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CREATE YOUR OWN SERIES 2018 – 19 SEASON

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EXPERIENCE THE 2018 – 19 SEASON Welcome to the Metropolitan Opera’s new season—featuring four compelling new productions and the return of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, plus 18 remarkable revivals of classic repertory and rare gems. The season opens on September 24, 2018, with a visionary new staging of Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila from Tony Award–winning director Darko Tresnjak, with Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles. Nico Muhly’s new opera Marnie, based on the same novel that inspired the Hitchcock film, has its U.S. premiere in October. And on New Year’s Eve, the great Anna Netrebko stars in the title role of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. In exciting news, Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct his first performances as the Met’s new Music Director when he leads the new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, with soprano Diana Damrau as Violetta. It’s one of three productions this dynamic young maestro will conduct, including Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. We hope you will join us for the 2018 – 19 season and invite you to explore all our offerings in this brochure.

CONTENTS

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SPOTLIGHT

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NEW PRODUCTIONS

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REPERTORY

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SPECIAL EVENTS

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THE RING

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SEASON CALENDAR

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SUPPORT THE MET

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PRODUCTION FUNDERS

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PRICE CHART

On the cover: Isabel Leonard as Marnie


CREATE YOUR OWN SERIES Our Create Your Own series is one of the most popular ways to experience the Met, as it allows you to curate the season yourself. Save 10% compared to the cost of single tickets when you create your own series of five or more operas. Save 5% if you select three or four.* Purchase your series before tickets go on sale to the general public on June 24, 2018, after which prices are subject to increase.

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STEP

Select three or more performances you’d like to see in the 2018 – 19 season. Need help choosing? See page 7 for our repertory suggestions or visit metopera.org/cyofinder.

STEP Pick the dates that work for you.

STEP Visit metopera.org/cyo, call 212.362.6000, or complete the enclosed order form to purchase your series.

*Please note that Ring cycle performances are not available within a Create Your Own series and must be purchased as a full cycle. See page 37 for full details about the Ring cycle.

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CILEA

PUCCINI VERDI PUCCINI PUCCINI BIZET BOITO BIZET PUCCINI VERDI MOZART DEBUSSY TCHAIKOVSKY BARTÓK MOZART DONIZETTI VERDI VERDI MOZART POULENC

WAGNER

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NEW PRODUCTIONS

VERDI

LA BOHÈME AIDA LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST TOSCA CARMEN MEFISTOFELE LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES IL TRITTICO OTELLO THE MAGIC FLUTE PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE DON GIOVANNI LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT RIGOLETTO FALSTAFF LA CLEMENZA DI TITO DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES

REPERTORY

MUHLY

SAMSON ET DALILA MARNIE LA TRAVIATA ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

DAS RHEINGOLD DIE WALKURE SIEGFRIED GOTTERDÄMMERUNG

THE RING

SAINT-SAËNS


SPOTLIGHT

When CHRISTINE GOERKE sang the Dyer’s Wife in Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Met in 2013, she announced her arrival as the world’s next great dramatic soprano. General Manager Peter Gelb took notice and immediately cast her as Brünnhilde in the 2019 revival of Wagner’s Ring cycle. After her “overwhelming performance” (New York Times) in Elektra in 2018, Goerke is perfectly positioned to take on Wagner’s iconic warrior maiden at the Met. “Doing these roles is a joy, but there’s a lot of pressure,” she says. “I mean, the Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera … It’s one of those things—be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.” For more on the Ring, turn to page 37.

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MAN OF THE HOUSE The biggest take-away from the Met’s announcement of the 2018 – 19 lineup was the news that Yannick Nézet-Seguin would take on the position of Music Director at the start of the season—two years earlier than originally planned. In his first season as the Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, Nézet-Séguin will be on the podium for a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata and revivals of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (in addition to participating in various talks and events). “The Metropolitan Opera is the greatest opera company in the world,” Nézet-Séguin says. “I’m honored to become its next Music Director.” 4


CHEMISTRY LESSON Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna open the 2018–19 season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila. It’s sure to be a lovefest.

EG I am very excited to work with Roberto again, because we’ve done so many performances of different operas together. He’s one of the partners that I can fully rely on. He’s a very generous and very honest performer. Very often with him, you actually forget that you are performing— what happens on stage becomes like real life.

RA With Elīna, we have this feeling together, we are very close when we are onstage together, we understand each other very well. Samson is a real exchange between the two characters. You must be like one person, like a husband and wife— to have a real communion. And I think with Elīna, we have that.

For more on Samson et Dalila, turn to page 8.

COMPOSER NICO MUHLY ON MARNIE

“Marnie is an adaptation of the Winston Graham novel, which Hitchcock also adapted into his amazing film. The basic outline of the story is there’s a woman who has a pattern, and her pattern is that she gets a job in a firm or company of some sort, gets the code for the safe, steals the money and runs, and changes her identity—rinse and repeat. Eventually she gets caught by one of the bosses, and instead of turning her into the police, he convinces her to marry him. So she enters into this state of sexual servitude and confusion. It’s kind of the perfect subject for an opera because it addresses all of the things about disguise, about theatricality, about lying, about deceit— which I think is at the heart of most operas.” For more on Marnie, turn to page 10. 5


THE TWO FACES OF ANNA In the 2018–19 season, the great Anna Netrebko will show off her remarkable theatrical range when she stars in the title roles of two equally virtuosic but very different operas: Verdi’s Aida and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur. Here’s how the diva’s Met engagements stack up. AIDA The Character

Proud Ethiopian princess enslaved by the ancient Egyptians

Real-life 18th-century actress known as much for passionate affairs as passionate performances

Love Interest

Radamès, an Egyptian warrior torn between his loyalty to his king and his love for Aida

Maurizio, whom Adriana believes to be a lowly soldier but is actually the Count of Saxony

Rival

Amneris, the Egyptian princess who has designs on Radamès for herself despite his indifference

The Princess de Bouillon, married to the prince and determined to reignite the affair she once had with Maurizio

Big Aria

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ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

“O patria mia,” in which Aida pledges her devotion to her homeland above all else

“Io son l’umile ancella,” in which Adriana pledges her devotion to her art above all else

Sensational Demise

Buried alive with her lover in an underground vault in the Temple of Vulcan

Dies in Maurizio’s arms after kissing a bouquet of poisoned violets

Legendary Met Forebears

Zinka Milanov, Birgit Nilsson, Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo

Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, Renata Scotto, Mirella Freni

Surprising Fact

Despite the “Egyptomania” that gripped Europe in the 19th century after Napoleon’s visits there, Verdi himself was not a fan of Egyptian culture. It’s ironic, then, that his opera, which had its world premiere in Cairo, would go on to become one of the most notable artistic tributes to the ancient civilization.

Legend has it that a jealous Parisian rival-in-love bribed audience members to heckle the real Adrienne during a performance of Racine’s Phèdre. In response, the actress spewed her frenzied character’s lines directly at the woman, who was forced to run out of the theater amid jeers and boos.


REPERTORY ROUNDUP Let us help you curate your season with these thematic collections of the 2018 – 19 repertory.

THE ART OF THE DIVA

Adriana Lecouvreur, Aida, Carmen, Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle, La Traviata, Tosca

GRAND SPECTACLES

Aida, The Magic Flute, Samson et Dalila, Das Rheingold, Il Trittico, Die Walküre

DATE NIGHT

La Bohème, La Fille du Régiment, Rigoletto, La Traviata

20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND

Dialogues des Carmélites, La Fanciulla del West, Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle, Marnie

VIVE LA FRANCE!

Carmen, Dialogues des Carmélites, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Pelléas et Mélisande, Samson et Dalila

CHORAL SHOWCASES

Aida, Marnie, Mefistofele, Otello

GODS AND MONSTERS

Don Giovanni, Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle, The Magic Flute, Mefistofele, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre

LATE-CAREER MASTERPIECES

La Clemenza di Tito, Falstaff, Otello, Il Trittico

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CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

SAMSON ET DALILA When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years. Production a gift of the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa and H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, PhD. and Oscar Tang Additional funding from The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Endowment Fund

Conductor Sir Mark Elder

High Priest Laurent Naouri

Production Darko Tresnjak*

Dalila Elīna Garanča / Anita Rachvelishvili

Abimélech Elchin Azizov / Tomasz Konieczny

Set Designer Alexander Dodge*

Samson Roberto Alagna / Aleksandrs Antonenko / Kristian Benedikt*

The Old Hebrew Dmitry Belosselskiy/ Günther Groissböck

opening night gala

Costume Designer Linda J. Cho* Lighting Designer Donald Holder

sep 24, 28 oct 1, 5, 9, 13 mat, 16, 20 mat mar 13, 16 eve, 19, 23 mat, 28 8

Choreographer Austin McCormick

*debut


Roberto Alagna and ElÄŤna GaranÄ?a as Samson and Dalila, photographed by Vincent Peters

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N I CO M U H LY / L I B R E T TO B Y N I C H O L A S W R I G H T

MARNIE Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, the Met’s Rigoletto) has devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera Music by Nico Muhly, libretto by Nicholas Wright, based on the   novel by Winston Graham By special arrangement with Universal Pictures Production a gift of Andrew J. Martin-Weber Additional funding from the Francis Goelet Trusts   and Dr. Coco Lazaroff

