Παρασκευή, 30 Μαρτίου 2012

ΔΙΑΛΟΓΟΣ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΩΝ - ΡΩΜΑΙΟΚΑΘΟΛΙΚΩΝ ΑΡΧΙΕΡΕΩΝ

Την Τρίτη και Τετάρτη, 27, 28 Μαρτίου, έγινε ο ετήσιος διάλογος μεταξύ Ρωμαιοκαθολικών και Ορθοδόξων Αρχιερέων στο Τορόντο. Έλαβαν μέρος 4 Ρωμαιοκαθολικοί Αρχιερείς και 4 Ορθόδοξοι και συνεζήτησαν διάφορα θέματα. Ο διάλογος αυτός συνεστήθη το 2001 με τις ευλογίες του Παναγιωτάτου Οικομενικού Πατριάρχου κ.κ. Βαρθολομαίου και από τότε συνεχίζεται ανελλιπώς μία φορά το έτος. Στο ήμισυ των συνεδριάσεων προεδρεύει ο Ρωμαιοκαθολικός Επίσκοπος Jan-Louis Plouffe και στο άλλο ήμισυ ο Μητροπολίτης Σωτήριος. Ο Διάλογος γίνεται πάντοτε σε πνεύμα αμοιβαίου σεβασμού και ειλικρινούς αγάπης. Συζητούνται δε διάφορα θέματα.

ΣΥΝΑΞΙΣ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΩΝ ΑΡΧΙΕΡΕΩΝ ΚΑΝΑΔΑ

Συνήλθε στην ετήσια συνεδρία της η Σύναξη Ορθοδόξων Αρχιερέων Καναδά, υπό την προεδρία του Μητροπολίτη Σωτηρίου, την Πέμπτη 29 Μαρτίου, στην Ιερά Μητρόπολη Τορόντο Καναδά.
Η Σύναξη αυτή συνεστήθη με τις ευλογίες του Οικουμενικού μας Πατριάρχου κ. κ. Βαρθολομαίου το έτος 2000. Συνεδριάζει μία φορά το έτος πάντοτε υπό την προεδρία του Μητροπολίτη Σωτηρίου.
Στον Καναδά υπάρχουν 15 Ορθόδοξοι Αρχιερείς και στην εφετινή Συνεδρίαση προσήλθαν 13.
Η Ημερησία Διάταξη περιείχε πολλά θέματα τα οποία συνεζητήθησαν με αγαστή συνεργασία και ελήφθησαν οι δέουσες αποφάσεις για την προαγωγή του έργου της Ορθοδοξίας στον Καναδά.
Για πρώτη φορά εφέτος, εκλήθησαν στο γεύμα 7 Ορθόδοξοι Γενικοί Πρόξενοι των Χωρών Ελλάδας, Κύπρου, Ρωσίας, Σερβίας, Ρουμανίας, Βουλγαρίας, και Ουκρανίας.
Οι Γενικοί Πρόξενοι ξεναγήθησαν στους χώρους της Ιεράς Μητρόπολης και της Ορθοδόξου Θεολογικής Ακαδημίας και εξέφρασαν τον θαυμασμό τους και την εκτίμησή τους για το έργο το οποίον επιτελεί η Ελληνική Ορθόδοξη Μητρόπολη Τορόντο.
 
From left to right:
Standing:
The Hon. Mr. I. Giragosian, Consul Geneneral of Cyprus,
His Grace Bishop Ilia, Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America,
The Hon. Mr. Ivo Mouskourov, Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria,
His Grace Bishop Christoforos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada),
His Grace Bishop Ilarion, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Western Diocese, 
His Grace Bishop Irénée of Québec City, Orthodox Church in America, Archdiocese of Canada,
His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, Orthodox Church in America, Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America,
His Grace  Bishop Ioan Casian, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America & Canada,
His Grace Bishop Andrij, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Eastern Eparchy,
His Eminence Metropolitan Yurij, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada,
The Hon. Mr. Anatolii Oliinyk, Consul of Ukraine

Sitting:
His Grace Bishop Georgije, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Canada,
The Hon. Mr. Vladimir M. Pavlov, Consul General of the Republic Serbia,
His Grace Bishop Alexander, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada & Upstate New York,
The Hon. Mr. D. Azemopoulos, Consul General of Greece,
His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada),
The Hon. Mr. Vladimir N. Pavlov, Consul General of the Russian Federation,
His Grace Bishop Iov, Russian Orthodox Church (MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE) in Canada,
The Hon. Dr. Valentin Naumescu, Consul General of Romania,
His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America & Canada
Standing:
From left to right:
His Grace Bishop Ilarion, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Western Diocese, 
His Grace Bishop Irénée of Québec City, Orthodox Church in America, Archdiocese of Canada,
His Grace  Bishop Ioan Casian, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America & Canada,
His Grace Bishop Andrij, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Eastern Eparchy,
Sitting:
His Grace Bishop Christoforos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada),
His Grace Bishop Ilia, Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America,
His Grace Bishop Georgije, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Canada,
His Grace Bishop Alexander, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Diocese of Ottawa, Eastern Canada & Upstate New York,
His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada),
His Grace Bishop Iov, Russian Orthodox Church (MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE) in Canada,
His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae, Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America & Canada
His Eminence Metropolitan Yurij, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada,
His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, Orthodox Church in America, Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America

From left to right:
The Hon. Mr. Ivo Mouskourov, Consul General of the Republic of Bulgaria,
The Hon. Mr. I. Giragosian, Consul Geneneral of Cyprus
The Hon. Mr. Vladimir Pavlov, Consul General of the Republic Serbia,
The Hon. Mr. D. Azemopoulos, Consul General of Greece
His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada),
The Hon. Mr. Vladimir N. Pavlov, Consul General of the Russian Federation,
The Hon. Dr. Valentin Naumescu, Consul General of Romania,
The Hon. Mr. Anatolii Oliinyk, Consul of Ukraine



Κυριακή, 25 Μαρτίου 2012

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Σάββατο, 24 Μαρτίου 2012

Dimas is visiting the United States at the invitation of the Panepirotic Federation of America World Council of Epirotes Abroad


PANEPIROTIC FEDERATION OF AMERICA PRESENTS OLYMPICS CHAMPION PYRROS DIMAS
   Olympics Champion Pyrros Dimas, considered one of the greatest weight lifters of all time with three Olympic gold medals and three world championships, has arrived in the United States to spend several weeks visiting  Greek-American communities to raise concern and solicit support for the Greek minority in Albania.
Pyrros Dimas began his journey to America by marching as an honorary marshal in the Greek Independence Day parade in New York on March 25 and will also be grand marshal at the Boston parade on April 22 to mark the liberation of Greeks from 400 years of Ottoman rule.  The day before the parade he will headline Greek Independence ceremonies at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
             Dimas is visiting the United States at the invitation of the Panepirotic Federation of America World Council of Epirotes Abroad.   During his stay he will be the guest of honor at dinners in Boston, New York, Baltimore and Chicago sponsored by the Federation and the Council.   He will also visit Washington with Federation and Council leaders to seek support for the Greek minority in Albania from the Congress and the Obama Administration.
“All the funds raised at the dinner for Pyrros Dimas will go to support programs of the Panepirotic Federation, most of which focus on improving conditions for Greek communities in Northern Epiros and ethnic Greeks throughout  Albania,” said Demitrios  Koutoulas , president of the Panepirotic Federaton.
Dimas was born in 1971 in Himara, the historic Greek community in Northern Epiros, a region that was part of Greek territory since ancient times but was ceded to Albania by the Great Powers after World War I.  Twenty years later he emigrated to Greece, was granted Greek citizenship in 1992, and competed  under the Greek flag  in that year’s summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the 82.5 kilogram class. 
During his 202.5 kg lift at the clean and jerk, he shouted  “Gia tin Ellada!”; meaning “For Greece!”), thus dedicating his victory to Greece.  This is the catchphrase with which he is most associated in Greece.
At a time when Greek success at the Olympics was limited, he became instant national hero.  He was greeted as such on his return to Greece at a grand ceremony attended by 60,000 people at the Panathinaikon Stadium in Athens, with a further 30,000 outside the stadium.  His birthplace gave rise to his nickname “The Lion of Himara”.  His outstanding number of Olympic Gold Medals created another nickname “Midas”.
With the 1992 and 1995 World titles under his belt, Dimas was the favorite to win Olympic Gold in the 83 kg class at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where he was the flag bearer of the Greek Olympic team.  He won the event with two new World Records.
At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won yet another gold medal, this time in the 85 kg class.  This made him one of just three weightlifters at that time to have won three Olympic gold medals.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Dimas was again chosen as Greek flagbearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies.  Dimas was recovering from knee surgery and a hurt wrist and was not expected to compete in these Olympics, but he came away with a bronze medal in the 85 kg class, becoming only the fourth weightlifter in history to win a medal at four different Olympic Games and only the third to win them successively four times, thus cementing his status as a national hero in Greece. 
             After earning the bronze medal he signaled his retirement by leaving his shoes on the platform, while the appreciative Greek crowd gave him a standing ovation.
In June 2008, Dimas became vice-president, and in October 2008 president of the Hellenic Weightlifting Federation.
Dimas is married to Anastasia Sdougkou, a former sports reporter for Greek National Television, who is accompanying him on his visit. They have two daughters and two sons, ages three to 17.
Besides his march as a marshal in the New York and Boston parades, Dimas will make a number of appearances at Greek American communities throughout Eastern part of the United States sponsored by local chapters of the Panepirotic Federation. They include St. Spyridon’s Church in Worcester, MA the evening of April 20 after his appearance at the State House; the 57 Restaurant in Boston on April 21 sponsored by Federation chapters in Boston; St. Nicholas Church in Baltimore, MD on April 25;  Sts. Constantine and Helen Church in Anapolis, MD on April 26; St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on April 27, and St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria, Queens on April 28. Other events in other cities are in the process of being organized.
During their visit to the United States, Dimas and his wife will based in Worcester, MA, as guests of the founding chapter of the Panepirotic Federation, Enosis

Τετάρτη, 21 Μαρτίου 2012

X ANNUAL SYMPHONY COMPOSITION CONTEST FOR BANDS “CITY OF TORREVIEJA”.

