The Metropolitan Opera's 2019-20 Season to Open with New Production of Porgy and Bess, Will Feature New Stagings of Fliegende Holländer, Wozzeck, Agrippina and Akhnaten
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20 February 2019

The Metropolitan Opera's 2019-20 Season to Open with New Production of Porgy and Bess; Will Feature New Stagings of Fliegende Holländer, Wozzeck, Agrippina and Akhnaten  

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Eric Owens as Porgy and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Photo: Paola Kudacki/Met Opera

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA will open its 2019-20 season on September 23 with a new production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and will go on to present new stagings of Der Fliegende Holländer and Wozzeck, as well as the company premieres of Handel’s Agrippina and Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, the Met announced today.

In addition to its new productions, the company will present revivals of twenty repertory works, including the company's stagings of Manon, Macbeth, Turandot, Madama Butterfly, Orfeo ed Euridice, La Bohème, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Queen of Spades, Der Rosenkavalier, the Met's holiday presentation of its abridged Magic Flute, La Traviata, La Damnation de FaustCosì fan TutteLa Cenerentola, Werther, ToscaSimon Boccanegra, Maria Stuarda, Manon Lescaut and Káťa Kabanová.  

The Met’s season-opening Porgy and Bess—a co-production with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera—will be directed by James Robinson and will star Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles. Performances of the Gershwins' opera, which has not been presented by the company since 1990, will be conducted by David Robertson. The cast also includes Ryan Speedo Green’s Jake, Golda Schultz and Janai Brugger sharing the role of Clara, Latonia Moore’s Serena, Frederick Ballentine as Sportin’ Life, Alfred Walker as Crown and Denyce Graves as Maria. 

Philip Glass’s Akhnaten will receive its Met premiere on November 8 in Phelim McDermott’s Olivier Award-winning production. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo will take on the title role, and J’Nai Bridges will sing the role of Nefertiti. Karen Kamensek makes her Met debut conducting the performances. 

Met music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will take the podium on December 27 for the premiere of William Kentridge’s production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. Kentridge’s staging, which was first seen at the 2017 Salzburg Festival, will feature baritone Peter Mattei in his role debut as Wozzeck, opposite Elza van den Heever’s Marie; Christopher Ventris sings the Drum-Major, Gerhard Siegel is the Captain and Christian Van Horn sings the role of the Doctor. The staging, which features co-direction by Luc De Wit, is a coproduction with the Met, the Salzburg Festival, Canadian Opera Company and Opera Australia. 

Handel’s Agrippina will make its first appearance on the Met’s stage on February 6, in a reconception of David McVicar’s production, which was first seen at Monnaie in Brussels in 2000. The performances will be conducted by Harry Bicket and will feature Joyce DiDonato in the title role, Brenda Rae as Poppea, Kate Lindsey as Nerone, Iestyn Davies as Ottone and Matthew Rose as Claudius.  

François Girard, who directed the Met’s current production of Parsifal, returns to the company on March 14 for its new staging of Der Fliegende Holländer. Valery Gergiev will conduct the performances of Wagner’s opera, which will feature Bryn Terfel's Dutchman and Anja Kampe as Senta. Franz-Josef Selig will sing the role of Daland, Sergey Skorokhodov is Erik and David Portillo will sing the Steersman.  

The company’s revival of Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon opens on September 24 and will feature Lisette Oropesa in the title role, alongside Michael Fabiano’s Chevalier des Grieux. Maurizio Benini conducts the performances. 

A revival of Adrian Noble’s staging of Verdi’s Macbeth opens on September 25 and will feature Anna Netrebko’s Lady Macbeth alongside Plácido Domingo's King of Scotland. Željko Lučić will later take on the title role. Conducted by Marco Armiliato, the performances will also feature Matthew Polenzani’s Macduff and Ildar Abdrazakov as Banquo.  

