Artists scheduled to appear include Piotr Beczala, Ben Bliss, Javier Camarena, Diana Damrau, Joyce Di Donato, Plácido Domingo, Michael Fabiano, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Elīna Garanča, Susan Graham, Mariusz Kwiecien, Isabel Leonard, James Levine, Željko Lučić, Amanda Majeski, Angela Meade, James Morris, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens, René Pape, Matthew Polenzani, Rolando Villazón, Michael Volle, Pretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva.The event will feature direction and scenic design by Julian Crouch, costume design by Kevin Pollard, and projection design by 59 Productions, The 2016-17 season will feature 20 revivals of works by 13 composers, starring many of the world’s leading opera singers and conductors.Renée Fleming will sing one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, opposite Elīna Garanča in her first North American performances as Octavian, the impulsive young title character.The cast also includes Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Faninal, and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer.On December 1, a meditation on idealized love set in the medieval era, has its Met premiere, led by Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki in her company debut, directed by Robert Lepage, and starring Susanna Phillips, Tamara Mumford, and Eric Owens.A new production of Gounod’s (opening February 2), conducted by Sir Mark Elder and directed by Mary Zimmerman, will star Kristine Opolais in the title role of a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince, sung by Brandon Jovanovich.Sher’s staging is a La Scala production, initially presented by the Salzburg Festival, where it premiered in 2008.Opening: February 2, 2017 Conductor: Sir Mark Elder Production: Mary Zimmerman Set Designer: Daniel Ostling Costume Designer: Mara Blumenfeld Lighting Designer: T. Gerckens Choreographer: Austin Mc Cormick Live in HD: February 25, 2017 Kristine Opolais sings her first Met performances of the role that won her international acclaim, the tragic water nymph Rusalka.
The production is by Robert Lepage, co-produced with L’Opéra de Québec, where it premiered to acclaim last summer, in collaboration with Ex Machina.
Five works not heard at the Met in recent years will be part of the 2016-17 season.
James, starring Matthew Polenzani in the title role of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production.
Her Tristan is Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton, who sang Siegmund in the Met’s cycle in 2013.
The cast also includes Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne and Evgeny Nikitin as Kurwenal (both in Met role debuts), with René Pape reprising King Marke, a role he has sung to acclaim in three previous Met seasons.
The opera has not been staged by the Met since 1931 and never before in its original French.