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  • Porgy Amor: Whatever the merits of the music, that production was abysmal, possibly the worst show of the 2014-15 season. Even the... 1:34 PM
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We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb, detailed after the jump.

(Note: Updates to this post will be made in green.) Now, the 2014-2015 season is going to go off pretty much as predicted, except that Faust is not going to happen. Possibly a revival of Macbeth will take its place, though most likely without Anna Netrebko, whose Lady will not arrive in New York until… well, more on that later.

Anna’s also not going to sing Desdemona in the 2015-2016 opening night production of Otello, starring Alexsandrs Antonenko and Zeljko Lucic, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. No indication yet, as La Cieca’s waggish friend puts it, “which British Dame will direct.” The Russian diva will, however, appear in her customary two productions of the season, Il trovatore and Don Pasquale.  The Deborah Warner Messiah is not, in fact coming, replaced with a revival of Die Fledermaus, and Placido Domingo will extend his Met incumbency yet another year with a return engagement in Simon Boccanegra. UPDATE: The new production of Manon Lescaut will premiere this season, not next, and will feature Jonas Kaufmann and “another soprano” besides Netrebko.

Things are little more misty for 2016-2017, but the Dmitri Tcherniakov Rosenkavalier is a sure thing, with casting talk centering around Joyce DiDonato, Erin Morley and (speaking of “more farewells than Melba”) Renée Fleming.  That season also sees the long-awaited return of Guillaume Tell to the Met repertoire, a year earlier than originally projected, featuring Bryan Hymel/John Osborne, Angela Meade/Marina Rebeka and bass-baritone(s) TBA. Netrebko is featured in a revival of Onegin and a new repeat of the previous season’s Manon Lescaut.

With Tell out of the way, there’s room for another big Rossini in the 2017-2018 repertoire, which looks like it will be Semiramide with DiDonato in the title part. This presumably will be the year Netrebko’s Lady M arrives as well.

Between 2017 and 2019 plans are obviously very flexible. Stefan Herheim‘s Meistersinger is, as we know, on its way, but La Cieca’s source says the Met is “putting out feelers” for a new Lohengrin as well. Sometime (sooner rather than later) Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo will team for new productions of Roméo et Juliette and Les pêcheurs de perles (directed by Mary Zimmerman), and, later rather than sooner, Anna will do Norma.

As you see, cher public, there are lots of gaps in these prognostications, and you, cadet reporters all, are encouraged to snoop and then divulge your findings to your doyenne.


  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Free ticket to Verona:

  • peter says:

    Batty, I believe you and Genevieve have started a trend:

    • damekenneth says:

      And the photo does remind me of how I’ve tended to picture Genevieve. (The man, not the dog.) Certainly looks like he has a superior sensibility.

  • kashania says:

    According to La Cieca’s latest update, it looks like Netrebko will sing Manon Lescaut after all, just not the premiere. Happy day!

    • scifisci says:

      Happy day indeed! I also noticed however that Mary Zimmerman is slated to direct pearl fishers? Sets by Pier 1 I assume.

      • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

        Are you kidding. They should not let that woman near any opera, let alone the delecate and wonderful Pearl Fishers. Orrore!

      • Vergin Vezzosa says:

        Double orrore! This MZ/Pecheurs news took the nice buzz I had going after watching the first act of Parsifal on PBS away in about half a second.

      • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

        The new Mary Zimmerman Pearl Fishers will be set in the Pier-1 national distribution center in west Texas. Opening chorus of Ouvriers replace Bizet’s natives as they are seen packaging imports from exotic places. All nuance will be bannished from the singing. To satisfy purists, the final trio will be a combination of the Bizet for the first verse and the Godard for the repetition. Dessay will alternate with DeNiese as Leia.

  • Vergin Vezzosa says:

    Wanted to get this in before the new Intermission thread begins. This cadet reporter compulsively snooped around various other threads at this site and reviewed other notes jotted down from various press releases and print articles and came up with the following rumored highlights of anticipated Met plans. (Yes, Vergin was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo and couldn’t control herself).

    2015-16 supposedly also includes the new McVicar Roberto Devereux with La Rad who will also do the other two Donizetti queens during the same season. The new Chereau Elektra and a Kentridge Lulu are expected then too. Revivals not already mentioned include Mefistofele (old Carson). Add my voice to those who think that Nebs in a Don Pasquale revival is nuts but who also look forward to her Trovatore Leonora.

    Last I saw, the Decker Tristan is 2016-17. I believe that the Kusej Forza from Munich is still on for ’16-17 or ’17-18. Glad to see that Tell is coming sooner rather than later and that with two casts, I can avoid Rebeka.