Franco Zeffirelli’s staging of Turandot returns to the Met stage on October 3 in performances that will feature Christine Goerke in the title role and Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Roberto Aronica sings Calàf, Eleonora Buratto sings Liù, and James Morris is Timur during fall performances. The opera returns to the stage in the spring, and will feature Nina Stemme as Puccini’s ice princess alongside Marco Berti as Calàf, Hibla Gerzmava as Liù and Nicolas Testé as Timur. Carlo Rizzi conducts the spring performances. 

Next season's performances of Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly will feature both Hui He and Ana María Martínez in title role. In October, when He sings Cio-Cio-San, Piero Pretti will make his Met debut as Pinkerton, while Paulo Szot sings Sharpless and Elizabeth DeShong sings Suzuki. Spring performances will feature Martínez’s Butterfly alongside Andrea Carè, who makes his Met debut as Pinkerton. Plácido Domingo will add another role to his repertoire when he sings Sharpless during those performances, which will also feature Maria Zifchak’s Suzuki. Pier Giorgio Morandi will conduct all performances of Puccini’s opera. 

Mark Morris’s production of Orfeo ed Euridice returns to Met in performances beginning on October 20. Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, the revival of Gluck's opera will feature Jamie Barton as Orfeo, Hei-Kyung Hong as Euridice and Hera Hyesang Park as Amore. 

The Met will present three runs of La Bohème over the course of the season. Matthew Polenzani, Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja will sing performances as Rodolfo, while Ailyn Pérez and Maria Agresta share the role of Mimì. David Bizic, Artur Ruciński, and Carlos Álvarez will share  the role of Marcello and Musetta will be sung by Olga Kulchynska, Susanna Phillips, and Jennifer Rowley. On the podium, Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume will pace performances of the opera. 

Richard Eyre’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, first seen at the Met in 2014, returns with two casts. On November 16, Luca Pisaroni sings Figaro to Nadine Sierra’s Susanna; Adam Plachetka sings Almaviva and Susanna Phillips will sing the Countess. Subsequent performances will feature Plachetka as Figaro to Hanna-Elisabeth Müller’s Susanna, Mariusz Kwiecien’s Almaviva and Anita Hartig as the Countess. Gaëlle Arquez and Marianne Crebassa will both make their company debuts in the role of Cherubino. The performances will be paced by Antonello Manacorda and Cornelius Meister. 

Conductor Vasily Petrenko will lead performances of the company’s revival of Elijah Moshinsky’s staging of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades. Aleksandrs Antonenko sings the role of Hermann to Lise Davidsen’s Lise. Igor Golovatenko makes his Met debut as Prince Yeletsky and Larissa Diadkova sings the role of the Countess. 

Simon Rattle returns to the Met in December to lead performances of Robert Carsen’s staging of Der Rosenkavalier. Camilla Nylund will sing the Marschallin and Magdalena Kožená will sing the role of Octavian; Golda Schultz is Sophie and Günther Groissböck returns to the role of Ochs alongside Matthew Polenzani’s Italian Singer. 

The Met’s abridged English-language adaptation of The Magic Flute takes the stage in December in performances that will be conducted by Lothar Koenigs. Joélle Harvey will make her company debut as Pamina, David Portillo will sing Tamino, Kathryn Lewek sings the Queen of the Night, Joshua Hopkins is Papageno and Morris Robinson and Soloman Howard will share the role of Sarastro.  

Two casts will perform in a revival of the company’s new production of La Traviata. Performances of Verdi’s opera begin in January, and will feature Aleksandra Kurzak as Violetta opposite Dmytro Popov as Alfredo; Quinn Kelsey returns to the role of Germont and Karel Mark Chichon paces the performances. Subsequent performances, which will take place under the baton of Bertrand de Billy, will feature Lisette Oropesa, Vittorio Grigolo and Luca Salsi.  

Robert Lepage’s production of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust returns to the Met stage on January 25. Edward Gardner will conduct performances featuring Bryan Hymel in the title role, Elīna Garanča’s Marguerite and the Méphistophélès of Ildar Abdrazakov

In February, the Met will revive Phelim McDermott’s production of Così fan Tutte, which will be conducted by Harry Bicket. Serena Malfi sings Dorabella to Ben Bliss’s Ferrando, while Luca Pisaroni’s Guglielmo will sing opposite Nicole Car’s Fiordiligi; Gerald Finley takes on the role of Don Alfonso and Heidi Stober sings Despina. 

