Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Festive schedule

The press release on the Met's 125th Anniversary Gala hasn't yet appeared on their own website, but Broadway World has it. There are lots of interesting production tidbits, but here's the cast and program:

Charles Gounod: Faust
"Vin ou bière" chorus from Act II: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
"Le veau d'or": James Morris (Méphistophélès)
Jewel song "Ah, je ris de me voir": Angela Gheorghiu (Marguerite)
Trio from Act V "Alerte, alerte": Sondra Radvanovsky (Marguerite), Roberto Alagna (Faust), John Relyea (Méphistophélès)

Giacomo Puccini: La Fanciulla del West
"Ch'ella mi creda": Plácido Domingo (Dick Johnson)

Giuseppe Verdi: Aida
Duet "Silenzio! Aida verso noi s'avanza": Maria Guleghina (Aida), Stephanie Blythe (Amneris)

Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Boris's Death Scene: René Pape (Boris)

Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco
"Va, pensiero": Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Georges Bizet: Carmen
Final duet "C'est toi...c'est moi": Waltraud Meier (Carmen), Roberto Alagna (Don José)

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
"La donna è mobile": Juan Diego Flórez

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo
"Ella giammai m'amò": James Morris (King Philip)

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Trio "Habt mir's gelobt": Natalie Dessay (Sophie), Deborah Voigt (the Marschallin), Susanne Mentzer (Octavian)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni
"Finch'han dal vino": Mariusz Kwiecien

Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Final scene "Ja, Wehe! Wehe!": Plácido Domingo (Parsifal), Thomas Hampson (Amfortas)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
"O mio babbino caro": Maija Kovalevska (Lauretta)

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades
Yeletsky's aria "Ya vas lyublyu": Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Duet "Figlia, a tal nome io palpito": Angela Gheorghiu (Amelia), Plácido Domingo (Simon)

Richard Wagner: Siegfried
Final scene "Ewig war ich": Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Ben Heppner (Siegfried)

Giacomo Puccini - Three Tenor Arias
La Bohème - "Che gelida manina": Joseph Calleja (Rodolfo)
Tosca - "E lucevan le stelle": Aleksandrs Antonenko (Cavaradossi)
Turandot - "Nessun dorma": Marcello Giordani (Calaf)

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata
"È forse lui...Sempre libera": Natalie Dessay (Violetta)

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello
Final scene "Niun mi tema": Plácido Domingo (Otello)

Erich Korngold: Die Tote Stadt
Marietta's lied: Renée Fleming (Marietta)

Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold
Final scene: Yvonne Naef (Fricka), Kim Begley (Loge), Garrett Sorenson (Froh), René Pape (Wotan), Lisette Oropesa, Kate Lindsey, and Tamara Mumford (Rhinemaidens)
Meanwhile, I'd like to wish all my American readers a happy Thanksgiving.


  1. How long is this supposed to last, seventeen hours? I feel overstuffed having just read the program.

  2. It's a gala! The more the merrier. 17 hours would be great.

  3. mmmm, turkey, sauce, corn and plenty of stuffing. Looks tastier than most of their recent productions.

  4. No Sr. Vargas? What does that mean? Should I be worried?

    Could Mr. H sing something more interesting than that aria from Pique Dame please?

    I don't expect the Met will stage Il Viaggio, but with the excellent Rossinians these days, they could have at least staged the finale for the Gala. I am sure the audience would be delighted.

    Happy Thanksgiving! I am very thankful for your informative blog.

  5. This is celebrating historic Met productions, so there never was a chance of the Rossini.

    As for the casting, I'm working on a post...

    Thanks for reading.


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