Discover the 2016-2017 season!
The season of the Metropolitan Opera in New York is shorter than elsewhere (the last shows take place mid-May) but so much more intense and incredibly luxurious. The American audience may sometimes sulk over the discreet modernity of some productions, which leaves more space for traveling music lovers who know the value of the most prestigious casts.
Traditionally, to perform at the Met is a symbol of confirmation for an artist. Even today, although they give a chance to young singers, programmers maintain the tradition of distributing the best artists in their best roles. It will surprise no one to find Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton in Tristan und Isolde conducted by Simon Rattle. Rusalka by Dvorák made the cover of the seasonal booklets with the finest of the current role holder, Kristine Opolais. Contemporary opera is assured success with the masterpiece L’Amour de loin by Kaija Saariaho. We must also mention a few stars that shine particularly at the Met such as Nadine Sierra, Pretty Yende or Isabel Leonard, discovered here and who now marvel the international stage.
Simply leaf through the season of the Metropolitan Opera month by month to realize why the New York scene remains the most prestigious in the world. Among the major events expected, Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Anna Netrebko and La Traviata with Sonya Yoncheva and Thomas Hampson alternating with Plácido Domingo in the role of father Germont. Beautiful voice meetings are announced, Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo sing Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Olga Peretyatko and Joseph Calleja feature in Verdi’s Rigoletto. However, some productions are a little more unique than others as Der Rosenkavalier, marking the farewell to the stage of a great artist, Renée Fleming.
Of course, the constant flow of superstars never stops at the Metropolitan Opera as Anna Netrebko in Manon Lescaut, Klaus Florian Vogt in Fidelio, Peter Mattei in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Roberto Alagna in one of his favorite roles, Cyrano de Bergerac. One must of course book tickets quickly. With the opera Alfano, some rarities are highlighted like Rossini’s famous yet rarely distributed Guillaume Tell (here with Gerald Finley, Marina Rebeka and Bryan Hymel) or Idomeneo. Contemporary opera is sure to be successful with the masterpiece L’Amour de loin by Kaija Saariaho. We must also mention a few stars that shine especially at the Met as Nadine Sierra, Pretty Yende or Isabel Leonard discovered here and who now shine on the international stages.
Just leaf through the season of the Metropolitan Opera month by month to realize why the New York scene remains the most prestigious in the world.