The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2017/18 season. It’s quite heavy on warhorses. La Bohème, Tosca and Turandot each get fifteen performances and there’s plenty more standard fare in there. Once again, there’s nothing pre Mozart and the only nods to modernity are a revival of Elektra (six shows) and a new production of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel (eight shows).
There are five new (to the Met at least) productions. Joyce DiDonato gets to reprise the title role in the Pelly production of Massenet’s Cendrillon which she sang at Covent Garden in 2011 (DVD review of that production). There’s a new Così fan tutte by Phelim McDermott which is apparently set on Coney Island. Shades of early Sellars perhaps? Perhaps the most exciting thing is Adès’ The Exterminating Angel based on the Buñuel film. The production is by librettist Tom Cairns and the cast includes Audrey Luna, so expect stratospheric high notes and John Tomlinson. There’s CanCon too in the shape of Frédéric Antoun. It has already been seen in Salzburg and will play in a couple of months at Covent Garden so there are plenty of reviews about.
David McVicar is responsible for the other two new shows. There’s a Norma which promises real live druids and oak trees and, if you pick your dates carefully, Sandra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato. Careful though, they appear together in only five of twelve shows. Also Tosca, which seems like likely territory for the new, no longer remotely shocking McVicar. There’s a December/January run with Kaufmann and Terfel (and Opolais) and an April/May run with Netrebko (but no Kaufmann or Terfel).
Of the revivals only a few caught my eye. The Elektra, of course, and especially with Christine Goerke in the title role. François Girard’s Parsifal gets a revival with Klaus-Florian Vogt in the title role and Evelyn Herlitzius and René Pape too. Curiously, Mozart’s Magic Flute gets two runs; one full length in German and one abbreviated in English. Both use the Julie Taymor production. I don’t think wild horses would drag me to see Thaïs again but I have to admit the combo of Ailyn Perez and Gerald Finley is tempting. I might also be tempted by Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena in Il Trovatore.
And a final CanCon note, Johannes Debus conducts a nine show run of Les contes d’Hoffmann which also features Andriana Chuchman.