The Met Expands Its Repertory in the 2009-10 Season with Eight New Productions, Including Four Met Premieres

Music Director James Levine conducts new production of Tosca on Opening Night as well as four other operas; Many of the world’s greatest singers are featured in new roles*; Debuts include conductors Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Esa-Pekka Salonen; directors Pierre Audi, Luc Bondy, Patrice Chéreau, Richard Eyre, and William Kentridge; designers Herzog & de Meuron, Rob Howell, Richard Peduzzi, and Miuccia Prada; In its fourth season, The Met: Live in HD series will include nine live transmissions to more than 35 countries around the world

February 10, 2009

New York, NY (REVISED September 29, 2009) – Eight new productions, four of which are company premieres, will highlight the Metropolitan Opera’s 2009-10 season. General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director James Levine jointly announced plans that include: the Met premieres of Rossini’s Armida, Verdi’s Attila, Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, and Shostakovich’s The Nose; new productions of Bizet’s Carmen, Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Thomas’s Hamlet, and Puccini’s Tosca; and 18 revivals from the company’s repertory. The season is the first to be entirely planned under Gelb’s leadership, in collaboration with Levine (the past three seasons were planned before Gelb became General Manager in 2006-07 but included some productions, repertoire, and casting changes made by Gelb).

The season opens with a new production of Tosca by Luc Bondy in his house debut, starring Karita Mattila in her first Met performance of the title role. James Levine conducts. Renowned director Patrice Chéreau and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen both make Met debuts with the new production of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, which has won acclaim across Europe.

Bartlett Sher, whose staging of Il Barbiere di Siviglia was a hit two seasons ago, returns to direct his second Met production: Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, conducted by Levine, with Anna Netrebko as Antonia, Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse, Joseph Calleja as Hoffmann, and Alan Held as the four villains.  The new Carmen, starring Elīna Garanča in her first-ever portrayal of the gypsy femme fatale at the Met, will also feature the debuts of director Richard Eyre and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Roberto Alagna, as the soldier Don José, and Mariusz Kwiecien, as the bullfighter Escamillo, vie for Carmen’s affections. Verdi’s rarely heard Attila, with Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role of the Hun leader, features a conductor and a creative team all in their Met debuts: maestro Riccardo Muti, director Pierre Audi, and set and costume designers Miuccia Prada, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. The extraordinary artist William Kentridge directs and designs a new staging of Shostakovich’s The Nose, an opera based on the Gogol short story, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Paulo Szot, the Tony Award-winning star of Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific, makes his Met debut in the leading role of Kovalyov. Last performed at the Met in 1897, Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet will be seen in a new production by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, conducted by Louis Langrée and starring Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Natalie Dessay as Ophélie. The season’s final new production features Renée Fleming in Rossini’s bel canto tour de force Armida, directed by Mary Zimmerman and conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Pierre Boulez makes his company debut leading the MET Orchestra in the final concert of its annual series at Carnegie Hall, with the other two concerts conducted by Levine.

Peter Gelb said, “Although the economy is bad, we are committed to maintaining the Met’s artistic excellence. We have gained a new and larger public that we’re determined to keep by continuing to present the world’s leading artists in compelling new productions and appealing revivals.”

James Levine said, “This is a wonderful balance of repertory that includes four works totally new to the Met as well as a number of great operas that have been out of the repertory for a long time. I’m also delighted that we have so many important debuts, including conductors, singers, directors and production teams.”

*Many of the world’s greatest singers are featured in roles that they have not sung at the Met before: Olga Borodina as Marguerite, Diana Damrau as Marie, Danielle de Niese as Susanna, Natalie Dessay as Ophélie, Renée Fleming as Armida, Elīna Garanča and Angela Gheorghiu as Carmen, Angelika Kirchschlager as Hansel, Maija Kovalevska as Micaëla and Liù, Karita Mattila as Tosca, Anna Netrebko as Antonia, Patricia Racette in Il Trittico, Nina Stemme as Ariadne, Violeta Urmana as Aida and Odabella, Deborah Voigt as Senta, Anne Sofie von Otter as Countess Geschwitz, Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi, Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo, José Cura as Stiffelio, Plácido Domingo as Boccanegra, George Gagnidze as Scarpia, Marcello Giordani as Calàf, Jonas Kaufmann as Cavaradossi and Don José, Stephen Gould as Erik, Ramón Vargas as Foresto, Carlos Alvarez as Ezio, Simon Keenlyside as Hamlet, Mariusz Kwiecien as Escamillo, Željko Lučić as Michele, Peter Mattei as Shishkov, Ildar Abdrazakov as Attila, René Pape as the four villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Paulo Szot as Kovalyov, Bryn Terfel as Scarpia, and Juha Uusitalo as the Dutchman.   

Box Office

In the face of the worst economic situation in recent history, the Met is nevertheless sustaining its recent box office success. Following six consecutive years of box office decline (the 2005-06 season ended at 76.8% of paid box office capacity), as a result of the Met’s new artistic and public initiatives, the Met box office experienced increased ticket sales in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons: 83.9% and 88.1%, respectively. Prior to the start of the economic crisis last fall, ticket sales for the 2008-09 season were running ahead of the prior season by 2%. Currently, the Met is running 1.3% behind last season.

Ticket prices for the Met’s 2009-10 season will remain the same with two exceptions: Family Circle and Balcony Box prices are increasing from $15 to $20, and some seats in the Grand Tier, Dress Circle, and Balcony sections will be designated as premium locations. For the third year, season subscribers and patrons can purchase advance single tickets to the full season, as well as tickets to gala events, at the time they subscribe.

The Met’s successful Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Rush Ticket program will continue for a fourth season, thanks to the continued support of Met Board member Agnes Varis and her husband, Karl Leichtman. The program provides up to two tickets per customer for orchestra seats regularly priced at $100 per ticket at the sharply discounted price of $20, available two hours before curtain time. Beginning two seasons ago, the Met reserved 50 Varis Rush tickets per performance for senior citizens. As of today, the Met has provided 15,928 Varis Rush tickets to 70 performances in the 2008-09 season.

