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MetTalks: New Productions of the 2012-13 Season

Directors, conductors, and stars of the Met’s 2012–13 new productions discuss the challenges and rewards of bringing their visions to the stage.

Tuesday, September 18 6:30-7:30pm
L'Elisir d'Amore
Director Bartlett Sher's season-opening new production of Donizetti's beloved comedy stars Anna Netrebko as Adina and Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino. The three artists and conductor Maurizio Benini discuss their work with General Manager Peter Gelb.

Friday, October 19 5:30-6:30pm
The Tempest
Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Met premiere of his own 2004 work. Peter Gelb talks with director Robert Lepage and baritone Simon Keenlyside, who sings Prospero, about bringing this contemporary masterpiece to the Met stage.

Thursday, November 1 5:30-6:30pm
Un Ballo in Maschera
Verdi's riveting drama returns to the Met in a new production by David Alden, with Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. Met Assistant Manager Sarah Billinghurst hosts a conversation with Alden and Luisi, joined by set designer Paul Steinberg and stars Sondra Radvanovsky, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Wednesday, December 19 5:30-6:30pm
Maria Stuarda
David McVicar directs the second of Donizetti's "Tudor" operas, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role. He discusses his approach to this Met premiere production with Peter Gelb, set and costume designer John Mcfarlane, DiDonato, and soprano Elza van den Heever, who sings Mary's rival, Queen Elizabeth I.

Tuesday, January 22 5:30-6:30pm
Michael Mayer's new production of this Verdi favorite is set in 1960s Las Vegas. Peter Gelb welcomes the director, conductor Michele Mariotti, and stars Diana Damrau, Željko Lucic, and Piotr Beczala for a discussion of this exciting new staging.

Thursday, February 7 5:30-6:30pm
François Girard directs a new production of Wagner's final masterpiece wtih Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. Peter Gelb leads a conversation with Griard and members of the cast.

Tuesday, March 19 5:30-6:30pm
Giulio Cesare
David McVicar's acclaimed production of Handel's most popular opera comes to the Met with David Daniels, Natalie Dessay, and Alice Coote in the leading roles. Singers, director, and conductor Harry Bicket are joined by Sarah Billinghurst for a conversation about their collaboration.

All MetTalks are held at the Metropolitan Opera House.

All Performances in the series

Purchase Individual Events
MetTalks: Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:30 PM N/A
MetTalks: Adès's The Tempest
Date: Friday, October 19, 2012 5:30 PM N/A
MetTalks: Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera
Date: Thursday, November 01, 2012 5:30 PM N/A
MetTalks: Donizetti's Maria Stuarda
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:30 PM N/A
MetTalks: Verdi's Rigoletto
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 5:30 PM N/A
MetTalks: Wagner's Parsifal
Date: Thursday, February 07, 2013 5:30 PM N/A
MetTalks: Handel's Giulio Cesare
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 5:30 PM N/A
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