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A scene from the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte

Melissa Bradshaw

Metropolitan Opera announces 2020/21 season

12:33, 14th February 2020

The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2020/21 season, beginning on 21 September 2020 with the first new staging of Verdi’s Aida in more than 30 years

Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct six operas in his third season as music director, including the opening night staging of Aida directed by Michael Mayer and starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili and Piotr Beczala.

Other highlights include:

  • Australian director Barrie Kosky makes his company debut with the Met premiere production of Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel, conducted by Michail Jurowski and starring Evgeny Nikitin opposite Svetlana Sozdateleva
  • New stagings of two Mozart operas: Die Zauberflöte directed by Simon McBurney and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; and Ivo van Hove’s take on Don Giovanni conducted by Nézet-Séguin starring Peter Mattei, Gerald Finley, Ailyn Pérez and Isabel Leonard
  • Nézet-Séguin conducts the Met premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking with a new staging by van Hove featuring Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Latonia Moore and Etienne Dupuis
  • Revivals of Fidelio, Roméo et Juliette and Die Frau ohne Schatten to be conducted by Nézet-Séguin as well as two of three Met Orchestra concerts at Carnegie Hall in June
  • The Met: Live in HD series will feature all six operas conducted by Nézet-Séguin – the most transmissions ever led by a single conductor in a HD season

For the first time in recent decades, the Met season will extend into June and will include no performances in February. Following the successful addition of 16 new Sunday matinee performances last season, the Met will also offer more weekend options in 2021/21, with 22 Sunday matinee performances.

For full details visit www.metopera.org

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