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The Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 Season

(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 BoysFalstaffDie 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.

Strong Points:

▪   Three Strauss operas: Die Frau ohne Schatten, Der Rosenkavalier, and Arabella

▪   Three Puccini operas: ToscaLa 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 NoseLa Bohème, and Rusalka

Weak Points:

▪   No Wagner operas. (This is the first Met season lacking Wagner since 1918)

▪   Only two Verdi operas: Rigoletto and Falstaff

▪   Three Bellini operas: NormaLa 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).

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10 comments on “The Metropolitan Opera’s 2013-14 Season

  1. I hope you don’t get too many negative comments re the Bellini trio as a “weak point”! But I know what you mean, at least in terms of repertoire balance. Plus those three Bellini productions are, to put it kindly, pretty unsatisfying, even if some of the casting has promise.

    • I am actually really looking forward to hearing Norma and I Puritani. Larry Brownlee and Sondra Radvanovsky are two of my favorite singers.

  2. Hello! Stumbled upon your blog when searching for reviews for Kaufmann Wagner. Very nice and concise preview. One question: Why exactly is three Bellini bad? Is this personal or consensus? Sorry I am very new to opera. Cheers.

  3. I’m with you on the Bellini. I have never considered his music the equal of Donizetti’s. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth performing, but presenting three Bellini operas within one season does seem like too many “side dishes” instead of more “meatier entrées”.

    I’m also with you on Wagner. Even with three Strauss operas, it makes the season seem somehow “lightweight”, at least for us Wagnerians, right?

    And ditto the lack of baroque fare. The Handel operas conducted by Harry Bickett have been spectacularly done and are rare treats for MET audiences that have contrasted nicely with the more standard repertory. And heaven knows we have the voices to sing this stuff. And sing it WELL.

  4. I agree that I think that 3 Bellini operas in one season would only be justifiable if they had one of those singers who really really can just DO Bellini (i.e. Callas). Otherwise, one is fine, two is OK, three is a waste of time, especially if it’s pushing out the Verdi and Wagner.

  5. MY gripe is that the Met doesn’t do Capuleti e Montecchi. The Sonnambula production is trash and Capuleti is a more compelling and balanced opera than some of his other pieces.

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