(The link above will take you to the Met’s online booklet for its 2013-14 season)
The Metropolitan Opera’s schedule for its 130th season was announced on Tuesday afternoon. It includes six new productions: Eugene Onegin, Two Boys, Falstaff, Die Fledermaus, Prince Igor, and Werther. The new season also welcomes back several revivals, including many treasured productions. Unlike previous seasons, there has been much controversy over whether this season is “good or bad”. Here are some strong and weak points made over the Met’s new season.
▪ Three Strauss operas: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier, and Arabella
▪ Three Puccini operas: Tosca, La Bohème, and Madama Butterfly
▪ The operas that everyone is dying to buy tickets to: Werther starring Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča and La Cenerentola starring Joyce DiDonato
▪ Three Russian Operas: Eugene Onegin, The Nose, and Prince Igor
▪ Maestro James Levine making his return in Così fan tutte, Falstaff, and Wozzeck
▪ The return of impressive and beloved productions such as The Nose, La Bohème, and Rusalka
▪ No Wagner operas. (This is the first Met season lacking Wagner since 1918)
▪ Only two Verdi operas: Rigoletto and Falstaff
▪ Three Bellini operas: Norma, La Sonnambula, and I Puritani
▪ No Baroque operas
▪ Out of the 26 operas, there is only one sung in French and there are only four sung in German, while 10 are being sung in Italian
No matter what you think of the Met’s new season, it is still the Metropolitan Opera. Buy tickets to come hear great singers, a great orchestra, and a great chorus (including children’s chorus).