Thursday, March 06, 2008

Past visions

The Met's next Opening Night is pretty humdrum, but in exchange March 2009 brings what looks like the most interesting gala idea ever:
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.

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Absolutely no axe-grinding, please.