This week, the Metropolitan Opera will revive Richard Eyre’s critically acclaimed 1930s production of Le nozze di Figaro. Famed Mozartian Harry Bicket will conduct two casts featuring an array of Askonas Holt stars: Christiane Karg in her Met debut as Susanna, Adam Plachetka as the Count, Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Ailyn Pérez sharing the role of the Countess, Isabel Leonard as Cherubino and Greg Fedderly as Don Basilio.
This production continues several triumphant seasons for our artists. Having just finished her universally-acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Thais at the Metropolitan Opera, Ailyn will appear in opera’s hottest ticket, the Tucker Gala, later this week before returning to the Met once more as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette in April/May 2018. Continuing his special relationship with the Wiener Staatsoper, Adam will appear in a number of productions there before opening the Met’s new production of Così fan tutte as Guglielmo in the Spring. Isabel will travel to Europe following Figaro, with appearances at the Wiener Staatsoper and Bayerische Staatsoper as the title role in La Cenerentola.
Following on from her Met debut, Christiane will appear as the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice at La Scala, title role in La Calisto at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and make concert appearances with the LSO (Maher Symphony No. 2) and the Konzerhaus Orchester Berlin (Beethoven Symphony No. 9). Rachel also continues a fabulous season with a return to Europe for Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Swedish Radio Choir and further appearances as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and a return to the Royal Opera House as Donna Anna in their revival of Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni.
Other highlights of Maestro Bicket’s season include his debut with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and return visits to Lyric Opera of Chicago (Orphée et Eurydice), Royal Northern Sinfonia, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony. In advance of Figaro’s season premiere, he spoke with the Met’s Jay Goodwin about finding the right balance for Mozart at the Met.
Le nozze di Figaro runs from 6 December 2017 to 19 January 2018. Christiane, Rachel and Adam perform in performances from 6 to 23 December, Ailyn performs from 29 December to 13 January 2018, and Isabel and Greg perform from 29 December to 19 January. For more information and tickets, see the Metropolitan Opera website.