• New Faces

A number of exciting artists are making important Met debuts over the next couple of months. Here’s a look at some of the new faces on the Met stage through the first half of the season.

Anne Schwanelims  

Anne Schwanewilms, soprano
Gelsenkirchen, Germany
The Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten
An acclaimed interpreter of the works of Richard Strauss, she has sung the Empress at the Salzburg Festival and this past spring in concert at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Her repertoire also includes Arabella, Ariadne, the Marschallin, Chrysothemis, and Danae.

     
Pablo Casado  

Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Granada, Spain
Rigoletto
He has been principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s since 2011 and also makes debuts this season with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra.

     
Irena Lungu  

Irina Lungu, Soprano
Orhei, Russia
Gilda in Rigoletto and Musetta in La Bohème A winner of numerous international vocal competitions, she has been heard as Violetta in La Traviata in Verona, Vienna, Berlin, Naples, and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She has also sung the title role of Maria Stuarda and Nannetta in Falstaff.

     
Sonya Yoncheva  

Sonya Yoncheva, soprano
Polvidv, Bulgaria
Gilda in Rigoletto
After winning Plácido Domingo’s 2010 Operalia International Competition, she has made debuts in leading opera houses, including as Musetta in La Bohème at Covent Garden, as Lucia di Lammermoor at Paris’s Bastille Opera, and as Gilda last summer in Verona.

     
Paolo Fanale  

Paolo Fanale, tenor
Palermo, Italy
Fenton in Falstaff
Following his 2006 debut in Bologna in Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünden opposite Ute Lemper, he has sung Rodolfo in La Bohème in Rome, Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Gounod’s Roméo in Palermo, and Fenton at the Paris Opera.

     
Jane Glover  

Jane Glover, conductor
London, England
The Magic Flute
Renowned for her interpretations of early music and Mozart, she is one of a handful of international female star conductors. Currently music director of Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, she is also the artistic director of opera at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

     
Danny Burstein   Danny Burstein, actor
New York, New York
Frosch in Die Fledermaus
A Broadway veteran, he has been nominated for Tony Awards for Golden Boy, Follies, South Pacific, and The Drowsy Chaperone. He has a recurring role in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and will appear in the upcoming films Trust, Greed, Beer, and Bourbon; Affluenza; and Milkshake.
     
Amanda Echalz   Amanda Echalaz, soprano
Durban, South Africa
Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly
Since her breakthrough performance in the title role of Tosca at Covent Garden with only a day’s notice, she has sung the role at English National Opera, Berlin’s Deutsche Staatsoper, and for her 2012 U.S. debut in Santa Fe. Her repertoire also includes Tatiana in Eugene Onegin and the title roles of Manon Lescaut and Salome.
   
Emily Magee   Emily Magee, soprano
New York, New York
The Foreign Princess in Rusalka
She gained international attention with debuts as Elsa in Lohengrin at the Berlin State Opera and as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Bayreuth in the 1990s. This season she sings Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes in Zurich, the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos in Vienna, and the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten at Covent Garden.


This feature was first published online in October 2013 and in the Met's Playbill in November 2013.