The Met Opera Season 2015-2016 just opened on last September, Monday, 21th and it began with Verdi’s masterpiece OTELLO with Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role, Željko Lučić as Iago (whom we had the pleasure of watching him in the title role of Macbeth last year at the MET) and Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona whom I am very sure we will hear more in the future with her splendig, beautiful voice.
What pays my attention (and many other Opera lovers and followers of the MET) is that in this new Opera season at the MET, the first 4 Operas of this season are, Italian, (Italy, the cradle of the Birth of Opera, of course!) all different yet all marvelous and with incredible performances from many Opera singers.
This four jewels of Italian Opera that we had the pleasure of listening in these last weeks were: The already mentioned Verdi’s OTELLO, Puccini’s final masterpiece TURANDOT, Verdi’s majestic “IL TROVATORE” (which marked the grand return of the wonderful baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as the Count di Luna… I will comment more details about his return later) and Donizetti’s historical drama “Anna Bolena”.
Many of the performances of the Opera artists in this year’s MET season were incredible. from Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Il Trovatore, to Sondra Radvanovsky, Jamie Barton and Ildar Abdrazakov in Anna Bolena to Christine Goerke, Marcelo Alvarez and veteran James Morris in Turandot.
I am very glad to comment that it was a huge pleasure for me to listen to these four wonderful Operas on the MET Opera Radio (And also watching Il Trovatore MET in HD simulcast last Oct 3 in which I will gladly comment later in another post!) and in these last weeks it was a magical journey to the most beautiful, exiquisite music with the most beautiful voices.
More about the first four Italian Operas of this MET Opera Season later….
A Poster announcing the new MET opera Season 2015-2016, here, Aleksandr Antonenko as Otello. And here, below, another poster announcing the MET grand premiere of Donizetti’s “ROBERTO DEVEREUX” with Sondra Radvanovsky and Matthew Polenzani.