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Met Opera 2010-11 Season Announcement

February 22, 2010

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Seven New Productions, Including Two Met Premieres, Headline the Met’s 2010-11 Season, Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of James Levine’s Company Debut

New production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen by Robert Lepage, conducted by Levine, begins with Das Rheingold and Die Walküre

John Adams’s Nixon in China, directed by Peter Sellars, and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, directed by Bartlett Sher, have their Met premieres

Two prominent directors make their Met debuts staging new productions: Nicholas Hytner with Don Carlo, and Willy Decker with La Traviata

New production of Boris Godunov directed by Stephen Wadsworth

 In its fifth season, The Met: Live in HD series will feature 12 live transmissions

 

New York, NY (February 22, 2010, Updated July 21, 2010)—Seven new productions, including two company premieres and the first two parts of a new Ring cycle, featuring many of the world’s greatest singers and conductors, will highlight the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010-11 season. General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director James Levine announced plans for the Met premieres of John Adams’s Nixon in China and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, the first two installments of Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s epic Der Ring des Nibelungen, with stagings of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. In addition the season features new productions of three repertory classics—Boris Godunov directed by Stephen Wadsworth, Don Carlo directed by Nicholas Hytner, and La Traviata by Willy Decker, the latter two  in their Met debuts. Peter Sellars also makes his Met directorial debut with Nixon in China, and Bartlett Sher, director of Le Comte Ory, will return for his third production here following his recent successful stagings of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

In his 40th anniversary season, Maestro Levine, who has conducted nearly 2,500 performances at the Met, more than any conductor in the company’s 126-year history, will conduct six operas across a range of repertory. The Met will celebrate the music director’s extraordinary, record-breaking Met career with historical DVD and CD releases of his performances, as well as a new documentary film about the maestro by award-winning director Susan Froemke. Levine will launch the 2010-11 season on Monday, September 27, 2010, with a gala performance of Das Rheingold. The first installment of the new Ring cycle by Robert Lepage, the opera will star Bryn Terfel in his first appearance as Wotan in the U.S. and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka. The new staging of Die Walküre will open on April 22, 2011, with Levine conducting a cast that includes Deborah Voigt in her first Met Brünnhilde, Eva-Maria Westbroek in her company debut as Sieglinde, Blythe as Fricka, Jonas Kaufmann in his first Siegmund at the Met, and Terfel as Wotan. Levine will also lead revivals of Don Pasquale, Il Trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, and Wozzeck. On the actual date of his anniversary, June 5, he will conduct Don Carlo with the company on tour in Japan.

Stephen Wadsworth’s new production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov opens October 11, conducted by Valery Gergiev. René Pape will sing the monumental title role for the first time at the Met. Verdi’s Don Carlo will premiere on November 22 in a new production by Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of London’s National Theatre, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The co-production, which opened at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in 2008, will star Roberto Alagna in the title role, Marina Poplavskaya as Elisabeth de Valois, Simon Keenlyside as Rodrigo, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as King Philip. The new La Traviata will premiere at a New Year’s Eve gala performance of Willy Decker’s hit production from the 2005 Salzburg Festival that has been modified and rebuilt for the Met, with Marina Poplavskaya as Violetta and Matthew Polenzani as Alfredo; Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

Celebrated composer John Adams will make his Met debut on the podium on February 2, conducting the Met premiere of his 1987 opera Nixon in China, in a production by Peter Sellars from the English National Opera. Rossini’s rarely heard comic opera Le Comte Ory will have its Met premiere on March 24, featuring Juan Diego Flórez in the title role, Diana Damrau as Countess Adèle, and Joyce DiDonato as Isolier, in Bartlett Sher’s new production.

Gelb said, “Maestro Levine’s 40th anniversary and the beginning of a new Ring cycle, both extraordinary events in the life of this great company, will inspire us to artistic heights and hopefully stimulate the public to fill our seats.”

Levine said, “After forty years of working with this great company, I am still excited by the prospect of a new season that introduces new repertory, new artists, and new challenges. And I couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate my anniversary than beginning a new Ring cycle.”

The Met’s conducting roster will feature a number of notable debut artists in the 2010-11 season, including Simon Rattle, who leads Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and William Christie, who conducts Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Edward Gardner, Patrick Fournillier, Erik Nielsen, and Paolo Arrivabeni also make their Met debuts leading important revivals during the season. Maestros returning to conduct revivals will include: Marco Armiliato, Andrew Davis, Plácido Domingo, Riccardo Frizza, Fabio Luisi, Nicola Luisotti, Andris Nelsons, and Patrick Summers.

Highly acclaimed recent portrayals by some of the Met’s most popular stars will be reprised this season. Star soprano Renée Fleming performs the virtuoso title role of Rossini’s Armida, then switches gears to sing the Countess in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio (her first complete account of the role, though she sang the final scene at the Opening Night Gala in 2008). Susan Graham returns to the title role of Iphigénie en Tauride with Plácido Domingo repeating his noble Oreste. Natalie Dessay once again offers her brilliant portrayal of the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, and Elīna Garanča gives the audience another chance to witness her magnetic Carmen. Anna Netrebko reprises her tour-de-force Norina in Don Pasquale, and Karita Mattila takes the stage as Lisa in The Queen of Spades, a role she has not sung here since 1995. Angela Gheorghiu comes back for Gounod’s Juliette for the first time since 1998, and Marcelo Álvarez again sings the title role in Il Trovatore.

Many of the world’s most prominent singers will be taking on roles they have never sung at the Met before, including Piotr Beczała as Roméo, Joseph Calleja as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Danielle de Niese as Despina in Così fan tutte, Joyce DiDonato as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Giuseppe Filianoti in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, opposite Enkelejda Shkosa as Giulietta and Ildar Abdrazakov as the Four Villains. Also in Met role debuts, Dmitri Hvorostovsky will sing the title role and Barbara Frittoli is Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Magdalena Kožená is Mélisande, Peter Mattei is Yeletsky and Dolora Zajick is the Countess in The Queen of Spades. Patricia Racette sings Leonora in Il Trovatore, Sondra Radvanovsky and Violeta Urmana share the title role of Tosca, Deborah Voigt sings the title role and Marcello Giordani is Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West, and Waltraud Meier is Marie and Matthias Goerne is the title role in Wozzeck.