The municipal cultural institute, ‘Joaquin Chapaprieta’ has organised the (tenth) annual ‘SYMPHONY COMPOSITION CONTEST – CITY OF TORREVIEJA’ which will take place under the following rules:
 
RULES.
 
1.- All those composers who wish to participate may do so.
2.    The compositions should be original and unedited an-d not be a copy, modification or a version of any existing composition nor have been previously published through any media. Any entry which has been, or appears to have been previously presented to the public or received its ‘premier’ outside of this competition may be disqualified by the decision of the jury. The composition should have a duration of more than fifteen minutes and less than twenty minutes.
3.    The content of the work, as well as its form, shall be of ‘free choice’ (not allowed to work for solo instrument and wind orchestra), and arranged for the instruments detailed in the attached annex. It should be noted that the jury will expect the use of ALL of the instruments listed in the annex except those which are indicated as optional. Failure to comply with this rule could result in the disqualification of the entry.
4.    Works should be submitted in quintipulate “printed” on paper size DIN A3 (297mmx420mm), and accompanied by the individual material (partichelas) of the corresponding part for each of the instruments as detailed in the annex.
      The individual material (or partichelas) of the work may be sent optionally on a CD (in PDF archives), in order to reduce the cost of shipping by the composer.
      Together with the work and the individual material submitted, which should not bear either the name nor known pseudonym of the composer but merely a chosen title, should be enclosed a separate, sealed envelope which is clearly marked on the outside with the chosen title of the work. Within this envelope should be enclosed details of the composer: name, surnames, address, copy of national identity document or passport, telephone number and electronic mail address if applicable. Any non-compliance of this rule may lead to disqualification.
5.    All entries must be received by 31st October 2012 and the jury’s decision will be announced before the end of the year 2012.
6.    Entries should be sent, within the specified time, to:
 
EXMO. AYUNTAMIENTO DE TORREVIEJA
INSTITUTO MUNICIPAL DE CULTURA
“JOAQUIN CHAPAPRIETA TORREGROSA”
REGISTRO – OFICINA PROP – C/ HERMANOS BAZAN, 6
03181 TORREVIEJA – ALICANTE - ESPAÑA.
 
7.     PRIZES:
7.1. A single prize of twelve thousand euros (12,000€) will be offered to the winner.
7.2. The prize will be subject to taxes according to law. This will apply both to Spanish nationals as well as non Spanish competitors regardless of their place of residence.
8.    The jury which will decide the winning entry will be composed of five members, all recognised within the world of music and nominated by the Ayuntamiento de Torrevieja (Town Council).
9.         The prize-winning composition will receive its “PREMIER” during a special concert by the “UNION MUSICAL TORREVEJENSE” (www.unionmusicaltorrevejense.com) sometime during the first semester of 2013.
9.1.  Regardless that the rights of ownership of the entry will remain with the author, he /  she, in accordance with the rules of this competition, will be obliged to ensure that, in any future publication of the composition, the winning entry will be publicised with the following annex: “PRIZEWINNER OF THE X ANNUAL SYMPHONY COMPOSITION CONTEST “CIUDAD DE TORREVIEJA”. 2012.
10.  All other works submitted and not deemed to be the winner will be kept by the ‘Ayuntamiento’ of Torrevieja for a period of three months from the date of the publication of  jury’s decision, after which the composers may collect their entries in person or by sending an authorised representative.
11.  The competition shall be declared void if the jury should decide that the standard required has not been reached.
12.  The submission of any entry to this competition shall be considered as a full acceptance by the competitor of these rules. Any decision by the jury, with regards to the winning entry or any other matter relatining to this competition, shall be considered as final.
 
E-MAIL CONTACT – PEDRO HERNANDEZ:  pedro@gesadem.com
ANNEX TO RULE 3
Piccolo                                                    
Flute 1,2                                                   
Oboes  1,2,                                               
English Horn                                            
Bassoons 1,2,                                           
Clarinet E Bemol                                     
Clarinet  B Bemol Solo and 1º                            
Clarinet B Bemol  2º 3º
Bass Clarinet                                          
Sax Sopr B Bemol                                   
Alt Sax  E Bemol 1,2                              
Tenor Sax B Bemol 1,2                          
Bariton Sax E Bemol                              
Bass Sax (Opcional)
Horn  F  1,2,3,4
Trumpets B Bemol 1,2,3,4                      
Trombone 1,2,3 y 4    (Trombone 4º may be replaced by Bass Trombone) 
Flügelhorn B Bemol 1, 2 (Fliscorno)
Euphonium B bemol 1, 2 (Bombardino)
Tubas in C
Violoncello
Double Bass
Piano (Opcional)
Arpa (Opcional)
Timpani
Percusión
 
IMPORTANT NOTE:
 
The spirit and intention of this competition is that the entries should be suitable for playing by musician members of a “Banda Sinfónica”, (as understood in Spain). Works which do not strictly meet this criteria may be disqualified.
 
 
WINNERS OF PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS:
 
1st Edition: “SINFONIA HAMLET” by D. Santiago Quinto Serna (Spain) (2003).
 
2nd Edition: “CUMBRE DE MASADA” by D. José Miguel Fayós Jordán (Spain) (2004).
 
3rd Edition: “VENTS DEL GARBI” by D. José Miguel  Martínez Giménez (Spain) (2005).
 
4th Edition: “FANTASIA PER LA VITA E LA MORTA ” by D. Bert Apermont (Belguim) (2006).
 
5th Edition: PRIZE NOT AWARDED (2007).
 
6th Edition: “ELEMENTS” by Pablo Anglés Galindo (Spain) (2008).
 
7th Edition: “CASTELO DO INFERNO” by Ferrer Ferran (Spain) (2009).
 
8th Edition: “THE SECRET OF THE HILLS” by Andre Waignein (2010).
 
 
9th Edition: “EL FESTIVAL DE POSEIDON” by Juan José Solana Gutiérrez (2011).
 
 
E-MAIL CONTACT – PEDRO HERNANDEZ: pedro@gesadem.com
 
 
INFORMATION AND DOWNLOAD THE RULES (CTRL+CLIC):
http://www.nuestrasbandasdemusica.com/certamenes/noticias-de-certamenes/certamen-de-bandas-de-torrevieja/1069-x-concurso-de-composicion-para-banda-qciudad-de-torreviejaq.html

Metropolitan Opera Announces 2012 National Council Auditions Winners

Five young singers win $15,000 cash prizes in the prestigious competition that has launched the careers of numerous major opera stars

March 18, 2012
New York, NY (March 18, 2012) – The Metropolitan Opera today announced the winners of the 2012 National Council Auditions. They are: Janai Brugger, soprano from Darien, IL; Anthony Clark Evans, baritone from Owensboro, KY; Matthew Grills, tenor from Newtown, CT; Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano from Euclid, OH; and Andrey Nemzer, countertenor from Moscow, Russia. The winners were selected from nine finalists who performed arias with the MET Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis. Each winner receives a cash prize of $15,000, as well as invaluable career exposure: the audience for the auditions includes influential opera executives, artist managers, and music critics, and some of the biggest stars in opera received their first major recognition as National Council Winners.
The Grand Finals Concert was hosted by renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens, a 1996 National Council Auditions winner. During the judges’ deliberations, he gave a special performance of “Ella giammai m’amò,” King Philip’s aria from Verdi’s Don Carlo.
The Grand Finals Concert was recorded for broadcast at a later date on public radio stations across the United States.
Nearly 1,500 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 participated in this year’s auditions, which are held annually in 41 districts and 14 regions throughout the United States and Canada and are sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Given the reach of the auditions, the number of applicants, and the long tradition associated with them, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are considered the most prestigious competition in North America for singers seeking to launch an operatic career.
The remaining four finalists: Will Liverman, baritone from Virginia Beach, VA; Kevin Ray, tenor from Cornwall, NY; Lauren Snouffer, soprano from Austin, TX; and Michael Sumuel, bass-baritone from Odessa, TX, were each awarded $5,000.
Past winners of the Met Auditions include many of today’s leading operatic artists such as Renée Fleming, Hei-Kyung Hong, Angela Meade, Susanna Phillips, Sondra Radvanovsky, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, Dolora Zajick, Nathan Gunn, Lawrence Brownlee, Thomas Hampson and Samuel Ramey. During a typical opera season, over one hundred alumni of the Auditions are on the Met roster. In 2007, the National Council Audition process was captured in an acclaimed documentary, The Audition, which was shown on PBS and released on DVD.

