2009–10's New Productions

  • The 2009–10 season opens on September 21 with a new production of Puccini's Tosca. Luc Bondy directs Karita Mattila in the title role, and James Levine conducts.
    Photo by Brigitte Lacombe


  • Patrice Chéreau, reknowned for his centenary Ring cycle in Bayreuth, makes his U.S. directing debut with Leoš Janáček’s From the House of the Dead. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts in his Met debut and Peter Mattei leads the ensemble cast. This Met premiere production opens November 12.
  • Tony Award winner Bart Sher returns to the Met to direct Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, conducted by James Levine and opening December 3. Anna Netrebko is Antonia and Alan Held sings the four villains.
  • Pierre Audi directs the Met premiere of Verdi's Attila, with Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Riccardo Muti conducts in his Met debut. Costumes and sets are designed by Miuccia Prada and the architectural team of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Opens February 23, 2010.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich's The Nose has its Met premiere on March 5, 2010, in a production by acclaimed artist William Kentridge. Valery Gergiev conducts Tony Award-winner Paulo Szot in the leading role.
    Photo by Nick Heavican. Study for The Nose by William Kentridge (background)
  • Simon Keenlyside and Marlis Petersen star in Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet, in a production by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser. Louis Langrée conducts. Opens March 16.
  • Renée Fleming takes on the title role of Rossini's Armida opposite no fewer than six tenors. Mary Zimmerman directs this Met premiere production, conducted by Riccardo Frizza and opening April 12, 2010.
    Photo by Dusan Reljin