Metropolitan Opera Announces 2013-14 Season with an English Accent

Several British Imports are Planned

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 05:00 PM

The Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday announced its 2013-14 season, which will feature six new productions – including two Met premieres – as well as 14 revivals. It will also mark the return of the injury-plagued James Levine to the Met podium for the first time in two years.

The season opens September 23 with Anna Netrebko starring in her third consecutive Opening Night Gala, this time in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, a co-production with English National Opera, directed by Deborah Warner and conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The following month, David Robertson will conduct the New York premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, which received its world premiere in 2011 at English National Opera in London. The story of an ill-fated meeting in an online chat room will be directed by Bartlett Sher and star Alice Coote and Paul Appleby.

Another British import is scheduled for December 6, when Verdi’s Falstaff, a co-production between the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and La Scala makes its local debut. Robert Carsen’s production is updated to 1950’s England and stars Ambrogio Maestri and Nicola Alaimo in the role of Sir John Falstaff. Levine is to conduct.

Reviewing the London performance in 2012, Operavore’s Fred Plotkin wrote, "This Falstaff...was fresh, vibrant and relevant because its director, Robert Carsen, found resonance in the issue of social class distinctions and the behavior and customs that attend them.”

A new production of Johann Strauss’s comedy Die Fledermaus will serve as the season's New Year's Eve gala with one potential twist: it will feature new dialogue by director Jeremy Sams and playwright Douglas Carter Beane. The cast is to include Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde and Christopher Maltman as her husband, Eisenstein.

Borodin’s Prince Igor will get its first Met performances since 1917, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Dmitri Tcherniakov makes his Met directing debut with this production, although he has worked in the house before; his production of The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh for the Mariinsky Theater was seen at the 2003 Lincoln Center Festival.

A new staging of Massenet’s Werther, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča, arrives March 15. Richard Eyre directs, continuing with the season heavy on English stage directors.

The Met’s 2013-14 season will feature 20 revivals, including a 1996 production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in commemoration of the composer’s centennial. Berg’s Wozzeck returns under Levine’s baton, with Thomas Hampson and Deborah Voigt in the lead roles, as does Julie Taymor’s holiday presentation of The Magic Flute. Jane Glover is in the pit, marking a rare appearance by a woman conductor.

The Met will also broadcast 10 Saturday matinees live in high definition beginning with Eugene Onegin on Oct. 5.

As part of the season announcement, which was made without the customary press conference for the second year in a row, the Met said it would reduce ticket prices next season. The average cost of admission will drop by 10 percent, or to $156 from $174.

The company is also seeking to sell the benefits of subscriptions by pricing those tickets at a 15 percent discount over single-ticket sales for evening performances, and 10 percent for Saturday matinees. The discounts arrive after prices increased by an average of 10 percent this season, according to the New York Times.


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Comments [6]

Ninon lewis from Canada

Not only Zeffirelli' s Tosca should be revived but please, give us back his Traviata. We miss him so much.
No one else has been able to translate Verdi, Puccini and Bellini' s operas with such grace, poetry and romantiscism.
Viva Italia. Viva Zeffirelli!

Oct. 03 2013 02:12 AM
Tom Castner from Long Island City

Why is it that the many comments from Kenneth Bennet Lane from NJ always come across as a Public Service Announcement promoting himself?

Aug. 07 2013 10:44 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richarad Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

News today by the general manager of LA SCALA, Stephane Lissner that the world-famous opera house that was VERDI's outreach to the musical world is suffering government subsidy cutbacks and diminished attendance records will cut back on its scheduling, its season length and the number of productions. Worldwide the excuse by governments for cutting back on support of their cultural institutions, the opera, the symphony, the music conservatories, the museums, the universities and television and radio public broadcasting is 'we can't afford it." What we can't afford is the ignorance of our respective cultures that provide the incentive for achieving, that entertain and inform In the USA we are not even paying attention to our intrastructure with thousands of bridges and roadways and hospitals and schools in dangerous conditions, falling bridges with vehicles plunging into the waterways below. Terrorists terror but simple-minded, ethically challenged politicians potentially are even more destructive of an enlightened civilized society. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer and
director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute.

May. 27 2013 03:02 PM
Leslie Miller from Belfast, Maine

I was thrilled that the MET was going to drop its ticket prices. I travel a long way to get there and so last year my 29$ + tickets in the Family Circle were the least of my costs. When I renewed this year, it seems that the Family Circle tickets have increased in price. A bit of a shock, for those of us who struggle to go at any price.

There's a little problem with "truth in advertising" here.

Mar. 21 2013 05:33 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

What opera general managers cannot contend with when they sign up singing artists for future performances often five years in advance is the awful possibility that thr particular singer may no longer possess the vocal attributes for singing the role or roles assigned. THIS MAY BE THE REASON THAT THE MET IOERA IS NOT DOING WAGNER NOR THE VERDI OPERAS REQUIRING ROBUST HEROIC VOICES. Often the problem arises when the singer has bad nutrition, a debilitating hedonistic lifestyle or an inadequate vocal technique. Pavarotti's food preferences and lack of physical activity, power walking or gym workouts, MAY have cut short his potential professional life. Jerome Hines had maintained a good health-based lifestyle which supported the stamina, trim physique and solid vocal estate for him until his 82nd year. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My websites where one may download, free, my singing of 37 out of the 100 selections that I have sung in four solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall by going to Recorded Selections;, and
Roles that are represented in my singing to be heard on my websites are: Tristan, Siegfried, Goetter.daemmerung Siegfried, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Florestan, Federico and Eleazar.

Feb. 28 2013 11:38 AM
Joe Bassani from NYC

I work right next to the Met and have heard from more than one person that the Zeffirelli "Tosca" will be revived. Any insight on this? The Luc Bondy Tosca was terrible.

Feb. 28 2013 10:57 AM

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