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Avant Première 2023

Clasart Classic presents the following productions at Avant Première 2023


Luigi Cherubini MEDEA

Following triumphant performances at the Met as some of the repertory’s most dramatic heroines, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings Medea for the first time, taking on the tour-de-force role made famous by Maria Callas. Joining Radvanovsky is tenor Matthew Polenzani as Medea’s husband, Giasone (Jason the Argonaut); soprano Janai Brugger as the rival for his love, Glauce; bass Michele Pertusi as Glauce’s father, Creonte, the King of Corinth; and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as Neris, Medea’s confidante. The production is directed by David McVicar, who also designed the sets, with Carlo Rizzi on the podium.

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Kevin Puts / Greg Pierce THE HOURS

Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’s THE HOURS, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, the powerful story follows three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. The premiere radiates with star power, with soprano Kelli O’Hara and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joining Fleming as the opera’s trio of heroines. Phelim McDermott directs this compelling drama, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct Puts’s poignant and powerful score.

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Giuseppe Verdi RIGOLETTO

The Metropolitan Opera rang in the year 2022 with an acclaimed new staging of Verdi’s classic tragedy RIGOLETTO by director Bartlett Sher. Conductor Daniele Rustioni takes the podium to lead a cast starring Quinn Kelsey in his Met role debut as the tragic jester Rigoletto, Rosa Feola as his sheltered daughter Gilda, and Piotr Beczała as the licentious Duke of Mantua. Varduhi Abrahamyan makes her Met debut as Maddalena, and Andrea Mastroni is Sparafucile. Sher and his Tony Award–winning creative team, have set the drama in 1920s Europe, featuring opulent Art Deco sets and elegant costumes.

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Giuseppe Verdi DON CARLOS

For the first time in company history, the Metropolitan Opera presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s DON CARLOS in a striking new production by David McVicar. The epic opera tells the story of doomed love amongst royals during the Spanish Inquisition, with Patrick Furrer leading an all-star principal cast. Tenor Matthew Polenzani sings the title role, with soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens and John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Étienne Dupuis rounds out the principal cast as Rodrigue.

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Exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut singing the mythological title heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece ARIADNE AUF NAXOS. Based around an opera within an opera and featuring a unique blend of comedy and drama, the opera stars soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer, and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Veteran baritone Wolfgang Brendel returns to the Met for the first time since 2007 in the featured spoken role of the Major-Domo. Marek Janowski conducts Elijah Moshinsky’s production.

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In his Met debut, Australian film, theatre, and opera director Simon Stone moves the action of Donizetti’s masterpiece from 18th-century Scotland to a present-day town in the American Rust Belt. The innovative staging features the Met’s rotating turntable in nearly constant motion, creating a cinematic fluidity between scenes. A screen above the stage features both live and pre-recorded video sequences that delve into the characters’ thoughts and emotions. Two of today’s most in-demand bel canto singers star in this electrifying production: soprano Nadine Sierra is the title heroine, and tenor Javier Camarena is her secret lover, Edgardo.

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Brett Dean / Matthew Jocelyn HAMLET

Australian composer Brett Dean’s HAMLET is a bold adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless drama. Tenor Allan Clayton makes a sensational Met debut with his acclaimed portrayal. Distilling the action of the play to 12 scenes, Dean and librettist Matthew Jocelyn have created a taut, dramatically effective opera, presented in an electrifying staging by noted Australian director Neil Armfield. Maestro Nicholas Carter makes his company debut conducting a stellar ensemble cast that also stars soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and bass-baritone John Relyea as the ghost of Hamlet’s father and the Gravedigger.

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