The Met continues to offer reduced-price tickets for selected performances for full-time students, age 29 and under, at $25 for weekday performances and $35 for Friday and Saturday performances.

The Met: Live in HD series 

The Met: Live in HD, the company’s highly successful, award-winning series of live Saturday performance transmissions into movie theaters in more than 35 countries around the world, has sold more than 1.1 million tickets so far this season. Three transmissions remain in the 2008-09 series: Madama Butterfly (March 7), La Sonnambula (March 21), and La Cenerentola (May 9).

The 2009-10 HD series will feature nine transmissions, beginning October 10 with Tosca and continuing with Aida (October 24), Turandot (November 7), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (December 19), Der Rosenkavalier (January 9), Carmen (January 16), Simon Boccanegra (February 6), Hamlet (March 27), and Armida (May 1). In January 2009, the Met won a special Emmy Award for “advancing technology through ongoing, live, global transmission of high-definition programming to movie theaters.” (Details on the 2009-10 HD presentations and other Met media initiatives follow later in this release.)

New Productions

The 2009-10 season opens on September 21 with the gala premiere of a new production of Puccini’s Tosca, conducted by James Levine. Director Luc Bondy and designer Richard Peduzzi, among Europe’s best known theatrical artists, are both making their Met debuts, joined by Milena Canonero as costume designer. Karita Mattila, whose Salome electrified New York audiences as well as people around the world as part of The Met: Live in HD earlier in the current season, sings the title role of Tosca for the first time outside her native Finland. The role of Cavaradossi is shared by Marcelo Álvarez and Jonas Kaufmann, for both of whom it is a new role at the Met, and by Marcello Giordani, who returns to the part. George Gagnidze sings Scarpia in the initial run, followed by Bryn Terfel, who brings his much admired portrayal to the Met for the first time in a complete performance (he sang Act II on opening night of the 2005-06 season).  Philippe Auguin conducts later performances. Tosca is a co-production with the Teatro alla Scala, Milan and with the Bavarian State Opera, Munich. It is a gift of The Annenberg Foundation.

The Met premiere on November 12 of Janáček’s From the House of the Dead features two of the season’s renowned debuting artists: conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and director Patrice Chéreau. Peter Mattei, whose Figaro in the 2006 new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia won widespread acclaim, sings the role of Shishkov, with Stefan Margita in his Met debut as Filka Morozov, Kurt Streit as Skuratov, Peter Hoare in his Met debut as Shapkin, and Willard White as Gorianchikov. Richard Peduzzi designs the sets, and other members of the production team include three Met debuting artists: associate director Thierry Thieû Niang, costume designer Caroline de Vivaise, and lighting designer Bertrand Couderc. Based on a Dostoyevsky story, From the House of the Dead takes place entirely in a Russian prison camp. In the words of Chéreau: “The prison camp is a different society, parallel to ours, but there are many similarities between the two. Power, relationships, humiliation, and passion – all those things exist in both worlds.” A production of the Met and the Wiener Festwochen, in co-production with the Holland Festival, Amsterdam, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, it was voted Europe’s best opera staging for 2007 by the Charles Cros Academy. The Met production is a gift of Robert L. Turner.

James Levine conducts Offenbach’s psychological fantasy Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a new production by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher. The production stars Kathleen Kim, Anna Netrebko, and Ekaterina Gubanova as Hoffmann's three loves, Kate Lindsey as his companion Nicklausse, and René Pape as his nemesis in the four villain roles. The production team is completed by Michael Yeargan as set designer and Catherine Zuber as costume designer, Sher’s collaborators on Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as by lighting designer James F. Ingalls and choreographer Dou Dou Huang. Inspired by Kafka, Sher describes his production as “a magical journey in which the title character works out different manifestations of his psyche.” The production premieres at a gala benefit on December 3 and is a gift of the Hermione Foundation.

On New Year’s Eve, Bizet’s Carmen opens with a gala performance for the new production premiere. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre both make their Met debuts with the new staging, which features Elīna Garanča in her first Met performances of the title role.  Olga Borodina and Angela Gheorghiu sings the seductive gypsy at later performances, while Barbara Frittoli and Maija Kovalevska share the role of Micaëla; Roberto Alagna, Brandon Jovanovich (in his Met debut), and Jonas Kaufmann are Don José; and Mariusz Kwiecien and Teddy Tahu Rhodes sing the swaggering toreador Escamillo. Alain Altinoglu makes his Met debut conducting later performances. The set and costume designer is Rob Howell, in his Met debut, Peter Mumford is the lighting designer, and Christopher Wheeldon is the choreographer. Eyre, who was director of London’s Royal National Theatre from 1987-97, says Carmen “is one of the inalienably great works of art. It’s sexy in every sense. And I think it should be shocking.” The production is a gift of Mrs. Paul Desmarais, Sr.

