If there needed to be proof that the world of opera has something for everyone, the previous season of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD has been a living testament.
From the light comedy of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” to the philosophical depths (and musical sublimities) of Wagner’s “Parsifal”; from Thomas Ades’ contemporary take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” to the baroque extravaganza of Handel’s “Julius Caesar” (which closed the season April 27); from a traditional staging of Verdi’s “Aida” to his “Rigoletto” moved to 1960s Las Vegas, inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack. English-language subtitles for all productions have demystified the idea of watching an opera. The plots become as clear as in any foreign-language film.
The upcoming season is similarly diverse, with three Russian works and one Czech, new productions of “Eugene Onegin,” “Prince Igor,” “Falstaff” and “Werther,” and starry casts including sopranos Anna Netrebko and Renee Fleming, mezzos Joyce DiDonato and Stephanie Blythe, tenors Juan Diego Florez and Jonas Kaufmann.
A special novelty will be Shostakovich’s “The Nose,” an uproarious 1920s comedy that was successfully revived in 2010 with “South Pacific” star Paolo Szot. American soprano Lisette Oropesa, who won Pittsburgh audiences in Mozart’s “The Abduction From the Seraglio,” will be the ingenue Nanetta in “Falstaff.”
The State Theatre will host telescreenings of the following operas: