With seven debut operas and a dynamic array of classics, the Metropolitan Opera’s 2022-23 season seals the deal on its reputation as a cultural lodestar. Add an acclaimed roster of artists to its assets—performers like Roberto Alagna, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Javier Camarena, Lise Davidsen, Joyce DiDonato, Christine Goerke, Ryan Speedo Green, Matthew Polenzani, and Sonya Yoncheva—and you can be certain a phenomenal season awaits.
Medea: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera.
The electrifying opening night takes place September 27th with David McVicar’s staging of Cherubini’s rarely produced Medea. The Met premiere, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, stars soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in a fiercely haunting turn as the vengeful title character.
The Hours: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera.
Launching next is Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ The Hours, a major-buzz world premiere starring soprano Renée Fleming in her much-anticipated return to the Met, alongside soprano Kelli O’Hara and mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s writings, Michael Cunningham’s best-seller was the catalyst for the piece, directed by Phelim McDermott. Conducting is Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who will also helm Champion, composer Terence Blanchard’s groundbreaking operatic bio of boxer Emile Griffith, in April.
“Developing and conducting new opera is one of the great thrills of my role at the Met,” says Nézet-Séguin. “I can’t describe how artistically gratifying it is to collaborate with living composers, and how important it is to prioritize music of our time.”
Additionally, Nézet-Séguin will be at the podium for François Girard’s new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin in February as well as the Franco Zeffirelli production (sans scrim) of Puccini’s La Bohème, two months later.
Tosca: Ken Howard / Met Opera.
For the classics, the Met’s 2022-23 calendar doesn’t disappoint. From Bellini’s Norma to Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer, the season soars. And then there’s Puccini’s masterful drama, Tosca, which takes over the Opera House stage in October, and returns again in the spring for a second run.
The Magic Flute / Met Opera.
Showcased too are four Mozart productions: a fresh staging of Don Giovanni featuring direction by Tony-winner Ivo van Hove; the Grecian drama Idomeneo, and Die Zauberflöte, the composer’s beloved fairy tale spun through director Simon McBurney’s imagination into a visionary blend of acrobatics, sound effects, and projections. (Before Die Zauberflöte debuts in the spring, children and grown-ups will be surrendering to Julie Taymor’s fantastical holiday presentation of its English-language alter ego, The Magic Flute.)
Aida: Marty Sohl / Met Opera.
Another composer in the spotlight with multiple operas this season is Verdi, beginning in October with Michael Mayer’s wonderful La Traviata. It’s followed in November by the first revival of Bartlett Sher’s breathtaking Art Deco-designed Rigoletto, with baritone Quinn Kelsey and soprano Rosa Feola reprising their celebrated principal roles. David McVicar’s epic staging of Don Carlo, introduced last season in the first-ever French version performance, is back, this time in Italian with Russell Thomas singing the title role. In December, Aida begins its Opera House run with sopranos Latonia Moore and Michelle Bradley in the title role, mezzo-sopranos Anita Rachvelishvili and Olesya Petrova sharing the role of Amneris, and tenors Brian Jagde and Marcelo Álvarez as Radamès.
Come March, the Verdi repertoire adds comedy to the mix when Falstaff enters the picture, along with baritone Michael Volle as the farcical leading man. Other comedic works making an appearance over the course of the season are Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. On the satirical front, there’s a timely revival of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Soviet-era Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
Thanks to virtual outreach, 10 operas will be transmitted live to cinemas across the globe as part of The Met: Live in HD series.
Says Met General Manager Peter Gelb, “Our lessons learned during the two years of the pandemic are that the future of the Met, and of opera, rely upon ceaselessly breaking new and diverse artistic ground. It’s our path forward.”
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