Riccardo Muti, one of the world’s most esteemed maestros and a champion of Verdian style, makes his Met debut, appropriately, conducting the company premiere of Verdi’s Attila on February 23. In his Met debut, Pierre Audi directs the new production. Following their operatic debut with Tristan und Isolde at the Berlin State Opera in 2006, Herzog and de Meuron, working with Miuccia Prada, will create the set and costume designs. Jean Kalman, whose most recent work at the Met was the new production of Verdi’s Macbeth in 2007, returns as lighting designer. Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role of the infamous Hun leader, joined by Violeta Urmana as the vengeful Odabella, Carlos Alvarez as the Roman general Ezio, and Ramón Vargas as Foresto. In addition to the “bird’s nest” Beijing National Stadium built for the 2008 Olympics, the Pritzker Prize-winning architectural team of Herzog & de Meuron is particularly known for designing the Tate Modern museum in London. Prada, one of the world’s most renowned fashion designers, makes her operatic debut with this production. The production is a gift of Elena and Rudy Prokupets.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose has its Met premiere on March 5 in a new production staged and designed by William Kentridge, under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Tony Award-winner Paulo Szot makes his Met debut as Kovalyov, with Andrei Popov as the Police Inspector and Gordon Gietz as the Nose, also in their company debuts. Kentridge and Sabine Theunissen are the set designers, Greta Goiris designs the costumes, Urs Schönebaum designs the lighting, Catherine Meyburgh is the video compositor and editor, and Luc De Wit is the associate director. All members of the production team are making their Met debuts. Based on a short story by Gogol, Shostakovich’s The Nose “is the story of a man who wakes up one morning and finds that his nose is gone,” says Kentridge. “The opera is about what constitutes a person – how singular we are, and how much we are divided against ourselves. And it’s also about the terrors of hierarchy.” The Nose is a co-production of the Met, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and the Opéra National de Lyon. It is a gift of Frederick Iseman. Additional funding is provided by The Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts and Sciences.

The new production of Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet, which opens on March 16, stars Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Natalie Dessay as Ophélie. Louis Langrée conducts a cast that also includes Jennifer Larmore as Gertrude, Toby Spence as Laërte, in his Met debut, and James Morris as Claudius. The production is by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser with set designs by Christian Fenouillat, costume designs by Agostino Cavalca, and lighting designs by Christophe Forey – all in their Met debuts. When this production opened at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, The Independent called Keenlyside’s Hamlet, “a revelation…thrilling throughout.” The Met performances will use the alternative tragic ending, rather than the happy ending used at Covent Garden. Hamlet was last performed at the Met in 1897 and is particularly known for Ophélie’s famous mad scene, which was a favorite of such legendary sopranos as Nellie Melba and Maria Callas. The production is owned by the Grand Théâtre de Genève and is a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr.

Renée Fleming stars in the title role of Rossini’s Armida, which has its Met premiere on April 12. Riccardo Frizza conducts, and Mary Zimmerman directs this story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison. The cast includes six tenor roles in all, with the principal male parts taken in this production by Lawrence Brownlee as Rinaldo, Bruce Ford as Goffredo, José Manuel Zapata as Gernando, Barry Banks as Carlo, and Kobie van Rensburg as Ubaldo. Richard Hudson designs the sets and costumes, Brian MacDevitt is the lighting designer, and Graciela Daniele makes her Met debut as choreographer. Zimmerman, whose hit production of Lucia di Lammermoor opened the 2007-08 season, calls Armida “a buried treasure, a box of jewels.” She notes that the opera “has an epic, enchanted quality and a tremendous visual element.” This production of Armida is a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund.


The 18 revivals of the 2009–10 season feature a lineup of the world’s greatest singers, including some notable Met role debuts. Anna Netrebko returns as Mimì in La Bohème, which also stars Piotr Beczala, who sings his first Rodolfo with the company. Gerald Finley and debuting baritone George Petean are Marcello, and Nicole Cabell and Ruth Ann Swenson alternate as Musetta. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Returning to the role that launched her international career, Angela Gheorghiu brings her famous portrayal of the title heroine in La Traviata back to the Met. Opposite her are James Valenti, a former Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner, in his Met debut as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as Germont. Leonard Slatkin returns to the Met podium for the first time in 12 years.

Edo de Waart, Jens Georg Bachmann, and James Levine will conduct Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, featuring the much-admired portrayals of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Susan Graham as Octavian, with Kristinn Sigmundsson as Baron Ochs. Miah Persson makes her debut as Sophie, a role she shares with Christine Schäfer. Ramón Vargas and Eric Cutler alternate as the Italian singer, and Hans-Joachim Ketelsen and Thomas Allen sing Faninal.

Deborah Voigt takes on another iconic Wagnerian role, singing Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer for the first time on the Met stage, with Juha Uusitalo in his first Dutchman with the company. Stephen Gould, in his Met debut, sings Erik, and Hans-Peter König is Daland, with Kazushi Ono conducting. Voigt will also be heard as Chrysothemis in Elektra, joined by Susan Bullock making her Met debut in the title role and Felicity Palmer as Klytämnestra.  Following his critically acclaimed performances of Strauss’s Die Ägyptische Helena at the Met two years ago, Fabio Luisi returns to conduct the Bavarian master’s Elektra. Der Fliegende Holländer returns to the Met stage for the first time in nine years, and Elektra for the first time in seven years.

Four decades into a legendary Met career, Plácido Domingo makes history by singing the baritone title role of Simon Boccanegra, conducted by James Levine. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, and James Morris are his co-stars. Domingo will take on conductor’s duties for another powerful Verdi drama, Stiffelio, which has not been heard at the Met in 12 years. Fellow tenor José Cura sings the title role, with Angela Marambio as Lina and Andrzej Dobber as Stankar.

Juan Diego Flórez reprises his acclaimed performance as Tonio in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, one of the hits of the 2007–08 season. Diana Damrau, who created a sensation in the same composer’s Lucia di Lammermoor this season, makes her Met role debut as Marie, and the great Kiri Te Kanawa returns in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Damrau also revisits her charming portrayal of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as does Joyce DiDonato, who sings the role in earlier performances of the run. Barry Banks and Lawrence Brownlee share the role of Count Almaviva, while Rodion Pogossov and Franco Vassallo play the barber of the title, under the baton of Maurizio Benini.

One of the 20th century’s most influential scores, Alban Berg’s Lulu, is brought back to the Met after an eight year absence, led by James Levine, with Marlis Petersen, an acclaimed interpreter of the title role, as the scandalous femme fatale. Anne Sofie von Otter sings Countess Geschwitz, and James Morris is Dr. Schön, Gary Lehman Alwa, Michael Schade the Painter, and David Pittsinger the Animal Trainer – all for the first time at the Met.