Conductor Robert Spano*

Terry Rutland Iestyn Davies

Costume Designer Arianne Phillips*

Marnie Isabel Leonard

Mark Rutland Christopher Maltman

Lighting Designer Kevin Adams

Mrs. Rutland Janis Kelly

Production Michael Mayer

Choreographer Lynne Page*

Marnie’s Mother Denyce Graves

Set and Projection Designers Julian Crouch and 59 Productions

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*debut


metropolitan opera premiere

Isabel Leonard as Marnie and Christopher Maltman as Mark Rutland, photographed by Vincent Peters

oct 19, 22, 27 eve, 31 nov 3 eve, 7, 10 mat 11


A model of Christine Jones’s set for Act II

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GIUSEPPE VERDI

LA TRAVIATA Met Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, one of the most beloved characters in opera. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in four seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Production a gift of Eva-Marie and Ray Berry / The Paiko Foundation Major additional funding from Mercedes T. Bass,   Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone, and Rolex

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin / Nicola Luisotti

Alfredo Germont Juan Diego Flórez / Stephen Costello

Violetta Valéry Diana Damrau / Anita Hartig

Giorgio Germont Quinn Kelsey / Artur Ruciński / Plácido Domingo

Production Michael Mayer

Lighting Designer Kevin Adams

Set Designer Christine Jones

Choreographer Lorin Latarro*

Costume Designer Susan Hilferty

gala season premiere

dec 4, 7, 11, 15 mat, 18, 22 mat, 26, 29 eve apr 5, 10, 13 eve, 17, 20 eve, 24, 27 eve 13


F RANCESCO CILEA

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the legendary ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at Covent Garden in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.” Co-production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London;   Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Wiener Staatsoper; San Francisco Opera; and L’Opéra National de Paris Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda

Maurizio Piotr Beczała

Production Sir David McVicar

Choreographer Andrew George

Adriana Lecouvreur Anna Netrebko / Jennifer Rowley

The Abbé Carlo Bosi

Set Designer Charles Edwards

Associate Director Justin Way*

Michonnet Ambrogio Maestri

Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel

The Prince   of Bouillon Maurizio Muraro

Lighting Designer Adam Silverman

The Princess   of Bouillon Anita Rachvelishvili new year’s eve gala

dec 31 jan 4, 8, 12 mat, 16, 19 eve, 23, 26 eve 14

*debut


Piotr Beczała and Anna Netrebko in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Vienna State Opera

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G I ACO M O P U CC I N I

LA BOHÈME Puccini’s timeless masterpiece of love and loss in bohemian Paris features two casts of young stars. Sopranos Nicole Car (in her highly anticipated Met debut) and Ailyn Pérez share the role of the ill-fated Mimì, opposite tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano as the ardent poet Rodolfo. After a celebrated Met debut as Mimì in 2017, Angel Blue returns as the spitfire Musetta, and Etienne Dupuis and Simone Piazzola make debuts as Marcello. James Gaffigan conducts.

Conductor James Gaffigan* Mimì Nicole Car* / Ailyn Pérez Musetta Angel Blue / Susanna Phillips

Rodolfo Vittorio Grigolo / Michael Fabiano

Colline Matthew Rose / Christian Van Horn

Marcello Etienne Dupuis* / Simone Piazzola*

Benoit / Alcindoro Donald Maxwell

Schaunard Davide Luciano / Javier Arrey / Duncan Rock

sep 25, 29 mat oct 3, 6 eve, 10, 13 eve nov 29 dec 3, 6, 10, 13 16

Production Franco Zeffirelli Set Designer Franco Zeffirelli Costume Designer Peter J. Hall Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler

*debut


GIUSEPPE VERDI

AIDA In what should be a highlight of the season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe to toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her rival, Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies in Verdi’s drama of ancient Egypt. Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as the hero, Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo conduct the Met’s monumental production.

Conductor Nicola Luisotti / Plácido Domingo Aida Anna Netrebko / Tamara Wilson / Sondra Radvanovsky / Marjorie Owens

Amneris Anita Rachvelishvili / Dolora Zajick / Olesya Petrova

Ramfis Dmitry Belosselskiy / Vitalij Kowaljow / Štefan Kocán

Radamès Aleksandrs Antonenko / Yonghoon Lee

The King Ryan Speedo Green / Soloman Howard

Amonasro Quinn Kelsey / Roberto Frontali

Production Sonja Frisell

Set Designer Gianni Quaranta Costume Designer Dada Saligeri Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler Choreographer Alexei Ratmansky

sep 26, 29 eve oct 2, 6 mat, 11, 15, 18 jan 7, 11, 14, 18 feb 28 mar 4, 7 17


G I ACO M O P U CC I N I

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST ( THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WEST ) Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Conductor Marco Armiliato

Nick Carlo Bosi

Ashby Matthew Rose

Production Giancarlo del Monaco

Minnie Eva-Maria Westbroek

Jack Rance Željko Lučić

Jake Wallace Oren Gradus

Dick Johnson Yusif Eyvazov / Jonas Kaufmann

Sonora Michael Todd Simpson

Set and Costume Designer Michael Scott

oct 4, 8, 12, 17, 20, 23, 27 mat 18

Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler

*debut


G I ACO M O P U CC I N I

TOSCA Met favorite Sondra Radvanovsky and rising star Jennifer Rowley share the title role of the volatile diva at the heart of Puccini’s operatic thriller. Joseph Calleja brings his stylish tenor to the role of Cavaradossi, Wolfgang Koch is the nefarious police chief Scarpia, and Carlo Rizzi conducts Sir David McVicar’s resplendent hit production, which brings Napoleonic Rome to vivid life on the Met stage.

Conductor Carlo Rizzi Tosca Sondra Radvanovsky / Jennifer Rowley Cavaradossi Joseph Calleja

Scarpia Wolfgang Koch* / Claudio Sgura* Sacristan Patrick Carfizzi / Philip Cokorinos

Production Sir David McVicar

Lighting Designer David Finn

Set and Costume Designer John Macfarlane

Movement Director Leah Hausman

oct 25, 29 nov 2, 5, 9, 13, 17 mat mar 18, 23 eve, 26, 29 apr 2, 6 mat 19


G EO R G E S B I Z E T

CARMEN Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Conductor Omer Meir Wellber* / Louis Langrée

Don José Yonghoon Lee / Roberto Alagna

Micaëla Guanqun Yu / Aleksandra Kurzak / Susanna Phillips

Escamillo Kyle Ketelsen / Alexander Vinogradov / Michael Todd Simpson

Production Sir Richard Eyre

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon

Set and Costume Designer Rob Howell Lighting Designer Peter Mumford

Carmen Clémentine Margaine

oct 30 nov 3 mat, 6, 10 eve, 15 jan 9, 12 eve, 17, 21, 26 mat, 29 feb 2 mat, 5, 8 20

*debut


A R R I G O B O I TO

MEFISTOFELE The spectacular Robert Carsen production returns to the Met for the first time since 2000, with Carlo Rizzi conducting. Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn is the diabolical title character, tenor Michael Fabiano is Faust, and soprano Angela Meade is Margherita. Mefistofele is the celebrated opera by Arrigo Boito—who famously collaborated with Verdi on the libretti for Otello and Falstaff. Production co-owned by the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera

Conductor Carlo Rizzi /  Joseph Colaneri Margherita Angela Meade

Faust Michael Fabiano

Production Robert Carsen

Lighting Designer Duane Schuler

Mefistofele Christian Van Horn

Set and Costume Designer Michael Levine

Choreographer Alphonse Poulin

Helen of Troy Jennifer Check

nov 8, 12, 16, 19, 24 eve, 27 dec 1 mat 21


G EO R G E S B I Z E T

LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES ( T H E P E A R L FI S H E R S ) Penny Woolcock’s breathtaking production, a highlight of the 2015 – 16 season, makes its much awaited return with an all-star cast. Soprano Pretty Yende is the beautiful priestess Leïla, with tenor Javier Camarena and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (who get to sing one of opera’s most famous tenor-baritone duets) as rivals for her forbidden love. Emmanuel Villaume conducts Bizet’s sensual score. The dazzling projections of 59 Productions conjure a gleaming undersea world. Co-production originally created by English National Opera Conductor Emmanuel Villaume

Zurga Mariusz Kwiecien

Production Penny Woolcock

Lighting Designer Jen Schriever

Leïla Pretty Yende / Amanda Woodbury

Nourabad Nicolas Testé / Raymond Aceto

Set Designer Dick Bird

Projection Design 59 Productions

Costume Designer Kevin Pollard

Movement Director Andrew Dawson

Nadir Javier Camarena

nov 14, 17 eve, 20, 24 mat, 28 dec 1 eve, 8 eve 22

*debut


G I ACO M O P U CC I N I

IL TRITTICO Jack O’Brien’s sprawling production of Puccini’s triple bill features first-class casting: tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro; soprano Kristine Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica; and the ageless Plácido Domingo celebrates the 50th anniversary of his Met debut by taking an unusual comedic turn in the title role of Gianni Schicchi. The performances mark the centenary of the work’s world premiere at the Met. Bertrand de Billy conducts. Conductor Bertrand de Billy IL TABARRO Giorgetta Amber Wagner / Tatiana Melnychenko Frugola Stephanie Blythe Luigi Marcelo Álvarez

Michele George Gagnidze / Lucio Gallo Talpa Maurizio Muraro SUOR ANGELICA Suor Angelica Kristine Opolais / Elena Stikhina* Suor Genovieffa Maureen McKay

nov 23, 26, 30 dec 5, 8 mat, 12, 15 eve

La Principessa Stephanie Blythe

Simone Maurizio Muraro

GIANNI SCHICCHI Lauretta Kristina Mkhitaryan* Zita Stephanie Blythe Rinuccio Atalla Ayan Gianni Schicchi Plácido Domingo

Production Jack O’Brien Set Designer Douglas W. Schmidt Costume Designer Jess Goldstein Lighting Designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer 23


GIUSEPPE VERDI

OTELLO Conducting sensation Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut leading Verdi’s towering Shakespearean masterpiece, in the first revival of Bartlett Sher’s gripping 2015 production. The outstanding cast includes tenor Stuart Skelton in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the devoted but doomed Desdemona, and baritone Željko Lučić as the treacherous Iago.