 

The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Series

The 2010-11 season of The Met: Live in HD will feature 12 transmissions, beginning on October 9 with Das Rheingold and continuing with Boris Godunov (October 23), Don Pasquale (November 13), Don Carlo (December 11), La Fanciulla del West (January 8), Nixon in China (February 12), Iphigénie en Tauride (February 26), Lucia di Lammermoor (March 19), Le Comte Ory (April 9), Capriccio (April 23), Il Trovatore (April 30), and Die Walküre (May 14). 

The company’s enormously successful, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live transmissions into movie theaters around the world sold more than 2.2 million tickets during the 2009-10 season, effectively tripling the Met’s paying audience (approximately 800,000 people attend performances in the opera house in a Met season).  The season’s final transmission of Armida, starring Renée Fleming, was seen in more than 1,200 theaters in 44 countries.

 

Ticket Prices 

In the face of difficult economic conditions, the Met is sustaining its recent box office success as a result of new artistic and public initiatives. After four years without any across-the-board increases, ticket prices for the Met’s 2010-11 season will go up an average of 6% for subscription tickets and 11% for individual tickets.

Even with these new prices, about one third of the seats in the house cost less than $100. The Met continues to offer reduced-price tickets for selected performances for full-time students, age 29 and under, at $25 for weekday performances and $35 for Friday and Saturday performances.

The Met’s successful Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Rush Ticket program will continue for a fifth season, thanks to the support of Met Board member Agnes Varis and her husband, Karl Leichtman. The program provides up to two tickets per customer for selected orchestra seats at the sharply discounted price of $20, available two hours before curtain time. The Met also reserves 50 Varis Rush tickets per performance for senior citizens.

 

New Productions

The 2010-11 season opens on September 27 with James Levine conducting the gala premiere of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, in a production by internationally renowned director, writer, and performer Robert Lepage. Known for his visually stunning and technologically advanced theater works, Lepage made his Met debut in 2008 with Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust. His production team for the Ring includes set designer Carl Fillion, costume designer François St.-Aubin, and lighting designer Étienne Boucher, the latter two in their Met debuts. Holger Förterer is the interactive projection artist, and video images are by Boris Firquet. Bryn Terfel sings his first Wotan at the Met, and the cast also includes Wendy Bryn Harmer as Freia, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, Patricia Bardon as Erda, Adam Diegel as Froh, Eric Owens as Alberich, Richard Croft as Loge, Gerhard Siegel as Mime, Dwayne Croft as Donner, and Franz-Josef Selig and Hans-Peter König as the giants Fasolt and Fafner. Levine, who has conducted every complete cycle of Wagner’s masterpiece at the Met since 1989, says, “The Ring is one of those works of art that you think you know, but every time you return to it you find all kinds of brilliant moments that hadn’t struck you with the same force before.” In what has become a Met tradition, the opening night performance will be transmitted live to large outdoor screens in Times Square and at Lincoln Center, which the public can attend for free. Das Rheingold is produced in collaboration with Ex Machina and is a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff family, in memory of William Ziff. 

Stephen Wadsworth's new production of Mussorgsky¹s Boris Godunov will be conducted by Valery Gergiev.  German bass René Pape takes on the iconic title role for the first time with the company. His portrayals of such roles as King Marke in Tristan und Isolde, Méphistophélès in Faust, Gurnemanz in Parsifal, and King Philip in Don Carlo have made him an audience favorite at the Met and won extraordinary critical acclaim. Also making Met role debuts are Ekaterina Semenchuk as Marina, Aleksandrs Antonenko as Dimitri, Oleg Balashov as Shuisky, Evgeny Nikitin as Rangoni, and Mikhail Petrenko as Pimen. Vladimir Ognovenko sings Varlaam. Set designer Ferdinand Wögerbauer, costume designer Moidele Bickel, and choreographer Apostolia Tsolaki make their Met debuts. Lighting design is by Duane Schuler. Boris Godunov will be performed with Mussorgsky’s original orchestration. The production is a gift of Karen and Kevin Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr.

Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of London’s National Theatre, makes his Met debut with the new production of Don Carlo, a notable success when it opened in London in 2008. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who triumphed in his recent Met debut leading a new production of Carmen, conducts. The production stars Roberto Alagna, who sings the title role for the first time at the Met, Marina Poplavskaya as Elisabeth de Valois, Simon Keenlyside as Rodrigo, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II. Anna Smirnova makes her Met debut as Princess Eboli, and Eric Halfvarson is the Grand Inquisitor. Yonghoon Lee makes his Met debut as Don Carlo in later performances. Bob Crowley, set and costume designer, and Mark Henderson, lighting designer, both make their Met debuts with this production. Don Carlo is a co-production with London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, and is a gift of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller.

German director Willy Decker’s theatrically powerful production of La Traviata was widely praised at its Salzburg Festival premiere in 2005. Redesigned and rebuilt to fit the Met stage, it opens on New Year’s Eve with a gala performance conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and starring Marina Poplavskaya as Violetta. Matthew Polenzani is Alfredo for the opening series of performances with Francesco Meli taking over later in the run, and Andrzej Dobber is Giorgio Germont. The members of the production team all make their Met debuts: Wolfgang Gussmann as set and costume designer, Hans Toelstede as lighting designer, and Athol Farmer as choreographer. The production is presented with thanks to De Nederlandse Opera. It is a gift of Karen and Kevin Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone.

