Major leak: Jaap, Honeck and Duncan Ward to conduct Met’s next season

Major leak: Jaap, Honeck and Duncan Ward to conduct Met’s next season


norman lebrecht

February 19, 2022

A usually reliable fan channel has obtained a full rundown of the Metropolitan Opera’s next season, well ahead of official release.

Among the highlights are some unexpected conductors, among them the very young British conductor Duncan Ward (pictured), the well-connected Keri-Lynn Wilson doing Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Jaap Van Zweden most fittingly taking on The Flying-out Dutchman and Nathalie Stutzmann conducting The Magic Flute.

Among other novelties, Joyce DiDonato will sing Virginia Woolf in Kevin Puts’s The Hours.

Full listing here.


photo: Alan Kerr


  • NotToneDeaf says:

    Of course, this is the same fan channel that still thinks Joe Volpe is the GM so I’m not sure how much stock to put in its “leaks.”

  • Equality now says:

    As usual, sub par Asian representation among the conductor choices.

  • Michael Blim says:

    Keri-Lynn Wilson “well-connected”? She is Peter Gelb’s wife.

  • NYMike says:

    In addition to being PG’s “well-connected” wife, Keri-Lynn Wilson happens to be a fine conductor. With JvZ walking across LC’s plaza to the Met, will YNS walk the other way to the Phil as a guest?

  • JB says:

    Lise Davidsen as Marschallin ? Not really a voice for quiet resignation.

  • MWnyc says:

    Kevin Puts’s opera is called “The Hours”.
    It’s an adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about Virginia Woolf and the novel “Mrs. Dalloway”. (Yes, the same Cunningham novel was the source for the film “The Hours” that starred Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Julianne Moore.)

  • Sol Siegel says:

    Not “The House”, but “The Hours”, based on the same novel that was adapted for the 2002 film about Virginia Woolf and two fictional characters of later generations who are influenced by her. Yannick and Philly are doing a concert version next month.

  • Celia Thaxter says:

    Yikes. Wilson is dreadful. How did Gelb get his wife in?

  • Maria says:

    Great! Potentially new blood, new opportunities for the younger ones, and a new culture to attract a new audience for the future, but they have to make it affordable. Catching up with ENO at last, who have good £10 seats for everything on.

    • JB says:

      Some bold choices for conductors, e.g. Stutzmann, who has no so much experience of conducting opera, in two new productions of Mozart operas.

      Not much new blood for singers, though. Netrebko, the leading Met diva of the last years, only appears in 6 representations of Don Carlos.

  • frank says:

    After Beczala’s horrible performance this season in Rigoletto, it is surprising that the Met is giving him so much work next season. The same thing happened with Antonenko and Giordani after they had lost their voices( and is happening with Polenzani in the upcoming Don Carlo.) Why does the Met continue to engage singers way past their sell-by date?

    • Tiredofitall says:

      I was there (twice), and Mr. Beczala was not “horrible” in Rigoletto. Perhaps too seasoned for the Duke at this point, it was far from an embarrassment.

      Nice that you can predict the quality of Polenzani’s performance two weeks prior to the first performance.

  • Joel Kemelhor says:

    The TOSCA performance scheduled for October 31 has James Morris in the role of Scarpia. Mr. Morris is 75 years old, and made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1971, as the King in AIDA.

  • msc says:

    Oh Lord, I see the December performances of “The magic flute” are that mutilated and deformed version by McClatchy.

  • MacroV says:

    Pretty decent lineup. And two Terence Blanchard premieres in two seasons?

    Gerard Mortier kept Sylvain Cambreling on the podium for years, so Gelb giving his wife a slot (after 15 years on the job?) doesn’t seem so out of line.

  • Donn Rutkoff says:

    Readin these comments makes me wish I lived in NY instead of California. Real opera. Andreas Woolf anybody?

  • Frank Flambeau says:

    The headline mentions Honeck but not the story. He is conducting Mozart’s Idomeneo in September/October. Lots of excellent conductors. I’m impressed.