: Ekaterina Gubanova
Pollione: Micheal Spyres
Oroveso: Christian Van Horn

Britten’s Peter Grimes
8 Performances
Dates: Oct 16m, 22, 26, 29m, Nov 2, 5, 9, 12m
Conductor: Nicholas Carter
Ellen: Nicole Car / Laura Wilde (Nov 2)
Peter Grimes: Allan Clayton
Balstrode: Adam Plachetka

Verdi’s Rigoletto
14 Performances
Dates: Nov 10, 14, 17, 20m, 26m, 29, Dec 3, 8, 11m, 14, 17m, 20, 23, 29
Conductor: Speranza Scappucci
Gilda: Rosa Feola / Lisette Oropesa (Dec 8-29)
Maddalena: Aigul Akhmetshina
Duke: Benjamin Bernheim / Stephen Costello (Dec 11-29)
Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey / Micheal Chioldi (Dec 8, 11) / Luca Salsi (Dec 14-29)
Sparafucile: Andrea Mastroni

Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
7 Performances
Dates: Mar 27, 31, Apr 4, 7, 11, 15m, 20
Conductor: Simone Young
Marschallin: Lise Davidsen
Octavian: Isabel Leonard
Sophie: Erin Morley
Annina: Katharine Goeldner
Italian Tenor: René Barbera / Kang Wang (Apr 7)
Thomas Ebenstein

Puccini’s Tosca
15 Performances
Dates: Oct 4, 8m, 11, 15, 19, 24, 27, 31, Nov 4, Mar 30, Apr 2m, 5, 8m, 12, 15
Conductor: Carlo Rizzi / Domingo Hindoyan (Mar, Apr)
Tosca: Aleksandra Kurzak / Hibla Gerzmava (Mar 30, Apr 2-5, 15) / Angela Gheorghiu (Apr 8, 12)[9]
Mario: Micheal Fabiano / Alagna (Oct 31, Nov 4) / Yusif Eyvazov (Mar, Apr)
Scarpia: John Lundgren / James Morris (Oct 31) / Željko Lucic (Mar, Apr)
Sacristan: Patrick Carfizzi

Verdi’s La Traviata
18 Performances
Dates: Oct 25, 29, Nov 1, 5m, 8, 12, 16, 19, Jan 5, 8m, 14, 20, 26, Mar 4m, 7, 11m, 15, 18
Conductor: Daniele Callegari / Marco Armiliato (Jan) / Micola Luisotti (Mar)
Violetta: Nadine Sierra / Ermonela Jaho (Jan) / Angel Blue (Mar)
Alfredo: Stephen Costello / Ismael Jordi (Jan) / Dmytro Popov (Mar)
Germont: Luca Salsi / Amartuvshin Enkhbat (Jan 5-20) / Arthur Rucinski (Jan 26, Mar)

Comments

  • V.Lind says:

    Great-looking season. Well-balanced between new and familiar, and older but less frequently available.

    Hope the Saturday afternoon broadcasts resume. I used to clear my decks in season.

  • Lisa-Jo says:

    Why is no one mentioning the fact that yet again there is a clear absence female stage directors? Yet again, with the exception of Julie Taymor’s MAGIC FLUTE revival – not a single woman is directing in an opera? How is this possible? In 2022? And do we need 5 productions from Sir David McVicar? 5? Perhaps a feminine perspective could benefit this great Institution? It’s good to see more female Maestros on the list of course, but hopefully some female stage directors (and composers?) are on their way to the MET?

    • guest says:

      Hopefully some _decent_ stagings are on their way to the Met. Trash is trash, regardless of the stage director’s gender.

      Your comment is typical of this time and age. Why this obsession with staging? Why not with singing? Why not with the words? It isn’t called opera for nothing. Why not with _quality_? Could it be because you don’t understand, or don’t care about music? If so, why do you waste your time with an art form you don’t understand? As a thinly disguised pretext for strident activism?

  • RH says:

    she is listed for Don Carlo

  • Ari Bocian says:

    With all due respect, this is a bit of a misleading headline. Netrebko’s not missing from the season at all; she’s singing in their revival of Don Carlo in November.

  • Becker Waltraud says:

    She is supposd to sing Elisabetta in Don Carlo………….

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Now please … did anyone with functioning ear drums and a few brain cells ever really think she would sing Elsa – anywhere, ever again? (Notice how she let all those plans for Abigailles all over the world slowly slip away till no one noticed … or gave a damn?)

    But why is this the headline? There is so much good stuff happening, with young and senior dependable singers (James Morris at 74!) who perform roles in languages of which they have at least a basic knowledge (although I did hear Stikhina sing a very impressive Salome, although in some indiscernible arcane language).

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Nice to see Kathy Goeldner up there.

  • MacroV says:

    So the sneak preview last week was pretty much on. Well, any MET season with their timeless John Dexter production of Dialogues of the Carmelites is a good one.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    Anna is cast in Don Carlo in November.

  • Harpist says:

    A lot of people NOT singing, the gold has lost its shine it seems?
    But interesting conductors (Young, Honeck…)

  • Save the MET says:

    Gelb’s given his wife a gig conducting Shostakovich. That’s utterly shameful and nepotism and a violation of law. As they are a bona fide Not For Profit operation, he has to document for the State of New York that there is no other conductor who is qualified and either can, or wants to conduct those performances. This should be brought to the attention of the NY AG. Legally, he has a problem here. I have been through the exercise myself with a similar organization where I was related to the head of the organization. It is not a rubber stamp. https://jcope.ny.gov/nepotism-0 (The Metropolitan Opera is considered a public benefit corporation) Norman, you should contact Gelb on this and find out if the proper paperwork to hire his wife was accomplished, it is especially important for contracted labor.)

    • MacroV says:

      Like she’s the first person related to someone else who gets a gig? You think the State of New York is qualified to determine who is qualified to conduct at the MET? You might have a checklist that would certify that the person is qualified in their field. Ms. Wilson is a conductor with years of experience around the world; she doesn’t have to be Simon Rattle to meet the test.

      And she’s an independent contractor, not an employee, which would probably make it a harder case.

      • Save the MET says:

        First of all, she’s not a great conductor, she’s a hack oompah opera conductor. Second, the policy covers contracted staff. The State of New York AG is absolutely by law the steward of such situations and the MET has to prove that there is no one else to take the job. This is the the wife of the MET’s General Manager to whom they are going to pay a benefit. If they were for-profit, different story entirely. The NY AG Letitia James has been notified at this point by several people connected to the opera house itself. Nepotism in not for profit is not a good look.

  • M McGrath says:

    There is plenty of great opera available without the Russian show-horse, Anna Netrebko.

  • Heath says:

    What would a Met season be without everyone’s favorite Neo-Nazi singing Wagner? Thanks, once again, to Peter Gelb for saying that we have to be especially sensitive to the people who have made mistakes. Should be a wonderful Lohengrin. I myself will boycott, as usual.

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