Winners Biographical Notes
 
The following are brief biographical notes for the 2012 National Council Auditions winners. The region in which each singer won the earlier round of competition is noted.
Janai BruggerSoprano (Darien, IL. Winner of the Western Region)
Age 29
Janai Brugger is a second-year artist with Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. This season’s highlights include Musetta in La Bohème with the Los Angeles Opera, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette for her debut with the Palm Beach Opera, and the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Last season she appeared in Los Angeles as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and the Page in Rigoletto. She holds a bachelor’s degree from De Paul University and recently received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan (where she sang Tatiana in Eugene Onegin). In 2009 she sang Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the “Opera in the Neighborhoods” Program and the following year joined the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program. She was a 2011 finalist in the Loren Zachary Competition and a Midwest Regional (Detroit district) winner of the 2008 Met National Council Auditions.
Anthony Clark EvansBaritone (Owensboro, KY. Winner of the Mid-South Region)
Age 27
Anthony Clark Evans attended Murray State University, where he sang Sir John Falstaff in Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, and the title role of Don Giovanni in the university’s opera scenes program. As an apprentice artist with Arkansas’s Opera in the Ozarks, his operatic credits include Marcello in La Bohème, Pish-Tush in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. He is a two-time finalist in the Orpheus Vocal Competition and appears frequently as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah.
Matthew GrillsTenor (Newtown, CT. Winner of the Gulf Coast Region)
Age 25
Matthew Grills is a second-year master’s degree student at the Eastman School of Music, having completed his undergraduate work at the Boston Conservatory. Operatic credits include Prunier in La Rondine, Prince Charming in Massenet’s Cendrillon, the Prologue in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte at the Seagle Music Colony (2011). Performances with Eastman Opera Theater include Jamie in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and the Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. Later this month he appears at the Eastman School as Jeník in The Bartered Bride. He was a 2011 winner of the Friends of Eastman Opera Annual Voice Competition and placed first in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. He will spend the summer of 2012 as a young artist with the Santa Fe Opera and this fall begins a yearlong residency as a member of the Portland Opera’s Studio Artist Apprentice Program.
Margaret MezzacappaMezzo-soprano (Euclid, OH. Winner of the Middle Atlantic Region)
Age 24
Margaret Mezzacappa is in her third year as a resident artist at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts. At AVA she has been heard as the Mother’s Voice in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, the Princess in a concert version of Suor Angelica, Frugola in a concert version of Il Tabarro, Adelaide in Arabella, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Azucena in excerpts from Il Trovatore, and the First Wife in The Scarlet Letter. She recently sang Emilia in Otello with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Upcoming are her Carnegie Hall debut in Britten’s Spring Symphony in May and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra in June. She is a graduate of the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. In 2011 she won the Licia Albanese–Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, received first prize in the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition, second prize in the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, third prize at the Loren L. Zachary Foundation Competition, and fourth prize in the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition. She is a 2012 winner of the George London Award.
Andrey NemzerCountertenor (Moscow, Russia. Winner of the Great Lakes Region)
Age 29
Andrey Nemzer, who is currently pursuing an artist diploma at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music, made his operatic debut in 2002 as a tenor and has appeared as Alwa in Berg’s Lulu and Alexis in Grétry’s Peter the Great in the Russian premieres of the operas at Moscow’s Helikon Opera Theatre. He apprenticed at the Novaya Opera Theatre and in 2008 transitioned to the countertenor repertoire. He is a winner of Russia’s Bella Voce Student Competition (2002), the Singing World International Choral Competition (2009), the Pittsburgh Baroque Competition (2010), and the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition (2011). He joined the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh as a resident artist and is scheduled to sing with the company this summer. In Russia he has been heard with the Pocket Symphony, Intrada Vocal Ensemble, Moscow Sacred Music Ensemble, and Moscow Synodal Choir. In the United States he has appeared with Pittsburgh’s Mendelssohn Choir and as a frequent collaborator of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The Metropolitan Opera Launches State-of-the-Art New iPad App

“Met Opera on Demand” allows unlimited streaming of the Met’s popular Live in HD programs, as well as hundreds of other audio and video performances; new content, both current and historic, will be added monthly; 44 video transmissions from the award-winning Live in HD series available at launch

March 14, 2012
New York, NY (March 14, 2012) – The Metropolitan Opera has released “Met Opera on Demand,” a new app for the iPad® that allows unlimited streaming access to video transmissions from the company’s award-winning Live in HD series, plus hundreds of historic TV and radio broadcasts. The free app, available for download from the App StoreSM, will give opera lovers around the world mobile access to high-quality audio and video streams of hundreds of performances from the Met’s 81-year broadcast history. New content will be added monthly, including recent Live in HD transmissions featuring the biggest stars of today’s opera world. Live in HD titles will be added to the service two to three months after their premiere in movie theaters. A subscription is required to access streaming content, with plans beginning at $14.99 a month.
“We want opera to be as widely available as technology permits,” said the Met’s General Manager Peter Gelb. “With its superb video and audio quality, our iPad app should appeal to neophytes as well as the aficionados who would like to relive every expertly delivered high C.”
Forty-four selections will initially be available from the company’s groundbreaking Live in HD series, which uses multiple cameras, advanced technology, and innovative direction to capture the excitement and power of live opera. The series’ popular intermission features, which take viewers behind the scenes for exclusive interviews with the stars of each production, are included with each title. Productions currently available for streaming on Met Opera on Demand include last season’s comedic hit Le Comte Ory, starring Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau, and Joyce DiDonato; this season’s opening-night production, Anna Bolena, with star soprano Anna Netrebko in the tour-de-force title role; and Michael Grandage’s elegant new production of Don Giovanni, seen in movie theaters in October 2011.
The streaming service also allows users access to historic telecasts featuring stars like Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Joan Sutherland, and Leontyne Price. The video library includes historic performances, such as a 1979 production of Don Pasquale starring Beverly Sills or a starry 1998 Le Nozze di Figaro telecast starring Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, and Bryn Terfel, All videos include English subtitles and many offer titles in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
More than 250 audio performances from Met history are available through the Met Opera on Demand app. Digitally remastered audio streams allow users to immerse themselves completely in historic nights at the Met, beginning with a 1936 performance of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung starring Lauritz Melchior. The archive offers outstanding live recordings of the greatest opera singers of the last century, including Jussi Björling, Maria Callas, Montserrat Caballé, Franco Corelli, Birgit Nilsson, Jessye Norman, Rosa Ponselle, Eleanor Steber, Risë Stevens, and Richard Tucker, in some of their most acclaimed Met performances.
New content will be added to Met Opera on Demand each month. Subscribers with the iPad® app may also stream content on a personal computer for no additional charge. Met Opera on Demand replaces the Met’s previous streaming service, Met Player.  For more information, including an online catalogue of offerings and details on subscription packages, please visit www.metoperaondemand.org.

The Met’s 2012-13 Season Features Seven New Productions (Including Two Met Premieres) and 21 Revivals.

February 23, 2012
 Anna Netrebko stars in her second Met Opening Night Gala,a new production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore directed by Bartlett Sher
 Thomas Adès conducts the Met premiere of his opera The Tempest,staged by Robert Lepage
 David McVicar directs two new productions: the Met premiere ofDonizetti’s Maria Stuarda and an inventive staging of Handel’s Giulio Cesare
 Verdi’s bicentennial is celebrated with new productions of Rigoletto,directed by Michael Mayer and conducted by Michele Mariotti, and Un Ballo in Maschera, directed by David Alden and conducted byMet Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi
 For Wagner’s bicentennial, the Met presents a new Parsifal,directed by François Girard and conducted by Daniele Gatti,and three complete Ring cycles conducted by Luisi
 The seventh season of The Met: Live in HD series will feature 12 live transmissions,beginning October 13 with L’Elisir d’Amore

New York, NY (February 23, 2012)—An abundance of Verdi and Wagner, in celebration of their 200th birthdays, will be featured in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2012-13 season, which will showcase the world’s greatest singers, conductors, and directors in seven new productions—two of them Met premieres—and 21 revivals, including three complete Ring cycles. Twelve of the season’s Saturday matinees will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met’s increasingly popular, award-winning Live in HD series.
In chronological order, the new productions begin on September 24, opening night of the season, with a staging of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece L’Elisir d’Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher, conducted by Maurizio Benini, and starring Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani. L’Elisir d’Amore will be Netrebko’s second consecutive Met opening night, following last September’s Anna Bolena.
On October 23, Thomas Adès will conduct the Met premiere of his opera The Tempest, the highly regarded new work that received its world premiere in 2004 at London’s Royal Opera House. It will be directed by Robert Lepage and star Simon Keenlyside as Prospero.
Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the first of the season’s two new Verdi productions, a staging of Un Ballo in Maschera directed by David Alden, starring Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, opening on November 8.
This season’s New Year’s Eve gala will be the Met premiere of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, the second in the composer’s trio of historical operas on Tudor queens. The production is by David McVicar, who directed last season’s Met premiere of the first work in the trilogy, Anna Bolena, and who will stage Roberto Devereux in a future season. Maestro Benini conducts Joyce DiDonato as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, opposite Elza van den Heever in her Met debut as Elizabeth I.
On January 28, conductor Michele Mariotti, who makes his Met debut this season, leads the premiere of a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer in his Met debut and starring Željko Lučić, Diana Damrau, and Piotr Beczala.
Acclaimed French-Canadian director François Girard makes his Met debut with a new staging of Wagner’s Parsifal on February 15, with Daniele Gatti conducting Jonas Kaufmann in his Met role debut as the title character. The cast also includes Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, and René Pape.
On April 4, McVicar premieres his second new production of the season, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, in a staging that won acclaim when it premiered at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005. David Daniels stars as Caesar, opposite Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra, with Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducting.
The 2012-13 season was announced by Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “We’re staying true to our course of renewing the core repertoire, while also introducing works new to the Met,” said Gelb. “We remain dedicated to upholding the Met’s tradition of high musical standards through our casting of the finest singers in the world.”
Click here to watch preview videos about this season’s new productions.
New Productions                  
(* Met debut)L’Elisir d’Amore – Gaetano DonizettiPremiere: September 24
Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Production: Bartlett Sher
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designed By: Jennifer Tipton
Cast: Anna Netrebko (Adina), Matthew Polenzani (Nemorino), Mariusz Kwiecien (Belcore), Ambrogio Maestri/TBA (Doctor Dulcamara)
Live in HD: October 13
The season opens on September 24 with a new production of Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini. Anna Netrebko, starring in her second consecutive Met opening night, makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Mariusz Kwiecien sings Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri will sing the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. “L’Elisir d’Amore is kind of two operas at the same time,” Sher says. “It’s an opera that’s a great entertainment, and it’s an opera that has something else happening underneath. It’s informed by when in Italian history it was written—you can see the early stirrings of a cry for independence.”       
The Tempest – Thomas AdèsMet PremierePremiere: October 23
Conductor: Thomas Adès*
Libretto: Meredith Oakes
Production: Robert Lepage
Set Designer: Jasmine Catudal*
Costume Designer: Kym Barrett*
Lighting Designer: Michel Beaulieu*
Video Designer: David Leclerc*
Cast: Audrey Luna (Ariel), Isabel Leonard (Miranda), Iestyn Davies (Trinculo), Alek Shrader* (Ferdinand), Alan Oke (Caliban), William Burden (King of Naples), Toby Spence (Antonio), Simon Keenlyside (Prospero)
Live in HD: November 10
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, L'Opéra de Québec, and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna
In collaboration with Ex Machina
British composer Thomas Adès makes his company debut conducting the Met premiere of his opera The Tempest, which has been widely praised as a modern masterpiece. Robert Lepage’s innovative production recreates the interior of the La Scala opera house as the magical island venue for the otherworldly arts of Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan. Simon Keenlyside sings Prospero, as he did to critical acclaim in the opera’s world premiere at Covent Garden. “The Tempest is an extraordinary, exquisite composition,” Lepage says. “The opera captures the magic of Shakespeare’s last play. It is a box full of magic tricks, which makes it a gift for me and for the designers.” The opera also stars Isabel Leonard as Prospero’s daughter, Miranda; Toby Spence as his brother, Antonio; Audrey Luna as the spirit Ariel; Iestyn Davies as the jester, Trinculo; Alek Shrader in his Met debut as the noble Ferdinand; Alan Oke as the monstrous Caliban; and William Burden as the King of Naples. The libretto, by Meredith Oakes, features new text set to the story of Shakespeare’s play.