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel*

Otello Stuart Skelton

Production Bartlett Sher

Lighting Designer Donald Holder

Desdemona Sonya Yoncheva

Cassio Alexey Dolgov

Set Designer Es Devlin

Projection Designer Luke Halls

Emilia Jennifer Johnson Cano

Iago Željko Lučić

Costume Designer Catherine Zuber

Lodovico James Morris

dec 14, 17, 21, 28 jan 2, 5 mat, 10 24

*debut


W O L F G A N G A M A D E U S M OZ A R T

THE MAGIC FLUTE Now a holiday tradition, Julie Taymor’s beloved production of Mozart’s enchanting fairy tale returns in its abridged, English-language version for families. Soprano Erin Morley, last seen at the Met as a brilliant Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, is the empowered Pamina, and tenor Ben Bliss is the valiant Tamino. Baritone Nathan Gunn is the comic birdcatcher Papageno, and soprano Kathryn Lewek reprises her hair-raising portrayal of the malevolent Queen of the Night. Harry Bicket conducts. Conductor Harry Bicket Pamina Erin Morley / Sydney Mancasola Queen of the Night Kathryn Lewek / So Young Park* Tamino Ben Bliss

Monostatos Brenton Ryan / Mark Schowalter Papageno Nathan Gunn / Duncan Rock Speaker Alfred Walker Sarastro Morris Robinson / Peixin Chen*

Production Julie Taymor

Choreographer Mark Dendy

Set Designer George Tsypin

English Adaptation J. D. McClatchy

Costume Designer Julie Taymor Lighting Designer Donald Holder Puppet Designers Julie Taymor and Michael Curry

holiday presentation dec 19, 22 eve, 24, 27, 29 mat jan 1 mat, 3, 5 eve 25


C L AU D E D E B U S S Y

PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE Debussy’s only opera, a mesmerizing meditation on love and betrayal, returns to the Met stage for the first time in almost a decade, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting the landmark score. A pair of brilliant young Met stars, tenor Paul Appleby and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, are the naïve title lovers, and baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the imperious Prince Golaud. Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Arkel, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, as Geneviève, complete the cast.

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin / TBA Mélisande Isabel Leonard Geneviève Marie-Nicole Lemieux*

Pelléas Paul Appleby

Production Sir Jonathan Miller

Golaud Kyle Ketelsen

Set Designer John Conklin

Arkel Ferruccio Furlanetto

Costume Designer Clare Mitchell

jan 15, 19 mat, 22, 25, 31 26

Lighting Designer Duane Schuler

*debut


P YOT R I LY I C H TC H A I KOV S K Y / B É L A B A R TÓ K

IOLANTA / BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Mariusz Treliński’s haunting production of Bartók’s and Tchaikovsky’s one-act operas makes its first return to the stage. In Iolanta, soprano Sonya Yoncheva is the blind title princess opposite tenor Matthew Polenzani as the knight Vaudémont. In Bluebeard’s Castle, baritone Gerald Finley is the menacing Bluebeard, and soprano Angela Denoke is his unsuspecting new wife lured into his terrifying lair. Henrik Nánási conducts. Co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera Conductor Henrik Nánási*

Ibn-Hakia Elchin Azizov

Bluebeard Gerald Finley

IOLANTA

René Vitalij Kowaljow / Alexander Roslavets*

Production Mariusz Treliński

BLUEBEARD’S  CASTLE

Set Designer Boris Kudlička

Judith Angela Denoke

Costume Designer Marek Adamski

Iolanta Sonya Yoncheva Vaudémont Matthew Polenzani Robert Alexey Markov /  Lucas Meachem

Lighting Designer Marc Heinz Projection Designer Bartek Macias Sound Designer Mark Grey Choreographer Tomasz Wygoda Dramaturg Piotr Gruszczyński

jan 24, 28 feb 1, 4, 9 mat, 14 27


W O L F G A N G A M A D E U S M OZ A R T

DON GIOVANNI Baritone Peter Mattei and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni star as opera’s most notorious seducer in Mozart’s masterpiece of dark comedy. Cornelius Meister makes his Met debut conducting performances that also include sopranos Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Guanqun Yu as Donna Anna, soprano Susanna Phillips as Donna Elvira, and bass Ildar Abdrazakov and bass-baritone Adam Plachetka as Leporello.

Conductor Cornelius Meister* Donna Anna Rachel Willis-Sørensen / Jennifer Check / Guanqun Yu Donna Elvira TBA / Susanna Phillips

Zerlina Aida Garifullina* / Rihab Chaieb / Serena Malfi Don Ottavio Stanislas de Barbeyrac* / Pavol Breslik / Paul Appleby Don Giovanni Luca Pisaroni / Peter Mattei

Leporello Ildar Abdrazakov / Adam Plachetka Masetto Brandon Cedel / Peixin Chen / Kihwan Sim The Commendatore Štefan Kocán / Dmitry Belosselskiy

jan 30 feb 2 eve, 6, 9 eve, 13, 16 mat, 20 apr 4, 9, 12, 15, 18 28

Production Michael Grandage Set and Costume Designer Christopher Oram Lighting Designer Paule Constable Choreographer Ben Wright

*debut


G A E TA N O D O N I Z E T T I

LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Baritone Alessandro Corbelli and bass Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts Laurent Pelly’s madcap production. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna

Conductor Enrique Mazzola

Tonio Javier Camarena

Production Laurent Pelly

Lighting Designer Joël Adam

Marie Pretty Yende

Sulpice Alessandro Corbelli / Maurizio Muraro

Set Designer Chantal Thomas

Choreographer Laura Scozzi

Costume Designer Laurent Pelly

Associate Director and Dialogue Agathe Mélinand

Marquise of Berkenfield Stephanie Blythe

feb 7, 11, 15, 18, 23 eve, 26 mar 2 mat 29


GIUSEPPE VERDI

RIGOLETTO Verdi’s tragic jester returns in Michael Mayer’s neon-bedecked, Las Vegas–themed production. Baritones Roberto Frontali and George Gagnidze share the title role, and soprano Nadine Sierra reprises her portrayal of Gilda, the character that helped launch her now-blossoming Met career. Tenors Vittorio Grigolo and Bryan Hymel trade off as the lascivious Duke, and Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Conductor Nicola Luisotti Gilda Nadine Sierra / Rosa Feola* Maddalena Ramona Zaharia*

The Duke Vittorio Grigolo / Bryan Hymel Rigoletto Roberto Frontali / George Gagnidze

Production Michael Mayer

Lighting Designer Kevin Adams

Set Designer Christine Jones

Choreographer Steven Hoggett

Costume Designer Susan Hilferty

Sparafucile Štefan Kocán / Dimitry Ivashchenko

feb 12, 16 eve, 19, 23 mat mar 1, 6, 9 eve, 15, 20 apr 26 may 1, 4 mat, 10 30

*debut


GIUSEPPE VERDI

FALSTAFF Baritone Ambrogio Maestri brings his larger-than-life portrayal of the title character back for the first time since his Met role debut in the 2013 – 14 season. Robert Carsen’s insightful production—which moves the action of Verdi’s masterful Shakespeare adaptation to postwar England in the 1950s—features an exceptional cast that also includes soprano Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford and soprano Golda Schultz as Nannetta. Richard Farnes conducts. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam

Conductor Richard Farnes*

Mistress Quickly Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Falstaff Ambrogio Maestri

Production Robert Carsen

Nannetta Golda Schultz

Meg Page Jennifer Johnson Cano

Ford Juan Jesús Rodríguez

Set Designer Paul Steinberg

Alice Ford Ailyn Pérez / Helena Dix*

Fenton Francesco Demuro

feb 22, 27 mar 2 eve, 5, 8, 12, 16 mat

Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel Lighting Designers Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet 31


R I C H A R D WAG N E R

DAS RHEINGOLD Wagner’s visionary initial installment of the Ring depicts the original sin of the theft of the sacred golden treasure, the vanity of the gods, the greed of the Nibelungen, the fratricide of the giants, and the building of Valhalla. Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley is Wotan, the conflicted lord of the gods. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sings her first Wagner role at the Met as Wotan’s embattled wife, Fricka, and bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny appears as Alberich.