A new trio of stars takes on the leading roles in Robert Lepage’s inventive production of Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, which uses virtual scenery and interactive video: Ramón Vargas sings the title role, Olga Borodina is Marguerite, and Ildar Abdrazakov plays Méphistophélès, with James Conlon conducting.

Two visually sumptuous Puccini productions return with new cast members. Franco Zeffirelli’s classic Turandot features the Met role debuts of Maria Guleghina in the title role, Marcello Giordani and Salvatore Licitra as Calàf, and Marina Poplavskaya and Maija Kovalevska as Liù. Conductor Andris Nelsons makes his Met  debut, as do Lise Lindstrom as Turandot, and Frank Porretta as Calàf. Samuel Ramey and Hao Jiang Tian are Timur. In Jack O’Brien’s Il Trittico, Patricia Racette and Stephanie Blythe star in all three of the one-act operas. Racette brings her dramatic and vocal skills to the roles of Giorgetta, Angelica, and Lauretta for the first time with the company, and Blythe (who appeared in the production’s premiere run and who recently received tremendous acclaim for her performances as Gluck’s Orfeo) again plays Frugola, La Principessa, and Zita. Željko Lučić is the new Michele and Aleksandrs Antonenko and Salvatore Licitra are Luigi in Il Tabarro. Alessandro Corbelli reprises his memorable appearance as the title character of Gianni Schicchi and Saimir Pirgu debuts as Rinuccio. Stefano Ranzani makes his Met debut conducting.

Daniele Gatti returns for the first time in 14 years to conduct a cast of powerful voices in Verdi’s Aida. Violeta Urmana and Hasmik Papian share the title role, while Dolora Zajick returns in one of her most acclaimed portrayals as the Egyptian princess Amneris, and Johan Botha, Richard Margison, and Salvatore Licitra alternate as Radamès. Carlo Guelfi sings Amonasro, and Paolo Carignani conducts the later performances.

Nina Stemme returns to the Met for the first time in nine years in the title role of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, with Sarah Connolly as the Composer, both in their Met role debuts. Lance Ryan makes his Met debut as Bacchus, and Kirill Petrenko conducts.

Danielle de Niese and John Relyea star as Susanna and Figaro, the servant couple who outmaneuver their bosses in Le Nozze di Figaro. Bo Skovhus is the Count and Emma Bell makes her Met debut as the Countess. The excitable pageboy Cherubino is played by Isabel Leonard, and Dan Ettinger debuts as conductor. Fabio Luisi conducts the later performances with Lisette Oropesa sharing the role of Susanna with de Niese, and Luca Pisaroni as Figaro, Annette Dasch in her Met debut as the Countess, and Ludovic Tézier as the Count. 

Julie Taymor’s popular staging of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte returns in the opera’s full-length German version conducted by Bernard Labadie (in his company debut) and Adam Fischer. Returning to their roles are Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, and Nathan Gunn and Rodion Pogossov as the bird-catcher Papageno. New interpreters include Susanna Phillips as Pamina, Christopher Maltman in his first Met Papageno and the Met debuts of Julia Kleiter as Pamina, Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen, Matthias Klink as Tamino, and Georg Zeppenfeld and Hans-Peter König as Sarastro.

Holiday Presentation: Hansel and Gretel 

The Met’s special holiday presentations for families enter their fourth season with Richard Jones’s English-language production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Miah Persson and Angelika Kirchschlager are the lost siblings. Philip Langridge reprises his portrayal of the Witch and Andrew Davis conducts. Jones’s production is a fanciful version of the familiar fairy tale that delighted children and adults alike when it premiered at the Met in 2007. The eight performances include four matinees and are specially priced for the holidays.

The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met

Gallery Met will present a special exhibition of the work of artist William Kentridge in connection with the premiere of his new production of Shostakovich’s The Nose. This will coincide with a major retrospective of his work at the Museum of Modern Art. Other Gallery Met exhibitions for the 2009-10 season and banners designed for the front of the house will be announced at a later date.

The Met: Live in HD series details

The Met: Live in HD series will present nine live transmissions in its fourth season. Tickets for the 2009-10 series will go on sale in September; Met members will have ticket priority before tickets are made available to the general public. The schedule is as follows:

Tosca, October 10 – Colaneri; Mattila, M. Álvarez, Gagnidze, Plishka

Aida, October 24 – Gatti; Urmana, Zajick, Botha, Guelfi, Scandiuzzi, Kocán

Turandot, November 7 – Nelsons; Guleghina, Poplavskaya, Giordani, Ramey

Les Contes d’Hoffmann, December 19 – Levine; Kim, Netrebko, Gubanova, Garanča, Villazón, Pape

Der Rosenkavalier, January 9 – Levine; Fleming, Graham, Schäfer, Cutler, Allen, Sigmundsson

Carmen, January 16 – Nézet-Séguin; Frittoli, Gheorghiu, Alagna, Kwiecien

Simon Boccanegra, February 6 – Levine; Pieczonka, Giordani, Domingo, Morris

Hamlet, March 27 – Langrée; Dessay, Larmore, Spence, Keenlyside, Morris

Armida, May 1 – Frizza; Fleming, Brownlee, Ford, Zapata, Banks, van Rensburg 

As part of this season’s The Met: Live in HD series, the Metropolitan Opera will premiere The Audition, a feature-length documentary directed by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy and Grammy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, on 400 screens across the country on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 pm ET (and in Canada on June 6 and 15 at 1:00 pm EST).

The Met: Live in HD performances began airing on PBS in January 2007, and nine of these HD performances are now available on DVD. The most recent, The Magic Flute, is released by the Met and is available at the newly renovated Met Opera Shop in the opera house lobby. The 2009-10 season will see more releases of archival videos and audio recordings on the Met’s own label.

The Met: Live in HD is made possible by a generous grant from the Neubauer Family Foundation.

