Casting Update News
As previously announced, Met Music Director James Levine will withdraw from the May 22 MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall concert and from next season’s new production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. David Robertson will conduct the May 22 concert and Sebastian Weigle will lead the new production of Der Rosenkavalier.
In addition, Johan Botha has withdrawn due to illness from the May 26 Carnegie Hall concert, and will be replaced by German tenor Stefan Vinke in his first Met appearance. The program—excerpts from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Mo. Levine and also featuring soloist Christine Goerke—will remain as previously announced.
The May 22 all-Strauss concert will, as previously announced, feature Renée Fleming in lieder selections, including the Four Last Songs. In addition, the program will now include Don Juan and Also Sprach Zarathustra, replacing the previously announced Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche.
The new production of Der Rosenkavalier, directed by Robert Carsen, opens at the Met on April 13, 2017. The cast includes Renée Fleming as the Marschallin, Elīna Garanča as Octavian, Erin Morley as Sophie, Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer, Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Faninal, and Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs.
The May 13 matinee performance will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.
David Robertson is the Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He made his Met debut in 1996 leading the company premiere of Janáček’s The Makropulos Case and has conducted 45 performances of seven operas in subsequent seasons, including Britten’s Billy Budd, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Le Nozze di Figaro, and the Met premieres of both John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer and Nico Muhly’s Two Boys. In May 2012, Robertson led the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in a concert including works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schoenberg. In November, Robertson will lead a Met revival of Janáček’s Jenůfa.
Sebastian Weigle is the General Music Director of Frankfurt Opera. He made his Met debut in 2000 conducting Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and will also lead next season’s revival of Beethoven’s Fidelio. His other recent performances include, at Frankfurt Opera, Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Die Frau ohne Schatten, Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, Glinka’s A Life for the Tsar, and Martinů’s Julietta; Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae at Deutsche Oper Berlin; and von Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Berlin State Opera.
Stefan Vinke has sung Siegfried in Wagner’s Siegfried and Götterdämmerung with numerous major companies, including the Bayreuth Festival, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Hungarian State Opera, and Opera Australia. His other recent performances have included the title role in Siegfried at the Canadian Opera Company and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Menelas in Strauss’s Die Ägyptische Helena and the title role in Wagner’s Tannhäuser with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Drum Major in Berg’s Wozzeck at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He is currently singing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the New York Philharmonic.