Conductor Philippe Jordan

Mime Gerhard Siegel

Production Robert Lepage

Freia Wendy Bryn Harmer

Wotan Greer Grimsley

Associate Director Neilson Vignola

Fricka Jamie Barton

Alberich Tomasz Konieczny

Set Designer Carl Fillion

Erda Karen Cargill

Fasolt Günther Groissböck

Costume Designer François St-Aubin

Loge Norbert Ernst

Fafner Dmitry Belosselskiy

Lighting Designer Etienne Boucher

mar 14

To learn about the complete Ring cycle, turn to page 37.

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Video Image Artist Boris Firquet In collaboration with Ex Machina


R I C H A R D WAG N E R

DIE WALKURE In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke sings Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek are the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan.

Conductor Philippe Jordan

Siegmund Stuart Skelton

Production Robert Lepage

Lighting Designer Etienne Boucher

Brünnhilde Christine Goerke

Wotan Greer Grimsley

Associate Director Neilson Vignola

Video Image Artist Boris Firquet

Sieglinde Eva-Maria Westbroek

Hunding Günther Groissböck

Set Designer Carl Fillion

Fricka Jamie Barton

mar 25 apr 25

In collaboration with Ex Machina

Costume Designer François St-Aubin

To learn about the complete Ring cycle, turn to page 37. 33


W O L F G A N G A M A D E U S M OZ A R T

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings Sesto at the Met for the first time, and tenor Matthew Polenzani adds yet another role to his extensive Mozartean repertoire as Tito. Mozart’s opera of vengeance and forgiveness, set during the Roman Empire, also stars soprano Elza van den Heever as Vitellia, with Ying Fang, Paula Murrihy, and bassbaritone Christian Van Horn completing the principal cast. Lothar Koenigs conducts.

Conductor Lothar Koenigs

Sesto Joyce DiDonato

Servilia Ying Fang

Annio Paula Murrihy

Vitellia Elza van den Heever

Tito Matthew Polenzani

mar 30 eve apr 3, 6 eve, 11, 16, 20 mat 34

Publio Christian Van Horn

Production Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Set and Costume Designer Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler


FR ANCIS POULENC

DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as Mme. de Croissy.

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Mère Marie Karen Cargill

Production John Dexter

Blanche de la Force Isabel Leonard

Mme. de Croissy Karita Mattila

Set Designer David Reppa

Mme. Lidoine Adrianne Pieczonka

Chevalier   de la Force David Portillo

Costume Designer Jane Greenwood

Constance Erin Morley

Marquis de la Force Dwayne Croft

Lighting Designer Gil Wechsler

may 3, 8, 11 mat 35


SPECIAL EVENTS

S U N , A P R 2 8 , 2 019 | 6 P M

PLÁCIDO DOMINGO 5 0 T H A N N I V ER SA R Y CEL EB R AT I O N

This season, the amazing Plácido Domingo will sing the title role of Gianni Schicchi in Puccini’s Il Trittico. The run marks the 100th anniversary of the work’s world premiere at the Met, so it’s fitting that the company will also pay tribute to the production’s legendary star on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his Met debut. Celebrate Domingo’s incomparable Met career at a special onstage gala, featuring performances, spoken tributes, and dinner. Like everything else in his storied career, it promises to be an event. Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is sponsored with a generous gift from Eva and Marc Stern

M O N , S E P 2 4 , 2 018 | 6 P M

SAMSON ET DALILA opening night gala | new production premiere T U E , D EC 4 , 2 018 | 8 P M

LA TRAVIATA gala | new production premiere M O N , D EC 31, 2 018 | 6 P M

ADRIANA LECOUVREUR

new year’s eve gala | new production premiere

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RICHARD WAGNER

DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN Opera’s supreme experience returns to the Met for the first time in six years with a cast of magnificent Wagnerians, led by the thrilling Christine Goerke making her Met role debut as Brünnhilde. Philippe Jordan conducts Robert Lepage’s breathtaking production, which faithfully presents every detail of Wagner’s immortal libretto. Production a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff Family,   in memory of William Ziff

Production Robert Lepage

Costume Designer François St-Aubin

Associate Director Neilson Vignola

Lighting Designer Etienne Boucher

Set Designer Carl Fillion

Video Image Artists Boris Firquet : Das Rheingold and Die Walküre / Pedro Pires: Siegfried / Lionel Arnould: Götterdämmerung In collaboration with Ex Machina

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DAS RHEINGOLD

DIE WALKÜRE

Wagner’s visionary initial installment of the Ring depicts the original sin of the theft of the sacred golden treasure, the vanity of the gods, the greed of the Nibelungen, the fratricide of the giants, and the building of Valhalla.

The incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde conceive the hero Siegfried, and Wotan’s willful daughter, Brünnhilde, loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance.

Conductor Philippe Jordan

Mime Gerhard Siegel

Conductor Philippe Jordan

Siegmund Stuart Skelton

Freia Wendy Bryn Harmer

Wotan Greer Grimsley /  Michael Volle

Brünnhilde Christine Goerke

Wotan Greer Grimsley / Michael Volle

Fricka Jamie Barton Erda Karen Cargill Loge Norbert Ernst* 38

Alberich Tomasz Konieczny* Fasolt Günther Groissböck Fafner Dmitry Belosselskiy

Sieglinde Eva-Maria Westbroek Fricka Jamie Barton

Hunding Günther Groissböck

*debut


CYCLE I MAR 9 mat Das Rheingold

MAR 30 mat Die Walküre APR 13 mat Siegfried

APR 27 mat Götterdämmerung

CYCLE II APR 29 Das Rheingold APR 30 Die Walküre MAY 2 Siegfried

MAY 4 eve Götterdämmerung

CYCLE III MAY 6 Das Rheingold MAY 7 Die Walküre MAY 9 Siegfried

MAY 11 eve Götterdämmerung

SIEGFRIED

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

Orphaned at birth, Siegfried learns his true identity and fulfills his destiny to become Brünnhilde’s savior and lover.

Wagner’s epic cycle concludes with acts of betrayal, murder, vengeance, and, finally, the destruction of the gods.

Conductor Philippe Jordan

Mime Gerhard Siegel

Conductor Philippe Jordan

Brünnhilde Christine Goerke

Wanderer Michael Volle

Brünnhilde Christine Goerke

Woodbird Erin Morley

Alberich Tomasz Konieczny

Gutrune Edith Haller*

Erda Karen Cargill

Fafner Dmitry Belosselskiy

Waltraute Sarah Connolly

Siegfried Stefan Vinke* / Andreas Schager

Siegfried Andreas Schager* / Stefan Vinke Gunther Evgeny Nikitin Alberich Tomasz Konieczny Hagen Eric Owens

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BECOME A RING LEADER We invite you to join the Met as a Ring Leader to guarantee that you receive the best seats and other special privileges for the 2019 cycles. Ring Leaders will receive highest priority seating for the cycle of their choice and for single Ring performances during the 2018 – 19 season. Ring Leader benefits are exclusive to Ring performances only. Ring Leaders will receive invitations to the following complimentary events:   Gala dinner before Das Rheingold   An open Ring rehearsal   Lectures and panel discussions   Backstage tour Ring Leaders will also be recognized in Playbill and the Met Season Book for the 2018 – 19 season. To learn more about becoming a Ring Leader, please call 212.870.7492.

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PRICE PER RING CYCLE (includes four performances) Ring Leader Tickets

CONTRIBUTION TOTAL PRICE PORTION PER CYCLE*

Platinum Ring Leaders—Parterre $111,140

125,000

Diamond Ring Leader—Parterre 13,180 Diamond Ring Leader—Orchestra 10,820 Diamond Ring Leader—Grand Tier 11,180

15,000 12,500 12,500

Full Parterre Box (8 seats)

Golden Ring Leader—Parterre Golden Ring Leader—Orchestra Golden Ring Leader—Grand Tier

6,180 5,680 5,980

8,000 7,000 7,000

Silver Ring Leader—Parterre Silver Ring Leader—Orchestra Silver Ring Leader—Grand Tier

3,180 1,820 2,180

5,000 3,500 3,500

Orchestra Premium AisleWA Orchestra Premium Orchestra PrimeA Orchestra Front SideWA Orchestra BalanceA Orchestra RearWA

$1,220 1,220 880 380 340 320

2,600 2,600 1,900 1,100 740 680

Parterre Center Premium Parterre Center Parterre Side Box Front Parterre Side Box Rear†

1,480 1,220 600 380

3,000 2,600 1,400 1,100

Ring cycle performances cannot be purchased as part of a Create Your Own series and must be purchased as a full cycle.