Un Ballo in Maschera - Giuseppe VerdiPremiere: November 8
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Production: David Alden
Set Designer: Paul Steinberg*
Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman*
Choreographer: Maxine Braham*
Cast: Karita Mattila (Amelia), Kathleen Kim (Oscar), Dolora Zajick/Stephanie Blythe (Ulrica), Marcelo Álvarez/Roberto De Biasio (Gustavo III), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Anckarström)
Live in HD: December 8
Verdi’s vivid drama of jealousy and vengeance returns to the Met in a new production by acclaimed opera director David Alden in his first Met appearance in more than 20 years. Fabio Luisi conducts his first Met performances of the opera, which stars Karita Mattila in her Met role debut as Amelia, Marcelo Álvarez and Roberto De Biasio as Gustavo III, Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Anckarström, Dolora Zajick and Stephanie Blythe as the fortuneteller Ulrica, and Kathleen Kim as the page Oscar. Alden, whose production is set in a dreamlike, early 20th-century Swedish environment, says that “Un Ballo in Maschera is one of Verdi’s greatest and most brilliant scores, with a variety of different colors. It alternates between the light and the intensely melodramatic. Verdi pulls it all together with unbelievable theatrical energy. Ballo is theatrical dynamite.”

Maria Stuarda - Gaetano DonizettiMet PremierePremiere: December 31
Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Production: David McVicar
Set & Costume Designer: John MacFarlane
Lighting Designed By: Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer: Leah Hausman
Cast: Joyce DiDonato (Maria Stuarda), Elza van den Heever* (Elisabetta), Francesco Meli (Leicester), Joshua Hopkins (Cecil), Matthew Rose (Talbot)
Live in HD: January 19, 2013
David McVicar, who staged last season’s Met premiere of Anna Bolena, directs the company premiere of the second opera in Donizetti’s famous trilogy of operas about Tudor-era queens. “Donizetti’s three Tudor operas are very different in tone, mood, and musical content,” McVicar says. “With Maria Stuarda being a different kind of opera than last season’s Anna Bolena, which we presented with a great deal of historical accuracy, we’ve gone for a visual style which is freer. Rather than reflecting history, it reflects the romantic nature of this retelling of the story and the sweeping romantic nature of Donizetti’s music.” Joyce DiDonato sings the title role of the defiant Mary, Queen of Scots. South African soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met debut as Mary’s formidable rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Maurizio Benini conducts a cast that also includes Francesco Meli as the Earl of Leicester, Joshua Hopkins as Cecil, and Matthew Rose as Talbot.

Rigoletto - Giuseppe VerdiPremiere: January 28, 2013
Conductor: Michele Mariotti/Marco Armiliato
Production: Michael Mayer*
Set Designer: Christine Jones*
Costume Designer: Susan Hilferty*
Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams*
Choreographer: Steven Hoggett*
Cast: Diana Damrau/Lisette Oropesa (Gilda), Oksana Volkova*/Nancy Fabiola Herrera (Maddalena), Piotr Beczala/Vittorio Grigolo (Duke of Mantua), Željko Lučić/George Gagnidze (Rigoletto), Štefan Kocán/Enrico Giuseppe Iori* (Sparafucile)
Live in HD: February 16, 2013
Rising Italian conductor Michele Mariotti leads the new production premiere of Rigoletto, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer in his Met debut. Mayer’s approach transports the story from 16th-century Italy to Las Vegas in 1960, with a cast led by Željko Lučić in the title role, Diana Damrau as his daughter, Gilda, Piotr Beczala as the Duke of Mantua, Štefan Kocán as the assassin Sparafucile, and Oksana Volkova in her Met debut as Sparafucile’s seductive sister, Maddalena. “I’ve tried to imagine a recent world that captures the decadence of the Duke’s palace, where the participants are in pursuit of power, money, and beauty,” Mayer says. “Las Vegas in the ‘60s is such a world, where a kind of prankster energy could go bad—it’s the epitome of the kinds of events that happen in Rigoletto.” A second cast, conducted by Marco Armiliato, is led by Vittorio Grigolo, who made a heralded Met debut in September 2010 as Rodolfo in La Bohème, as the Duke of Mantua. George Gagnidze sings Rigoletto, Lisette Oropesa sings Gilda, Nancy Fabiola Herrera sings Maddalena, and Enrico Giuseppe Iori makes his Met debut as Sparafucile.

Parsifal - Richard WagnerPremiere: February 15, 2013
Conductor: Daniele Gatti/Asher Fisch
Production: François Girard*
Set Designer: Michael Levine
Costume Designer: Thibault Vancraenenbroeck*
Lighting Designer: David Finn*
Video Designer: Peter Flaherty*
Choreographer: Carolyn Choa
Dramaturg: Serge Lamothe*
Cast: Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), René Pape (Gurnemanz)
Live in HD: March 2, 2013
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Lyon, and the Canadian Opera Company
Jonas Kaufmann makes his Met role debut as the title character in Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by noted film and opera director François Girard in his Met debut. “Parsifal is not just an opera—it’s a mission. At the end of his life, Wagner was trying to reconcile all the aspects of his spirituality. It’s a sacred piece in the history of music,” Girard says. The cast also features Katarina Dalayman as Kundry, the mysterious woman who tempts Parsifal to betray his mission; Peter Mattei in his role debut as Amfortas, ruler of the Knights of the Holy Grail; René Pape in one of his greatest roles, the wise old knight Gurnemanz; and Evgeny Nikitin as the magician Klingsor.

Giulio Cesare - George Frideric HandelPremiere: April 4, 2013
Conductor: Harry Bicket
Production: David McVicar
Set Designer: Robert Jones
Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Choreographer: Andrew George
Cast: Natalie Dessay (Cleopatra), Alice Coote (Sesto), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), David Daniels (Giulio Cesare), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Guido Loconsolo* (Achilla)
Live in HD: April 27, 2013
David McVicar’s second new production of the season is this dynamic staging of Giulio Cesare, a hit at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005, which incorporates elements of Baroque theater and 19th-century British imperialism to illuminate the opera’s themes of love, war, and empire building. “Giulio Cesare is a kaleidoscope of an opera—a semi-comic, semi-tragic adventure story. You get romance, you get drama, you get moments of political wheeling-and-dealing, complex family relationships—as well as real emotion and tragedy,” McVicar says. “It’s a miracle, and it has enabled me to express everything I feel is important about opera.” David Daniels stars as Caesar, opposite Natalie Dessay in her Met role debut as the bewitching Cleopatra, Alice Coote as Sesto, Patricia Bardon as Cornelia, Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo, and Guido Loconsolo in his Met debut as Achilla.