Met Player 

Continuing its innovative use of electronic media to reach a global audience, the Metropolitan Opera recently launched Met Player, an online streaming subscription service that makes the company’s extensive video and audio catalog of full-length performances available to the public for the first time online and in exceptional, state-of-the-art quality. More than 130 historic audio recordings and 56 full-length opera videos are available, including more than a dozen of the company’s acclaimed The Met: Live in HD transmissions, known for their extraordinary sound and picture quality. New content, including HD productions and archival broadcasts, are added monthly. Later this season, for select titles, Met Player will offer subtitles in Spanish, French, and German.

The Met on the Radio and the Web

The Met’s 79th consecutive Saturday afternoon radio broadcast season kicks off on December 12, 2009, with Puccini’s Il Trittico and runs through May 8, 2010.  The broadcast season will once again be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Margaret Juntwait returns for her sixth season as host, and Ira Siff returns for his third season as commentator for the broadcasts, which feature a range of dynamic intermission features, live backstage interviews with artists, and the ever-popular Opera Quiz. The 2009-10 Metropolitan Opera Saturday afternoon radio broadcast season will be sponsored by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury homebuilder®, with generous long-term support from The Annenberg Foundation and the Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media, and through contributions from listeners worldwide.

Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS channel 78 and XM Radio channel 79 is planning its fourth season as the country’s first 24-hour subscription radio channel dedicated to opera. Up to four live performances will be broadcast each week during the season, beginning with the Met’s Opening Night performance of Tosca on September 21, in addition to historic broadcasts from the Met’s vast archives. Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM is available to subscribers in the United States and Canada. The subscription requires a satellite radio or is available via the internet or the Dish Network satellite television service.

The Met on Rhapsody is an online service offering more than 100 opera recordings (more than 3,600 tracks) from the Met’s rich archive of radio broadcasts. Listeners can hear performances ranging from Bizet’s Carmen from 1937, starring Rosa Ponselle and conducted by Gennaro Papi, to performances from recent seasons. Met on Rhapsody is available at, and features a full gallery of artist photos.

In partnership with RealNetworks®, will continue to stream one live performance a week during the 2009-10 season. The Met’s robust website also features artist interviews, video and audio clips, photo galleries, blogs, and other information about Met productions and initiatives.

The MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

The MET Orchestra continues its popular annual series of concerts at Carnegie Hall with two performances conducted by James Levine and one led by the great composer/conductor Pierre Boulez, who is making his first appearance with the orchestra. The December 20 concert, conducted by Levine, features Stephanie Blythe as the soloist in Elgar’s Sea Pictures song cycle, followed by Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. On January 24, Levine again conducts, with Diana Damrau as soloist in a program consisting of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”), selected Lieder by Richard Strauss and “Grossmächtige Prinzessin” from his opera Ariadne auf Naxos, and Beethoven Symphony No. 5.  On May 16, Pierre Boulez conducts Bartók’s The Wooden Prince and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, with Deborah Polaski as soloist.

The Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater “Opera/Theater Commissions” Program

Met/LCT Opera/Theater Commissions Program begins a workshop production this October of a new piece by composer Nico Muhly and librettist Craig Lucas, directed by Bartlett Sher. 

In all, six of the ten composer/librettist teams participating in the program have identified subjects for their collaborations and signed on to develop their projects. The teams of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie (librettist) and composer Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson (librettist) have begun work on their new works. Composer Bill Whelan and Paul Muldoon (librettist) have settled on a subject and are outlining their story. Composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Tony Kushner are working on an original story. Composer Scott Wheeler is working with playwright Romulus Linney to adapt one of Linney’s plays. Composer Michael Torke, librettist Michael Korie, and co-librettist/director Des McAnuff have chosen a subject and are concluding their agreement. The teams of Jake Heggie (composer) and Richard Greenberg (librettist), Rachel Portman (composer) and Nicholas Wright (playwright), and Adam Guettel and Wynton Marsalis are currently exploring ideas.

Other Audience Development Initiatives

The Met will host Open House Dress Rehearsals free to the public for three new productions in 2009-10, with the operas and dates to be announced before the opening of the new season.

The Met’s HD Live in Schools program will continue for its third season, offering free opera transmissions to New York City schools in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. The Met’s education efforts include backstage visits for students, including Q&As with artists, and free student Open Houses, in which students attend final dress rehearsals and learn about how scenery and costumes are constructed. Program and curriculum guides are created for in-school use in conjunction with the HD screenings.

The Met Opera Shop 

The newly redesigned Met Opera Shop features an array of opera-related merchandise. Located in the north lobby of the opera house, the store offers an extensive collection of classical music CDs, DVDs, and opera-related books. The shop also features a unique lineup of jewelry, fine chocolates, children’s gifts and extraordinary hand-crafted figurines tied to Met production, as well as pieces of Swarovski crystal from the lobby chandeliers. The Met is partnering with companies and artisans from around the world to create a line of exclusive products that will be continuously expanded. Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm  (or the end of second intermission) and Sundays from noon to 6:00 pm. Met Opera Shop can be reached at 212-580-4090.

2009-10 Season

Complete Repertoire and Casting





Premiere: April 12, 2010

Composer                                 Gioachino Rossini
Libretto                                     Giovanni Schmidt

Conductor                                 Riccardo Frizza
Production                                 Mary Zimmerman
Set and Costume Designer         Richard Hudson 
Lighting Designer                       Brian MacDevitt
Choreographer                           Graciela Daniele*

Armida                                      Renée Fleming
Rinaldo                                     Lawrence Brownlee
Goffredo                                    Bruce Ford
Gernando                                  José Manuel Zapata
Carlo                                         Barry Banks
Ubaldo                                      Kobie van Rensburg

(April 12, 16, 19, 22, 27, May 1 mat, 4, 7, 11, 15)

Armida is gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund


Premiere: February 23, 2010

Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                     Temistocle Solera and Francesco Maria Piave

Conductor                                 Riccardo Muti*/Marco Armiliato
Production                                 Pierre Audi*
Set and Costume Designs          Herzog & de Meuron* and Miuccia Prada*           
Lighting Designer                       Jean Kalman    

