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On Tuesday, February 10th, General Manager Peter Gelb held a press conference to announce the 2009/2010 season at the Metropolitan Opera. New productions include Carmen starring Angela Gheorghiu.
It is a rarity for a soprano to take on one of the benchmarks of the mezzo soprano repertory. However, recordings exist featuring Maria Callas and Leontyne Price as the fiery gypsy.
Paulo Szot (the Tony winning star of "South Pacific") will star in a new productions of Shostakovich's The Nose (MSM did a production of this piece circa 1986). Another new production will feature Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon: The Tales of Hoffmann. Other new productions will include Tosca with Karita Matila, Rossini's Attila, Janacek's From The House of The Dead featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen's company duet as conduction, Armida (Renee Fleming) and Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas (starring Simon Keenlyside and Natalie Dessay.)
Several revivals of major productions have been cancelled due to cost: Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Benevenuto Cellini, and The Ghosts of Versailles.
Of particular interest is the productions team of Attila. The costumes will be by Miuccia Prada and the sets by the Swiss production team that designed the Bird's Nest for the Beijing Olympics.
Mr. Gelb also announced that the Met's HD transmissions had passed the million-ticket mark in sales for the previous weekend!!