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2017–18 SEASON SUBSCRIPTION BROCHURE online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 1 2/9/17 10:39 AM WELCOME Dear opera lovers, We’ve just announced our 2017–18 Our new Così fan tutte takes a decid- season, and I think you will agree that edly different tack, moving the action it is full of musical and theatrical promise. of Mozart’s tour-de-force fantasy to the Once again, many of the world’s great- witty setting of a Coney Island amuse- est singers, conductors, stage directors, ment park in the 1950s. And in the and designers will join forces with the spring, we’ll present Massenet’s own Met’s renowned orchestra and chorus Cinderella story, Cendrillon, for the first for a new season with aspirations of time ever at the Met, in a new produc- extraordinary artistry, featuring a total tion starring Joyce DiDonato. of 25 productions—both new and tried Alongside these intriguing new and true. presentations, we’ll offer a full slate of The season opens with a new produc- revivals, including the widely praised tion of Norma, starring Sondra Radva- recent productions of Strauss’s Elektra, novsky, only the third time Bellini’s starring Christine Goerke, and Wagner’s masterpiece has been seen on Opening Parsifal—both conducted by Met Music Night in the 134-year history of the Met. Director Designate Yannick Nézet- From the realm of bel canto we move into Séguin. We will also present a special the world of contemporary opera with series of concert performances of the U.S. premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Verdi’s Requiem led by Met Music Direc- Exterminating Angel, a Met co-commis- tor Emeritus James Levine. sion that was rapturously received at its Throughout the new season, you’ll world premiere in Salzburg last summer. have plenty of opportunity to hear your New Year’s Eve sees the opening of favorite stars, from Anna Netrebko to a new production of Puccini’s Tosca with Jonas Kaufmann to Plácido Domingo. two all-star casts. Set in Rome in the In short, we’re hoping to meet all of your Napoleonic Era, director David McVicar’s operatic expectations from next Septem- stunning staging should appeal to ber to May. Thanks for supporting the anyone seeking both high drama and Met. I look forward to seeing you here. scenic splendor on our stage. Peter Gelb General Manager On the cover: Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma, photographed by Paola Kudacki online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 2 2/9/17 10:39 AM 2017–18 SEASON NORMA BELLINI ADÈS THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL NEW PRODUCTIONS PUCCINI TOSCA MOZART COSÌ FAN TUTTE MASSENET CENDRILLON OFFENBACH LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE MOZART LA BOHÈME PUCCINI TURANDOT PUCCINI MADAMA BUTTERFLY PUCCINI THAÏS MASSENET REQUIEM VERDI THE MAGIC FLUTE MOZART MOZARTLE NOZZE DI FIGARO THE MERRY WIDOW LEHÁR HUMPERDINCKHANSEL AND GRETEL MASCAGNI CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI LEONCAVALLO L’ELISIR D’AMORE DONIZETTI IL TROVATORE VERDI PARSIFAL WAGNER SEMIRAMIDE ROSSINI ELEKTRA STRAUSS DONIZETTILUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR LUISA MILLER REPERTORY VERDI GOUNOD ROMÉO ET JULIETTE THANK YOU FOR SUBSCRIBING As we look forward to a new season of incomparable artistry, we’d like to thank our Subscribers for their extraordi- nary support of the Met. 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Shop icon. online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 3 2/9/17 10:39 AM Sondra Radvanovsky as Norma, photographed by Paola Kudacki online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 4 2/9/17 10:39 AM VINCENZO BEL LIN I NORMA new production / opening night gala sep 25, 28 oct 3, 7mat, 11, 16, 20 dec 1, 5, 8, 11, 16mat SU BSCRIBE “Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add LEARN MORE her name to the list,” declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid April 4, 1970 Bonynge; Sutherland, Horne, priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for Bergonzi, Siepi bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful husband, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. Production a gift of Veronica Atkins Watch an interview with director Sir David McVicar and Sondra Radvanovsky online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 6 2/9/17 10:39 AM JACQUES OFFEN B AC H LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN sep 26, 30mat, oct 4, 7eve, 13, 18, 21mat, 24, 28mat SU BSCRIBE Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of the tortured poet in Offenbach’s LEARN MORE glittering treatment of the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann. Bartlett Sher’s production provides a vibrant backdrop for this operatic journey through the hero’s many love affairs. Johannes Debus conducts. January 31, 2015 