Now that we all know what’s what for the Met’s 2007-2008 season, surely it’s time to start speculating about what comes after, right? Well, La Cieca has been in touch with her stable of reliable sources, and what she has heard is more than a little intriguing. N.B. All this is as heard, of course, not an official announcement…
Opening night 2008 will be a Renee Fleming gala showcasing The Beautiful Voice in acts from La traviata, Manon and Il pirata. Also in the season’s opening weeks: Karita Mattila returns in Salome, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon team for Lucia (HD simulcast for sure!), La Gioconda with the triple-diva goodness of Deborah Voigt, Olga Borodina and Ewa Podles, plus, for a little 21st century flava, the Met premiere of John Adams‘ Doctor Atomic featuring Audra MacDonald.
At the other end of the season, late spring 2009, the last revival of the rocks-n-rags Ring with James Levine conducting (start queuing for that one now) and
the debut of DGG “It Girl” Elina Garanca in Cenerentola. In between, some hot tickets and some Sternstunden:
- La sonnambula (Natalie Dessay/Juan Diego Florez)
- Thais (Fleming/Thomas Hampson)
- Rusalka (also Fleming)
- La rondine (Angela Gheorghiu/Roberto Alagna)
- Tristan und Isolde (Daniel Barenboim)
- Eugene Onegin (Mattila/Hampson)
- Cav/Pag (Alagna in both operas)
There’s more (a lot more) of course, but La Cieca hopes this is enough to get the conversational ball rolling.