Met Talks: New Productions of the 2010-11 Season Schedule
Boris Godunov: Friday, October 1 at 6:30pm
Mussorgsky's masterful tale of the ambitions and struggles of a nation and its ruler returns to the Met in a new production this fall with bass Ren_ Pape in the monumental title role. Met Assistant Manager Sarah Billinghurst hosts this conversation with conductor Valery Gergiev and director Stephen Wadsworth.
Don Carlo: Monday, November 1 at 6:00pm
Nicholas Hytner's new production of Verdi's most ambitious opera, which won remarkable acclaim when it premiered in London, arrives at the Met on November 22. Sarah Billinghurst talks with conductor Yannick N_zet-Seguin and cast members Roberto Alagna, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Simon Keenlyside.
La Traviata: Monday, December 13 at 6:00pm
Willy Decker's strikingly beautiful production of the Verdi favorite, a hit when it premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2005, premieres on New Year's Eve. Peter Gelb hosts this conversation with Decker, conductor Gianandrea Noseda, and stars Marina Poplavskaya and Matthew Polenzani.
Nixon in China: Tuesday, February 1 at 5:00pm
Composer John Adams's groundbreaking opera explores President Nixon's historic 1972 encounter with Mao, in this production by Peter Sellars. In advance of the work's Met premiere, Peter Gelb leads a conversation with Adams, Sellars, set designer Adrianne Lobel, choreographer Mark Morris, and James Maddalena who reprises the title role, which he sang at the opera's world premiere.
Le Comte Ory: Thursday, March 10 at 6:00pm
Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy has its Met premiere this season in March in a production by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher. Peter Gelb welcomes Sher and members of the cast, including Juan Diego Fl‹rez, for a conversation about this charming but seldom-heard opera.
Die Walk‹re: Friday, April 1 at 5:00pm
The second installment of the Met's new Ring, directed by Robert Lepage and conducted by James Levine, premieres on April 22. Peter Gelb hosts a conversation with the acclaimed performers of this exciting new production, including Deborah Voigt and Stephanie Blythe.
All MetTalks will be held in the Met auditorium and will last for one hour. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for Met subscribers, and $10 for Guild members and Young Associates. For more information, visit metguild.org/lectures or call 212-769-7028.