John Adams’s landmark 1987 opera Nixon in China has its Met premiere under the composer’s baton in a production by acclaimed director Peter Sellars created for the English National Opera, based on the original Houston Grand Opera production. Nixon in China, with a libretto by Alice Goodman, explores President Nixon’s 1972 encounter with Mao Tse-tung and Communist China. Adams’s work, says Sellars, “shows you what opera can do to history, which is to deepen it and move into its more subtle, nuanced and mysterious corners.” James Maddalena, who sang the role of Richard Nixon at the world premiere, reprises his interpretation here, opposite Janis Kelly as Pat Nixon and Robert Brubaker as Mao Tse-tung. Kathleen Kim is Mao’s wife Chiang Ch’ing and Russell Braun portrays Chou En-lai. Richard Paul Fink is Henry Kissinger. Sellars’s creative team includes set designer Adrianne Lobel, costume designer Dunya Ramicova, lighting designer James F. Ingalls, choreographer Mark Morris, and sound designer Mark Grey.

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher returns to the Met with a new production of Rossini’s rarely heard Le Comte Ory, conducted by Maurizio Benini. Three bel canto virtuosos star in the new staging: Juan Diego Flórez in the title role, Diana Damrau as Countess Adèle, and Joyce DiDonato as Isolier. Stéphane Degout is Raimbaud and Michele Pertusi portrays the Tutor. Sher’s Tony Award-winning team includes veteran collaborators Michael Yeargan and Catherine Zuber, who create the sets and costumes, respectively, and Brian MacDevitt, who designs the lighting. Rossini’s final comic masterpiece, in which a count disguises himself as a nun to gain access to the object of his affection, is a natural for Sher, whose inventive direction of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Les Contes d’Hoffmann has charmed Met audiences. He describes the world of Le Comte Ory as, “a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both—with the most beautiful love music he ever wrote.” The production is a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund.

Die Walküre, the second part of Wagner’s Ring cycle, comes at the close of the Met’s 2010-11 season, completing the first two installments of Robert Lepage’s highly anticipated new production. (The Met will present the full cycle in the 2011-12 season.) James Levine conducts a star cast that includes Deborah Voigt in her first Met Brünnhilde, Eva-Maria Westbroek in her Met debut as Sieglinde, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, and Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund. Bryn Terfel takes on the towering role of Wotan, the king of the gods, and Hans-Peter König is Hunding. The Rheingold production team returns: Carl Fillion as set designer; François St.-Aubin as costume designer; and Étienne Boucher as lighting designer. The production is a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff family, in memory of William Ziff.

 

Repertory

Twenty-one revivals are featured in the Met’s 2010-11 season, including some of the most recent new productions. Rossini’s Armida returns, starring Renée Fleming in the title role, with Lawrence Brownlee, John Osborn, Antonino Siragusa, Barry Banks, and Kobie van Rensburg making up the cohort of tenors in the extraordinary cast. Riccardo Frizza conducts the bel canto showpiece in a production by Mary Zimmerman.

The current season’s hit production of Carmen also returns, with Elīna Garanča, Victoria Vizin, and Kate Aldrich in the title role, Nicole Cabell, Hei-Kyung Hong and Genia Kühmeier singing Micaëla, Brandon Jovanovich and Roberto Alagna reprising their passionate portrayals of Don José, and John Relyea and Paulo Szot singing Escamillo for the first time at the Met.

Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann will also be seen again in the new season, starring Giuseppe Filianoti in the title role. Hibla Gerzmava makes her Met debut as Antonia, Anna Christy and Elena Mosuc are Olympia, Enkelejda Shkosa makes her Met debut as Giulietta, and Ildar Abdrazakov sings the Four Villains. Kate Lindsey again sings the roles of Nicklausse and the Muse. French conductor Patrick Fournillier makes his Met debut leading Offenbach’s score.

Two divas take on the title role of Tosca for the first time at the Met in Luc Bondy’s production, which opened the current season: Sondra Radvanovsky and Violeta Urmana. Marcelo Álvarez returns to the role of Cavaradossi, this time alternating with Salvatore Licitra. Falk Struckmann, last heard at the Met in 2003, shares the role of Scarpia with James Morris, who will be celebrating his 40th season at the Met. Paul Plishka is again the Sacristan, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Eighteenth-century opera has a significant place in the season repertory, with two operas each by Gluck and Mozart. Mark Morris’s acclaimed production of Orfeo ed Euridice stars countertenor David Daniels, who sang the title role at the staging’s 2007 premiere. This time his beloved Euridice is debuting soprano Kate Royal, and Lisette Oropesa sings Amor. Anthony Walker conducts.

Gluck’s sublime Iphigénie en Tauride also returns in the 2007 production by Stephen Wadsworth, conducted this season by Patrick Summers. Susan Graham sings the title role opposite the Oreste of Plácido Domingo, the pair repeating their highly praised portrayals from the production’s premiere. Paul Groves returns to the role of Pylade, and Gordon Hawkins sings Thoas.

Conductor William Christie, who is widely acclaimed for his performances of Baroque and Classical operas, makes his Met debut leading the revival of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. His youthful cast includes Miah Persson as Fiordiligi, Isabel Leonard as Dorabella, Danielle de Niese as Despina, and Pavol Breslik as Ferrando, all singing their roles for the first time at the Met. Nathan Gunn reprises his Guglielmo and Wolfgang Holzmair makes his company debut as Don Alfonso.

Italian bel canto opera is also on the schedule this season. In addition to Rossini’s Armida, two Donizetti operas return to the repertory in recent productions. Otto Schenk’s hilarious staging of Don Pasquale has its first revival since its 2006 premiere, with James Levine conducting the opera for the first time at the Met. Joseph Colaneri conducts the performance on November 18. Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien return from the premiere cast, Matthew Polenzani takes on a new Met role as Ernesto, and John Del Carlo sings the title role.

Natalie Dessay portrays the fragile title heroine of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, a role in which she triumphed at the premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s new production on opening night of the 2007-08 season. Joseph Calleja adds a new role to his Met repertory as her lover, Edgardo. Ludovic Tézier sings Enrico, and Kwangchul Youn is Raimondo. All three men are new to their roles with the company. Patrick Summers conducts.