Performance Only Tickets

Grand Tier Premium Grand Tier PrimeW Grand Tier Balance Grand Tier Box Front Grand Tier Box Rear†

880 1,900 480 1,240 340 740 340 740 340 660

Dress Circle Premium Dress Circle Prime Dress Circle BalanceWA Dress Circle Box†

600 440 440 220

1,400 1,000 1,000 600

Balcony Premium Balcony Prime Balcony BalanceC Balcony Box†

400 220 220 200

860 600 600 380

Family Circle Premium Family Circle Prime Family Circle BalanceC Family Circle Box†

120 120 120 120

360 320 300 300

Wheelchair locations available

W

Removable armrest

A

Call 212.362.6000 for wheelchair accommodations.

C

Please note that box seats in the Parterre Side, Grand Tier, Dress Circle, Balcony, and Family Circle may be partial view.

* Total price includes value of goods and services

Please note: a facility fee of $2.50 per ticket will be added for the ongoing maintenance of the opera house. Facility fees not included in prices above. Total facility fee for 4 performances, $10.

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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 42

MON

TUE

WED

SEP 24 Samson et Dalila npp 6 PM  o Opening Night Gala Elder; Garanča, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy

25 La Bohème sp 7:30 PM  a Gaffigan; Car, Blue, Grigolo, Dupuis, Luciano, Rose, Maxwell

26 Aida sp 7:30 PM  c Luisotti; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Kelsey, Belosselskiy, Green

OCT 1 Samson et Dalila np 7:30 PM  b Elder; Garanča, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy

2 Aida 7:30 PM  b Luisotti; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Kelsey, Belosselskiy, Green

3 La Bohème 7:30 PM  a Gaffigan; Car, Blue, Grigolo, Dupuis, Luciano, Rose, Maxwell

8 La Fanciulla del West 7:30 PM  a Armiliato; Westbroek, Eyvazov, Bosi, Lučić, Simpson, Rose, Gradus

9 Samson et Dalila np 7:30 PM  b Elder; Garanča, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy

10 La Bohème 7:30 PM  a Gaffigan; Car, Phillips, Grigolo, Dupuis, Arrey, Rose, Maxwell

15 Aida 7:30 PM  a Luisotti; Wilson, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Kelsey, Belosselskiy, Green

16 Samson et Dalila np 7:30 PM  b Elder; Garanča, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy

17 La Fanciulla del West 7:30 PM  b Armiliato; Westbroek, Kaufmann, Bosi, Lučić, Simpson, Rose, Gradus

22 Marnie np 7:30 PM  a Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman

23 La Fanciulla del West 7:30 PM  b Armiliato; Westbroek, Kaufmann, Bosi, Lučić, Simpson, Rose, Gradus

24 No Performance

29 Tosca 7:30 PM  b Rizzi; Radvanovsky, Calleja, Koch, Carfizzi

30 Carmen sp 7:30 PM  a Wellber; Yu, Margaine, Lee, Ketelsen

31 Marnie np 7:30 PM  a Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman


THU

FRI

SAT mat

SAT eve

SEASON CALENDAR 2018 – 19 A scene from Nico Muhly’s Marnie at English National Opera 27 No Performance

28 Samson et Dalila np 7:30 PM  c Elder; Garanča, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy

29 La Bohème 12:30 PM  b Gaffigan; Car, Blue, Grigolo, Dupuis, Luciano, Rose, Maxwell

29 Aida 8 PM  c Luisotti; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Kelsey, Belosselskiy, Green

4 La Fanciulla del West sp 7:30 PM  a Armiliato; Westbroek, Eyvazov, Bosi, Lučić, Simpson, Rose, Gradus

5 Samson et Dalila np 8 PM  c Elder; Garanča, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy

6 Aida 1 PM  c Luisotti; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Kelsey, Belosselskiy, Green

6 La Bohème 8:30 PM  b Gaffigan; Car, Blue, Grigolo, Dupuis, Luciano, Rose, Maxwell

11 Aida 7:30 PM  b Luisotti; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Kelsey, Belosselskiy, Green

12 La Fanciulla del West 7:30 PM  a Armiliato; Westbroek, Eyvazov, Bosi, Lučić, Simpson, Rose, Gradus

13 Samson et Dalila np 1 PM  c Elder; Garanča, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy

13 La Bohème 8 PM  b Gaffigan; Car, Blue, Grigolo, Dupuis, Luciano, Rose, Maxwell

18 Aida npw 8 PM  a Luisotti; Wilson, Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Kelsey, Belosselskiy, Green

19 Marnie mop npw 8 PM  a Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman

20 Samson et Dalila np npw 1 PM  c Elder; Garanča, Alagna, Naouri, Azizov, Belosselskiy

20 La Fanciulla del West npw 8 PM  b Armiliato; Westbroek, Kaufmann, Bosi, Lučić, Simpson, Rose, Gradus

25 Tosca sp 7:30 PM  c Rizzi; Radvanovsky, Calleja, Koch, Carfizzi

26 No Performance

27 La Fanciulla del West lp 1 PM  b Armiliato; Westbroek, Kaufmann, Bosi, Lučić, Simpson, Rose, Gradus

27 Marnie np 8 PM  a Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman

NP=New Production • NPP=New Production Premiere • MOP=Metropolitan Opera Premiere SP=Season Premiere • LP=Last Performance • HP=Holiday Presentation • NPW=National Patron Weekend (October 18 – 20) Three days of exclusive activities for out-of-town Patrons. See page 53 for membership details. • TBA Artists to be announced • All castings, repertory, and curtain times subject to change

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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 44

MON

TUE

WED

5 Tosca 8 PM  b Rizzi; Radvanovsky, Calleja, Koch, Carfizzi

6 Carmen 7:30 PM  a Wellber; Yu, Margaine, Lee, Ketelsen

7 Marnie np 7:30 PM  a Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman

12 Mefistofele 7:30 PM  a Rizzi; Meade, Check, Fabiano, Van Horn

13 Tosca 7:30 PM  b Rizzi; Radvanovsky, Calleja, Sgura, Carfizzi

14 Les Pêcheurs de Perles sp 7:30 PM  a Villaume; Yende, Camarena, Kwiecien, Testé

19 Mefistofele 7:30 PM  a Colaneri; Meade, Check, Fabiano, Van Horn

20 Les Pêcheurs de Perles 8 PM  a Villaume; Yende, Camarena, Kwiecien, Testé

21 No Performance

26 Il Trittico 7:30 PM  a de Billy; Wagner, Blythe, Álvarez, Gagnidze, Muraro; Opolais, McKay, Blythe; Mkhitaryan, Blythe, Ayan, Domingo, Muraro

27 Mefistofele 7:30 PM  a Colaneri; Meade, Check, Fabiano, Van Horn

28 Les Pêcheurs de Perles 7:30 PM  a Villaume; Yende, Camarena, Kwiecien, Testé

3 La Bohème 7:30 PM  a Gaffigan; Pérez, Blue, Fabiano, Piazzola, Rock, Van Horn, Maxwell

4 La Traviata npp 8 PM  t Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey

5 Il Trittico 7:30 PM  a de Billy; Wagner, Blythe, Álvarez, Gagnidze, Muraro; Opolais, McKay, Blythe; Mkhitaryan, Blythe, Ayan, Domingo, Muraro

10 La Bohème 7:30 PM  a Gaffigan; Pérez, Blue, Fabiano, Piazzola, Rock, Van Horn, Maxwell

11 La Traviata np 8 PM  c Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey

12 Il Trittico 7:30 PM  a de Billy; Melnychenko, Blythe, Álvarez, Gallo, Muraro; Stikhina, McKay, Blythe; Mkhitaryan, Blythe, Ayan, Domingo, Muraro

17 Otello 7:30 PM  a Dudamel; Yoncheva, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lučić, Morris

18 La Traviata np 7:30 PM  c Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey

19 The Magic Flute hp sp 7:30 PM  h Bicket; Morley, Lewek, Bliss, Ryan, Gunn, Walker, Robinson

24 The Magic Flute hp 7 PM  h Bicket; Morley, Lewek, Bliss, Ryan, Gunn, Walker, Robinson

25 No Performance

26 La Traviata np 7:30 PM  b Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey

31 Adriana Lecouvreur npp 6 PM  e New Year’s Eve Gala Noseda; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczała, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro


THU

FRI

SAT mat

SAT eve

8 Mefistofele sp 7:30 PM  a Rizzi; Meade, Check, Fabiano, Van Horn

9 Tosca 8 PM  c Rizzi; Radvanovsky, Calleja, Koch, Carfizzi

10 Marnie np lp 1 PM  b Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman

10 Carmen 8 PM  a Wellber; Yu, Margaine, Lee, Ketelsen

15 Carmen 7:30 PM  a Wellber; Yu, Margaine, Lee, Ketelsen

16 Mefistofele 7:30 PM  a Rizzi; Meade, Check, Fabiano, Van Horn

17 Tosca 1 PM  b Rizzi; Radvanovsky, Calleja, Koch, Carfizzi

17 Les Pêcheurs de Perles 8 PM  b Villaume; Yende, Camarena, Kwiecien, Testé

22 No Performance

23 Il Trittico sp 7:30 PM  b de Billy; Wagner, Blythe, Álvarez, Gagnidze, Muraro; Opolais, McKay, Blythe; Mkhitaryan, Blythe, Ayan, Domingo, Muraro

