The new season for the Metropolitan Opera has been announced, and there are many big names involved, including Tony-winning director Susan Stroman (The Producers, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway), international stars Renee Fleming and Anna Netrebko, and music director James Levine. The schedule will comprise of 26 operas including three Met premieres, six new productions and 18 revivals.
Stroman will be making her Met debut with a new staging of Lehar’s The Merry Widow starring Fleming and opening on New Year’s Eve. Levine, who had been conducting on a reduced schedule due to health concerns, will now resume a full roster of conducting six operas. The first will be Richard Eyre’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro, set in the 1920s, which will open the Met season on Sept. 22.
“With a mix of new offering, a few repertory rarities, and solid casting of our mainstay revivals, this should prove to be a stimulating season for the company and for out audience,” said general manager Peter Gelb in a statement. “Jim’s return to a full slate of operas is the ideal icing on our cake.”
“My return to the company has been one of the most joyful experiences of my life,” said Levine, “and I’m delighted to resume a full working schedule of six operas next season for the first time in several years.”
Met premieres include John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer (opening Oct. 20), Rossini’s La Donna Del Lago (Feb. 16) and Tchaikovsky’s one-act Iolanta which will play on a double bill with Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (Jan. 26). Another double bill — Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci — will receive its first new Met production in 45 years on April 14, 2015.
The Met will continue its live HD transmissions to cinemas around with world with ten broadcasts starting with Verdi’s Macbeth on Oct. 11 with Netrebko as Lady Macbeth.