Verdi operas, always a core of the repertory, are represented by three powerful and popular works. Rigoletto opens in the season’s first week, with another run in January and yet another in April and May. Casts for each series of performances include Christine Schäfer, Nino Machaidze (debut), and Diana Damrau as Gilda; Francesco Meli (debut), Joseph Calleja, and Giuseppe Filianoti as the Duke; Lado Ataneli, George Gagnidze, Giovanni Meoni, and Željko Lučić in the title role; with Nino Surguladze (debut), Kirstin Chávez, and Nancy Fabiola Herrera as Maddalena, and Andrea Silvestrelli (debut), and Stefan Kocán as Sparafucile. Paolo Arrivabeni makes his Met debut conducting the first run, with Fabio Luisi taking over for later performances.

David McVicar’s production of Il Trovatore also has numerous performances, conducted by Marco Armiliato and James Levine. Marcelo Álvarez sings the title role. Alternating casts include Patricia Racette, Julianna Di Giacomo, and Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora; Marianne Cornetti and Dolora Zajick as Azucena; Željko Lučić, Vitaliy Bilyy, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count di Luna; and Alexander Tsymbalyuk (debut) and Stefan Kocán as Ferrando.

Maestro Levine again conducts when Hvorostovsky makes his Met role debut in the demanding title role of Simon Boccanegra. Also new to their roles in this opera are Barbara Frittoli as Amelia and Ramón Vargas as Gabriele Adorno. Ferruccio Furlanetto returns with his powerful portrayal of Jacopo Fiesco.

French Romantic repertoire is represented by Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczała in the title roles. Julie Boulianne as Stéphano and Lucas Meachem as Mercutio are new to their roles, and James Morris returns as Frère Laurent, a role he last sang here in 1974. Plácido Domingo conducts.

Tchaikovsky’s haunting masterpiece The Queen of Spades boasts a cast that includes Karita Mattila as Lisa, Dolora Zajick in a Met role debut as the Old Countess, Tamara Mumford as Paulina, Vladimir Galouzine as Ghermann, Peter Mattei as Prince Yeletsky, and Alexej Markov as Tomsky. Andris Nelsons, who received critical acclaim for his Met debut leading Turandot this season, conducts.

Puccini’s ever-popular La Bohème, in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, is on the calendar for 17 performances with alternating casts: Maija Kovalevska and Krassimira Stoyanova as Mimì; Ellie Dehn and Susanna Phillips as Musetta; Joseph Calleja, Piotr Beczała, and Ramón Vargas as Rodolfo; Peter Mattei as Marcello; Edward Parks, Dimitris Tiliakos (debut), and Trevor Scheunemann as Schaunard, Shenyang and Gunther Groissböck (debut) as Colline, and Paul Plishka as Benoit/Alcindoro. Some notable debuts are scheduled for the run, including that of conductor Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo, soprano Kristine Opolais as Musetta, and Fabio Capitanucci as Marcello.

Another Puccini opera this season, La Fanciulla del West, has not been heard at the Met since 1993. Deborah Voigt and Marcello Giordani make their company role debuts as Minnie and Dick Johnson, under the baton of Nicola Luisotti.  Lucio Gallo takes the role of the Sheriff Jack Rance. Also singing Minnie and Dick are Elisabete Matos, in her company debut, and Carl Tanner. The return of Giancarlo del Monaco’s widely acclaimed 1991 production celebrates the 100th anniversary of the opera’s 1910 world premiere at the Met.

Two operas by Richard Strauss are featured in the 2010-11 season. In Ariadne auf Naxos, Violeta Urmana reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title role and Kathleen Kim again sings Zerbinetta. Joyce DiDonato adds the role of the Composer to her Met repertory, while Robert Dean Smith returns for Bacchus (his first role with the Met since his single Tristan in 2008), and Thomas Allen sings the Music Master. 

Renée Fleming dazzled the audience when she sang the final scene of Strauss’s Capriccio on the opening night of the 2008 season. In the new season, she sings the complete opera in John Cox’s production, with Andrew Davis conducting. She is joined by cast members Sarah Connolly, Joseph Kaiser, Russell Braun, Morten Frank Larsen (debut), and Peter Rose.

Simon Rattle, music director of the Berlin Philharmonic and one of the world’s foremost conductors, make his Met debut leading Debussy’s ethereal Pelléas et Mélisande. The cast includes Stéphane Degout and Magdalena Kožená in the title roles, with Felicity Palmer as Geneviève, Gerald Finley as Golaud, and Willard White as Arkel—all singing their roles for the first time at the Met.

James Levine brings his searing interpretation of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck back to the Met stage, with Matthias Goerne in the title role and Waltraud Meier as Marie, both in their Met role debuts. Stuart Skelton makes his company debut as the Drum-Major, with Gerhard Siegel as the Captain and Walter Fink as the Doctor.

 

Holiday Presentation: The Magic Flute

Julie Taymor’s enchanting production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute is this season’s holiday presentation, in the Met’s abridged version sung in English. The eight performances, given between December 21 and January 6, include five matinees. Nathan Gunn is again the bird-catcher Papageno, a role he shares with John Moore. Susanna Phillips and Ying Huang revive their admired portrayals of Pamina, with Erika Miklósa and Audrey Elizabeth Luna (debut) as the Queen of the Night, Russell Thomas and Bruce Sledge as Tamino, and Morris Robinson as Sarastro. American conductor Erik Nielsen, who is Kapellmeister of the Frankfurt Opera, makes his Met debut leading the performances.

 

The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met

Gallery Met will present a special exhibition of work by Julie Mehretu to coincide with Robert Lepage’s new production of Das Rheingold.  Mehretu, who was born in Ethiopia and raised in Michigan, will create a new body of work inspired by Wagner’s Ring cycle. A show of new paintings by this internationally renowned artist also opens in May 2010 at the Guggenheim Museum.  Other Gallery Met exhibitions for the 2010-11 season and banners designed for the front of the house will be announced at a later date. Gallery Met, a contemporary art space, is located in the Met’s south lobby. Admission is free.

 

The Met: Live in HD Series

Tickets for the 12 transmissions in The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 series will go on sale in September; Met members in the U.S. and Canada will have ticket priority before tickets are made available to the general public.

The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Bloomberg is the global corporate sponsor of The Met: Live in HD.

