Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Ring Cycle Conductor Confirmed

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center Plaza, at dusk. Photo: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Philippe Jordan is going to conduct the Met’s revival of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in 2019, the New York Times has revealed.

Met General Manager Peter Gelb recently confirmed that the Robert Lepage production would return for its third revival in a playbill statement from the 2016-17 season. He promised that the machine, which debuted during the 2010-11 season, would be “quieter,” addressing one of the many criticisms aimed at the famously expensive production.

As for Jordan, this confirmation is only the latest big news for a conductor whose profile has skyrocketed in recent weeks as he was recently assigned to the post of Music Director at the Vienna State Opera.

Jordan is currently musical director of the Paris Opera where is slated to conduct “Don Carlos,” starring Jonas Kaufmann and Sonya Yoncheva, as well as “Parsifal” and “Benvenuto Cellini.” He is also the chief conductor of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra. Jordan is currently at the Bayreuth Festival leading “Die Meistersingers.”

He made his Met Opera debut in 2002-03 with Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus.” To date he has conducted 37 performances at the house, his last one coming in 2007.



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5 Comments on "Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Ring Cycle Conductor Confirmed"

  1. I love Robert Lepage’s production. “The Machine” is a force of nature.

  2. That is great! Are the actual dates for the NY Ring set? I see it is 2019 not at the end of 2018? I need to start planning. Looking forward to hearing from you
    Kind regards

  3. Are any dates set yet for the Met Ring early in 2019? We need to plan early from over here in NZ! I would be very grateful for any information

  4. ditto above.. going to come over from Australia for it..

  5. The dates would be a help. I am another Kangaroo who will be hopping over to the Met for it.

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