Met Live in HD 2021-22 Season Preview

MET: Live In HD 2021-22 Season Preview

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its next season on 9th October, with bass René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprising his overwhelming portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia. The season continues with Fire Shut Up in My Bones (October 23, 2021), Eurydice (December 4, 2021), Cinderella (January 1, 2022), Rigoletto (January 29, 2022), Ariadne auf Naxos (March 12, 2022), Don Carlos (March 26, 2022), Turandot (May 7, 2022), Lucia di Lammermoor (May 21, 2022), and Hamlet (June 4, 2022).

With Classical Arts Ireland, you can enjoy all of this – at a venue near you. Stay tuned for more details.

 


2021-22 SEASON CALENDAR

Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) 9th October 2021 
Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Blanchard) 23rd October 2021
Eurydice (Aucoin) 4th December 2021
Cinderella (Massenet) 1st January 2022
Rigoletto (Verdi) 29th January 2022
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss) 12th March 2022
Don Carlos (Verdi) 26th March 2022
Turandot (Puccini) 7th May 2022
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) 21st May 2022
Hamlet (Dean) 4th June 2022

SHORT OPERA SUMMARIES BELOW

 

BORIS GODUNOV (Modest Mussorgsky)

A scene from Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov with RenéŽPape as the title role. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera. Photo taken during the rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on October 6, 2010.

Saturday, October 9th, 2021 | 17:55
Bass René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his overwhelming portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky’s masterwork, a pillar of the Russian repertoire, in its original 1869 version, which runs two-and-a-quarter hours with no intermission. Stephen Wadsworth’s affecting production poignantly captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people as well as the tsar himself.

 


FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES (Terence Blanchard)

Fire Shut up in my BonesSaturday, October 23rd, 2021 | 17:55
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoire, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affectin” and “subtly powerful.” Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging; Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.

 


EURYDICE (Matthew Aucoin)

Eurydice
Saturday, December 4th, 2021 | 17:55

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Rising American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story—a product of the Met’s commissioning program. With a libretto by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Yannick Nézet-Séguin oversees the momentous Met premiere from the podium, leading Aucoin’s evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter-ego. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice’s father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself.

 


CINDERELLA (Jules Massenet)

CinderellaSaturday, January 1st, 2021 | 17:55

Continuing a treasured holiday tradition, the Met presents a new instalment in its series of abridged opera adaptations for family audiences. Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon, a hit of the 2017–18 season, is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90 minutes, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which includes mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians.


RIGOLETTO (Giuseppe Verdi)

RigolettoSaturday, January 29th, 2022 | 17:55

Bartlett Sher’s bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy arrives onscreen on January 29. The Tony Award­–winning director resets the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined eight Tony Awards. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with leading maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium. A second run of performances in the spring features baritone Ludovic Tézier, soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan, and tenor Stephen Costello, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon.


ARIADNE AUF NAXOS (Richard Strauss)

Ariadne auf Naxos

Saturday, March 12th, 2020 | 17:55
The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen brings one of her signature roles to the Met for the first time as the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus, and Wolfgang Brendel as the Major-Domo. Marek Janowski conducts.

NOTE: Wolfgang Brendel will perform the role of Major-Domo in the Live in HD broadcast of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos on March 12, replacing Thomas Allen.


DON CARLOS (Giuseppe Verdi)

Don CarlosSaturday, March 26th, 2022 | 16:00
For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a world-beating cast of opera’s leading lights, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Eboli. Bass Günther Groissböck and bass-baritone John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Etienne Dupuis rounds out the all-star principal cast as Rodrigue. Verdi’s masterpiece receives a monumental new staging by David McVicar that marks his 11th Met production, placing him among the most prolific and popular directors in recent Met memory.

NOTE: Jamie Barton will sing Eboli in this new production of the original five-act French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos, replacing Elīna Garanča, who has withdrawn.


TURANDOT (Giacomo Puccini)

Saturday, May 7th, 2022 | 17:55

Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska stars in the title role of the legendary cold-hearted princess—seen live in cinemas on May 7. Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring score.

NOTE: Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will perform the role of Turandot, replacing Anna Netrebko who has withdrawn from her forthcoming performances at the Met as she will not repudiate her public support for Vladimir Putin. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who has sung Turandot previously at the Ukrainian National Opera and at the Bolshoi, made her Met debut in 2012, singing the title role in Verdi’s Aida, which she again sang with the company in 2014. Her other Met roles include the title character in Puccini’s Tosca, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco. She has also performed widely at many leading opera houses, including Milan’s La Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Barcelona’s Gran Theatre del Liceu and manv more.

 


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Gaetano Donizetti)

Lucia di Lammermoor
Saturday, May 21st, 2022 | 17:55
Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory’s most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by in-demand Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Show-stopping tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia’s beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Ruciński as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo.

 


HAMLET (Brett Dean)

HamletSaturday, June 4th, 2022 | 17:55

When Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” Now, this riveting contemporary masterpiece arrives at the Met, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to New York. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and Canadian bass-baritone John Relyea as the ghost of Hamlet’s father.

NOTE:  John Relyea will sing the Ghost in all performances of Brett Dean’s Hamlet this season, replacing John Tomlinson.

 


Met: Live in HD 2022-23 Season Announced 

The Met’s 2022-23 lineup is the most ambitious yet, featuring the world-premiere staging of The Hours, company premieres of Champion and Medea, and four additional new productions (Fedora, Lohengrin, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte). The roster of artists to appear on Irish screens include Piotr Beczała, Lise Davidsen, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Ryan Speedo Green, Kelli O’Hara, Nadine Sierra, Russell Thomas, Sonya Yoncheva, and more.

The Met: Live in HD 2022-23 season kicks off on October 22 with Medea starring Sondra Radvanovsky. Explore the season.

 


 

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