The Metropolitan Opera (2020–)2021 season update

The Met in 2021

The Metropolitan Opera Cancels Its 2020–21 Season Due to the Ongoing Pandemic
while also Announcing Its Lineup for 2021–22 (for more information click here)

  • A full slate of performances is announced for 2021–22, including three contemporary Met premieres—the most since 1928—starting with the Opening Night presentation of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, on September 27, 2021.
  • In addition to Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the 2021–22 season will feature five more new productions: the Met premieres of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, Brett Dean’s Hamlet, and the original five-act French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos, and new stagings of Verdi’s Rigoletto and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
  • Maestro Nézet-Séguin will conduct Fire Shut Up in My BonesEurydiceDon Carlos, and revivals of Le Nozze di Figaro and Tosca.
  • The Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions will return with ten presentations, including all six new productions.

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Composer Alexey Shor in conversation with Colin Clarke

Alexey Shor (c) ALIKHAN

It is an exciting time for composer Alexey Shor. I personally first came across his music on a Delos release entitled Classical Music Stars in Malta in which four of his chamber pieces (Farewell Nocturne; Addio; King Matt the First; Coming of Age) shared disc space with music by Ilya Dimov, Khachaturian, Joseph Vella, and the fabulous Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia. Then, the superstar violinist Maxim Vengerov, no less, performed Shor’s St. Elmo Barcarolle at the Barbican in January this year under the baton of a conductor who is a tireless champion of Shor’s music, Sergey Smbatyan (review); and Vengerov’s encore, after Bruch’s First Violin Concerto and Ravel’s Tzigane, was another work by Shor: his Elegy for violin and orchestra.

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United and unconquered! The brass of Lincoln Center premiere Anthony Barfield’s Invictus

United StatesUnited States Barfield, Invictus: Various musicians / Anthony Barfield (conductor), Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, 7.8.2020. Streamed through Lincoln Center at Home on 1 September 2020. (RP)

Michael Barfield (composer/conductor) (c) Lincoln Center

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Kathleen Battle sparkles in a 1988 Il barbiere di Siviglia from the Met

United StatesUnited States Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera / Ralf Weikert (conductor). Performance of 3.12.1988 reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 22.8.2020. (RP)

Leo Nucci (Figaro) and Kathleen Battle (Rosina)
© Metropolitan Opera

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A vintage Un ballo in maschera from the Met offers thrilling voices and lavish sets

United StatesUnited States Verdi, Un ballo in maschera: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). Performance of 26.1.1991, reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 20.8.2020. (RP)

Luciano Pavarotti (Gustavo) © Met Opera Archives

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Aspen Music Festival: Jackiw and Denk find beauty in Ives sonatas

United StatesUnited States Aspen Music Festival – Ives: Stefan Jackiw (violin), Jeremy Denk (piano), presented virtually by Aspen Music Festival, streaming from Steinway Hall, New York, 9.8.2020. (HS)

Stefan Jackiw (violin), & Jeremy Denk (piano)

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Schenk and Schneider-Siemssen’s Met Parsifal allowed a timeless tale to wend in its way towards redemptive transcendence

United StatesUnited States Wagner, Parsifal: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). Performance of 28.3.1992 reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream in 8.8.2020. (JPr)

Kurt Moll (Gurnemanz), Waltraud Meier (Kundry) & Siegfried Jerusalem (Parsifal)

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Watching this 1982 Met Tannhäuser – with Cassilly, Marton and Weikl – after nearly four decades leaves strong abiding memories

United StatesUnited States Wagner, Tannhäuser: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / James Levine (conductor). Performance of 20.12.1982 and reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream on 22.7.2020. (JPr)

Éva Marton (Elisabeth) and Richard Cassilly (Tannhäuser)

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