The Met: Live in HD began airing on PBS in January 2007. The series is produced in association with PBS and WNET, with support from Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Thirteen of these HD performances are now available on DVD. Also available is The Audition, a feature-length documentary directed by Susan Froemke. All DVDs are available at the newly renovated Met Opera Shop in the opera house lobby and online at metoperashop.org. Archival video and audio recordings will continue to be released by the Met during the 2010-11 season.

 

Met Player

Continuing its innovative use of electronic media to reach a global audience, the Metropolitan Opera last season launched Met Player, an online streaming subscription service that offers the company’s extensive video and audio catalog of full-length performances online, on-demand, and in exceptional, state-of-the-art quality. Nearly 200 historic audio recordings and almost 100 full-length opera videos are available, including 27 of the company’s acclaimed The Met: Live in HD transmissions. New content, including HD productions and archival broadcasts, are added monthly. For selected titles, Met Player now offers subtitles in Spanish, French, and German.

 

The Met on the Radio and the Web

The Met’s 80th consecutive Saturday afternoon radio broadcast season kicks off on December 18 with Verdi’s Don Carlo and concludes on May 14 with Wagner’s Die Walküre. The broadcast season will once again be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Margaret Juntwait returns for her seventh season as host, and Ira Siff returns for his fourth season as commentator for the broadcasts, which feature a range of dynamic intermission features, live backstage interviews with artists, and the ever-popular Opera Quiz. The 2010-11 Metropolitan Opera Saturday afternoon radio broadcast season will be sponsored by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury homebuilder®, with generous long-term support from the Annenberg Foundation and the Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media, and through contributions from listeners worldwide.

Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS channel 78 and XM Radio channel 79 is planning its fifth season as the country’s premier subscription radio channel dedicated to opera. Up to three live performances will be broadcast each week during the season, beginning with the Met’s Opening Night performance of Das Rheingold on September 27, in addition to historic broadcasts from the Met’s vast collection. Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM is available to subscribers in the United States and Canada. The subscription requires a satellite radio or is available via the internet or the Dish Network satellite television service.

In partnership with RealNetworks®, metopera.org will continue to stream one live performance per week during the 2010-11 season, and offer historic performances from the Met’s rich archive of radio broadcasts on the Met on Rhapsody. The Met’s robust website also features artist interviews, video and audio clips, photo galleries, blogs, and other information about Met productions and initiatives.

 

The MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

The MET Orchestra continues its highly acclaimed annual series of concerts at Carnegie Hall with three performances conducted by James Levine. The January 23 concert features Mozart’s Serenade No. 9 in D major, K.320 (“Posthorn”), followed by Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, with soloists Michelle DeYoung and Simon O’Neill. On April 10, Levine again conducts, joined by Evgeny Kissin as piano soloist in a program consisting of Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73. The May 15 concert features Natalie Dessay as the soloist in Berg’s symphonic suite from Lulu, followed by Ravel’s Vocalise-étude en forme de habanera, Glière’s Andante from Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 82. Also featured will be Rachmaninoff’s Op. 34, No. 14 and Poulenc’s “Non, monsieur mon mari” from Les Mamelles de Tirésias, to be followed by Massenet’s “Je marche . . .Obéissons” from Manon and Debussy’s Images pour orchestre.

 

The Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater “Opera/Theater Commissions” Program

Met/LCT Opera/Theater Commissions program continues, with 11 composer/librettist teams participating. The first work to be produced from this program will be Nico Muhly’s debut opera (as yet untitled), set to a libretto by Craig Lucas. The opera is a fictionalized piece based on a true story of a teenager who attempts to arrange his own murder via the Internet. A co-production with the English National Opera, the opera will be directed by Bartlett Sher, debuting at the ENO’s London Coliseum in June 2011 and at the Met during its 2013-14 season. Five others have identified subjects for their collaborations and have signed on to develop their projects. The teams of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie (librettist), composer Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson (librettist), composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Tony Kushner, composer Michael Torke, librettist Michael Korie and co-librettist/director Des McAnuff, and composer Scott Wheeler and playwright Romulus Linney have begun work on their projects. Composer Jake Heggie and Richard Greenberg (librettist), composer Adam Guettel, composer Wynton Marsalis, composer Rachel Portman and Nick Wright (librettist), and composer Bill Whelan and Paul Muldoon (librettist) are currently exploring ideas. The Met/LCT Opera/Theater Commissions program is funded by a generous gift to the Met from the Francis Goelet Charitable Trusts.

 

Other Audience Development Initiatives

The Met will host Open House dress rehearsals free to the public for three new productions in 2010-11, with the operas and dates to be announced before the opening of the new season.

The Met’s HD Live in Schools program will continue for its fourth season, offering free opera transmissions to New York City schools in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. The program now enters its third season nationally, partnering with 18 school districts across the country to bring The Met: Live in HD to students and teachers. The Met’s HD education program includes backstage visits for students, where they learn about how costumes and scenery are constructed, Q&As with artists, access to final dress rehearsals, and teacher training workshops. Program and curriculum guides are created for in-school use in conjunction with HD screenings. HD Live in Schools is made possible by Bank of America.

 

The Met Opera Shop

After an extensive renovation last year, the Met Opera Shop features a wide variety of CDs, DVDs, and one-of-a-kind merchandise. Now online (at metoperashop.org) as well as in the opera house lobby, the Met Opera Shop presents a collection of exclusive products that are inspired by what’s on stage at the Met. The store also showcases DVDs of performances from the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series. The Met Opera Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (or the end of second intermission) and Sundays from noon to 6:00 pm. Met Opera Shop can be reached at (212) 580-4090.

 

 

 

 

2010-11 Season
Repertoire and Casting
* Met Debut

METROPOLITAN OPERA PREMIERES

LE COMTE ORY                 
Premiere: March 24, 2011

Composer                                Gioachino Rossini
Libretto                                     Eugène Scribe and Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson

Conductor                                 Maurizio Benini
Production                                Bartlett Sher
Set Designer                            Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer                   Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer                     Brian MacDevitt

Countess Adèle                        Diana Damrau
Isolier                                        Joyce DiDonato
Ragonde                                   Susanne Resmark*       
Count Ory                                 Juan Diego Flórez
Raimbaud                                 Stéphane Degout
The Tutor                                  Michele Pertusi

(March 24, 29, April 2, 5, 9 mat, 14, 18, 21)
Production underwritten by The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

 

NIXON IN CHINA              
Premiere: February 2, 2011
This production originally created by English National Opera.
 