Odabella                                   Violeta Urmana
Foresto                                     Ramón Vargas/Russell Thomas
Ezio                                          Carlos Alvarez/Giovanni Meoni
Attila                                         Ildar Abdrazakov

(February 23, 27, March 3, 6 mat, 9, 12, 15, 19, 22, 27)

Attila is a gift of Elena and Rudy Prokupets


Premiere: November 12, 2009

Composer                                 Leoš Janáček
Libretto                                     Leoš Janáček

A production of the Metropolitan Opera and Wiener Festwochen, in co-production with Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; and Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Conductor                                 Esa-Pekka Salonen*
Production                                Patrice Chéreau*
Associate Director                     Thierry Thieû Niang*
Set Designer                             Richard Peduzzi
Costume Designer                     Caroline de Vivaise*
Lighting Designer                       Bertrand Couderc*

Filka Morozov                            Stefan Margita*
Skuratov                                    Kurt Streit
Shapkin                                    Peter Hoare*
Shishkov                                   Peter Mattei
Gorianchikov                              Willard White

(November 12, 16, 21, 24, 28, December 2, 5 mat)

From the House of the Dead is a gift of Robert L. Turner

THE NOSE                   

Premiere: March 5, 2010

Composer                                 Dmitri Shostakovich
Libretto                                     Yevgeny Zamyatin, Georgy Ionin, Alexander Preys,
                                                and Dmitri Shostakovich

A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, and the Opéra National de Lyon, France

Conductor                                 Valery Gergiev/Pavel Smelkov*
Production                                 William Kentridge*
Set Designers                            William Kentridge* and Sabine Theunissen*
Costume Designer                     Greta Goiris*
Lighting Designer                       Urs Schönebaum*
Associate Director                     Luc de Wit*      

Police Inspector                         Andrei Popov*
The Nose                                  Gordon Gietz*
Kovalyov                                    Paulo Szot*

(March 5, 11, 13 mat, 18, 23, 25)

The Nose is a gift of Frederick Iseman.  Additional funding is provided by The Richard J. Massey Foundation for the Arts and Sciences.



Premiere: New Year’s Eve Gala, December 31, 2009

Composer                                  Georges Bizet
Libretto                                      Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Conductor                                   Yannick Nézet-Séguin*/Alain Altinoglu*
Production                                   Richard Eyre*
Set and Costume Designer           Rob Howell*
Lighting Designer                         Peter Mumford
Choreographer                             Christopher Wheeldon

Micaëla                                       Barbara Frittoli/Maija Kovalevska
Carmen                                       Elīna Garanča/Olga Borodina/Angela Gheorghiu
Don José                                     Roberto Alagna/Brandon Jovanovich*/Jonas Kaufmann
Escamillo                                    Mariusz Kwiecien/Teddy Tahu Rhodes

(December 31, January 5, 8, 12, 16 mat, 21, 27, 30, February 1, 5, 9, 13, April 28, May 1)

Carmen is a gift of Mrs. Paul Desmarais, Sr.


Premiere: March 16, 2010

Composer                                  Ambroise Thomas
Libretto                                      Michel Carré and Jules Barbier

Production owned by the Grand Theatre of Geneva

Conductor                                   Louis Langrée
Production                                   Patrice Caurier* and Moshe Leiser*
Set Designer                               Christian Fenouillat*
Costume Designer                       Agostino Cavalca*
Lighting Designer                         Christopher Forey*

Ophélie                                       Natalie Dessay/Marlis Petersen*
Gertrude                                      Jennifer Larmore
Laërte                                         Toby Spence*
Hamlet                                        Simon Keenlyside
Claudius                                      James Morris

(March 16, 20, 24, 27 mat, 30, April 2, 5, 9)

Hamlet is a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr.

LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN                                                                                                                

Premiere: December 3, 2009

Composer                                 Jacques Offenbach
Libretto                                     Jules Barbier and Michel Carré

Conductor                                 James Levine/John Keenan
Production                                Bartlett Sher
Set Designer                             Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer                     Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer                       James F. Ingalls
Choreographer                           Dou Dou Huang

Olympia                                    Kathleen Kim
Antonia/Stella                            Anna Netrebko
Giulietta                                    Ekaterina Gubanova
Nicklausse/The Muse                 Kate Lindsey
Hoffmann                                   Joseph Calleja
Four Villains                              Alan Held


(December 3, 7, 11, 16, 19 mat, 23, 26, 30, Jauary. 2)

Les Contes d’Hoffmann is a gift of the Hermione Foundation


Premiere: Opening Night Gala, September 21, 2009

Composer                                  Giacomo Puccini
Libretto                                       Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa 

Conductor                                   James Levine/Joseph Colaneri/Philippe Auguin
Production                                   Luc Bondy*
Set Designer                               Richard Peduzzi*
Costume Designer                       Milena Canonero
Lighting Designer                         Max Keller

Tosca                                         Karita Mattila/Daniela Dessi
Cavaradossi                                 Marcelo Álvarez/Jonas Kaufmann/Marcello Giordani
Scarpia                                       Juha Uusitalo/George Gagnidze/Bryn Terfel
Sacristan                                    Paul Plishka/John Del Carlo

(September 21, 24, 28, October 3 mat, 6, 10 mat, 14, 17, April 14, 17, 20, 24 mat, 29, May 5, 8, 13)

Tosca is a gift of The Annenberg Foundation




Composer                                  Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                      Antonio Ghislanzoni

Conductor                                  Daniele Gatti/Paolo Carignani
Production                                  Sonja Frisell
Set Designer                              Gianni Quaranta
Costume Designer                      Dada Saligeri
Lighting Designer                        Gil Wechsler
Choreographer                            Alexei Ratmansky*