Mezzo Tara Erraught will make her company debut as Angelina in a revival of Cessare Lievi’s production of La Cenerentola. Conducted by James Gaffigan, the performances also feature Javier Camarena as Don Ramiro, Davide Luciano as Dandini, Maurizio Muraro as Don Magnifico and Christian Van Horn as Alidoro. 

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct March 2020 performances of Massenet’s Werther that will feature Piotr Beczała in the title role alongside Joyce DiDonato's Charlotte. Richard Eyre’s production will also feature Étienne Dupuis as Albert, Aida Garifullina as Sophie and Alan Opie as the Bailiff. 

Anna Netrebko will reprise the role of Tosca in a revival of David McVicar’s production of Puccini’s opera in March. The performances will feature Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Brian Jagde sharing the role of Cavaradossi, and George Gagnidze will sing the role of Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy will conduct the performances. 

In April, the Met will revive Giancarlo del Monaco’s staging of Simon Boccanegra under the baton of Carlo Rizzi. Carlos Álvarez will take on the opera’s title role, with Ailyn Pérez as Amelia and Joseph Calleja as Gabriele Adorno; Elchin Azizov sings the role of Paolo and Dmitry Belosselskiy will sing Fiesco. 

Diana Damrau takes on the title role of Donzietti’s Maria Stuarda for performances in April. David McVicar production, which will be led under the baton of Maurizio Benini, will also feature Jamie Barton as Queen Elizabeth I, Stephen Costello as Leicester, Andrzej Filończyk as Cecil and as Michele Pertusi as Talbot.

Sonya Yoncheva will sing Manon Lescaut in April performances of Puccini’s opera. The revival of Richard Eyre’s staging will feature Marcelo Álvarez as the Chevalier des Grieux, Elchin Azizov as Lescaut and Brindley Sherratt as Geronte. Richard Farnes paces the four performances. 

A revival of Jonathan Miller’s staging of Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová will be the final production of the Met’s season when it opens on May 2. Lothar Koenigs will conduct Susanna Phillips in the title role, with Stefan Margita as Tichon and Dolora Zajick as Kabanicha; John Tomlinson sings the role of Dikoi and Pavel Černoch sings Boris. 

On New Year’s Eve, the Met will present a Gala featuring Anna Netrebko in fully staged acts from three different Puccini operas. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be on the podium when Netrebko sings Mimì, Tosca and Turandot. The soprano will appear in Act I of La Bohème to Matthew Polenzani’s Rodolfo and Quinn Kelsey’s Marcello; she'll then sing Act I of Tosca opposite Yusif Eyvazov as Cavaradossi and Evgeny Nikitin’s Scarpia; then Netrebko will sing Act II of Turandot with Eyvazov as Calàf. 

In March, the company will present Diana Damrau in a solo recital on the Met stage, alongside Antonio Pappano as her accompanist. They will collaborate on a program on a program featuring works by Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, Strauss, and Berg. 

In addition, the company will present the Met Orchestra in three concerts at Carnegie Hall. A May 15 concert, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, will feature Christian Tetzlaff performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor and Stravinsky’s The Firebird. A June 12 concert with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium will feature Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 in F Major and his Violin Concerto in D Major, featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, as well as Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major. On June 16, Nézet-Séguin will pace the orchestra and Elza van den Heever in performances of Jörg Widmann’s Lied, and Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Ein Heldenleben

The Met’s 2019-20 Live in HD transmissions begin on October 12 with a broadcast of Turandot. Additional presentations will include transmissions of Manon (October 26), Madama Butterfly (November 9), Akhnaten (November 23), Wozzeck (January 11), Porgy and Bess (February 1), Agrippina (February 29), Der Fliegende Holländer (March 14), Tosca (April 11) and Maria Stuarda (May 9). spacer 

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