Composer                                John Adams
Libretto                                     Alice Goodman

Conductor                                 John Adams*
Production                                Peter Sellars*
Set Design                                Adrianne Lobel
Costume Design                      Dunya Ramicova
Lighting Design                        James F. Ingalls
Choreographer                         Mark Morris
Sound Designer                       Mark Grey

Chiang Ch’ing                           Kathleen Kim
Pat Nixon                                  Janis Kelly*
Mao Tse-tung                           Robert Brubaker
Chou En-lai                               Russell Braun
Richard Nixon                           James Maddalena*
Henry Kissinger                        Richard Paul Fink

(February 2, 5, 9, 12 mat, 15, 19)

NEW PRODUCTIONS

BORIS GODUNOV             
Premiere: October 11, 2010

Composer                                Modest Mussorgsky
Libretto                                     Modest Mussorgsky

Conductor                                 Valery Gergiev/Pavel Smelkov
Production                                 Stephen Wadsworth
Set Designer                             Ferdinand Wögerbauer*
Costume Designer                    Moidele Bickel*
Lighting Designer                      Duane Schuler
Choreographer                          Apostolia Tsolaki*

Princess Marina                        Ekaterina Semenchuk
Dimitri                                        Aleksandrs Antonenko
Shuisky                                      Oleg Balashov
Rangoni                                     Evgeny Nikitin
Boris Godunov                          René Pape
Pimen                                        Mikhail Petrenko
Varlaam                                     Vladimir Ognovenko

(October 11, 15, 18, 23 mat, 25, 30 mat, March 9, 12 mat, 17)
Production underwritten by Karen and Kevin Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr.

 

DON CARLO                                                           
Premiere: November 22, 2010
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

Composer                                Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                     Camille du Locle and Joseph Méry

Conductor                                 Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production                                 Nicholas Hytner*
Set and Costumer Designer    Bob Crowley*
Lighting Designer                     Mark Henderson*

Elisabeth de Valois                  Marina Poplavskaya
Princess Eboli                          Anna Smirnova
Don Carlo                                 Roberto Alagna/Yonghoon Lee*
Rodrigo                                     Simon Keenlyside
Philip II                                      Ferruccio Furlanetto
Grand Inquisitor                        Eric Halfvarson

(November 22, 26, 29, December 3, 7, 11 mat, 15, 18 mat)
Production underwritten by Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller

DAS RHEINGOLD
Premiere: Opening Night Gala, September 27, 2010
In collaboration with Ex Machina

Composer                                Richard Wagner
Libretto                                     Richard Wagner

Conductor                                 James Levine
Production                                Robert Lepage
Set Designer                            Carl Fillion
Costume Designer                   François St.-Aubin*
Lighting Designer                     Étienne Boucher*
Interactive Projection Artist      Holger Förterer
Video Image Artist                    Boris Firquet

Freia                                         Wendy Bryn Harmer
Fricka                                       Stephanie Blythe
Erda                                         Patricia Bardon
Loge                                         Richard Croft
Mime                                        Gerhard Siegel
Wotan                                      Bryn Terfel
Alberich                                    Eric Owens/Richard Paul Fink
Fasolt                                       Franz-Josef Selig
Fafner                                      Hans-Peter König

(September 27, 30, October 4, 9 mat, March 30, April 2 mat)
Production underwritten by a generous gift from Ann Ziff and the Ziff family, in memory of William Ziff

LA TRAVIATA                    
Premiere: New Year’s Eve Gala, December 31, 2010
Original production of the Salzburger Festspiele; with thanks to De Nederlandse Opera

Composer                                Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                     Francesco Maria Piave

Conductor                                 Gianandrea Noseda
Production                                Willy Decker*
Set and Costumer Designer    Wolfgang Gussmann*
Lighting Designer                     Hans Toelstede*
Choreographer                         Athol Farmer*

Violetta                                     Marina Poplavskaya
Alfredo Germont                     Matthew Polenzani/Francesco Meli
Giorgio Germont                     Andrzej Dobber

(December 31, January 4, 7, 12, 15 mat, 19, 22, 26, 29)
Production underwritten by Karen and Kevin Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone

DIE WALKÜRE                   
Premiere: April 22, 2011
In collaboration with Ex Machina

Composer                                Richard Wagner
Libretto                                     Richard Wagner

Conductor                                 James Levine
Production                                Robert Lepage
Set Designer                            Carl Fillion
Costume Designer                   François St.-Aubin
Lighting Designer                     Étienne Boucher
Interactive Projection Artist      Holger Förterer
Video Image Artist                    Boris Firquet

Brünnhilde                                Deborah Voigt
Sieglinde                                  Eva-Maria Westbroek*
Fricka                                       Stephanie Blythe
Siegmund                                Jonas Kaufmann
Wotan                                      Bryn Terfel
Hunding                                   Hans-Peter König

(April 22, 25, 28, May 2, 5, 9, 14 mat)
Production underwritten by a generous gift from Ann Ziff and the Ziff family, in memory of William Ziff

REPERTORY

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS     
Composer                                 Richard Strauss
Libretto                                     Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Conductor                                 Fabio Luisi
Production                                Elijah Moshinsky
Set and Costume Designer    Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer                      Gil Wechsler

Ariadne                                     Violeta Urmana
Zerbinetta                                 Kathleen Kim
Composer                                Joyce DiDonato
Bacchus                                   Robert Dean Smith
Music Master                            Thomas Allen   

(May 7 mat, 10, 13)

ARMIDA                              
Composer                                 Gioachino Rossini
Libretto                                     Giovanni Schmidt

Conductor                                 Riccardo Frizza
Production                                Mary Zimmerman
Set and Costume Designer     Richard Hudson           
Lighting Designer                      Brian MacDevitt
Choreographer                          Graciela Daniele
Associate Choreographer        Daniel Pelzig

