February will bring us two operas by Richard Strauss, including a performance of Der Rosenkavalier celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opera's U.S. premiere.
2/1 Puccini: Madama Butterfly Anthony Minghella’s breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production returns, with Amanda Echalaz making her Met debut as Cio-Cio-San. Rising tenor Bryan Hymel sings Pinkerton. Philippe Auguin, Marco Armiliato, and Fabio Luisi share conducting duties.
2/8 Dvorák: Rusalka The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.
2/15 R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten A legendary Met production directed by the late Herbert Wernicke returns for the first time in ten years. The fantastical genius of the Strauss score and the Hofmannsthal libretto will be interpreted by conductor Vladimir Jurowski and a thrilling cast. Anne Schwanewilms and Torsten Kerl are the otherworldly Empress and Emperor, and Johan Reuter is Barak. Christine Goerke, the rising dramatic soprano star, returns to the Met as the Dyer’s Wife, whose shadow the Empress must win to free herself from a fatal decree.
2/22 R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Strauss's bittersweet comic masterpiece features a superb ensemble led by Martina Serafin as the Marschallin. The performances celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opera's U.S. premiere. Edward Gardner conducts.