Aida                                           Violeta Urmana/Hasmik Papian
Amneris                                     Dolora Zajick
Radamès                                   Johan Botha/Richard Margison/Salvatore Licitra
Amonasro                                  Carlo Guelfi
Ramfis                                       Roberto Scandiuzzi/Orlin Anastassov/Carlo Colombara
The King                                    Stefan Kocán*/Keith Miller


(October 2, 7, 12, 17 mat, 21, 24 mat, 29, November 2, 6, March 26, 31, April 3 mat)



Composer                                 Richard Strauss
Libretto                                     Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Conductor                                  Kirill Petrenko
Production                                 Elijah Moshinsky
Sets and Costume Designer        Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer                        Gil Wechsler

Ariadne                                      Nina Stemme
Zerbinetta                                   Kathleen Kim
Composer                                  Sarah Connolly
Bacchus                                    Lance Ryan*
Music Master                             Jochen Schmeckenbecher*                                                     

(February 4, 8, 11, 15, 20 mat)


IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA                      

Composer                                  Gioachino Rossini
Libretto                                      Cesare Sterbini

Conductor                                  Maurizio Benini
Production                                 Bartlett Sher
Set Designer                              Michael Yeargan                      
Costume Designer                      Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer                        Christopher Akerlind

Rosina                                       Joyce DiDonato/Diana Damrau
Count Almaviva                           Barry Banks/Lawrence Brownlee
Figaro                                        Rodion Pogossov/Franco Vassallo
Dr. Bartolo                                  John Del Carlo/Maurizio Muraro
Don Basilio                                 Orlin Anastassov/Roberto Scandiuzzi/Samuel Ramey

(October 3, 8, 10, 15, 24, 27, 31 mat, November 4, 7, February 26, March 1, 4)

LA BOHÈME                                           

Composer                                  Giacomo Puccini
Libretto                                      Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Conductor                                  Marco Armiliato
Production                                 Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer                              Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designer                      Peter J. Hall
Lighting Designer                        Gil Wechsler

Mimì                                          Anna Netrebko
Musetta                                     Nicole Cabell/Ruth Ann Swenson
Rodolfo                                      Piotr Beczala
Marcello                                     Gerald Finley/George Petean*
Schaunard                                  Massimo Cavalletti*/Patrick Carfizzi
Colline                                       Oren Gradus/Shenyang
Benoit/Alcindoro                         Paul Plishka

(February 20, 24, 27 mat, March 2, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20 mat)



Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                     Francesco Maria Piave and Arrigo Boito

Conductor                                  James Levine/J. David Jackson
Production                                 Giancarlo del Monaco
Set and Costume Designer         Michael Scott

Amelia                                      Adrianne Pieczonka
Gabriele Adorno                         Marcello Giordani
Simon Boccanegra                     Plácido Domingo
Jacopo Fiesco                           James Morris

(January 18, 22, 25, 29, February 2, 6 mat)


LA DAMNATION DE FAUST                    

Composer                                 Hector Berlioz
Libretto                                     Almire Gandonnière and Hector Berlioz

Conductor                                  James Conlon/TBA
Production                                  Robert Lepage
Associate Director                      Neilson Vignola
Set Designer                              Carl Fillion
Costume Designer                      Karin Erskine
Lighting Designer                        Sonoyo Nishikawa
Interactive Video
Designer                                    Holger Foerterer
Image Designer                           Boris Firquet
Choreographers                          Johanne Madore and Alain S. Gauthier

Marguerite                                  Olga Borodina
Faust                                         Ramón Vargas
Méphistophélès                          Ildar Abdrazakov

(October 23, 26, 30, November 5, 9, 14 mat, 17 )



Composer                                  Richard Strauss
Libretto                                      Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Conductor                                  Fabio Luisi
Production                                  Otto Schenk
Set and Costume Designer          Jürgen Rose                                                                            
Lighting Designer                        Gil Wechsler

Elektra                                       Susan Bullock*
Chrysothemis                             Deborah Voigt
Klytaemnestra                            Felicity Palmer
Aegisth                                      Wolfgang Schmidt
Orestes                                      TBA      

(December 10, 15, 18, 22, 26 mat, 29)



Composer                                  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto                                      Lorenzo da Ponte

Conductor                                  Dan Ettinger*/Fabio Luisi
Production                                  Jonathan Miller
Set Designer                              Peter Davison
Costume Designer                      James Acheson
Lighting Designer                        Mark McCullough
Choreographer                            Terry John Bates

Countess Almaviva                      Emma Bell*/Annette Dasch*/Angela Meade
Susanna                                    Danielle de Niese/Lisette Oropesa
Cherubino                                   Isabel Leonard
Count Almaviva                           Bo Skovhus/Ludovic Tézier
Figaro                                        John Relyea/Luca Pisaroni

(September 22, 26, October 1, 5, 9, November 23, 27, 30, December 4, 8, 12)


LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT                         

Composer                                  Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto                                      Jean-François Bayard and J. H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges

Conductor                                  Marco Armiliato
Production                                  Laurent Pelly
Set Designer                              Chantal Thomas
Costume Designer                      Laurent Pelly
Lighting Designer                        Joël Adam
Choreographer                            Laura Scozzi

Marie                                         Diana Damrau
Marquise of Berkenfeld                Felicity Palmer
Duchess of Krakenthorp               Kiri Te Kanawa
Tonio                                         Juan Diego Flórez
Sulpice                                      Maurizio Muraro

(February 6, 10, 13 mat, 16, 19, 22)



Composer                                  Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto                                      Adelheid Wette

Conductor                                  Andrew Davis
Production                                  Richard Jones
Set and Costume Designer          John Macfarlane
Lighting Designed by                   Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer                            Linda Dobell
English Version                          David Pountney

Gretel                                        Miah Persson
Hansel                                       Angelika Kirchschlager
Gertrude                                    Rosalind Plowright
The Witch                                  Philip Langridge
Peter                                         Dwayne Croft


(December 14, 17, 19, 21 mat, 24, 28 mat, 30 mat, January 2 mat)


DIE FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER                                                                                                              

Composer                                  Richard Wagner
Libretto                                      Richard Wagner