Casting News
Major Met Debuts
Notable Met debuts this season, in chronological order, include Italian conductor Michele Mariotti (September 28) leading Carmen; Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio as Leonora in Il Trovatore (September 29); English composer Thomas Adès, conducting his opera The Tempest (October 23); American tenor Alek Shrader as Ferdinand in The Tempest (October 23); English soprano Lucy Crowe as Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito (November 16); Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role of Aida (November 23); English bass David Soar as Masetto in Don Giovanni (November 28); South African soprano Elza van den Heever as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda (December 31); Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as Magda in La Rondine (January 11); Italian bass-baritone Nicola Ulivieri as The Tutor in Le Comte Ory (January 17); Belarusian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova as Maddalena in Rigoletto (January 28); Russian soprano Ekaterina Scherbachenko as Micaëla in Carmen (February 9); American tenor Andrew Richards as Don José in Carmen (February 9); Russian tenor Alexey Dolgov as Cassio in Otello (March 11); Austrian soprano Martina Serafin as Sieglinde in Die Walküre (April 13); Italian bass Enrico Giuseppe Iori as Sparafucile in Rigoletto (April 13); and Swedish tenor Lars Cleveman in the title role of Siegfried (April 20).
Met Role Debuts 
Many of the world’s greatest singers will add important new roles to their Met repertories in this season’s revivals. Among the most notable Met role debuts are (in chronological order): Iréne Theorin in the title role and Hibla Gerzmava as Liù in Puccini’s Turandot; Kate Royal as Micaëla and Yonghoon Lee as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen; Angela Meade as Leonora, Stephanie Blythe as Azucena, and Franco Vassallo and Alexey Markov as di Luna in Verdi’s Il Trovatore; Krassimira Stoyanova as Desdemona, José Cura in the title role, and Thomas Hampson as Iago in Verdi’s Otello; Mojca Erdmann as Susanna, Maija Kovalevska as the Countess, and Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro; Ildar Abdrazakov in the title roles of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni; Barbara Frittoli as Vitellia, Elīna Garanča as Sesto, and Giuseppe Filianoti in the title role of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito; Susan Graham as Dido and Marcello Giordani as Aeneas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens; Nino Machaidze as Countess Adèle and Nathan Gunn as Raimbaud in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory; Ramón Vargas in the title role of Verdi’s Don Carlo; Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, opposite Marcello Giordani as Paolo; Diana Damrau as Violetta and Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata; Piotr Beczala in the title role and John Relyea as Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust; Mark Delavan and Greer Grimsley as Wotan in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen; and Isabel Leonard as Blanche de la Force and Patricia Racette as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.
Acclaimed Portrayals Reprised
Many stars will reprise some of their most acclaimed roles from recent seasons, including (in chronological order): Maria Guleghina in the title role of Turandot; Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role of Carmen; Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora in Il Trovatore and Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlo; Dolora Zajick as Azucena in Il Trovatore; Renée Fleming as Desdemona and Johan Botha in the title role of Otello; Olga Borodina as Amneris and Roberto Alagna as Radamès in Verdi’s Aida; Deborah Voigt as Cassandra in Les Troyens and Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen; Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of Le Comte Ory; Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Rodrigo in Don Carlo; Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite in Faust; and Katarina Dalayman as Brünnhilde, Jay Hunter Morris as Siegfried, and Eric Owens as Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
Conducting News
Many of the world’s leading conductors are part of the 2012-13 season. Fabio Luisi, who was appointed the Met’s Principal Conductor in September 2011, conducts the new production of Un Ballo in Maschera, three Ring cycles, revivals of Les Troyens and Aida, and a concert with the MET Orchestra on December 2 at Carnegie Hall. Michele Mariotti makes his Met debut conducting Carmen and returns later in the season for the new production premiere of Rigoletto. Two conductors who have rarely performed at the Met, Daniele Gatti and Lorin Maazel, return to lead Parsifal and Don Carlo, respectively. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met performances of La Traviata, and Edward Gardner (Don Giovanni) conducts his first Met Mozart performances. David Robertson returns to lead Le Nozze di Figaro.  Harry Bicket returns to lead a revival of La Clemenza di Tito and the new production premiere of Giulio Cesare. Semyon Bychkov leads Otello, which he conducted to acclaim in the 2007-08 season, and the October 14 MET Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall. Maurizio Benini conducts the opening night production of L’Elisir d’Amore, the Met premiere of Maria Stuarda, and a revival of Le Comte Ory. Alain Altinoglu, who conducted Faust last season, returns to lead Gounod’s opera again, and Louis Langrée adds an opera to his Met repertory with a revival of Dialogues des Carmélites. Marco Armiliato conducts Rigoletto and a rare revival of Francesca da Rimini. Yves Abel leads the family presentation of The Barber of Seville, Ion Marin returns to the Met to conduct La Rondine, and Plácido Domingo conducts some performances of Otello for the first time at the Met.
As previously announced, the Met’s Music Director James Levine will not conduct in the 2012-13 season, as he takes time to recover from surgery.
The Met: Live in HD 2012-13
The 2012-13 season of The Met: Live in HD will feature 12 international movie theater transmissions of selected Saturday matinees. The HD season opens on October 13 with L’Elisir d’Amore and continues with Otello (October 27), The Tempest (November 10), La Clemenza di Tito (December 1), Un Ballo in Maschera (December 8), Aida (December 15), Les Troyens (January 5), Maria Stuarda (January 19), Rigoletto (February 16), Parsifal (March 2), Francesca da Rimini (March 16) and Giulio Cesare (April 27), offering a microcosm of the entire Met season.
The enormously successful Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live transmissions into movie theaters, which enters its seventh season in 2012-13, currently reaches more than 1,700 theaters in 54 countries. The Met launched its groundbreaking series in 2006 and quickly became the world’s leading alternative cinema content provider. More than 9.6 million tickets have been sold since the series’ inception. Close to 3 million tickets are expected to be sold in the current season alone.
Tickets for the 12 transmissions in the 2012-13 Live in HD season will go on sale in September in the U.S. and Canada, with Met Members offered priority before tickets are made available to the general public. International ticket sales dates and details on ordering tickets for the 2012-13 Live in HD series vary from country to country and will be announced separately by individual distributors.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, the Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg. Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline and Paul G. Desmarais Sr.
Within months of their initial live transmissions, the Live in HD programs are shown on PBS. The PBS series, Great Performances at the Met, is produced in association with PBS and WNET, with support from Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

