Mezzo-of-the-moment Jamie Barton’s future Met assignments include “Jezibaba in a new production of Dvorak’s Rusalka and Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco . . . [and] a revival of Norma in 2017-18. Perhaps most exciting, for Bartonites and Wagnerians alike, is the news that she will be Fricka when the Ring cycle returns to the Met in 2018-19.” [New York Times]
La Cieca hears that the forthcoming Verismo CD, currently in the studio with Anna Netrebko and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia led by Antonio Pappano, will include the complete Act Four of Manon Lescaut. The disc is scheduled for a November release.
The celebration of 50 years of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center includes “The Illuminated Heart,” a theatrical fantasy of Mozart operas and ensembles featuring Christine Goerke, Ana María Martínez, Matthew Polenzani and Peter Mattei; plus staged concerts of Così fan tutte and Idomeneo. Tickets and more information are at MostlyMozart.org. Read more »
As you may have heard, cher public, Joseph Calleja canceled last night’s Lucia performance at the Met after the first act. So… well, see the headline above.
La Cieca hears that the Théâtre du Châtelet will continue its series of Stephen Sondheim productions with Passion, set to star Natalie Dessay (as Fosca, bien sûr!)
Yet another new role for Anna Netrebko on the horizon: in a press conference yesterday in Mexico, the soprano announced she plans to sing Adriana Lecouvreur.
James Levine turns 72 this year. Even though his health has improved considerably in the past year and he may continue to conduct for a decade or more, it seems inevitable that he will step down as the Met’s Music Director sometime in the next few years to assume the role of Conductor Laureate.
Mariusz Trelinski will direct Tristan und Isolde for Metropolitan Opera in a production that will premiere there on opening night 2016.
The San Francisco Opera has just done the big reveal for 2015-2016 and here’s what we have in store.