After More Than a Century, The Met Will Stage Opera Composed by a Woman

News   After More Than a Century, The Met Will Stage Opera Composed by a Woman
Bartlett Sher will stage a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and Julie Taymor will recreate her staging of The Magic Flute as part of the Metropolitan Opera's 2016-17 season—its 50th at Lincoln Center. Also planned is L’Amour de Loin, the first work composed by a woman to be staged at The Met since 1903.

The season will feature 225 performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to one of the most acclaimed operas in recent years.

The repertoire for the company’s 132nd season will include the Met premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera L'Amour de Loin, as well as new stagings of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Dvořák’s Rusalka, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.

A gala concert on May 7, 2017 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company’s Lincoln Center location with performances by some of opera’s leading stars honoring the Met’s past and future.

Ticket prices, which were lowered last summer after a drop off in ticket sales, will not increase, remaining the same as in the current season.

The season opens on Sept. 26 with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Treliński, and starring the world’s preeminent Isolde, Nina Stemme, opposite Stuart Skelton as Tristan. On Oct. 18, Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi leads the premiere of Pierre Audi’s new staging of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, familiar to music lovers for its famous overture. The opera has not been staged by the Met since 1931 and never before in its original French. The new production will star Gerald Finley, Marina Rebeka and Bryan Hymel in the central roles.

On Dec. 1, L’Amour de Loin, a meditation on idealized love set in the medieval era, will have its Met premiere, led by Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki in her company debut, directed by Robert Lepage, and starring Susanna Phillips, Tamara Mumford and Eric Owens.

A new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette will open on New Year’s Eve, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting Bartlett Sher’s staging and Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo as the star-crossed lovers.

Rusalka (opening Feb. 2, 2017), conducted by Sir Mark Elder and directed by Mary Zimmerman, will star Kristine Opolais in the title role of a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince, sung by Brandon Jovanovich.

On April 13, the company will unveil its first new staging in more than 40 years of Richard Strauss’s comedy Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Met music director James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen, with Renée Fleming in her signature role of the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča in her company role debut as Octavian; Günther Groissböck sings Baron Ochs. 

The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theatres in 70 countries around the world, continues for its 11th season. Ten performances from the season will be broadcast, beginning Oct. 8 with the 100th transmission in series history, the new production of Tristan und Isolde.

Click here for complete details on the 2016-17 season.

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