5 Singers Who Are Poised to Dominate the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-19 Season

By David Salazar

Every year, one superstar rises above the rest to become one the centerpieces of a particular Metropolitan Opera season.

With the 2018-19 season, there is no doubt that this will continue to be the case with a number of singers getting chances to really stake their claim as major forces at the Met for years to come. This season we have seen the likes of Ailyn Pérez and Sonya Yoncheva make their mark and establish 2017-18 as their own, both artists appear in three productions each throughout the season. Who will 2018-19 belong to? Here is a rundown.

Isabel Leonard

After performing her signature Cherubino in 2017-18, Leonard is getting a whopping

She headlines a new production and New York premiere of “Marnie.” Then she returns to the screen at the end of the season in “Dialogues des Carmélites.” But in between, she also headlines “Pélleas et Mélisande.”

Anita Rachvelishvili

The mezzo gets three productions in 2018-19 including appearances in new productions for “Adriana Lecouvreur” and “Samson et Dalila.” She will also appear in “Aida” opposite Anna Netrebko, appearing in the HD of the production. In sum, she, like Leonard, is slated for two HD performances.

Christine Goerke

Anytime you headline a new Ring cycle, you are bound to make a major mark on the year. Goerke is leading the Wagner tetralogy as Brünhilde in 2018-19 and will also appear in the HD performance on March 30, 2019.

Roberto Alagna

The tenor needs no introduction, but he is getting a whopping two HD showcases this season and is also headlining the opening night production of “Samson et Dalila.” His trademark Don José in “Carmen” appears later in the year.

Jonas Kaufmann

The German tenor is only getting four performances in 2018-19. But those will all be sold-out events that everyone will be clamoring to see. Why? Because Kaufmann is a must-see no matter where he is. And New York audiences have not seen him in a few seasons at the Met.