Sunday, 22 June 2014
New Season 2014-2015 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York
During the 2014-2015 season, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City will perform 26 operas (including two double-bill productions) in 6 different languages (Italien, French, German, English, Russian, Hungarian).
The brochure announces 8 new productions, including 3 Met premières :
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Richard Eyre ;
- John Adams : The Death of Klinghoffer, directed by Tom Morris (Met première) ;
- Franz Lehar : The Merry Widow (in English), directed by Susan Stroman ;
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky : Iolanta (Met première) and Bela Bartok : Bluebeard's Castle, directed by Mariusz Trelinski ;
- Gioachino Rossini : La Donna del Lago (Met première), directed by Paul Curran ;
- Pietro Mascagni : Cavalleria rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo : Pagliacci, directed by David McVicar.
Like several other theatres, the Met advertises as 'new production' some coproductions that have already been performed in other places : the production of The Death of Klinghoffer has been first performed in London (English National Opera) in February 2012, Iolanta was first staged by Mariusz Trelinski for the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden (July 2009) and Bluebeard's Castle in Warsaw last December, Paul Curran conceived his production of Rossini's opera for Santa Fe during the 2013 Summer.
Therefore, the Met will present only four real new productions (including a double-bill).
The 18 revivals are :
- Georges Bizet : Carmen, directed by Richard Eyre (first performed in December 2009) ;
- Gaetano Donizetti : Lucia di Lammermoor, directed by Mary Zimmerman (first performed in September 2007) ;
- Engelbert Humperdinck : Hansel and Gretel (in English), directed by Richard Jones (first performed in December 2007) ;
- Jules Massenet : Manon, directed by Laurent Pelly (first performed in March 2012) ;
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Die Zauberflöte, directed by Julie Taymor (first performed in October 2004) and Don Giovanni, directed by Michael Grandage (first performed in October 2011) ;
- Jacques Offenbach : Les Contes d'Hoffmann, directed by Bartlett Sher (first performed in December 2009) ;
- Giacomo Puccini : La Bohème, directed by Franco Zeffirelli (first performed in December 1981) ;
- Gioachino Rossini : Il barbiere di Siviglia, directed by Bartlett Sher (first performed in November 2006) ;
- Dmitri Shostakovich : Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, directed by Graham Vick (first performed in November 1994) ;
- Igor Stravinsky : The Rake's Progress, directed by Jonathan Miller (first performed in November 1997) ;
- Giuseppe Verdi : Macbeth, directed by Adrian Noble (first performed in October 2007) ; Aida, directed by Sonja Frisell (first performed in December 1988), La Traviata, directed by Willy Decker (first performed in December 2010), Ernani, directed by Pier Luigi Samaritani (first performed in November 1983), Don Carlo, directed by Nicholas Hytner (first performed in November 2010) and Un ballo in maschera, directed by David Alden (first performed in November 2012) ;
- Richard Wagner : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, directed by Otto Schenk (first performed in January 1993).
Three of these productions are of the 1980s, 3 of the 1990s and the 12 others have been conceived in the last 10 years. There is only 1 contemporary opera : The Death of Klinghoffer.