Here’s my quick preview of the recently announced 2022/23 Live in HD series from the Met.
Cherubini – Medea – October 22nd 2022 – A strong start. It’s a new David McVicar production with Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role and a generally strong cast. The combination of McVicar and Radvanovsky in Rusalka was one of the best things I’ve seen in years.
Verdi – La Traviata – November 5th 2022 – It’s the Mayers “frocks and furniture” production. Ok if you like that sort of thing.
Verdi – Don Carlo – November 19th. 2022 – Nothing is ever simple with Don Carlo(s). This appears to be the five act Paris version, performed in French this season (and shown in cinemas), performed in Italian. It’s another McVicar production that has generally got good reviews. It’s an excellent cast with a twist. Russell Thomas, Peter Mattei and Anita Rachvelishvili all feature but the previously announced Elisabetta, Anna Netrebko, appears to have been oligarched.
Puts – The Hours – December 10th 2022 – The opera of the film of the book. In this case Mrs. Dalloway. I have yet to see an opera based on a “hit movie” that I enjoyed at all and I didn’t enjoy Silent Night much either so I’m not overly optimistic about this. It does feature Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato if that’s your thing.
Giordano – Fedora – January 14th 2023 – Fedora is about as vacuous as an opera can be dramatically but it has tunes. It’s a new McVicar (who else) production apparently based on the idea of Russian dolls. Maybe he can make more of it than the previous Met production did. It’s a starry cast centred on Sonya Yoncheva so, well sung fluff most likely.
Wagner – Lohengrin – March 18th 2023 – It’s a new François Girard production which is promising and for those of us in Toronto it will be interesting to see whether we get to see this or his Parsifal first (if we ever do see Parsifal). Piotr Beczała, Tammy Wilson and Christine Goerke. What’s not to like?
Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier – April 15th 2023 – It’s the slightly controversial Robert Carsen production with a super cast; Lise Davidsen as the Marschallin, Erin Morley as Sofie and Isobel Leonard as Octavian. Sounds good.
Blanchard – Champion – April 29th 2023 – Another Met production for Terence Blanchard following Fire Shut Up in My Bones. I didn’t see it but it got pretty good reviews. Champion is a revision of a work first seen at Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2011. Reviews of the St. Louis production praised the music, not least because it had actual arias, but found the libretto disjointed.
Mozart – Don Giovanni – May 20th 2023 – A new production by Ivo van Hove. Now few words stick an icy dagger firmly in my heart quicker than “Tony award winning Broadway director” so I’m skeptical. It’s a decent cast headed by Peter Mattei though.
Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – June 3rd 2023 – A production by Simon McBurney first seen in Amsterdam in 2014. It sounds a bit gimmicky; live video, orchestra on stage etc but it got good reviews which used words like “inventive”. I wouldn’t expect any great depth but it should be fun. The cast is good with Erin Morley, Larry Brownlee and Kathryn Lewek all involved.
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I generally agree with you except for Leonard in Rosenkavalier. She is a beautiful woman who moves well on stage but is a mediocre singer. Her composer in Ariadne was not good. The Met is doing the 4 act version of Don Carlo which I think is a desecration. Why after finally doing Don Carlos are they going back to a version not seen at the Met since 1972? Why this awful Traviata again? I saw it and thought my eyes might start bleeding. I thought this production was actually worse than the Zef production with the dancing bulls. . Based on this and his incredibly stupid Rigoletto Mayer should not be allowed in the Met even if he has a ticket. Bring back Decker. Why not Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District?. Great opera and the Met actually has a good production. I cannot get excited about any McVicar production. Since the Trovatore (which I liked a lot) I think he has become the second coming of Schenk. I haven’t seen Don Carlos yet but from what I have read and heard except for the costumes the production is pretty dull but the performance is very good.
I had a hard time figuring out what they were doing with Don Carlo. So it’s the 4 act version? Damn! I was feeling the same way about McVicar until I saw his Rusalka which really was good.