New Holiday Presentation: The Barber of Seville

A new holiday presentation- an abridged two-hour version of Rossini's The Barber of Seville- opens on December 18.  Adapted by Barlett Sher from his full-length hit production that opened at the Met in 2006, the opera will be performed with a new libretto in English by J.D. McClatchy.  The family presentation will star Isabel Leonard as Rosina, 2008 National Council Auditions Winner Alek Shrader as Count Almaviva, Rodion Pogossov as Figaro, John Del Carlo as Dr. Bartolo, and Jordan Bisch as Don Basilio.  Yves Abel will conduct seven performances, including a weekday matinee; all performances will feature special reduced ticket prices.  Previous Met holiday presentaions have included an English-language adaptation of Julie Taymor's production of The Magic Flute and Richard Jones's production of Hansel and Gretel.
Repertory
The Met’s 2012-13 season will feature 21 revivals, including the new holiday presentation of The Barber of Seville and three complete Ring cycles.
Several works that have not been heard at the Met in some years will return to the repertory this season. Fabio Luisi will conduct Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens in the first revival of Francesca Zambello’s 2003 production. Marcello Giordani sings the role of the hero Aeneas, with Deborah Voigt as the cursed prophetess Cassandra and Susan Graham as Dido, the heartbroken queen of Carthage.
Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, in Piero Faggioni’s 1984 production, returns to the Met for the first time in more than 25 years. Marco Armiliato conducts Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role, opposite Marcello Giordani as Paolo and Mark Delavan as Gianciotto.
Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites will close the season, with Louis Langrée conducting John Dexter’s gripping production, last seen at the Met in 2003. The cast includes Isabel Leonard as Blanche de la Force, Patricia Racette as Madame Lidoine, and Felicity Palmer as Madame de Croissy.
Five Verdi revivals will help the Met commemorate the 200th anniversary of the great Italian composer’s birth. Fabio Luisi conducts his first Met performances of Aida, with debuting Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska and Hui He sharing the title role, Olga Borodina as Amneris, and Marco Berti and Roberto Alagna as Radamès.
Lorin Maazel returns to the Met to conduct Don Carlo, featuring Ramón Vargas in his first Met performances of the title role, with Sondra Radvanovsky as Elisabeth de Valois, Anna Smirnova as Eboli, Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Rodrigo, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Philip II.
The towering masterpiece Otello returns to the repertory, with Johan Botha and José Cura sharing the demanding title role and Renée Fleming and Krassimira Stoyanova alternating as Desdemonda. Thomas Hampson and Falk Struckmann will make their Met role debuts as Iago, Otello’s disloyal ensign. Semyon Bychkov and Plácido Domingo conduct Verdi’s Shakespearean tragedy.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met performances of La Traviata, with Diana Damrau and Saimir Pirgu in Met role debuts as Violetta and Alfredo. Plácido Domingo will add another role to his vast Met repertory as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s disapproving father. Germont will be the second baritone role Domingo has sung at the Met, following his triumph in the title role of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in the 2009-10 season.
David McVicar’s critically praised staging of Il Trovatore returns for 12 performances, all conducted by Daniele Callegari. The role of Leonora is shared by four sopranos: Carmen Giannattasio in her Met debut and Angela Meade in her house role debut, and Patricia Racette and Sondra Radvanovsky reprising their acclaimed portrayals heard in past Met seasons. Marco Berti sings the title role, opposite Franco Vassallo and Alexey Markov as di Luna and Dolora Zajick and Stephanie Blythe (in her Met role debut) as the gypsy Azucena.
Three Mozart revivals will be heard at the Met this season. La Clemenza di Tito’s three central roles are cast with stars making house role debuts. Barbara Frittoli sings Vitellia, Elīna Garanča is Sesto, and Giuseppe Filianoti takes the title role; Harry Bicket conducts.
Michael Grandage’s production of Don Giovanni returns, led by Edward Gardner and featuring a charismatic young cast in house role debuts. Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role, Erwin Schrott is Leporello, and Charles Castronovo is Don Ottavio; Susanna Phillips (Donna Anna), Emma Bell (Donna Elvira), and Ekaterina Siurina (Zerlina) are the women they love and lust after.
Abdrazakov also sings his first Met performances of the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, opposite Mojca Erdmann as Susanna, Maija Kovalevska as the Countess, and Gerald Finley as the Count. David Robertson conducts the opera for the first time at the Met.
Bizet’s repertory favorite Carmen will return for a run of 13 performances in Richard Eyre’s hit production, led by debuting conductor Michele Mariotti. Anita Rachvelishvili sings the title role opposite Yonghoon Lee and Andrew Richards as Don José; Kate Royal and Ekaterina Scherbachenko as Micaëla; and Kyle Ketelsen and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Escamillo.
Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production of Puccini’s Turandot returns, with Dan Ettinger conducting Maria Guleghina and Iréne Theorin as the cold-blooded princess and Hibla Gerzmava and Takesha Meshé Kizart as the slave girl Liù. Marco Berti, Marcello Giordani, and Walter Fraccaro share the role of Calàf, who risks his head to win Turandot’s hand, and James Morris and Samuel Ramey sing Timur.
Recent new productions of Gounod’s Faust, Puccini’s La Rondine, and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory enter the repertory this season. Marina Poplavskaya reprises her acclaimed Marguerite in Des McAnuff’s staging of Faust, with Piotr Beczala singing the title character in his house role debut. Kristine Opolais makes her Met debut as Magda, the tragic heroine of La Rondine, with Giuseppe Filianoti as Ruggero, the man she loves. Juan Diego Flórez will reprise his tour-de-force performance as the rakish title character in Bartlett Sher’s production of Le Comte Ory; this season, the lonely countess he conspires to seduce will be sung by Nino Machaidze in a house role debut.
Ring Cycles
The year 2013 is also the bicentennial of Wagner’s birth. In addition to the new production of Parsifal, the Met will present three complete cycles of the composer’s epic masterwork, Der Ring des Nibelungen, in April and May, conducted by Fabio Luisi in Robert Lepage’s stunning, technologically advanced production. The casts include Deborah Voigt and Katarina Dalayman as Brünnhilde; Jay Hunter Morris and Lars Cleveman as Siegfried; Mark Delavan and Greer Grimsley as Wotan; Hans-Peter König as Fafner, Hunding, and Hagen; Stephanie Blythe as Fricka; Eric Owens as Alberich; Martina Serafin in her Met debut as Sieglinde; and Simon O’Neill as Siegmund. The cycles will be the 111th, 112th and 113th presented at the Met since the first cycle in the Western Hemisphere was performed at the house in 1889. The Ring cycle is made possible by a generous gift from Ann Ziff and the Ziff Family, in memory of William Ziff.
Ticket Prices
There will be an increase in ticket prices for the new season, averaging 4.2% on subscriptions and 7.6% on single tickets. Nearly 500 tickets in certain sections, including the orchestra, dress circle, balcony, and family circle, will decrease in price. The least expensive tickets will be priced at $20, a lower price than in past seasons. More than one-third of the Met’s seats will be available for less than $100.
Live Opening Night Screenings and Open Rehearsals  
In keeping with a tradition begun on Opening Night in 2006, the September 24 premiere of L’Elisir d’Amore will be transmitted live to numerous large screens in Times Square and on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza. Attendance will be free at both locations; information on ticket distribution will be released at a later date.
The Met will continue its popular Open Rehearsal program, launched in 2006, which provides free dress rehearsal tickets to both students and members of the general public. The Open Rehearsals in the 2012-13 season will be L’Elisir d’Amore (September 20), Rigoletto (January 25), and La Traviata (March 11).
The MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
The MET Orchestra continues its highly acclaimed annual series at Carnegie Hall with three concerts. Semyon Bychkov will conduct the October 14 concert, featuring soprano soloist Eva-Maria Westbroek in Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder.” The program also includes the Overture and Bacchanale from Wagner’s Tannhäuser, and Richard Strauss’s Eine Alpensinfonie.
Fabio Luisi conducts the December 2 concert, which features pianist Yefim Bronfman and the Orchestra’s concertmaster David Chan. The program will include Sofia Gubaidulina’s Violin Concerto, “In tempus praesens”; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”; and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.
The final concert of the season, on May 19, will feature pianist Evgeny Kissin. The program will consist of Sibelius’s Symphony No. 4; Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra, Op. 86; and Grieg’s Piano Concerto. The conductor for this concert will be announced at a later date.
New DVD releases
Three recent Live in HD transmissions will be released on DVD in the coming months. Two will be released on the Deutsche Grammophon label on April 3, 2012: David McVicar’s production of Il Trovatore, conducted by Marco Armiliato and starring Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora, Dolora Zajick as Azucena, Marcelo Álvarez as Manrico, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as di Luna; and the centennial revival of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, conducted by Nicola Luisotti and starring Deborah Voigt as Minnie, Marcello Giordani as Dick Johnson, and Lucio Gallo as Jack Rance.
Also on April 3, EMI will release a DVD of the Met premiere production of Le Comte Ory, directed by Bartlett Sher, conducted by Maurizio Benini, and starring Juan Diego Flórez in the title role, Diana Damrau as Countess Adèle, and Joyce DiDonato as Isolier.
The Met on the Radio and the Web
The Met’s 82nd consecutive Saturday Matinee Radio Broadcast season kicks off on December 8 with a live broadcast of Un Ballo in Maschera and continues through the May 11 matinee of Götterdämmerung. The broadcast season will once again be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Margaret Juntwait returns for her ninth season as host and Ira Siff returns for his sixth season as commentator for the broadcasts, which feature a range of dynamic intermission features, live backstage interviews with artists, and the ever-popular Opera Quiz. The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee radio broadcast season will be sponsored by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury homebuilder®, with generous long-term support from the Annenberg Foundation and the Vincent A. Stabile Endowment for Broadcast Media, and through contributions from listeners worldwide.
Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 74 will present its seventh season as the country’s premier subscription radio channel dedicated to opera. Up to three live performances will be broadcast each week during the season, beginning with the Met’s Opening Night performance of L’Elisir d’Amore on September 24, in addition to historic broadcasts from the Met’s vast collection. Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM is available to subscribers in the United States and Canada. The subscription requires a satellite radio or is available via the internet or the Dish Network satellite television service.
The Met will continue to stream one live performance per week during the 2012-13 season on its website at metopera.org. The Met website also features artist interviews, video and audio clips, photo galleries, and other information about Met productions and initiatives.
The Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater “Opera/Music Theater Commissions” Program
The Met/LCT Opera/Music Theater Commissions program continues in 2012-13 with a focus on two promising projects that are currently being written in preparation for workshop productions in the coming year, and the continued development of the first work to be produced from this program, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys, set to a libretto by Craig Lucas. This is scheduled to premiere at the Met in the fall of 2013.
Scott Wheeler is composing the score to the late Romulus Linney’s libretto adaptation of his play The Sorrows of Frederick. Despite Linney’s death in January of last year, Wheeler continues to work on the piece. He expects to finish a workshop version of the score by the end of the Met season, with a workshop production of the piece planned for fall 2012.                       
Composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Tony Kushner are collaborating on a project that will expand upon their one-act opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, which premiered at Glimmerglass Opera in August 2011. The one-act version dealt with the fight between an ailing Eugene O’Neill and his wife, Carlotta, during a raging snowstorm. Tesori and Kushner will expand this story to encompass more elements of the couple’s tempestuous relationship during the last years of O’Neill’s life, as he faced the realization that he could not complete his final masterpieces.
Muhly’s Two Boys, commissioned by the Met after being developed through workshops as part of the Met/Lincoln Center Opera/Music Theater Commissions program, received its world premiere at ENO’s London Coliseum in June 2011 in a co-production between the Met and English National Opera, directed by Bartlett Sher. Following those performances, the Met has been working with the creative team on further revisions in preparation for the Met premiere.
The Met/LCT Opera/Music Theater Commissions program is funded by a generous gift to the Met from the Francis Goelet Charitable Trusts.
Educational and Audience Development Initiatives
The Met’s popular MetTalks series of panel discussions with the stars and creative teams of new productions will return for a third season in 2012-13.
The Met’s HD Live in Schools program will continue for its sixth season, offering free opera transmissions to New York City schools in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. The program now enters its fifth season nationally, partnering with 25 school districts across the country to bring the Met’s live HD transmissions to students and teachers. The Met’s HD education program includes backstage visits for students, where they learn how costumes and scenery are constructed, Q&As with artists, access to final dress rehearsals, and teacher training workshops. Program and curriculum guides are created for in-school use in conjunction with HD screenings. The Met: HD Live in Schools is made possible by Bank of America.
MetOperaStudents, the Met’s popular initiative for older students, will return in 2012-13. The program brings exclusive offers, including sharply discounted tickets, to full-time college and graduate students age 29 and under, in addition to access to select final dress rehearsals, Opera Shop discounts, and invitations to special events such as MetTalks with Met directors and stars.
The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met
        During the 2012-13 season, the contemporary art space located in the Met’s south lobby will present two new exhibitions, one timed to the Met premiere of The Tempest and the other to the new production premiere of Rigoletto. Admission is free and Gallery Met is open to the public six days a week; the hours are Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. through the last intermission, and Saturdays from noon through the last intermission of the evening performance. For more information, visit metopera.org/gallerymet.

