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2012-13 Met Season To Celebrate Bicentennials Of Wagner And Verdi

  The Metropolitan Opera has just announced details of its next season , with a typically varied  repertoire of operas ranging from  George Frideric Handel  to  the contemporary English composer Thomas Ades (Ad-ess ) .  2013 marks the bicentennial of the birth of  two of the greatest opera ocmposers of all time , Verdi and Wagner , and  there will be three presentations of teh complete Wagner Ring of the Nibelungen as well as some of Verdi's greatest stageworks .

   There will no fewer than seven new productions .  These are Verdi's Rigoletto ,which will have a modernized staging set in of all places, Las Vegas !  Actually , this is not at all inappropriate, as the story  is a sordid  tale of  lust, betryayal , and intrigue , the Met premiere of  The Tempest , by Thomas Ades , based on the Shakespeare play , with the composer himself conducting , Verdi's Un Ballo In Maschera ( A masked ball) , Donizetti's charming and whimsical romantic comedy L'Elisir D'Amore " (The elixir of love) , the Met premiere of  the same composer's Maria Stuarda , (Mary Stuart), a rather fictionalized but  entertaining  story of the conflict between  Queen Elisabeth th efirst and Mary Stuart , Handel's Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) , another less than historicaly accurate but  musically splendid  tale , this time about  Julius Caesar and Cleopatra , and Wagner's mystical and enigmatic final opera Parsifal .

   Operas returning to the repertoire will be  Verdi's Aida , Don Carlo , Otello , Il Trovatore and La Traviata , Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro , and  La Clemenza di Tito (The clemency of emperor Titus ) , and Don Giovanni ,Bizet's Carmen , Puccini's La Rondine (The swallow ) , and Turandot , Gounod's Faust , th emonument;a Les Troyens (the Trojans) by Berlioz, The Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc , Rossini's Le Comte Ory , and after nearly three decades , Francesca Da Rimini by the little-known Italian composer Riccardo Zandonai based on Dante's Inferno .

  The casts will include a who's who of today's most renowned opera singers , including Anna Netrebko, Karita Mattila , Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Pape, to name only a few , and newly appointed principal conductor Fabio Luisi ,  will have a busy season taking over repertoire which would normally have been  led by the Met's ailing James Levine, who unfortunately will  be altogether absent from the Mert's porchestra pit for the first time in 40 years . 

   The Met's acclained HD live broadcasts in movie theaters all over America will continue , as well as the Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts , some of whoich will  co-incide .  You can go to for more information . Even if you live far from New York , it's always easy to experience its performances on th einternet, television, the radio or your local movie theater .


Posted: Feb 26 2012, 07:52 PM by the horn | with no comments
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