Abel; Morley, Gerzmava, Rice, Grigolo, Hampson Erin Morley performs Olympia’s Act I aria Vittorio Grigolo and company perform the Act III Septet WOL FGA N G A M A DEUS M OZA RT DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE sep 27, 30eve oct 5, 10, 14mat SU BSCRIBE Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version LEARN MORE of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Excerpt from “Der Hölle Rache” (3:08) Kathryn Lewek; Adam Fischer, conductor November 3, 2014 Matinee Broadcast March 4, 1967 Krips; Raskin, Peters, Shirley, Uppman, Macurdy GIACOM O PUCC IN I TURANDOT oct 12, 17, 21eve, 25, 28eve, 31 nov 4mat, 8, 11eve, 16, mar 21, 24mat, 28, 31eve apr 5 SU BSCRIBE Puccini’s grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina LEARN MORE Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Marcelo Álvarez as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished January 30, 2016 Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato. Carignani; Stemme, Hartig, Berti, Tsymbalyuk Watch a trailer from the 2015–16 season online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 10 2/9/17 10:39 AM GIACOM O PUCC IN I LA BOHÈME oct 2, 6, 9, 14eve, 19, 23, 27 nov 1, 4eve feb 16, 21, 24mat mar 2, 7, 10eve SU BSCRIBE The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, LEARN MORE with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and April 5, 2014 Ranzani; Opolais, Phillips, Grigolo, Marco Armiliato share conducting duties. Cavalletti, Gradus Vittorio Grigolo performs the Act I aria “Che gelida manina” Watch the Act II finale from the 2008 Live in HD transmission T A scene from The Exterminating Angel at its Salzburg premiere online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 12 2/9/17 10:39 AM T HO MA S A DÈS / LIB RETTO B Y TOM CA IRN S THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL metropolitan opera premiere  oct 26, 30 nov 3, 7, 10, 14, 18mat, 21 SU BSCRIBE Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met LEARN MORE presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera. A co-commission and co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Danish Theatre, and Salzburg Festival Music by Thomas Adès, libretto by Tom Cairns in collaboration with the composer, based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza Production a gift of Robert L. Turner Additional funding from The H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. and Oscar Tang Endowment Fund GIACOM O PUCC IN I MADAMA BUTTERFLY nov 2, 6, 9,13, 17, 20 feb 22, 26 mar 3mat, 8, 13, 16 SU BSCRIBE Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s heartbreaking opera, LEARN MORE an instant Met classic since its 2006 premiere, returns with Hui He and Ermon- ela Jaho in the tragic title role of the trusting geisha. Roberto Aronica and Luis Chapa alternate as her callous American lover, Pinkerton, and Jader April 2, 2016 Bignamini and Marco Armiliato conduct. Chichon; Opolais, Zifchak, Alagna, Croft Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, and the Lithuanian National Opera Watch the trailer J ULES M A SSEN ET THAÏS nov 11mat, 15, 18eve, 22, 25eve, 28 dec 2eve SU BSCRIBE Ailyn Pérez is the alluring courtesan and Gerald Finley is the holy man who LEARN MORE tries to resist her powers of seduction in Massenet’s tale of sensuality versus spirituality. Emmanuel Villaume conducts. December 20, 2008 López-Cobos; Fleming, Schade, Hampson Watch a clip of Met concertmaster David Chan playing the Méditation from the 2008 Live in HD transmission Frontispiece for the 1874 edition of the Verdi Requiem online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 2 2/9/17 10:39 AM GIUSEPPE VERDI REQUIEM nov 24, 27, 29 dec 2mat SU BSCRIBE For the first time since 2008, James Levine conducts a special series of LEARN MORE concerts of Verdi’s great mass, written in memory of Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni. The company has assembled a quartet of extraordinary soloists to join the incomparable Met Orchestra and Chorus: Krassimira Stoyanova, Excerpt from “Dies Irae” (1:44) Metropolitan Opera Chorus; Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto. James Levine, conductor September 18, 2008 Broadcast Verdi Requiem Concert Series a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Crawford February 20, 1982 Levine; Price, Quivar, Domingo, Cheek WOL FGA N G A M A DEUS M OZA RT THE MAGIC FLUTE holiday presentation  nov 25mat, 30 dec 4, 7, 9mat SU BSCRIBE The Met’s English-language family version of Mozart’s enchanting masterpiece LEARN MORE has become one of the city’s essential holiday traditions. Edo de Waart con- ducts Julie Taymor’s spellbinding production, with special holiday pricing and a 100-minute running time. Nathan Gunn reprises his much-loved por- December 30, 2006 trayal of the bird-catcher Papageno. Levine; Huang, Miklósa, Polenzani, Pape, Gunn Watch the trailer FRA N Z LEHÁ R THE MERRY