The Metropolitan Opera announces 2016/17 season

The Metropolitan Opera announced their 2016/17 season on Wednesday last week and we’re proud to say that 23 Askonas Holt singers, five conductors and one director are involved in 20 of the 26 operas being staged, including in three brand new productions.
The season opens on 26 September 2016 with a new production of ‘Tristan und Isolde’ conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and features a special gala on 7 May celebrating 50 years at Lincoln Centre. The gala will involve some of the greatest artists in opera, including Joyce DiDonato, Elīna Garanča and Isabel Leonard
Four other conductors making welcome returns to the house are Louis Langrée for ‘Carmen’, Edward Gardner for ‘Werther’ (with Isabel Leonard as Charlotte), Robin Ticciati for ‘Eugene Onegin’ (directed by Deborah Warner and starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Onegin and Alexey Dolgov as Lenski) and Yannick Nézet-Séguin for ‘Der Fliegende Hollander’. 
AH artists feature in new productions of ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ (Elīna Garanča as Octavian and Alan Oke making his role debut as Valzacchi) and ‘Roméo et Juliette’ (Stephen Costello as Roméo, Mikhail Petrenko and Matthew Rose as Frère Laurent, Diego Silva as Tybault and Virginie Verrez as Stéphano). 
Making multiple appearances are Dmitry Belosselisky (Ramfis / ‘Aida’ and Zaccaria / ‘Nabucco’), Virginie Verrez (Stéphano / ‘Roméo et Juliette’ and Enrichetta / ‘I Puritani’), Stephen Costello (Roméo / ‘Roméo et Juliette’ and Duke of Mantua / ‘Rigoletto’), Elīna Garanča (Octavian / ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ and the 50th Anniversary Gala), Isabel Leonard (Zerlina / ‘Don Giovanni’, Charlotte / ‘Werther’ and the 50th Anniversary Gala), Christopher Maltman (Lescaut / ‘Manon Lescaut’ and Papageno / ‘The Magic Flute’), Mikhail Petrenko (role debut as Nazarene / ‘Salome’, Frère Laurent / ‘Roméo et Juliette’ and Don Basilio / ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’) and Matthew Rose (Masetto and Leporello / ‘Don Giovanni’ and Frère Laurent / ‘Roméo et Juliette’).
The house’s popular cinema streaming series – ‘The Met: Live in HD’ – will present ten live transmissions across the season, including:
· 8 October: ‘Tristan und Isolde’ conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (100th transmission in series history)
· 22 October: ‘Don Giovanni’ starring Simon Keenlyside, Adam Plachetka and Matthew Rose
· 7 January: ‘Nabucco’ starring Dmitry Belosselskiy 
· 21 January: ‘Roméo et Juliette’ starring Virginie Verrez and Mikhail Petrenko 
· 22 April: ‘Eugene Onegin’ conducted by Robin Ticciati and starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Alexey Dolgov
· 13 May: ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ starring Elīna Garanča
Other AH artists performing in the 2016/17 season are Roberto Alagna (Cyrano / ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’), René Barbera (Lindoro / ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’), Nikolay Didenko (Water Sprite / ‘Rusalka’), Simon Keenlyside (Don Giovanni / ‘Don Giovanni’), Latonia Moore (Aida / ‘Aida’), Ailyn Pérez (Mimi / ‘La bohème’), Adam Plachetka (Leporello and Masetto / ‘Don Giovanni’), Rodion Pogossov (Schaunard / ‘La boheme’), Dmytro Popov (Rodolfo / ‘La bohème’), Brindley Sherratt (Geronte / ‘Manon Lescaut’) and Oksana Volkova (Maddalena / ‘Rigoletto’).
More information on performances featuring Askonas Holt artists is available here
Subscriptions are available now and single tickets will go on sale on 26 June. View the full season on the Metropolitan Opera’s website
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