I took a quick look at the Metropolitan Opera’s recently announced 2016/17 and while for the most part it’s business as usual there’s maybe one surprise. There are 26 productions; 6 new, 20 revivals for a total of 225 performances. The first thing that struck me was how little Puccini there is. Only two Puccini works (La Bohème and Manon Lescaut) are being performed for a total of 23 shows (10.2%). There’s nothing pre Mozart and only one opera written post WW1; L’Amour de Loin which gets 8 performances (ETA: Apparently Cyrano dates from 1936 though you wouldn’t guess that to hear it. Still only 4 performances so it doesn’t affect the stats much). There are only two other works which could, at a stretch, be called “modern” stylistically; Salome and Jenůfa, but they were written in 1905 and 1903 respectively, and get only 6 performances each. Then there’ Rusalka (1901) and Rosenkavalier (1911) which are 20th century but not by any stretch “modern”. So, even on generous definitions of “modernity”, over 85% of the Met’s output is, essentially, 19th century.
Of the new productions, the most interesting would appear to be Mariusz Treliński’s new Tristan und Isolde with an outstanding cast and Simon Rattle conducting and a new Robert Carsen Der Rosenkavalier which is the Met’s farewell gift to Renée Fleming. There are a couple of things that might interest Toronto people. Johannes Debus makes his Met debut in a strongly cast Salome and Adrianne Pieczonka sings Leonora in Fidelio. I didn’t notice any co-production credits for the COC in any of the new productions.