Conductor                                  Kazushi Ono
Production                                  August Everding
Set designer                              Hans Schavernoch
Costume Designer                      Lore Haas
Lighting Designer                        Gil Wechsler
Stage Director                            Stephen Pickover

Senta                                         Deborah Voigt
Erik                                           Stephen Gould*/Philip Webb
Holländer                                    Juha Uusitalo
Daland                                       Hans-Peter König

(April 23, 26, 30, May 3, 6, 10, 14)



Composer                                  Alban Berg
Libretto                                      Alban Berg

Conductor                                 James Levine
Production                                 John Dexter
Set and  Costume Designer        Jocelyn Herbert 
Lighting Designer                       Gil Wechsler

Lulu                                           Marlis Petersen
Countess Geschwitz                   Anne Sofie von Otter
Alwa                                          Gary Lehman
Painter                                       Michael Schade
Animal Trainer/ Acrobat             David Pittsinger
Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper           James Morris                               

(May 8 mat, 12, 15 mat)


DER ROSENKAVALIER                           

Composer                                  Richard Strauss
Libretto                                      Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Conductor                                 Edo de Waart*/Jens Georg Bachmann/James Levine
Production                                 Nathaniel Merrill
Set and Costume Designer         Robert O'Hearn
Lighting Designer                       Gil Wechsler

Marschallin                                 Renée Fleming
Octavian                                     Susan Graham
Sophie                                       Miah Persson*/Christine Schäfer
A Singer                                     Ramón Vargas/Barry Banks/Eric Cutler
Faninal                                       Hans-Joachim Ketelsen/Thomas Allen
Baron Ochs                                Kristinn Sigmundsson

(October 13, 16, 19, 22, January 1, 6, 9 mat, 15)



Composer                                  Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                      Francesco Maria Piave

Conductor                                  Plácido Domingo
Production                                 Giancarlo del Monaco
Set and Costume Designer          Michael Scott
Lighting Designer                        Gil Wechsler

Lina                                           Angela Marambio
Stiffelio                                       José Cura
Stankar                                      Andrzej Dobber
Jorg                                           Phillip Ens

(January 11, 14, 19, 23, 26, 30 mat)


LA TRAVIATA              

Composer                                  Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto                                      Francesco Maria Piave

Conductor                                  Leonard Slatkin
Production                                  Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer                              Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designer                      Raimonda Gaetani
Lighting Designer                        Duane Schuler
Choreographer                            Maria Benitez

Violetta                                      Angela Gheorghiu/TBA
Alfredo                                       James Valenti*
Germont                                     Thomas Hampson

(March 29, April 3, 7, 10, 13, 17 mat, 21, 24)


Composer                                 Giacomo Puccini          

Conductor                                 Stefano Ranzani*
Production                                 Jack O’Brien     
Set Designer                             Douglas W. Schmidt
Costume Designer                     Jess Goldstein
Lighting Designers                     Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer


Libretto                                     Giuseppe Adami

Giorgetta                                   Patricia Racette
Frugola                                     Stephanie Blythe
Luigi                                         Aleksandrs Antonenko/Salvatore Licitra
Michele                                     Željko Lučić


Libretto                                     Gioacchino Forzano

Suor Angelica                            Patricia Racette
Sister Genovieffa                        Heidi Grant Murphy
Principessa                               Stephanie Blythe


Libretto                                     Gioacchino Forzano

Lauretta                                    Patricia Racette
Rinuccio                                    Saimir Pirgu*
Gianni Schicchi                         Alessandro Corbelli
Zita                                           Stephanie Blythe

(November 20, 25, 28 mat, December 1, 5, 9, 12 mat)



Composer                                 Giacomo Puccini
Libretto                                     Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni

Conductor                                 Andris Nelsons*/Julien Salemkour*
Production                                 Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer                             Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designers                    Anna Anni and Dada Saligeri
Lighting Designer                       Gil Wechsler                
Choreographer and
Supervisor of
Stylized Movement                     Chiang Ching

Turandot                                    Maria Guleghina/Lise Lindstrom*
Liù                                            Marina Poplavskaya/Maija Kovalevska/TBA
Calàf                                         Marcello Giordani/Frank Porretta*/Salvatore Licitra/Philip Webb
Timur                                        Samuel Ramey/Hao Jiang Tian

(October 28, 31, November 3, 7 mat, 10, 14, 18, 21 mat, January 4, 7, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23 mat, 28)



Composer                                  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto                                      Emanuel Schikaneder

Conductor                                  Bernard Labadie*/Adam Fischer/Paul Nadler
Production                                  Julie Taymor
Set Designer                              George Tsypin
Costume Designer                      Julie Taymor
Lighting Designer                        Donald Holder
Puppet Designers                       Julie Taymor and Michael Curry
Choreographer                            Mark Dendy

Pamina                                      Susanna Phillips/Julia Kleiter*
Queen of the Night                      Erika Miklósa/Albina Shagimuratova*
Tamino                                       Matthias Klink*/Matthew Polenzani
Papageno                                   Christopher Maltman/Nathan Gunn/Rodion Pogossov
Speaker                                     David Pittsinger                                                                                    
Sarastro                                     Georg Zeppenfeld*/Hans-Peter König*

(September 23, 26 mat, 30, April 1, 6, 8, 10 mat, 15)




December 20, 2009        James Levine, conductor

3:00 p.m.                      Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano


                                    Sea Pictures


                                    Symphony No. 5


January 24, 2010           James Levine, conductor

3:00 p.m.                      Diana Damrau, soprano


                                    Symphony no 8 in B minor, D759, "Unfinished"

                                    Richard Strauss


                                    Richard Strauss

                                    “Grossmächtige Prinzessin" from Ariadne auf Naxos


                                    Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67


May 16, 2010                 Pierre Boulez, conductor

3:00 p.m.                      Deborah Polaski, soprano


                                    The Wooden Prince, sz.60





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