This is the wedding scene from Lucia di Lammermoor, with Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Colin Lee. I love this production and have spent most of this week obsessively watching all the videos I can find of it.
On Wednesday, this concert with Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky happened in Moscow and because most of us tragically couldn’t make it to Moscow that evening, some kind person has put it on YouTube and I would recommend you watch it.
This gala happened at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg this week and lots of people have been talking about it, especially Anna Netrebko singing an aria from Macbeth.
For this week, here’s a nice long concert from Baden-Baden, featuring Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Ramón Vargas and Ludovic Tézier.
Plenty of highlights to look forward to in the Met’s new season. My picks are:
- L’Elisir D’Amore – In a relatively Netrebko-free season, this is her main appearance, alongside a cast including Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien and her husband Erwin Schrott. Good line up for what will hopefully be an entertaining show.
- Un Ballo in Maschera – Part of the Verdi/Wagner bicentenary celebrations, this stars Marcelo Alvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky and one of my personal favourites, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Radvanovsky and Hvorostovsky are known to sing well together and I look forward to discovering a Verdi opera I know very little about.
- Roberto Alagna returns to Aida as Radames. Let’s see if he can keep his blood sugar levels low this time.
- Dialogues des Carmelites, famous for its haunting end, does not often come round so this is something to look forward to.
- Ildar Abdrazakov as Don Giovanni, accompanied by Mr. Netrebko as Leporello.
- An interesting Traviata, with Damrau as Violetta and Placido Domingo sings Papa Germont for the first time.
- What the Met claims is “a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic Les Troyens”, completely ignoring the very recent performance at Covent Garden
- JDF returns in Le Comte Ory and Elina Garanca in La Clemenza di Tito
- And of course the return of the vast Ring Cycle which has completely divided opinions. Personally, I love it, which is saying something given that I am not normally very patient at all with Wagner.
- Also, a Don Carlo with Ramon Vargas although personally I would be more interested in Covent Garden’s upcoming production, starring Jonas Kaufmann.
Most of these performances will be broadcast in cinemas. For the full brochure, go here.