Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana. Deborah Warner's new production of the opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev, opens the Met season on September 23, 2013.
(Photo : Photo: Lee Broomfield/Metropolitan Opera)
The season will open with a new production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" by Deborah Warner. Anna Netrebko will headline the opening night season for the third straight time in the role of Tatiana. Mariusz Kwiecien will sing the title role while Piotr Beczala will sing the role of Lensky. Russian conductor Valery Gergiev returns to the Met pit. The opera will be sung with a second cast in November with Peter Mattei in the title role and Marina Poplavskaya as Tatiana. Rolando Villazon will return to the Met after a four-year absence; he last sang in 2009 in Lucia di Lammermoor.
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The Met will also open five other new productions. In October, Nico Muhly's opera "Two Boys" opens with a production by Bartlett Sher. The English National Opera co-production will star Alice Coote, Paul Appleby, Caitlin Lynch and Sandra Piques Eddy.
In December, Verdi's "Falstaff" will get a new production by Robert Carsen. The Royal Opera House Co-Production will star Ambrogio Maestri and Nicola Alaimo in the title role. Angela Meade will sing Alice Ford, Lisette Oropesa will sing Nannetta and Stephanie Blythe will reprise the role of Miss Quickly.
On New Year's Eve, Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" will receive a new production by Jeremy Sams. The cast will include rising stars Susanna Phillips, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Michael Fabiano and veterans Christine Schafer, Paulo Szot and Christopher Maltman.
Alexander Borodin's "Prince Igor" will return to the Met after a 97-year absence. The production by Dimitri Tcherniakov will open in February and will star Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role, as well as Anita Rachvelishvili, Stefan Kocan and Mikhail Petrenko. Gianandrea Noseda and Pavel Smelkov will conduct.
Massenet's Werther also returns to the Met in a new production by Richard Eyre. Jonas Kaufmann returns to the Met after a triumphant "Parsifal," while Elina Garanca sings the role of Charlotte. Lisette Oropesa and David Bizic will round out the cast conducted by Alain Altinoglu.
Other notable revivals include Dvorak's "Rusalka" with Renee Fleming and Piotr Beczala, Bellini's "I Purtani" with Met Debutante Olga Peretyatko, and Berg's "Wozzeck" with Thomas Hampson and Deborah Voigt.
Juan Diego Florez and Joyce Didonato will reunite for Rossini's "La Cenerentola," while Marcelo Alvarez and Patricia Racette will star in Giordano's "Andrea Chenier."
Richard Strauss will be well represented next season with three operas, "Arabella," "Die Frau Ohne Schatten" and "Der Rosenkavalier."
James Levine will return to the Metropolitan Opera pit to conduct "Falstaff," "Wozzeck" and "Cosi Fan Tutte;" the conductor has not conducted since 2011.