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2012-13 Season
Repertory and Casting
Casting as of February 20, 2012* Met Debut

METROPOLITAN OPERA PREMIERE

THE TEMPEST                   
Metropolitan Opera Premiere: October 23, 2012A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, L'Opéra de Québec, and the Wiener Staatsoper, ViennaIn collaboration with Ex Machina
Composer                                 Thomas Adès
Libretto by                                Meredith Oakes
Conductor                                 Thomas Adès*
Production                                Robert Lepage
Set Designer                             Jasmine Catudal*
Costume Designer                     Kym Barrett*
Lighting Designer                      Michel Beaulieu*
Video Designer                         David Leclerc*
Ariel                                         Audrey Luna
Miranda                                    Isabel Leonard
Trinculo                                    Iestyn Davies
Ferdinand                                  Alek Shrader*
Caliban                                     Alan Oke
King of Naples                          William Burden
Antonio                                     Toby Spence
Prospero                                   Simon Keenlyside
(October 23, 27, 31, November 3 mat, 6, 10 mat, 14, 17 mat)
Production a gift of Mrs. Bert S. Turner and Robert L. Turner

METROPOLITAN OPERA PREMIERE

MARIA STUARDA            
Metropolitan Opera Premiere: New Year’s Eve Gala, December 31, 2012
Composer                                 Gaetano Donizetti
Libretto by                                Giuseppe Bardari
Conductor                                 Maurizio Benini
Production                                David McVicar
Set & Costume Designer           John Macfarlane
Lighting Designed by                 Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer                          Leah Hausman
Elisabetta                                  Elza van den Heever*
Maria Stuarda                           Joyce DiDonato
Leicester                                  Francesco Meli
Cecil                                         Joshua Hopkins
Talbot                                       Matthew Rose
(December 31, January 4, 8, 12,15, 19 mat, 23, 26)
Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

NEW PRODUCTIONS

L’ELISIR D’AMORE                                             
Opening Night Gala Premiere: September 24, 2012
Composer                                 Gaetano DonizettiLibretto by                                Felice Romani
Conductor                                 Maurizio Benini
Production                                Bartlett Sher
Set Designer                             Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer                     Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designed by                 Jennifer Tipton
Adina                                       Anna Netrebko
Nemorino                                  Matthew Polenzani
Belcore                                     Marius Kwiecien
Doctor Dulcamara                     Ambrogio Maestri/TBA
(September 24, 27, October 1, 5, 10, 13 mat, January 30, February 2, 6, 9 mat)
Production a gift of the Monteforte Foundation, Inc., in honor of Wim Kooyker

UN BALLO IN MASCHERA        
Premiere: November 8, 2012
Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by                                Antonio Somma
Conductor                                 Fabio Luisi
Production                                David Alden
Set Designer                             Paul Steinberg*
Costume Designer                     Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer                      Adam Silverman*
Choreographer                          Maxine Braham*
Amelia                                      Karita Mattila
Oscar                                       Kathleen Kim
Ulrica                                       Dolora Zajick/Stephanie Blythe
Gustavo III                               Marcelo Álvarez/Roberto De Biasio
Anckarström                             Dmitri Hvorostovsky
(November 8, 12, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, December 4, 8 mat, 14)
Production a gift of the Betsy and Edward Cohen/Areté Foundation Fund for New Productions and Revivals

RIGOLETTOPremiere: January 28, 2013
Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by                                Francesco Maria Piave
Conductor                                 Michele Mariotti/Marco Armiliato
Production                                Michael Mayer*
Set Designer                             Christine Jones*
Costume Designer                     Susan Hilferty*
Lighting Designer                      Kevin Adams*
Choreographer                          Steven Hoggett*
Gilda                                         Diana Damrau/Lisette Oropesa
Maddalena                                Oksana Volkova*/Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Duke of Mantua                        Piotr Beczala/Vittorio Grigolo
Rigoletto                                   Željko Lučić/George Gagnidze
Sparafucile                                Štefan Kocán/Enrico Giuseppe Iori*
                                               
(January 28, 31, February 4, 8, 12, 16 mat, 19, 23, April 13, 16, 20, 24, 27, May 1)
Production a gift of the Hermione Foundation, Laura Sloate, Trustee; and Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone
Additional funding from Marina Kellen French

Parsifal                           
Premiere: February 15, 2013A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Lyon, and the Canadian Opera Company
Composer                                 Richard Wagner
Libretto by                                Richard Wagner
Conductor                                 Daniele Gatti/Asher Fisch
Production                                François Girard*
Set Designer                             Michael Levine
Costume Designer                     Thibault Vancraenenbroeck*
Lighting Designer                      David Finn*
Video Designer                         Peter Flaherty*
Choreographer                          Carolyn Choa
Dramaturg                                Serge Lamothe*
Kundry                                     Katarina Dalayman
Parsifal                                     Jonas Kaufmann
Amfortas                                  Peter Mattei
Klingsor                                    Evgeny Nikitin
Gurnemanz                               René Pape
(February 15, 18, 21, 27, March 2 mat, 5, 8)
Production a gift of the Gramma Fisher Foundation, Marshalltown, Iowa
Major funding from Rolex
Additional funding from Marina Kellen French and the Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation

GIULIO CESARE
Premiere: April 4, 2013Production owned by Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Composer                                 George Frideric Handel
Libretto by                                Nicola Francesco Haym
Conductor                                 Harry Bicket
Production                                David McVicar
Set Designer                             Robert Jones
Costume Designer                     Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer                      Paule Constable
Choreographer                          Andrew George
Cleopatra                                  Natalie Dessay
Sesto                                        Alice Coote     
Cornelia                                    Patricia Bardon
Giulio Cesare                            David Daniels
Tolomeo                                   Christophe Dumaux
Achilla                                      Guido Loconsolo*
(April 4, 9, 12, 19, 22, 27 mat, 30, May 3, 7, 10)
Production a gift of the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, in memory of William B. Warren, former Co-Trustee and Governor of the Adams Foundation

REPERTORY

AIDAComposer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by                                Antonio Ghislanzoni
Conductor                                 Fabio Luisi
Production                                Sonja Frisell
Set Designer                             Gianni Quaranta
Costume Designer                     Dada Saligeri
Lighting Designer                      Gil Wechsler
Choreographer                          Alexei Ratmansky
Aida                                         Liudmyla Monastyrska*/Hui He
Amneris                                    Olga Borodina
Radamès                                  Marco Berti/Roberto Alagna    
Amonasro                                 Alberto Mastromarino/George Gagnidze
Ramfis                                      Štefan Kocán
The King                                  Miklós Sebestyén
(November 23, 26, 29, December 3, 7, 12, 15 mat, 19, 22, 28)

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE         
Composer                                 Gioachino RossiniLibretto by                                Cesare Sterbini
Conductor                                 Yves Abel
Production                                Bartlett Sher
Set Designer                             Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer                     Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer                      Christopher Akerlind
Translation                                J.D. McClatchy
Rosina                                      Isabel Leonard
Count Almaviva                        Alek Shrader
Figaro                                       Rodion Pogossov
Dr. Bartolo                               John Del Carlo
Don Basilio                               Jordan Bisch
(December 18, 22 mat, 26 mat, 27, 29, January 3, 5)
Abridged production a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer J. Thomas, Jr. 
Original production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

CARMEN                            
Composer                                 Georges BizetLibretto by                                Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Conductor                                 Michele Mariotti*
Production                                Richard Eyre
Set & Costume Designer           Rob Howell
Lighting Designer                      Peter Mumford
Choreographer                          Christopher Wheeldon
Micaëla                                    Kate Royal/Ekaterina Scherbachenko*/Hei-Kyung Hong
Carmen                                    Anita Rachvelishvili
Don José                                  Yonghoon Lee/Andrew Richards*
Escamillo                                  Kyle Ketelsen/Dwayne Croft/Teddy Tahu Rhodes
(September 28, October 2, 6, 11, 15, 18, February 9, 13, 16, 20, 23 mat, 26, Mar 1)

LA CLEMENZA DI TITOComposer                                 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by                                Caterino Mazzolà
Conductor                                 Harry Bicket
Production                                Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Set & Costume Designer           Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Lighting Designer                      Gil Wechsler
Servilia                                     Lucy Crowe*
Vitellia                                      Barbara Frittoli
Sesto                                        Elīna Garanča
Annio                                       Kate Lindsey
Tito                                          Giuseppe Filianoti/Russell Thomas
Publio                                       Oren Gradus
(November 16, 20, 24 mat, December 1 mat, 6, 10)

LE COMTE ORYComposer                                 Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by                                Eugène Scribe and Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson
Conductor                                 Maurizio Benini
Production                                Bartlett Sher
Set Designer                             Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer                     Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer                      Brian MacDevitt
Countess Adèle                         Nino Machaidze
Isolier                                       Karine Deshayes
Ragonde                                   Susanne Resmark
Count Ory                                 Juan Diego Flórez
Raimbaud                                 Nathan Gunn
The Tutor                                 Nicola Ulivieri*
(January 17, 21, 25, 29, February 2 mat, 5)

DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITESComposer                                 Francis Poulenc
Libretto by                                Francis Poulenc
Conductor                                 Louis Langrée
Production                                John Dexter
Set Designer                             David Reppa
Costume Designer                     Jane Greenwood
Lighting Designer                      Gil Wechsler
Blanche de la Force                   Isabel Leonard
Madame Lidoine                       Patricia Racette
Constance                                 Erin Morley
Mère Marie                              Elizabeth Bishop
Madame de Croissy                   Felicity Palmer
Chevalier de la Force                 Paul Appleby
 (May 4 mat, 9, 11)

DON CARLOA co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by                                Camille du Locle and Joseph Méry, translated by Achille de Lauzières
Conductor                                 Lorin Maazel
Production                                Nicholas Hytner
Set & Costume Designer           Bob Crowley
Lighting Designer                      Mark Henderson
Elisabeth de Valois                    Sondra Radvanovsky
Princess Eboli                           Anna Smirnova
Don Carlo                                 Ramón Vargas
Rodrigo, Count of Posa              Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Philip II                                     Ferruccio Furlanetto
Grand Inquisitor                         Eric Halfvarson
(February 22, 25, 28, March 6, 9 mat, 13, 16)

