Verdi’s La TraviataDecember 14, 2018
**METROPOLITAN OPERA RADIO BROADCAST ALERT**
Yannick Nézet-Séguin makes his first appearances as
Met Music Director with a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata
Saturday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET
The 2018-19 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, leading his first opera as the Met’s new Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director. Soprano Diana Damrau stars in the tragic title role, having made her acclaimed role debut as Violetta at the Met during the 2012–2013 season with Maestro Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 as Alfredo, Violetta’s lover, with baritone Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s disapproving father, Giorgio Germont. The new staging is directed by Michael Mayer, and the performance will be heard live over Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 15.
Diana Damrau reprises Violetta, a role she has also sung at La Scala, the Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Since her Met debut in 2005 as Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, she has appeared in more than 120 performances with the company, including as Leïla in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the Countess Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, the title character in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Pamina and the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Later this season she will sing Ophélie in concert performances of Thomas’s Hamlet at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Deutche Oper Berlin, and Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.
Juan Diego Flórez makes his role debut as Alfredo with this run. Since his Met debut in 2002 as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, he has sung numerous bel canto roles such as Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Elvino in La Sonnambula, and the Donizetti roles of Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore. He has been a key figure in the revival of rarely performed Rossini works, singing King James V of Scotland in the Met premiere of La Donna del Lago and the title role in the Met premiere of Le Comte Ory. In coming months he appears at the Vienna State Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon.
Quinn Kelsey reprises Giorgio Germont, a role he previously sang at the Met during the 2014–2015 season. The winner of the Met’s 2015 Beverly Sills Artist Award, his other company credits include Count di Luna in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Peter in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème. Earlier this season, he sang Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, which was seen as a part of the Met’s Live in HD series, and will return for the role this winter. Other upcoming engagements include the title role in Rigoletto at Zurich Opera, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff at Dallas Opera, and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Bavarian State Opera.
The Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin made his company debut in the 2009–2010 season, conducting a new production of Bizet’s Carmen. The Canadian conductor has returned in every subsequent season, leading performances of Wagner’s Parsifal and Der Fliegende Holländer, Strauss’s Elektra, Verdi’s Don Carlo, and Dvořák’s Rusalka, as well as Faust and La Traviata. He also led the Opening Night performance of the Met’s 2015–2016 season, a new production of Verdi’s Otello. He has conducted a wide breadth of repertoire at a number of the world’s leading companies, including the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Dutch National Opera, Salzburg Festival, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He is also a frequent guest conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Since 2012, he has been music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is also music director of the Orchestre Métropolitain in his native Montreal.
The intermissions will include backstage interviews led by Anita Rachvelishvili, who hosts the Live in HD cinema transmission of the performance.