On The Avenue

The Metropolitan Opera Hosts Opening Night Gala

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

On September 26, The Metropolitan Opera celebrated its new season with their opening night gala and a performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. This particular gala celebrates the Met’s 50th anniversary at their current Lincoln Center location.

This season will feature 225 performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to more recently acclaimed operatic works. Repertoires for the company’s 132nd season will include the Met premiere of Finnish composer L’Amour de Loin, as well as new stagings of Rossini’s Guillame Tell, Gounoud’s Roméo et Juliette, Dvořák’s Rusalka and Strauss’ Der Roskenlavier. 

The opening night production of Tristan und Isolde was conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Treliński, and starred the most major opera star currently known for the role of Isolde, Nina Stemme, with Stuart Skelton starring opposite her as Tristan.

The announcement of the 2016-2017 season came from the Met’s general manager Peter Gelb.

“Met audiences should be stimulated by our ever-expanding repertoire, which this season includes the new with L’Amour de Loin and the old with Guillaume Tell,” said Gelb. “We’re proud to be celebrating our five decades at Lincoln Center, including 40 years under the musical leadership of James Levine.”

Guests at last night’s gala included Cush Gumbo, Ailyn Perez, Helena Christensen, Patti Smith, Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Andrew Saffir, Zani Guggelman, Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Blythe Danner and Austin Scarlett.

Guests enjoyed the powerhouse vocals and dynamic performance of dramatic soprano Nina Stemme, who, as usual, commanded the stage. The star-studded event included drinks and fine dining.

Visit the Met’s website at metopera.org.

All photos courtesy of Sylvain Gaboury for Patrick McMullan.


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