24 Les Pêcheurs de Perles 1 PM  b Villaume; Yende, Camarena, Kwiecien, Testé

24 Mefistofele 8 PM  a Colaneri; Meade, Check, Fabiano, Van Horn

29 La Bohème 7:30 PM  a Gaffigan; Pérez, Blue, Fabiano, Piazzola, Rock, Van Horn, Maxwell

30 Il Trittico 7:30 PM  b de Billy; Wagner, Blythe, Álvarez, Gagnidze, Muraro; Opolais, McKay, Blythe; Mkhitaryan, Blythe, Ayan, Domingo, Muraro

DEC 1 Mefistofele lp 1 PM  b Colaneri; Meade, Check, Fabiano, Van Horn

1 Les Pêcheurs de Perles 8 PM  b Villaume; Yende, Camarena, Kwiecien, Testé

6 La Bohème 8 PM  b Gaffigan; Pérez, Blue, Fabiano, Piazzola, Rock, Van Horn, Maxwell

7 La Traviata np 8 PM  c Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey

8 Il Trittico 12:30 PM  c de Billy; Wagner, Blythe, Álvarez, Gagnidze, Muraro; Opolais, McKay, Blythe; Mkhitaryan, Blythe, Ayan, Domingo, Muraro

8 Les Pêcheurs de Perles lp 8:30 PM  a Villaume; Woodbury, Camarena, Kwiecien, Aceto

13 La Bohème lp 8 PM  a Gaffigan; Pérez, Blue, Fabiano, Piazzola, Rock, Van Horn, Maxwell

14 Otello sp 8 PM  b Dudamel; Yoncheva, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lučić, Morris

15 La Traviata np 1 PM  c Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey

15 Il Trittico lp 8:30 PM  b de Billy; Wagner, Blythe, Álvarez, Gagnidze, Muraro; Opolais, McKay, Blythe; Mkhitaryan, Blythe, Ayan, Domingo, Muraro

20 No Performance

21 Otello 8 PM  b Dudamel; Yoncheva, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lučić, Morris

22 La Traviata np 1 PM  b Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey

22 The Magic Flute hp 8 PM  h Bicket; Morley, Lewek, Bliss, Ryan, Gunn, Walker, Robinson

27 The Magic Flute hp 7:30 PM  h Bicket; Morley, Lewek, Bliss, Ryan, Gunn, Walker, Robinson

28 Otello 7:30 PM  b Dudamel; TBA, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lučić, Morris

29 The Magic Flute hp 1 PM  h Bicket; Morley, Lewek, Bliss, Ryan, Gunn, Walker, Robinson

29 La Traviata np 8 PM  b Nézet-Séguin; Damrau, Flórez, Kelsey

NOV 1 No Performance

2 Tosca 8 PM  c Rizzi; Radvanovsky, Calleja, Koch, Carfizzi

3 Carmen 1 PM  a Wellber; Yu, Margaine, Lee, Ketelsen

3 Marnie np 8 PM  a Spano; Leonard, Kelly, Graves, Davies, Maltman

NP=New Production • NPP=New Production Premiere • MOP=Metropolitan Opera Premiere SP=Season Premiere • LP=Last Performance • HP=Holiday Presentation • TBA Artists to be announced All castings, repertory, and curtain times subject to change

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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 46

MON

TUE

WED

7 Aida 7:30 PM  b Luisotti; Radvanovsky, Zajick, Lee, Frontali, Kowaljow, Howard

8 Adriana Lecouvreur np 7:30 PM  c Noseda; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczała, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro

9 Carmen 8 PM  a Langrée; Kurzak, Margaine, Alagna, Vinogradov

14 Aida 7:30 PM  b Luisotti; Radvanovsky, Zajick, Lee, Frontali, Kowaljow, Howard

15 Pelléas et Mélisande sp 7:30 PM  a Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Lemieux, Appleby, Ketelsen, Furlanetto

16 Adriana Lecouvreur np 7:30 PM  c Noseda; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczała, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro

21 Carmen 7:30 PM  a Langrée; Kurzak, Margaine, Alagna, Vinogradov

22 Pelléas et Mélisande 7:30 PM  a Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Lemieux, Appleby, Ketelsen, Furlanetto

23 Adriana Lecouvreur np 7:30 PM  c Noseda; Rowley, Rachvelishvili, Beczała, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro

28 Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle 7:30 PM  a Nánási; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Markov, Azizov, Kowaljow; Denoke, Finley

29 Carmen 7:30 PM  a Langrée; Kurzak, Margaine, Alagna, Vinogradov

30 Don Giovanni sp 7:30 PM  a Meister; Willis-Sørensen, TBA, Garifullina, de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Cedel, Kocán

4 Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle 7:30 PM  a Nánási; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Markov, Azizov, Kowaljow; Denoke, Finley

5 Carmen 7:30 PM  a Langrée; Kurzak, Margaine, Alagna, Vinogradov

6 Don Giovanni 7:30 PM  a Meister; Willis-Sørensen, TBA, Garifullina, de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Cedel, Kocán

11 La Fille du Régiment 7:30 PM  a Mazzola; Yende, Blythe, Camarena, Corbelli

12 Rigoletto sp 7:30 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Grigolo, Frontali, Kocán

13 Don Giovanni 7:30 PM  a Meister; Willis-Sørensen, TBA, Garifullina, de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Cedel, Kocán

18 La Fille du Régiment 7:30 PM  a Mazzola; Yende, Blythe, Camarena, Muraro

19 Rigoletto 7:30 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Grigolo, Frontali, Kocán

20 Don Giovanni 7:30 PM  a Meister; Check, TBA, Chaieb, de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Chen, Kocán

25 No Performance

26 La Fille du Régiment 8 PM  a Mazzola; Yende, Blythe, Camarena, Muraro

27 Falstaff 8 PM  a Farnes; Schultz, Pérez, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez

JAN 1 The Magic Flute hp 3:30 PM  h Bicket; Morley, Lewek, Bliss, Ryan, Gunn, Walker, Robinson

2 Otello 7:30 PM  a Dudamel; Yoncheva, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lučić, Morris


THU

FRI

SAT mat

SAT eve

10 Otello lp 7:30 PM  a Dudamel; Yoncheva, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lučić, Morris

11 Aida 7:30 PM  b Luisotti; Radvanovsky, Zajick, Lee, Frontali, Kowaljow, Howard

12 Adriana Lecouvreur np 1 PM  c Noseda; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczała, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro

12 Carmen 8:30 PM  a Langrée; Kurzak, Margaine, Alagna, Vinogradov

17 Carmen 7:30 PM  a Langrée; Phillips, Margaine, Alagna, Simpson

18 Aida 7:30 PM  b Luisotti; Radvanovsky, Zajick, Lee, Frontali, Kowaljow, Howard

19 Pelléas et Mélisande 12:30 PM  b Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Lemieux, Appleby, Ketelsen, Furlanetto

19 Adriana Lecouvreur np 8 PM  c Noseda; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczała, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro

24 Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle sp 8 PM  a Nánási; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Markov, Azizov, Kowaljow; Denoke, Finley

25 Pelléas et Mélisande 7:30 PM  a Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Lemieux, Appleby, Ketelsen, Furlanetto

26 Carmen 1 PM  b Langrée; Kurzak, Margaine, Alagna, Vinogradov

26 Adriana Lecouvreur np lp 8 PM  c Noseda; Rowley, Rachvelishvili, Beczała, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro

31 Pelléas et Mélisande lp 7:30 PM  a TBA; Leonard, Lemieux, Appleby, Ketelsen, Furlanetto

FEB 1 Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle 7:30 PM  a Nánási; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Markov, Azizov, Kowaljow; Denoke, Finley

2 Carmen 1 PM  a Langrée; Kurzak, Margaine, Alagna, Vinogradov

2 Don Giovanni 8:30 PM  a Meister; Willis-Sørensen, TBA, Garifullina, de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Cedel, Kocán

7 La Fille du Régiment sp 7:30 PM  a Mazzola; Yende, Blythe, Camarena, Corbelli

8 Carmen lp 7:30 PM  a Langrée; Kurzak, Margaine, Alagna, Vinogradov

9 Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle 12:30 PM  a Nánási; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Markov, Azizov, Kowaljow; Denoke, Finley

9 Don Giovanni 8 PM  a Meister; Willis-Sørensen, TBA, Garifullina, de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Cedel, Kocán

14 Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle lp 7:30 PM  a Nánási; Yoncheva, Polenzani, Meachem, Azizov, Roslavets; Denoke, Finley

