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Taking stock of what I have and what I haven’t

mermanWhich two divine opera productions will make New York fans feel like they’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night when these well-reviewed stagings arrive here in the 2018-2019 season?

  • Jamie

    Divine opera productions? I had no idea Pink Flamingos and Polyester had been adapted for the musical stage.

  • Sanford Schimel

    Verdi’s La Traviata
    Production: Michael Mayer
    Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Violetta: Diana Damrau
    Alfredo: Juan Diego Florez
    Germont:Quinn Kelsey

    Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur
    Production: David McVicar
    Adriana: Anna Netrebko
    Maurizio: Piotr Beczala
    Princess de Bouillon: Anita Rachvelishvili

    Golijov’s Iphigenia in Aulis
    Based on Euripides’ play of the same name
    with Nadja Michael, Nadine Sierra, Matthew Rose

    Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila
    Production: Damiano Michieletto
    Dates: Opening Night
    Samson: Bryan Hymel
    Dalila: Elina Garanca

    • La Cieca

      Note I said “well-reviewed productions,” which clearly implies that have already been performed elsewhere, though not yet in New York.

      • Satisfied

        Going out on a limb here but Aix had two well reviewed productions this season that arguably follow such imagery (depending on who you read) and think it’s either the Cosi or Palles production of this season past. If I were to guess the producer it’s either Lincoln Center Presents or Mostly Mozart.

        • Satisfied

          I will add I was at the Salzburg Festival this year and potentially the Exterminating Angel could fall under La C’s description, but I think it’s well accepted that the same production is coming to NYC.

        • Krunoslav

          The Aix COSI forces came t Mostly Mozart in concert; there is no way even under Trump that a NYC presenter is going t stage it with Ferrando and Guglielmo ‘disguised’ in blackface…

      • Sanford Schimel

        yes, you did. oops

    • The four productions Sanford has noted are the only new productions listed on Future Met Wiki. I’ve heard terrible things about the Samson which is the only one of the four that I’m sure is a co-production and has already been seen elsewhere. I don’t know about the other three.

      • Armerjacquino

        The McVicar ADRIANA might be the (deep breath) Covent Garden/Vienna/SFO/Barcelona/Paris production that has generally previously starred Gheorghiu and Kaufmann.

        • I’m sure that’s the one but I doubt La Cieca would be building excitement about an uber-traditional McVicar production. That’s why I was so confused. But La Cieca’s clue that these will not necessarily be Met productions opens things up.

          I wonder if BAM counts.

      • Liz.S

        McVicar’s Adriana @ ROH should be the other one, I think.
        As for Michieletto’s Samson, we can be our own judge…

      • La Cieca

        Where exactly does it say these productions will play at the Met?

        Let’s get our thinking caps on here! Can anyone tell me how a blind item works?

        • Oh… Well, that’s interesting!

          • Liz.S

            I give “moon” to Dalila.
            For some reason my head keeps playing “Morgenlich leuchtend” -- it would be a heaven if it’s Herheim’s Meistersinger but “divine” suggests the piece should be full of godly figures, right? Hmmmm….

        • Armerjacquino

          Are they maybe productions that have been seen in Berlin?

          • Liz.S

            Ach, what about Pelleas by Sellars -- perhaps at Armory again? Hmm but they are not really gods…

          • Liz.S

            Or something by Kosky? Moses und Aron @ Komische or Saul @ Glyndebourne?

            Gosh this is hard…

      • I didn’t find it “terrible” but a bit ho-hum, as in ‘there were some clever ideas. But to me the first two acts, being so like so many productions we see these days, lacked specific “personality” – they could have been from any modern version of almost any opera. And while my companions were quite happy with act 3, I usually find simulated lasciviousness, same-sex groping and jiving to the score ultimately unconvincing.’ However, a friend, hearing it was coming to NYC, did say ‘They’ll HATE it!’

  • As someone who values contemporary opera, I will look forward to the Golijov Iphigenia very much. The Adriana is quite well cast, but I’ve always been a sucker for sword and sandal/Biblical epics and Saint-Saens is a favorite composer, so my second one is Samson et Dalila particularly with those two in the title roles.

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  • Francis Malarkey

    The Claus Guth “Don Giovanni” and the Stölzl “Trovatore”? Going purely on wordplay here. “Annie get your gun” quotes [Anna Netrebko] by Irving Berlin [Berlin productions both]. Anna was supposed to appear in both but withdrew from the Giovanni -- also fitting the “what i have and what i haven’t” in the title?

    • Satisfied

      Neither are well reviewed. I saw the Don G in Salzburg last summer and can attest that the production is dismal and rather thoughtless.

      • Francis Malarkey

        Not arguing, and didn’t research extensively but OperaNews [mostly] liked the Trovatore, and NYT liked the Giovanni…?? No accounting for taste? ;)

      • Marcello

        The 2016 Don Giovanni was staged by Bechtolf and not Guth. But your description seems correct.

  • Masc’d Ball

    Here’s an out there guess. The Komische Opera Die Zauberflote? Was well reviewed, has sun and moon and could see it at BAM, Lincoln Center or, less likely, City Opera.

    • Satisfied

      It’s already coming to Philly prior to the 2017/2018 season so doubt it.

  • Satisfied

    Sorry, last guess: BAM producing Iolanta/nutcracker. Litterally sun and moon in terms of productions, so it fits the blind item.

    Know it’s impossible, but would simply DIE if it were to happen! And be there every 6 hour evening.

  • Cicciabella

    “Sun” could refer to ENO’s Akhnaten, directed by Phelim McDermott, currently playing in LA. Got rave reviews.

    “Moon” could be the ROH Norma, directed by Alex Ollé, but the reviews were mixed about the production, although very enthusiastic about the cast.

    • fletcher

      Doubt it’s Akhnaten, but I second the guess about the ROH Norma, an opera associated with La Divina. As for Annie N, has there been a well-reviewed new production of Turandot, which has a rather prominent morning sun?

      • Krunoslav

        Doubt not, At lest at present, AKHNATEN is slated to be at the Met. The night I saw a sold-out vastly acclaimed performance at the ENO, I noticed Met honchos in attendance.

        • Luvtennis

          Turandot also features the moon too -- at least the libretto does. Obviously, an enterprising director might not incorporate the physical moon in his or her production.

        • fletcher

          Thanks Kruno, that’s certainly good news, it’s a great production. Hopefully we’ll see a review of the LA performances on Parterre soon.

  • Porgy Amor

    “Divine” opera productions = productions of operas with which La Divina was associated?

    I even considered that “well”-reviewed could be a clue, as wells and cisterns figure into in a few operas, but maybe I’m overreaching there.

  • spiderman

    As La C likes to rave about Mr Herheim -- couldn’t his Salome (moon!) production go somewhere?