In celebration of the Met's 125th anniversary, James Levine conducts a gala performance of fully staged scenes from classic Met productions, which will be realized with scenic projections and new costumes made from the original designs. [...] The evening will feature Marc Chagall's Die Zauberflöte designs (1967); the outlawed first presentation outside Bayreuth of Wagner's Parsifal (1903); the world premiere of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West (1910); the 1883 Opening Night of Faust; and other classic productions from Met history.This story had me imagining Karita Mattila as Fremstad in the infamous 1905 Salome, though I doubt that will actually happen. At any rate, I'm sure the archives hold all sorts of interesting and momentous productions.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
The Met's next Opening Night is pretty humdrum, but in exchange March 2009 brings what looks like the most interesting gala idea ever: