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.