2017-18 Season at the Metropolitan Opera
What Are We Up To?
Being a full-time member of the Met Chorus is exactly how it sounds: a FULL TIME job. So it may surprise you that, after singing Monday through Saturday, many members of the Met Chorus wake up early on Sundays to sing again!
The Metropolitan Opera Chorus is back in action after a rejuvinating summer break. We’re ready for 8 weeks of music, memorization, and maybe just a touch of mayhem. (Not surprising since we have 23 shows to learn this season!)
All of us at the Metropolitan Opera may be dreaming of our future vacations, daytime naps, sandy beaches, and maybe a frosty tropical beverage or two, but you can bet our eyes are already set on the operatic gems we'll be presenting next season! If you're trying to figure out what shows to include in your subscription package, then click here to see what members of the Met Chorus are looking forward to performing!
Do April showers bring May flowers? We sure hope so! We can certainly promise that April will bring some beautiful productions of operas that are sure to please. Read on!
March is shaping up to be a busy month of exciting shows! You want drama? How about death by poisoning? What about circus performers?? There's something for everyone!
We've been hard at work these past few months finishing up exciting productions of Merry Widow and Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as enjoying ourselves immensely in THREE of Sir David McVicar's productions: the sumptuous, stylish Tosca, the scintillating combo platter of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, and the critically acclaimed Il Trovatore! Oh, and let's not forget the bubbly L'Elisir d'Amore! But what's coming up in the next month or so? Read on to find out!
Around the Met
While we have enjoyed working with Maestro Nézet-Séguin since his debut conducting Carmen in 2009, this year is full of even more excitement and promise, as Maestro has stepped into the role of Music Director with gusto, and the palpable energy felt in the opera house these days is an auspicious beginning to a long, productive musical and artistic collaboration.
Between scenes in an opera, Met choristers can sometimes have a bit of time on their hands. For some of us, this time was spent reading, and discussing, some great literature. Now we'd like to open up our Met Opera Chorus Book Club to all of YOU! Bass chorister (and Met Chorus Committee Chair) Ned Hanlon will get you up to speed on what we're reading at the beginning of the season.
The Metropolitan Opera Chorus may be one of the hardest working groups of people in the business, but giving back to the community is still a priority! Chorus members participated in two educational outreach opportunities this month, both with fabulous groups of attentive kiddos in Manhattan, our own backyard!
Just who exactly are the Met Chorus Artists, Inc.? Chorister Meredith Woodend (who is also the president of the MCA board) is here to introduce you to the outreach arm of the Met Chorus...