The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2010-11 season, continuing its progressive approach of attracting new audiences and exciting the current ones.
Some highlights of the season are:
• Seven NEW productions, including the first two parts of a new Wagner Ring cycle bookending the season. Das Rheingold opens the season in September and Die Walküre closes it in May with new productions by Robert Lepage. Also new will be two Met premieres: John Adams’ Nixon in China (with director Peter Sellars making his Met debut) and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. There will also be new productions of three repertory favorites with directors making their Met debuts: Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov by Peter Stein, Verdi’s Don Carlo by Nicholas Hytner, and Verdi’s La Traviata by Willy Decker. Bartlett Sher, director of Le Comte Ory, has recently directed Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
• Twenty-one revivals are included in the 2010-11 season including Rossini’s Armida, Bartlett Sher’s production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Carmen, Luc Bondy’s talked-about production of Tosca, Mark Morris’s production of Orfeo ed Euridice, and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride in Stephen Wadsworth’s 2007 production with Susan Graham singing the title role opposite Plácido Domingo. Also of interest could be a return of Mary Zimmermann’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor with Natalie Dessay as Lucia. Look for Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczała in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Other revivals:
Rigoletto, La Bohème, Il Trovatore, Don Pasquale, Così fan tutte, La Fanciulla del West, Pelléas et Mélisande, Die Zauberflöte, Simon Boccanegra, The Queen of Spades, Capriccio, and Wozzeck.
• The Met: Live in HD returns with ELEVEN broadcasts–
Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Verdi’s Don Carlo
Puccini’s La Fanciulla Del West
Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Verdi’s Il Trovatore
Wagner’s Die Walküre