Armida                                      Renée Fleming
Rinaldo                                     Lawrence Brownlee
Goffredo                                   John Osborn
Gernando                                 Antonino Siragusa
Carlo                                        Barry Banks
Ubaldo                                      Kobie van Rensburg

(February 18, 23, 26, March 1, 5 mat)

LA BOHÈME                                   
Composer                                Giacomo Puccini
Libretto                                     Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Conductor                                  Roberto Rizzi Brignoli*
Production                                 Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer                             Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designer                    Peter J. Hall
Lighting Designer                      Gil Wechsler

Mimì                                         Maija Kovalevska/Krassimira Stoyanova
Musetta                                    Kristine Opolais*/Susanna Phillips/Ellie Dehn
Rodolfo                                    Vittorio Grigolo*/Joseph Calleja/Piotr Beczała/Ramón Vargas
Marcello                                   Fabio Capitanucci*/Peter Mattei
Schaunard                               Edward Parks/Dimitris Tiliakos*/Trevor Scheunemann
Colline                                      Shenyang/Gunther Groissböck*
Benoit/Alcindoro                      Paul Plishka

(October 16, 20, 23, 28, November 1, 5, December 1, 4 mat, 8, 11, January 31, February 3, 7, 10, 17, 22, 25)

CAPRICCIO                         
Composer                                 Richard Strauss
Libretto                                     Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss

Conductor                                 Andrew Davis
Production                                John Cox
Set Designer                            Mauro Pagano
Costume Designer                   Robert Perdziola
Lighting Designer                     Duane Schuler

Countess                                   Renée Fleming
Clairon                                       Sarah Connolly
Flamand                                    Joseph Kaiser
Olivier                                        Russell Braun
The Count                                 Morten Frank Larsen*
La Roche                                  Peter Rose

(March 28, April 1, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23 mat)

CARMEN                             
Composer                                Georges Bizet
Libretto                                     Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Conductor                                 Edward Gardner*
Production                                Richard Eyre
Set and Costume Designer     Rob Howell
Lighting Designer                      Peter Mumford
Choreographer                          Christopher Wheeldon

Micaëla                                     Nicole Cabell/Hei-Kyung Hong/Genia Kühmeier
Carmen                                    Elīna Garanča/Viktoria Vizin/Kate Aldrich
Don José                                 Brandon Jovanovich/Roberto Alagna
Escamillo                                 John Relyea/Paulo Szot

(November 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 27 mat, 30, December 4, 9, January 5, 8, 13)

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN                  
Composer                                 Jacques Offenbach
Libretto                                     Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Conductor                                 Patrick Fournillier*
Production                                Bartlett Sher
Set Designer                            Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer                   Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer                     James F. Ingalls
Choreographer                         Dou Dou Huang

Olympia                                    Anna Christy/Elena Mosuc*
Antonia                                     Hibla Gerzmava*
Giulietta                                    Enkelejda Shkosa*
Nicklausse/The Muse              Kate Lindsey
Hoffmann                                 Giuseppe Filianoti
Four Villains                             Ildar Abdrazakov

(September 28, October 2 mat, 6, 9, 12, 16 mat, 19)

COSÌ FAN TUTTE                           
Composer                                Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto                                     Lorenzo da Ponte

Conductor                                 William Christie*
Production                                 Lesley Koenig
Set and Costume Designer     Michael Yeargan                                  
Lighting Designer                      Duane Schuler

Fiordiligi                                    Miah Persson
Dorabella                                  Isabel Leonard
Despina                                    Danielle de Niese
Ferrando                                   Pavol Breslik
Guglielmo                                 Nathan Gunn
Don Alfonso                             Wolfgang Holzmair*

(November 9, 13, 17, 20 mat, 23, 27, December 2)

DON PASQUALE                            
Composer                                 Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto                                     Giovanni Ruffini

Conductor                                 James Levine/Joseph Colaneri
Production                                Otto Schenk
Set and Costume Designer     Rolf Langenfass                                   
Lighting Designer                     Duane Schuler

Norina                                       Anna Netrebko
Ernesto                                     Matthew Polenzani/Barry Banks
Dr. Malatesta                            Mariusz Kwiecien
Don Pasquale                          John Del Carlo

(October 29, November 2, 6 mat, 10, 13 mat, 18, February 4, 8, 11, 14, 19 mat)

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST         
Composer                                Giacomo Puccini
Libretto                                     Guelfo Civinni and Carlo Zangarini

Conductor                                 Nicola Luisotti
Production                                Giancarlo del Monaco
Set and Costume Designer     Michael Scott                           
Lighting Designer                     Gil Wechsler

Minnie                                        Deborah Voigt/Elisabete Matos*
Dick Johnson                            Marcello Giordani/Carl Tanner
Jack Rance                               Lucio Gallo

(December 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 27, 30, January 3, 8 mat)

IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE             
Composer                                 Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto                                     Nicolas-François Guillard
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera

Conductor                                  Patrick Summers
Production                                 Stephen Wadsworth
Set Designer                             Thomas Lynch
Costume Designer                    Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Designer                      Neil Peter Jampolis

Iphigénie                                  Susan Graham
Oreste                                      Plácido Domingo
Pylade                                      Paul Groves
Thoas                                       Gordon Hawkins

(February 12, 16, 21, 26 mat, March 2, 5)

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR                     
Composer                                Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto                                     Salvadore Cammarano

Conductor                                  Patrick Summers
Production                                 Mary Zimmerman        
Set Designer                             Daniel Ostling
Costume Designer                    Mara Blumenfeld
Lighting Designer                      T.J. Gerckens
Choreographer                          Daniel Pelzig    

Lucia                                        Natalie Dessay
Edgardo                                   Joseph Calleja
Enrico                                       Ludovic Tézier/Stephen Gaertner
Raimondo                                Kwangchul Youn

(February 24, 28, March 4, 8, 12, 16, 19 mat)

THE MAGIC FLUTE
Composer                                Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto                                     Emanuel Schikaneder