WIDOW dec 14, 16eve, 20, 23eve, 27, 30mat jan 2, 5, 11 SU BSCRIBE Susan Graham sings the title role of the fabulous woman of the world LEARN MORE who sets out to conquer glamorous old Paris and get the one thing that has eluded her—a commitment from her playboy first love. Lehár’s delightful score of lush waltzes and beautiful ballads will sparkle with a supporting cast of Excerpt from “Vilja’s Song” (6:29) Andriana Chuchman, Paul Groves, and the inimitable Thomas Allen. Ward Susan Graham, Metropolitan Stare conducts. Opera Chorus; Fabio Luisi, conductor April 27, 2015 Matinee Broadcast January 17, 2015 Davis; Fleming, O’Hara, Shrader, Gunn, Allen Kelli O’Hara and ensemble perform the Grisettes’ Song from Act III in 2015 online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 4 2/9/17 10:39 AM WOL FGA N G A M A DEUS M OZA RT LE NOZZE DI FIGARO dec 6, 9eve, 12, 15, 19, 23mat, 29 jan 4, 10, 13eve, 19 SU BSCRIBE An exceptional ensemble of performers—including Sonya Yoncheva, Nadine LEARN MORE Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov— share the stage in Mozart’s comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household. Acclaimed Mozartean maestro October 18, 2014 Levine; Majeski, Petersen, Leonard, Harry Bicket conducts Richard Eyre’s high-spirited production. Mattei, Abdrazakov Isabel Leonard sings Cherubino’s Act I aria “Non so più” in Richard Eyre’s production from the 2014-15 season Watch the trailer online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 6 2/9/17 10:39 AM E N GELB ERT HUM PERDIN C K HANSEL AND GRETEL holiday presentation  dec 18, 22, 26, 28mat, 30eve jan 1, 6mat SU BSCRIBE A Met English-language holiday presentation, Richard Jones’s clever LEARN MORE production of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera is based on the Brothers Grimm story. Donald Runnicles conducts the sweeping score and a delightful cast, including the legendary Dolora Zajick as the wayward siblings’ mother. Tara January 1, 2008 Jurowski; Coote, Schäfer, Erraught and Ingeborg Gillebo share the role of Hansel, and Lisette Oropesa Plowright, Held, Langridge and Maureen McKay share the role of Gretel. Originally created for Welsh National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago Watch a clip of the Pantomime Robert Brubaker performs the “Witch’s Ride” A set model for Act Ⅲ online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 8 2/9/17 10:39 AM GIACOM O PUCC IN I TOSCA new production / new year’s eve gala  dec 31 jan 3, 6eve, 9, 12, 15, 18, 23, 27mat apr 21eve, 26, 30 may 4, 8, 12eve SUBSCRIBE Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s set and costumes of the Napoleonic LEARN MORE era, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Kristine Opolais and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Excerpt from “Te Deum” (4:39) Bryn Terfel, Metropolitan Opera Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, Chorus; Fabio Luisi, conductor with Bryn Terfel, Michael Volle, and George Gagnidze as the depraved police April 24, 2010 Matinee Broadcast chief Scarpia. Andris Nelsons conducts. November 9, 2013 Frizza; Racette, Alagna, Gagnidze Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr; The Paiko Foundation; and Elena Prokupets Major funding from Rolex Watch an interview with director Sir David McVicar online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 10 2/9/17 10:39 AM P IE T R O M A SCAGN I/RUGGERO LEON CAVA LLO CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/PAGLIACCI jan 8, 13mat, 17, 20mat, 25, 29 feb 1 SU BSCRIBE Roberto Alagna takes on the leading tenor roles in both parts of opera’s LEARN MORE most popular double bill. In Cavalleria Rusticana, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Eva-Maria Westbroek share the role of the woebegone Santuzza, with Alek- sandra Kurzak as the hot-blooded Nedda in Pagliacci. Nicola Luisotti conducts April 25, 2015 Luisi; Westbroek, Álvarez, Gagnidze/ Sir David McVicar’s production, which heightens the melodramatic action of Racette, Álvarez, Gagnidze this timeless verismo pairing. Roberto Alagna performs Canio’s aria “Vesti la giubba” from Act I of Pagliacci Eva-Maria Westbroek performs the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana GA ETA N O DON IZETTI L’ELISIR D’AMORE jan 16, 20eve, 24, 27eve, 31 feb 3eve, 7, 10mat, 14, 17eve SU BSCRIBE Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met with her first Adina opposite LEARN MORE Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. October 13, 2012 Domingo Hindoyan conducts. Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Maestri Matthew Polenzani sings “Una furtiva lagrima” GIUSEPPE VERDI IL TROVATORE jan 22, 26, 30 feb 3mat, 6, 9, 12, 15 SU BSCRIBE James Levine conducts Verdi’s thrilling depiction of life on the edge in his LEARN MORE first performances of the work in 29 years. Sir David McVicar’s exhilarating production features Maria Agresta as the noble heroine, Leonora, Yonghoon Lee as the troubadour who loves her, Quinn Kelsey as his rival, and Anita October 3, 2015 Rachvelishvili as the Gypsy Azucena, whose bloodthirsty curse propels Armiliato; Netrebko, Zajick, Lee, the story. Hvorostovsky, Kocán Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and San Francisco Opera Association Yonghoon Lee performs “Ah si ben mio” online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 14 2/9/17 10:39 AM RIC HA RD WAGN ER PARSIFAL feb 5, 10eve, 13, 17mat, 20, 23, 27 SU BSCRIBE Met Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Wagner’s LEARN MORE transcendental score, in François Girard’s remarkable production, a mys- tical theatrical journey. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, renowned across Europe, returns to the Met following his appearances in the 2016–17 season as March 2, 2013 Gatti; Dalayman, Kaufmann, Florestan in Fidelio. Evelyn Herlitzius is Kundry, and Peter Mattei and René Mattei, Nikitin, Pape Pape bring back their highly praised interpretations of Amfortas and Gurnemanz, respectively. Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Lyon, and the Canadian Opera Company René Pape performs an excerpt from Gurnemanz’s Act I narration GIOAC HIN O ROSSIN I SEMIRAMIDE feb 19, 24eve, 28 mar 3eve, 6, 10mat, 14, 17eve SU BSCRIBE This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance— LEARN MORE its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a Excerpt from the Overture (3:12) trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, James Conlon, conductor and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. December 29, 1990 RIC HA RD STRAUSS ELEKTRA mar 1, 5, 9, 12, 17mat, 23 SU BSCRIBE Christine Goerke sings her first Elektra at the Met in Patrice Chéreau’s LEARN MORE landmark production, a sensation at its Met premiere last spring, which the Wall Street Journal called “revolutionary … a triumph on all fronts.” Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Strauss’s shattering score, a tour de force for the April 30, 2016 singers and the orchestra alike. Salonen; Stemme, Pieczonka, Meier, Ulrich, Owens Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Festival d’Aix-en- Provence; the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki; the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin; and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona Watch the trailer from the 2015–16 season A scene from CosÌ fan tutte at English National Opera online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 18 2/9/17 10:39 AM WOL FGA N G A M A DEUS M OZA RT COSÌ FAN TUTTE new production  mar 15, 20, 24eve, 27, 31mat apr 4, 7eve, 10, 13, 16, 19 SU BSCRIBE A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s LEARN MORE comedy about the sexes, set in Coney Island in the 1950s—complete with bearded ladies, fire-eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony April 24, 2014 Levine; Phillips, Leonard, de Niese, Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Polenzani, Pogossov, Muraro and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts. Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera In collaboration with Improbable Production a gift of Mr. William R. Miller, in memory of Irene D. Miller, and the Trust of Joseph Padula Additional funding from The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Endowment Fund Watch an interview with director Phelim McDermott GA ETA N O DON IZETTI LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR mar 22, 26, 30 apr 3, 7mat, 11, 14eve, 25, 28eve, may 2, 5eve, 10 SU BSCRIBE The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness LEARN MORE is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko and Pretty Yende, who have each impressed audiences with dazzling bel canto portrayals at the Met. Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano share the role of her lover in this Excerpt from Sextet (3:49) chilling production by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Matthew Plenk, Ludovic Tézier, Roberto Abbado conducts. Joseph Calleja, Kwangchul Youn, Natalie Dessay, Theodora Hanslowe, Metropolitan Opera Chorus; Patrick Summers, conductor March 19, 2011 HD Broadcast March 19, 2011 Summers; Dessay, Calleja, Tézier, Youn GIUSEPPE VERDI LUISA MILLER mar 29 apr 2, 6, 9, 14mat, 18, 21mat SU BSCRIBE James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their LEARN MORE legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in Excerpt from “Quando le more than ten years. sere placido” (3:34) Luciano Pavarotti; Nello Santi, conductor March 2, 1991 Matinee Broadcast January 20, 1979 Levine; Scotto, Domingo, Milnes, Giaiotti, Morris Joyce DiDonato in Cendrillon at the Santa Fe Opera online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 22 2/9/17 10:39 AM J ULES M A SSEN ET CENDRILLON new production  apr 12, 17, 20, 24, 28mat may 3, 7, 11 SU BSCRIBE “Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title LEARN MORE role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production. Cendrillon is produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera. Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund Additional funding from Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard Watch Joyce DiDonato sing “Enfin je suis ici” from Act III at the Royal Opera C HA RLES GOUN OD ROMÉO ET JULIETTE apr 23, 27 may 1, 5mat, 9, 12mat SU BSCRIBE Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation LEARN MORE was a hit of the 2016–17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star-crossed young lovers. Plácido December 15, 2007 Domingo conducts. Domingo; Netrebko, Alagna, Gunn, Lloyd Watch the trailer from the 2016-17 season 2017–18 THE MET ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL James Levine leads the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall Since 1991, the brilliant Met Orchestra has been thrilling audiences in its LEARN MORE annual series at Carnegie Hall. The tradition continues this season with three concerts conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine, Gianandrea Noseda, and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. FRI, MAY 18, 2018 WED, MAY 30, 2018 TUE, JUN 5, 2018 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla Gianandrea Noseda James Levine Conductor Conductor Conductor Anita Rachvelishvili James Ehnes TBA Mezzo-Soprano Violin Soloist Debussy Mozart Program to include Prélude à l’après-midi Violin Concerto No. 5 in Brahms d’un faune A Major, K. 219 Symphony No. 4 in Mussorgsky Mahler E Minor, Op. 98 (orch. Dmitri Symphony No. 5 Charles Wuorinen Shostakovich) Eros and Nemesis Songs and Dances (World Premiere) of Death Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 26 2/9/17 10:40 AM SPECIAL EVENTS M O N , SE P 2 5 , 2 0 1 7 | 6 : 3 0p m THU, M A R 15, 2018 | 7:3 0 P M NORMA COSÌ FAN TUTTE The 2017–18 season opens with the Gala Premiere of Mozart’s sparkling comedy returns in a vivid new Sir David McVicar’s new production of Bellini’s Norma, production by Phelim McDermott, conducted by David conducted by Carlo Rizzi, with Sondra Radvanovsky Robertson. The superb ensemble features Amanda in the title role, Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, and Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Joseph Calleja as Pollione. Join us after the perfor- Plachetka, and Christopher Maltman. In addition to mance for a gala dinner with the cast. the performance, join us for cocktails and dinner on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier. opening night gala • new production premiere The Opening Night Gala is sponsored by Deutsche Bank. gala • new production premiere Additional funding by Jaguar Manhattan. For more information about this new production, click here For more information about this new production, click here S UN , D E C 3 1 , 2 0 1 7 | 6 : 3 0p m THU, A PR 12, 2018 | 8:0 0p m TOSCA CENDRILLON Ring in 2018 at the premiere of Sir David McVicar’s Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role of Massenet’s new production of Puccini’s Tosca, starring Kristine delightful Cinderella story, seen in a charming new Opolais in the title role, Vittorio Grigolo as Cavara- production by Laurent Pelly, with Alice Coote as her dossi, and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Andris Nelsons Prince Charming. Bertrand de Billy conducts. In addition conducts. Dinner, dancing, and fireworks follow the to the performance, join us for cocktails and dinner performance on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier. on the Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier. new year’s eve gala • new production premiere gala • new production premiere For more information about this new production, click here For more information about this new production, click here Photo Credits: Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera (cover, 6); John Macfarlane (5, 26, 48); Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera (8, 10, 21, 28, 31); Beatriz Schiller/Metropolitan Opera (20); Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera (11, 12, 16, 17, 22, 30, 32, 38, 39); Monika Rittershaus/Salzburg Festival (14); Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera (24); Winnie Klotz/Met Archives (34); Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera (35, 44, 46, 47); Martin Smith/English National Opera (36); Ken Howard/Santa Fe Opera (40); Brescia/ Amisano/La Scala (42); Hiroyuki Ito/Metropolitan Opera (43) A set model for the new Norma online_broch_1718_FINAL.indd 46 2/10/17 5:49 PM ORDERING YOUR SUBSCRIPTION Step 1 Pick your operas SU BSCRIBE Review the 2017–18 season lineup in this brochure and select the 6–9 operas (or more!) that interest you. 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