The Met, which has a budget of about $ 300 million in a regular season, the nation’s largest performing arts organization, is taking a series of steps to try to ensure its survival and adaptation to a changing world. It’s announcing the entire 2021-22 season, months ahead of schedule, in part in the hope that people who have bought tickets to the canceled shows – nearly $ 20 million worth of tickets sold – can be persuaded to exchange them for the newly announced opera.
“Fire Shut Up in My Bones” will be one of three contemporaries in the Met next season – the largest number since 1928. (The others are Matthew Aucoin, “Eurydice” And Hamlet by Brett Dean.The Met will present the original five-act French version of Verdi’s “Don Carlos” for the first time, in a new production by David McVicar which will be directed by the company’s music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
There will also be new productions of Verdi “Rigoletto,” directed by Bartlett Scheer, and “Lucia de Lammermur,” by Donizetti, directed by Simon Stone, who was the stage for the movie “Yarma” at Park Avenue Armory. It caused a sensation In 2018. Veteran soprano Nina Steamy will star in Strauss’s “Elektra” alongside rising actress Lise Davidsen, who also appears in composer “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”. “Die Meistersinger” will be directed by Antonio Papano, director of music at the Royal Opera House in London, returning to the Met for the first time in decades. Stravinsky’s film “The Rake’s Progress” will be directed by Susanna Malki. She is one of five midwives scheduled to appear, the most in a single season in Met history.
Mr. Gelb said that even when the Met Hotel could reopen, attendance would likely be slow – with attendance perhaps half of what it was in pre-pandemic times. So the company will add more curtain times as early as 7 pm, which people have called for in the surveys. Some operas will be shortened, as “Boris Godunov” is presented to Musurgsky in a two and a half hours version without interruption; Trim “Rodelinda” Handel; The second breather is removed from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. It will expand its offerings to families, introducing a new 90-minute English-language “Cinderella” – adapted from Macinte’s “Cinderellon” – as well as the popular “Magic Flute”.
The Met will further diversify its offerings. While “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” was originally planned for a later season, Mr. Gelb decided that with calls for racial justice reverberating across the nation and the music world, it should have a head start next year: Opening Night The Met Return Season. The company is also adding three black composers – Valerie Coleman, Jesse Montgomery and Joel Thompson – to the commissioning program it runs with the Lincoln Center Theater.
“We’re trying to send a signal that the Met wants to face our times head-on,” Gelb said. “Given all the calls for greater social justice and diversity, we think it is appropriate, after a year-long hiatus, to return in a way that clarifies the Met’s social responsibility.”