Monday, September 24, 2012

First day of school at the Metropolitan Opera: "L'elisir d'amore"

Maestri and Netrebko at The Met
It was a year ago that soprano Anna Netrebko confirmed her “undisputed superstar” (New York Post) status in the title role of The Metropolitan Opera’s season-opening, premiere production of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.

Well, here we are again.

Today's the "first day of school" at The Metropolitan Opera and Anna Netrebko headlines her second consecutive season-opening gala for the Met tonight. In her house role debut as Adina in Bartlett Sher’s new staging of L’elisir d’amore, the Russian soprano’s opening-night performance will be transmitted live starting at 7pm to open-air screens at both Lincoln Center and Times Square, broadcast on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM, and streamed live on the Met’s website. In addition, on Saturday, October 13, the production will launch the 2012-13 “The Met: Live in HD” series, airing live in movie theaters around the world.

The soprano has become synonymous with the Met’s new season, her face gracing billboards and buses across New York City, as well as advertisements in newspapers and online, and it has already been announced that Anna Netrebko will headline her third-consecutive season-opening night in 2013-14 as Tatyana in a new production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

While her upcoming appearances as L’elisir’s fickle Adina mark Netrebko’s Met debut in the role, she has already sung a portion of the opera in a 2006 Met gala and won kudos for her portrayal of Donizetti’s comic heroine at the Mariinsky Theatre, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Bavarian State Opera, where – as in New York – tenor Matthew Polenzani sang opposite her as Nemorino. In Tony-Award-winning director Bartlett Sher’s new Met staging, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien sings Sergeant Belcore, Nemorino’s romantic rival, and baritone Ambrogio Maestri plays the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara, with Italian maestro Maurizio Benini on the podium. Following their season-opening fall run, the principal singers and conductor will return to reprise these roles in January and February, with Netrebko’s real-life partner, internationally celebrated bass-baritone Erwin Schrott, replacing Maestri as Dulcamara.

"Udite, udite, o rustici..."

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