THE live relays of Saturday afternoon matinees from the New York Metropolitan Opera at Cineworld Sheffield, which began a fortnight ago with Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, continue this Saturday with a new Michael Grandage production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
The third part of the Met’s new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Siegfried, directed with some controversy (as usual these days) by Robert Leparge, follows it a week later on November 5. On November 19, Philip Glass’s Gandhi-inspired opera Satyagrana can be seen in a revival production.
With a cast that also includes Andreas Scholl, Handel’s Rodelinda is revived for Renée Fleming on December 3 and superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann heads the cast in a staging of Gounod’s Faust (a Met favourite) on December 10.
The Enchanted Island on January 21 is a new work in which A Midsummer Night’s Dream meets The Tempest, devised and written by Jeremy Sams and set to music by Handel, Rameau and Vivaldi and others.
Clearly a prestigious, not to say expensive, undertaking with people like Placido Domingo, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese and David Daniels among the cast, Baroque authority William Christie is the conductor.
Götterdämmerung ends the Met’s new Ring Cycle on February 11 with Deborah Voigt and Gary Lehman again as Brünnhilde and Siegfried, as in the third part in November.
Marcelo Giordano is the latest in a who’s who of tenors down the years who have sung the title role in Verdi’s Ernani at the Met on February 25 with current soprano sensation Angela Meade, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto his vocally formidable co-stars.
Massenet’s Manon on April 7 and Verdi’s La Traviata on April 14 with Anna Netrebko and Natalie Dessay in the respective title roles bring another star-studded season to a close. The operas, transmitted in high definition, generally start at 6pm in the UK – Siegfried and Götterdämmerung will be earlier – and Cineworld admission is £18.