15 La Fille du Régiment 8 PM  a Mazzola; Yende, Blythe, Camarena, Corbelli

16 Don Giovanni 1 PM  a Meister; Willis-Sørensen, TBA, Garifullina, de Barbeyrac, Pisaroni, Abdrazakov, Cedel, Kocán

16 Rigoletto 8 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Grigolo, Frontali, Kocán

21 No Performance

22 Falstaff sp 8 PM  a Farnes; Schultz, Pérez, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez

23 Rigoletto 1 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Grigolo, Frontali, Kocán

23 La Fille du Régiment 8 PM  b Mazzola; Yende, Blythe, Camarena, Muraro

3 The Magic Flute hp 7:30 PM  h Bicket; Mancasola, Park, Bliss, Schowalter, Rock, Walker, Chen

28 Aida 7:30 PM  b Domingo; Owens, Petrova, Antonenko, Kelsey, Kocán, Howard

4 Adriana Lecouvreur np 7:30 PM  c Noseda; Netrebko, Rachvelishvili, Beczała, Bosi, Maestri, Muraro

5 Otello 1 PM  a Dudamel; Yoncheva, Johnson Cano, Skelton, Dolgov, Lučić, Morris

5 The Magic Flute hp lp 8 PM  h Bicket; Morley, Lewek, Bliss, Schowalter, Gunn, Walker, Robinson

NP=New Production • NPP=New Production Premiere • MOP=Metropolitan Opera Premiere SP=Season Premiere • LP=Last Performance • HP=Holiday Presentation • TBA Artists to be announced All castings, repertory, and curtain times subject to change

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MARCH / APRIL

MON

TUE

WED

4 Aida 7:30 PM  b Domingo; Radvanovsky, Petrova, Antonenko, Kelsey, Kocán, Howard

5 Falstaff 7:30 PM  a Farnes; Schultz, Pérez, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez

6 Rigoletto 7:30 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Hymel, Frontali, Kocán

11 No Performance

12 Falstaff 8 PM  a Farnes; Schultz, Pérez, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez

13 Samson et Dalila np 8 PM  a Elder; Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Naouri, Konieczny, Groissböck

18 Tosca 8 PM  a Rizzi; Rowley, Calleja, Koch, Cokorinos

19 Samson et Dalila np 8 PM  a Elder; Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Naouri, Konieczny, Groissböck

20 Rigoletto 8 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Hymel, Frontali, Kocán

25 Die Walküre 6:30 PM  r Jordan; Goerke, Westbroek, Barton, Skelton, Grimsley, Groissböck

26 Tosca 7:30 PM  a Rizzi; Rowley, Calleja, Koch, Cokorinos

27 No Performance

APR 1 No Performance

2 Tosca 7:30 PM  a Rizzi; Rowley, Calleja, Koch, Cokorinos

3 La Clemenza di Tito 8 PM  a Koenigs; Fang, van den Heever, DiDonato, Murrihy, Polenzani, Van Horn

8 No Performance

9 Don Giovanni 8 PM  a Meister; Yu, Phillips, Malfi, Breslik, Mattei, Plachetka, Sim, Belosselskiy

10 La Traviata np 8 PM  b Luisotti; Hartig, Costello, Rucinski

15 Don Giovanni 8 PM  a Meister; Yu, Phillips, Malfi, Appleby, Mattei, Plachetka, Sim, Belosselskiy

16 La Clemenza di Tito 8 PM  a Koenigs; Fang, van den Heever, DiDonato, Murrihy, Polenzani, Van Horn

17 La Traviata np 8 PM  b Luisotti; Hartig, Costello, Domingo

22 No Performance

23 No Performance

24 La Traviata np 7:30 PM  b Luisotti; Hartig, Costello, Domingo

29 Das Rheingold 7:30 PM Ring Cycle II Jordan; Harmer, Barton, Cargill, Ernst, Siegel, Volle, Konieczny, Groissböck, Belosselskiy

30 Die Walküre 6 PM Ring Cycle II Jordan; Goerke, Westbroek, Barton, Skelton, Volle, Groissböck

SUN 31 National Council Grand Finals Concert sw 3 PM  n Conductor: Carlo Rizzi

28 50th Anniversary Celebration: Plácido Domingo 6 PM See page 36 for details

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THU

FRI

SAT mat

SAT eve

7 Aida lp 7:30 PM  b Domingo; Radvanovsky, Petrova, Antonenko, Kelsey, Kocán, Howard

8 Falstaff 8 PM  a Farnes; Schultz, Dix, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez

9 Das Rheingold 1 PM Ring Cycle I Jordan; Harmer, Barton, Cargill, Ernst, Siegel, Grimsley, Konieczny, Groissböck, Belosselskiy

9 Rigoletto 8 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Hymel, Frontali, Kocán

14 Das Rheingold 8 PM  r Jordan; Harmer, Barton, Cargill, Ernst, Siegel, Grimsley, Konieczny, Groissböck, Belosselskiy

15 Rigoletto 8 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Hymel, Frontali, Kocán

16 Falstaff lp 1 PM  b Farnes; Schultz, Pérez, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez

16 Samson et Dalila np 8 PM  b Elder; Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Naouri, Konieczny, Groissböck

21 No Performance

22 No Performance

23 Samson et Dalila np 1 PM  b Elder; Rachvelishvili, Antonenko, Naouri, Konieczny, Groissböck

23 Tosca 8 PM  b Rizzi; Rowley, Calleja, Koch, Cokorinos

28 Samson et Dalila np sw lp 8 PM  a Elder; Rachvelishvili, Benedikt, Naouri, Konieczny, Groissböck

29 Tosca sw 8 PM  b Rizzi; Rowley, Calleja, Koch, Cokorinos

30 Die Walküre sw 12 PM Ring Cycle I Jordan; Goerke, Westbroek, Barton, Skelton, Grimsley, Groissböck

30 La Clemenza di Tito sp sw 8:30 PM  b Koenigs; Fang, van den Heever, DiDonato, Murrihy, Polenzani, Van Horn

4 Don Giovanni 8 PM  a Meister; Yu, Phillips, Malfi, Breslik, Mattei, Plachetka, Sim, Belosselskiy

5 La Traviata np 8 PM  b Luisotti; Hartig, Costello, Rucinski

6 Tosca lp 1 PM  a Rizzi; Rowley, Calleja, Koch, Cokorinos

6 La Clemenza di Tito 8 PM  b Koenigs; Fang, van den Heever, DiDonato, Murrihy, Polenzani, Van Horn

11 La Clemenza di Tito 8 PM  a Koenigs; Fang, van den Heever, DiDonato, Murrihy, Polenzani, Van Horn

12 Don Giovanni 8 PM  a Meister; Yu, Phillips, Malfi, Breslik, Mattei, Plachetka, Sim, Belosselskiy

13 Siegfried 11:30 AM Ring Cycle I Jordan; Goerke, Morley, Cargill, Vinke, Siegel, Volle, Konieczny, Belosselskiy

13 La Traviata np 8:30 PM  c Luisotti; Hartig, Costello, Domingo

18 Don Giovanni lp 8 PM  a Meister; Yu, Phillips, Malfi, Appleby, Mattei, Plachetka, Sim, Belosselskiy

19 No Performance

20 La Clemenza di Tito lp 1 PM  b Koenigs; Fang, van den Heever, DiDonato, Murrihy, Polenzani, Van Horn

20 La Traviata np 8 PM  c Luisotti; Hartig, Costello, Domingo

25 Die Walküre 6:30 PM  r Jordan; Goerke, Westbroek, Barton, Skelton, Grimsley, Groissböck

26 Rigoletto 8 PM  a Luisotti; Feola, Zaharia, Hymel, Gagnidze, Ivashchenko

27 Götterdämmerung 11 AM Ring Cycle I Jordan; Goerke, Haller, Connolly, Schager, Nikitin, Konieczny, Owens

27 La Traviata np lp 8:30 PM  c Luisotti; Hartig, Costello, Domingo

MAR 1 Rigoletto 8 PM  a Luisotti; Sierra, Zaharia, Grigolo, Frontali, Kocán

2 La Fille du Régiment lp 1 PM  b Mazzola; Yende, Blythe, Camarena, Muraro

2 Falstaff 8 PM  b Farnes; Schultz, Pérez, Lemieux, Johnson Cano, Demuro, Maestri, Rodríguez

NP=New Production • NPP=New Production Premiere • MOP=Metropolitan Opera Premiere SP=Season Premiere • LP=Last Performance • HP=Holiday Presentation • SW=Spring Weekend (March 28 – 31) Four days of exclusive activities for National Council, Met Broadcast supporters and Encore Associates TBA Artists to be announced • All castings, repertory, and curtain times subject to change

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MON

MAY 50

TUE

WED MAY 1 Rigoletto 7:30 PM  a Luisotti; Feola, Zaharia, Hymel, Gagnidze, Ivashchenko

6 Das Rheingold lp 7:30 PM Ring Cycle III Jordan; Harmer, Barton, Cargill, Ernst, Siegel, Volle, Konieczny, Groissböck, Belosselskiy

7 Die Walküre lp 6 PM Ring Cycle III Jordan; Goerke, Westbroek, Barton, Skelton, Volle, Groissböck

8 Dialogues des Carmélites 7:30 PM  c Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Pieczonka, Morley, Cargill, Mattila, Portillo, Croft


THU

FRI

SAT mat

SAT eve

2 Siegfried 6 PM Ring Cycle II Jordan; Goerke, Morley, Cargill, Schager, Siegel, Volle, Konieczny, Belosselskiy

3 Dialogues des Carmélites sp 7:30 PM  c Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Pieczonka, Morley, Cargill, Mattila, Portillo, Croft

