Classical 91.5

The Metropolitan Opera: April includes Artist Spotlights

Apr 1, 2018

Credit Metropolitan Opera

Check back with this post each week to hear opera previews and artist spotlights recorded by Met Opera host Mary Jo Heath.

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Massenet's Cinderella story Cendrillon (4/28)

4/7       Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and Pretty Yende, who have each impressed audiences with dazzling bel canto portrayals at the Met. Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano share the role of her lover in this chilling production by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Gareth Morrell (change) conducts.  Listen to the artist spotlight with soprano Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti, and  a Saturday Matinee Preview.

4/14      Verdi: Luisa Miller

Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

Listen to this Opera Preview of Luisa Miller

Listen to an Artist Spotlight with Sonya Yoncheva on Luisa Miller for stations

4/21      Adès: The Exterminating Angel

Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.

4/28      Massenet: Cendrillon

“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.