It’s that time of week again! Tomorrow, as we should all know, is an important day in the opera world – the opening night at the Metropolitan Opera! So, to celebrate this, here is a clip from an opera that is being brought back for this season – Dialogues des Carmelites. This is the painfully beautiful Salve Regina that the nuns sing as they go to their deaths at the guillotine. With Leontyne Price and Maria Ewing (and I promise something more cheerful for next week!)
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.