DON GIOVANNI                
Composer                                 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by                                Lorenzo da Ponte
Conductor                                 Edward Gardner
Production                                Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer         Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer                      Paule Constable
Choreographer                          Ben Wright
Donna Anna                             Susanna Phillips
Donna Elvira                             Emma Bell
Zerlina                                      Ekaterina Siurina
Don Ottavio                              Charles Castronovo
Don Giovanni                            Ildar Abdrazakov
Leporello                                  Erwin Schrott
Masetto                                    David Soar*
Commendatore                          Raymond Aceto
(November 28, December 1, 5, 8, 11, 15, 20)
FAUSTA co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera
Composer                                 Charles Gounod
Libretto by                                Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Conductor                                 Alain Altinoglu
Production                                Des McAnuff
Set Designer                             Robert Brill
Costume Designer                     Paul Tazewell
Lighting Designer                      Peter Mumford
Choreographer                          Kelly Devine
Video Designer                         Sean Nieuwenhuis
Marguerite                                Marina Poplavskaya
Siébel                                       Julie Boulianne
Faust                                        Piotr Beczala
Valentin                                    Alexey Markov
Méphistophélès                         John Relyea
(Mar 21, 25, 28, April 2, 5)

FRANCESCA DA RIMINI
Composer                                 Riccardo Zandonai
Libretto by                                Tito Ricordi
Conductor                                 Marco Armiliato
Production                                Piero Faggioni
Set Designer                             Ezio Frigerio
Costume Designer                     Franca Squarciapino
Lighting Designer                      Gil Wechsler
Choreographer                          Donald Mahler
Francesca                                 Eva-Maria Westbroek
Paolo il Bello                             Marcello Giordani
Malatestino                               Robert Brubaker
Gianciotto                                 Mark Delavan
(March 4, 9, 12, 16 mat, 19, 22)

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG  
In collaboration with Ex Machina
Composer                                 Richard Wagner
Libretto by                                Richard Wagner
Conductor                                 Fabio Luisi
Production                                Robert Lepage
Associate Director                    Neilson Vignola
Set Designer                             Carl Fillion
Costume Designer                     François St-Aubin
Lighting Designer                      Etienne Boucher
Video Image Artist                    Lionel Arnould
Brünnhilde                                Deborah Voigt/Katarina Dalayman
Gutrune                                    Wendy Bryn Harmer
Waltraute                                  Karen Cargill
Siegfried                                   Jay Hunter Morris/Lars Cleveman
Gunther                                    Iain Paterson
Alberich                                    Eric Owens/Richard Paul Fink
Hagen                                      Hans-Peter König
 (April 23, May 2, 11 mat)Production a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff Family, in memory of William Ziff

LE NOZZE DI FIGAROComposer                                 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by                                Lorenzo da Ponte
Conductor                                 David Robertson
Production                                Jonathan Miller
Set Designer                             Peter J. Davison
Lighting Designer                      Mark McCullough
Choreographer                          Terry John Bates
Countess Almaviva                    Maija Kovalevska/Hei-Kyung Hong
Susanna                                    Mojca Erdmann
Cherubino                                 Christine Schäfer
Count Almaviva                        Gerald Finley
Figaro                                       Ildar Abdrazakov
(October 26, 29, November 3, 7, 10, 13, 17)

OTELLO                              
Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by                                Arrigo Boito
Conductor                                 Semyon Bychkov/Plácido Domingo
Production                                Elijah Moshinsky
Set Designer                             Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer                     Peter J. Hall
Lighting Designer                      Duane Schuler
Choreographer                          Eleanor Fazan
Desdemona                               Renée Fleming/Krassimira Stoyanova
Otello                                       Johan Botha/José Cura
Cassio                                      Michael Fabiano/Alexey Dolgov*
Iago                                          Falk Struckmann/Thomas Hampson
(October 9, 13, 16, 20 mat, 27 mat, Mar 11, 15, 20, 23, 27, 30)

DAS RHEINGOLDIn collaboration with Ex Machina
Composer                                 Richard Wagner
Libretto by                                Richard Wagner
Conductor                                 Fabio Luisi
Production                                Robert Lepage
Associate Director                    Neilson Vignola
Set Designer                             Carl Fillion
Costume Designer                     François St-Aubin
Lighting Designer                      Etienne Boucher
Video Image Artist                    Boris Firquet
Freia                                         Wendy Bryn Harmer
Fricka                                       Stephanie Blythe
Erda                                         Meredith Arwady
Loge                                         Stefan Margita
Mime                                        Gerhard Siegel/Robert Brubaker
Wotan                                      Mark Delavan/Greer Grimsley
Alberich                                    Eric Owens/Richard Paul Fink
Fasolt                                       Franz-Josef Selig
Fafner                                      Hans-Peter König
(April 6 mat, 25, May 4)
Production a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff Family, in memory of William Ziff

La Rondine                     
A co-production of Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Composer                                 Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by                                Giuseppe Adami
Conductor                                 Ion Marin
Production                                Nicolas Joël
Staged by                                  Stephen Barlow
Set Designer                             Ezio Frigerio
Costume Designer                     Franca Squarciapino
Lighting Designer                      Duane Schuler
Magda                                      Kristine Opolais*         
Lisette                                      Anna Christy
Ruggero                                    Giuseppe Filianoti
Prunier                                     Marius Brenciu
Rambaldo                                 Dwayne Croft
(January 11, 14, 18, 22, 26 mat)

SIEGFRIED                                                           
In collaboration with Ex Machina
Composer                                 Richard WagnerLibretto by                                Richard Wagner

Conductor                                 Fabio Luisi
Production                                Robert Lepage
Associate Director                    Neilson Vignola
Set Designer                             Carl Fillion
Costume Designer                     François St-Aubin
Lighting Designer                      Etienne Boucher
Video Image Artist                    Pedro Pires
                                              
Brünnhilde                                Deborah Voigt/Katarina Dalayman
Erda                                         Meredith Arwady
Siegfried                                   Jay Hunter Morris/Lars Cleveman*
Mime                                        Gerhard Siegel/Robert Brubaker
Wanderer                                 Mark Delavan/Greer Grimsley
Alberich                                    Eric Owens/Richard Paul Fink
(Apr 20 mat, 29, May 8)
Production a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff Family, in memory of William Ziff

LA TRAVIATA                   
Original production of the Salzburger Festspiele, with thanks to De Nederlandse Opera
Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by                                Francesco Maria Piave
Conductor                                 Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production                                Willy Decker
Set & Costume Designer           Wolfgang Gussman
Lighting Designer                      Hans Toelstede
Choreographer                          Athol Farmer
Violetta Valéry                          Diana Damrau
Alfredo Germont                       Saimir Pirgu    
Giorgio Germont                        Plácido Domingo
(March 14, 18, 23 mat, 26, 30 mat, April 3, 6)
Il TrovatoreA co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Francisco Opera Association
Composer                                 Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by                                Salvadore Cammarano
Conductor                                 Daniele Callegari
Production                                David McVicar
Set Designer                             Charles Edwards
Costume Designer                     Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designed by                 Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer                          Leah Hausman
Leonora                                    Carmen Giannattasio*/Sondra Radvanovsky/Patricia Racette/Angela Meade
Azucena                                   Dolora Zajick/Stephanie Blythe
Manrico                                    TBA/Marco Berti
Count di Luna                           Franco Vassallo/Àngel Òdena*/Alexey Markov
Ferrando                                   Morris Robinson/Christophoros Stamboglis
(September 29 mat, October 4, 8, 12, 17, 20, 25, January 9, 12 mat, 16, 19, 24)

LES TROYENSComposer                                 Hector Berlioz
Libretto by                                Hector Berlioz
Conductor                                 Fabio Luisi
Production                                Francesca Zambello
Set Designer                             Maria Bjørnson
Costume Designer                     Anita Yavich
Lighting Designer                      James F. Ingalls
Choreographer                          Doug Varone
Cassandra                                 Deborah Voigt
Dido                                         Susan Graham
Anna                                        Karen Cargill
Aeneas                                     Marcello Giordani
Iopas                                        Eric Cutler
Coroebus                                  Dwayne Croft
Narbal                                      Kwangchul Youn
(December 13, 17, 21, 26, 29 mat, January 1, 5 mat)

TurandotComposer                                 Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by                                Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni

Conductor                                 Dan Ettinger
Production                                Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer                             Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designers                   Anna Anni & Dada Saligeri
Lighting Designer                      Gil Wechsler
Choreographer                          Chiang Ching
Turandot                                   Maria Guleghina/Iréne Theorin
Liù                                           Hibla Gerzmava/Takesha Meshé Kizart
Calàf                                        Marco Berti/Marcello Giordani/Walter Fraccaro
Timur                                       James Morris/Samuel Ramey
(September 26, 29, October 3, 6 mat, 30, November 2, 5, 9, January 2, 7, 10)

DIE WALKÜREIn collaboration with Ex Machina
Composer                                 Richard Wagner
Libretto by                                Richard Wagner
Conductor                                 Fabio Luisi
Production                                Robert Lepage
Associate Director                    Neilson Vignola
Set Designer                             Carl Fillion
Costume Designer                     François St-Aubin
Lighting Designer                      Etienne Boucher
Video Image Artist                    Boris Firquet
Brunnhilde                                Deborah Voigt/Katarina Dalayman
Sieglinde                                   Martina Serafin*
Fricka                                       Stephanie Blythe
Siegmund                                  Simon O’Neill
Wotan                                      Mark Delavan/Greer Grimsley
Hunding                                    Hans-Peter König
(April 13 mat, 26, May 6)
Production a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff Family, in memory of William Ziff