Conductor                                 Erik Nielsen*
Production                                Julie Taymor
Set Designer                            George Tsypin
Costume Designer                   Julie Taymor
Lighting Designer                     Donald Holder
Puppet Designers                    Julie Taymor and Michael Curry
Choreographer                         Mark Dendy
English Adaptation                   JD McClatchy  

Pamina                                     Susanna Phillips/Ying Huang
Queen of the Night                  Erika Miklósa/Audrey Elizabeth Luna*
Tamino                                     Russell Thomas/Bruce Sledge
Papageno                                 Nathan Gunn/John Moore         
Sarastro                                    Morris Robinson

(December 21 mat, 24, 28 mat, 29 mat, 30 mat, January 1, 3 mat, 6)

ORFEO ED EURIDICE                  
Composer                                Christoph Willibald Gluck
Libretto                                     Ranieri de’ Calzabigi

Conductor                                 Antony Walker*
Production                                Mark Morris    
Set Designer                            Allen Moyer
Costume Designer                   Isaac Mizrahi
Lighting Designer                     James F. Ingalls
Choreographer                         Mark Morris    

Euridice                                    Kate Royal*
Amor                                        Lisette Oropesa
Orfeo                                       David Daniels

(April 29, May 4, 7, 11, 14)

PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE                       
Composer                                Claude Debussy
Libretto                                     Maurice Maeterlinck

Conductor                                  Simon Rattle*
Production                                 Jonathan Miller 
Set Designer                             John Conklin
Costume Designer                    Clare Mitchell
Lighting Designer                      Duane Schuler

Mélisande                                 Magdalena Kožená
Geneviève                                Felicity Palmer
Pelléas                                     Stéphane Degout
Golaud                                     Gerald Finley
Arkel                                         Willard White   

(December 17, 20, 23, 29, January 1 mat)

THE QUEEN OF SPADES              
Composer                                Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto                                     Modest Tchaikovsky

Conductor                                 Andris Nelsons
Production                                Elijah Moshinsky          
Set and Costume Designer     Mark Thompson                         
Lighting Designer                     Paul Pyant
Choreographer                         John Meehan

Lisa                                           Karita Mattila
Pauline                                     Tamara Mumford
The Countess                          Dolora Zajick
Ghermann                                Vladimir Galouzine
Tomsky                                    Alexej Markov
Yeletsky                                   Peter Mattei

(March 11, 15, 18, 21, 26 mat)

RIGOLETTO                                    
Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                      Francesco Maria Piave

Conductor                                  Paolo Arrivabeni*/Fabio Luisi
Production                                 Otto Schenk     
Set and Costume Designer      Zack Brown                 
Lighting Designer                      Gil Wechsler

Gilda                                         Christine Schäfer/Nino Machaidze*/Diana Damrau
Maddalena                                Nino Surguladze*/Kirstin Chávez/Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Duke of Mantua                        Francesco Meli*/Joseph Calleja/Giuseppe Filianoti
Rigoletto                                   Lado Ataneli/George Gagnidze/Giovanni Meoni/Željko Lučić
Sparafucile                               Andrea Silvestrelli*/Stefan Kocán

(September 29, October 2, 5, 8, 14, January 11, 15, 18, 22 mat, 27, April 26, 30, May 3, 6, 12)

ROMÉO ET JULIETTE                  
Composer                                 Charles Gounod
Libretto                                      Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Conductor                                  Plácido Domingo
Production                                 Guy Joosten     
Set Designer                             Johannes Leiacker
Costume Designer                    Jorge Jara
Lighting Designer                      David Cunningham
Choreographer                          Sean Curran

Juliette                                       Angela Gheorghiu
Stéfano                                      Julie Boulianne
Roméo                                      Piotr Beczała
Mercutio                                     Lucas Meachem
Frère Laurent                            James Morris

(March 3, 7, 10, 14, 19, 22, 26)

SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Composer                                Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                     Francesco Maria Piave and Arrigo Boito

Conductor                                  James Levine
Production                                 Giancarlo del Monaco
Set and Costume Designer      Michael Scott
Lighting Designer                      Wayne Chouinard

Amelia                                        Barbara Frittoli
Gabriele Adorno                        Ramón Vargas
Simon Boccanegra                    Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Jacopo Fiesco                           Ferruccio Furlanetto

(January 20, 24, 28, February 1, 5 mat)

TOSCA                                  
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

Composer                                  Giacomo Puccini
Libretto                                       Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa 

Conductor                                  Marco Armiliato
Production                                 Luc Bondy
Set Designer                             Richard Peduzzi
Costume Designer                    Milena Canonero
Lighting Designer                      Max Keller

Tosca                                        Sondra Radvanovsky/Violeta Urmana
Cavaradossi                              Marcelo Álvarez/Salvatore Licitra
Scarpia                                      Falk Struckmann/James Morris
Sacristan                                   Paul Plishka

(January 10, 14, 17, 21, 25, 29 mat, March 25, 31, April 4, 8, 12, 16)

IL TROVATORE                 
A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera

Composer                                Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                     Salvadore Cammarano

Conductor                                  Marco Armiliato
Production                                 David McVicar
Set Designer                             Charles Edwards
Costume Designer                   Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer                     Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer                         Leah Hausman               

Leonora                                    Patricia Racette/Julianna Di Giacomo/Sondra Radvanovsky
Azucena                                   Marianne Cornetti/Dolora Zajick
Manrico                                    Marcelo Álvarez
Count di Luna                          Željko Lučić/Vitaliy Bilyy/Dmitri Hvorostovsky

(October 26, 30, November 3, 6, 11, 15, 19, April 20, 23, 27, 30 mat)

WOZZECK                            
Composer                                 Alban Berg
Libretto                                      Alban Berg

Conductor                                 James Levine
Production                                Mark Lamos
Set and Costume Designer     Robert Israel
Lighting Designer                     James F. Ingalls

Marie                                         Waltraud Meier
The Drum-Major                       Stuart Skelton*
The Captain                              Gerhard Siegel
Wozzeck                                   Matthias Goerne
Doctor                                       Walter Fink

(April 6, 9, 13, 16 mat)

Casting as of February 22, 2010