Metropolitan Opera Season Includes Nico Muhly, Craig Lucas, Bartlett Sher, Paolo Szot, Douglas Carter Beane and More
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher will stage the U.S. premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys, featuring a book by Tony nominee Craig Lucas, as part of the Metropolitan Opera's 2013-2014 season. A new production of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, featuring dialogue by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane, is also planned.
British director Deborah Warner, who will stage The Testament of Mary on Broadway this season starring Fiona Shaw, will helm a new production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin that will premiere Sept. 23. The Live in HD broadcast will take place Oct. 5.
Sher, who collaborated with Lucas on the Tony-winning musical The Light in the Piazza, will helm Two Boys, featuring a score by Muhly (Dark Sisters) and a libretto by Lucas, which premieres Oct. 21. According to the Met, "Two Boys explores the shadowy world of the internet as a detective takes on what initially seems to be to be a straightforward case — the stabbing of one teenage boy by another — and discovers a tangled web of online intrigue."
Also of note is a new staging of Die Fledermaus, featuring lyrics and direction by Jeremy Sams and new dialogue by Beane (The Nance, Cinderella, Xanadu, The Little Dog Laughed). Paulo Szot (South Pacific) will be part of the cast for the production that is set in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. It will begin performances Dec. 31.
Richard Eyre (Mary Poppins) will helm Jules Massenet's Werther, about a young lovelorn poet, which will begin Feb. 18, 2014. A Live in HD broadcast will take place March 15, 2014.
Season plans also include Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff, beginning Dec. 14, 2013; and Alexander Borodin's Prince Igor, beginning March 1, 2014.
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