4 Rigoletto 11 AM  a Luisotti; Feola, Zaharia, Hymel, Gagnidze, Ivashchenko

4 Götterdämmerung 6 PM Ring Cycle II Jordan; Goerke, Haller, Connolly, Schager, Nikitin, Konieczny, Owens

9 Siegfried lp 6 PM Ring Cycle III Jordan; Goerke, Morley, Cargill, Vinke, Siegel, Volle, Konieczny, Belosselskiy

10 Rigoletto lp 7:30 PM  a Luisotti; Feola, Zaharia, Hymel, Gagnidze, Ivashchenko

11 Dialogues des Carmélites lp 12 PM  c Nézet-Séguin; Leonard, Pieczonka, Morley, Cargill, Mattila, Portillo, Croft

11 Götterdämmerung lp 6 PM Ring Cycle III Jordan; Goerke, Haller, Connolly, Vinke, Nikitin, Konieczny, Owens

A scene from Götterdämmerung

NP=New Production • NPP=New Production Premiere • MOP=Metropolitan Opera Premiere SP=Season Premiere • LP=Last Performance • HP=Holiday Presentation • TBA Artists to be announced All castings, repertory, and curtain times subject to change

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PATRONS Annual memberships begin at $2,750. Patrons enjoy priority ticketing for subscriptions, the Ring cycle, and single tickets, and may order all 2018 – 19 performances now. Patrons also enjoy exclusive access to the Patron Lounge, free coat check, dress rehearsal passes, invitations to Met Talks panel discussions, young artist recitals, and more. Patrons living outside the New York City area are invited to our National Patron Weekend, October 18 – 20. For details, call 212.870.4502. Sponsor Patrons ($5,500) enjoy personalized service and are also invited to working rehearsals and recognized in Playbill and the Met Season Book. Premiere Circle Sponsors ($10,000) are invited to master classes and other presentations featuring Met artists. For exclusive benefits at higher levels of giving, please call 212.870.4502. For purposes of tax deductibility, the value of goods and services at these levels may be disregarded.

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PRODUCTION FUNDERS

Aida Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington La Bohème Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington Carmen Production a gift of Mrs. Paul Desmarais Sr. La Clemenza di Tito Production a gift of the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Fund, established by the founders of The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. Dialogues des Carmélites Production a gift of Francis Goelet Don Giovanni Production a gift of the Richard and Susan Braddock Family Foundation, and Sarah and Howard Solomon Additional funding from Jane and Jerry del Missier, and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra K. Zilkha Revival a gift of the Metropolitan Opera Club Falstaff Production a gift of the Betsy and Ed Cohen / Areté Foundation Fund for New Productions & Revivals, and Harry and Misook Doolittle Additional funding from The Gilbert S. Kahn & John J. Noffo Kahn Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller La Fanciulla del West Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund Revival a gift of Rolex La Fille du Régiment Production a gift of The Annenberg Foundation Iolanta / Bluebeard’s Castle Production a gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Nicholas F. Taubman Additional funding from Mrs. Veronica Atkins; Dr. Magdalena Berenyi, in memory of Dr. Kalman Berenyi; and the National Endowment for the Arts

The Magic Flute Abridged production of The Magic Flute a gift of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Bill Rollnick and Nancy Ellison Rollnick Original production of Die Zauberflöte a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Additional funding from John Van Meter, The Annenberg Foundation, Karen and Kevin Kennedy, Bill Rollnick and Nancy Ellison Rollnick, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller, Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman, and Mr. and Mrs. Ezra K. Zilkha Mefistofele Production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Julian H. Robertson, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr. Additional funding by the Rose and Robert Edelman Foundation, Inc. Otello Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr. Revival a gift of Rolex Les Pêcheurs de Perles Production a gift of the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa Additional funding from The Annenberg Foundation; Mr. William R. Miller, in memory of Irene D. Miller; and American Express Pelléas et Mélisande Production a gift of Pierre and Ailene Claeyssens Rigoletto Production a gift of the Hermione Foundation, Laura Sloate, Trustee; and Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone Tosca Production a gift of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr; The Paiko Foundation; and Dr. Elena Prokupets, in memory of her late husband, Rudy Prokupets Major funding from Rolex Revival a gift of NPD Group. Inc. Il Trittico Production a gift of Karen and Kevin Kennedy Additional funding from the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa, The Annenberg Foundation, Hermione Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Miller, and M. Beverly and Robert G. Bartner

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More About the Met The Met: Live in HD The Met’s series of cinema transmissions is supported by its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation, and its digital sponsor, Bloomberg Philanthropies. Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcasts The 88th season of radio broadcasts will once again be heard over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Metropolitan Opera Radio The Met’s round-the-clock station continues on SiriusXM channel 75. Met Opera on Demand More than 650 Met performances—including Live in HD presentations—are available for streaming. Met Opera Shop Visit the shop at the opera house or online at metoperashop.org for CDs, DVDs, and gifts.

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MORE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE THE MET The Met offers a number of other ways to purchase tickets to our season. Learn more about the Met’s various ticket offers at metopera.org/tickets.

FULL-SEASON SUBSCRIPTION

Full-season subscribers enjoy curated packages of five to eight operas, guaranteed seat locations, up to 15% discount over the cost of single tickets, and unlimited free exchanges. Learn more at metopera.org/subscribe.

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Full-time undergraduate and graduate students are able to purchase student tickets to select performances at a special student rate. Register at metopera.org/students.

FRIDAYS UNDER 40

Select Friday performances in the 2018 – 19 season feature a pre-curtain party for audience members 40 and under, with complimentary cocktails. Learn more at metopera.org/fun40.

GROUP SALES

Whether you’re a group of students, professionals, seniors, travelers, or friends, receive special rates when you book 10 or more tickets to a single performance. Learn more at metopera.org/groups.

Exchanges, Returns, and Ticket Donations We regret that there are no refunds or cancellations. Tickets can be exchanged until 24 hours before the performance for a $10 fee per ticket. The exchange fee is waived for Subscribers and Patrons. Casts and repertory are subject to change without notice. If you are unable to use your tickets, you may donate them for resale until curtain time of the select performance. Please call 212.362.6000, or mail unused tickets to: Metropolitan Opera, P.O. Box 1704, New York, NY 10023. A tax receipt will be issued for the ticket amount.

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SINGLE TICKET PRICE CHART Seat Location Orchestra Premium AisleWA Orchestra Premium Front Orchestra PrimeA Orchestra Front SideWA Orchestra BalanceA Orchestra RearWA

Locate the alphabetical category for your performance in the Season Calendar section of this brochure. Prices per seat are listed below.

A

B

E *

C

H

N *

O *

T*

R

$300 260 200 160 115 85

320 285 230 180 140 95

345  * * 315  * * 265  * * 205 255 170 220 130 185

175 140 120 120 95 80

90  * * 90  * * 90  * * 70 700 70 400 70 400

345 315 265 205 170 130

** ** ** 260 225 185

Parterre Center Premium Parterre Center Parterre Side Front Parterre Side Rear†

445 335 170 135

460 360 190 155

480 390 215 180

* * * * * * * *

220 170 140 110

190  * * 190  * * 125  * * 125  * *

480 390 215 180

** ** ** **

Grand Tier Premium Grand Tier PrimeW Grand Tier Balance Grand Tier Box Front Grand Tier Box Rear†

295 195 130 130 95

315 225 155 160 125

340  * * 260  * * 185 200 195 185 160 155

175 125 100 90 90

90  * * 90  * * 75 300 60 300 60 300

340 260 185 195 160

** ** 220 220 185

Dress Circle Premium Dress Circle Prime Dress Circle BalanceWA Dress Circle Box†

170 125 95 85

190 145 115 95

215 170 140 110

250 185 160 140

100 80 80 55

75 60 60 60

300 300 140 140

215 170 140 110

255 195 175 145

Balcony Premium Balcony Prime Balcony BalanceC Balcony Box†

100 85 85 30

120 95 95 35

145 110 110 42

155 125 120 55

60 50 50 30

65 50 50 50

150 150 150 85

145 110 110 42

165 130 130 62

35 30 30 30

42 37 37 37

52 47 47 47

57 52 52 52

35 30 30 30

30 25 25 25

85 85 85 85

52 47 47 47

62 57 57 57

Family Circle Premium Family Circle Prime Family Circle BalanceC Family Circle Box†

A B C E

Price category as listed in Season Calendar New Year’s Eve, Adriana Lecouvreur

H Holiday Performances, The Magic Flute

N National Council Auditions Grand Finals

O Opening Night, Samson et Dalila R

Ring non-cycle performances

T

Gala, La Traviata

Wheelchair locations available

W

Removable armrest

A

Call 212.362.6000 for wheelchair accommodations.

C

Please note: a facility fee of $2.50 per ticket will be added for the ongoing maintenance of the opera house. Please note that box seats in the Parterre Side, Grand Tier, Dress Circle, Balcony, and Family Circle may be partial view.

Single ticket prices are subject to change from June 24, 2018. * Ticket price includes additional contribution.

** Please call 212.362.6000 or visit metopera.org/specialevents for gala pricing.

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