If you haven't already checked, here's the new season of Met simulcasts.
Oct. 11 -- Verdi's Macbeth
, with Anna Netrebko and eljko Lucic. This is the Adrian Noble production from five or six years ago that I liked so much, with its chorus of slatternly witches that I still think about now and then plus the best sleepwalking scene I've ever seen.
Oct. 18 -- Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
, with Ildar Abdrazakov
Nov. 1 -- Bizet's Carmen
, with Anita Rachvelishvili
Nov. 22 -- Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia
, with Isabel Leonard and Christopher Maltman
Dec. 13 -- Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
, with Johan Reuter and a whole lot of other people
Jan. 17 -- Lehár's The Merry Widow
, with Renée Fleming
Jan. 31 -- Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann
, with Vittorio Grigolo
Feb. 14 -- Double Bill: Tchaikovsky's Iolanta
with Anna Netrebko, and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle
with Nadja Michael and Mikhail Petrenko
Mar. 14 -- Rossini's La Donna del Lago
, with Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez (Met premiere)
Apr. 25 -- Double Bill: Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana
with Marcelo Alvarez and Eva Maria Westbroek and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci
with Alvarez again and Patricia RacetteCav
for dessert, how nice.
From what I can gather, Cav
will have a traditional production, but Pag
will be set at a 1948 truck stop in the same village, and the players are a roaming vaudeville troupe. Vaudeville? There was no more vaudeville in 1948; it was long dead.
The other double bill strikes me as rather strange -- Tchaikovsky and Bartok? What a clash of musical styles. Can't wait to see it.