“Ms. Netrebko, 43, spoke about her willingness to take risks, her decision to sing more dramatic repertory, and some of the new roles she plans to tackle at the Met, disclosing that she would open its 2017-18 season singing the title role in Bellini’s Norma in a new production, and that she would tackle Verdi’s Aida the following season.” [New York Times]
Intendant Alexander Pereira halts the merry-go-round briefly to discuss Salzburg and La Scala with Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times.
“But,” he added, “I find it distressing to be threatened by other artists.” [New York Times]
There goes my very last nerve.
Javier Camerena, “as close to a rock star as the Met has produced from its male roster this season,” has big plans with the company, with at least four roles planned for future seasons.
“Rely on the flamboyant German soprano Simone Kermes to steal scenes as La Jolie.”
“The cast, to a member, embraces every chance…”
After four years of delegating union talks to his predecessor, Joseph Volpe, Met honcho Peter Gelb will now lead negotiations himself.
“But like any production left out in the sun a few decades, it gradually faded into mere decoration.”