A New and Exciting Metropolitan Opera Season Starts This Week

A New and Exciting Metropolitan Opera Season Starts This Week

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The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season has begun. This season will present 220 performances of 26 Works, five new productions including two Met premieres; as well a variety of repertory favorites and performances of Verdi’s towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem.

The season begins with a new production of Bellini’s Norma, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, directed by Sir David McVicar, and starring Sondra Radvanovsky, one of the world’s leading interpreters of the role, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa and Joseph Calleja as Pollione. 

On October 26, composer Thomas Adès conducts the North American premiere of his The Exterminating Angel, a Met co-commission, based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza of Buñuel’s 1962 absurdist film. The opera, which will be sung in English, will be staged by the librettist Tom Cairns, who is making his company debut. 

Among the season’s revivals are some rarely performed stagings, including Verdi’s Luisa Miller, starring Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala, and Plácido Domingo; Rossini’s Semiramide, last performed at the Met in 1993, with Angela Meade in the title role.

Continuing for its 12th season, The Met: Live in HD series will transmit Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world, continues for its 12th season. Ten performances from the season will be broadcast, beginning October 7 with the new production of Norma.  

Also, for the third season in a row, ticket prices will not increase, and audience development initiatives created in recent seasons will continue to be a core part of the company’s outreach strategies. For season tickets and showtimes click here


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