Breaking News: Metropolitan Opera Replaces ‘La Forza del Destino’ With Verdi Requiem For 2017-18 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled its new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.”

The Met’s 2017-18 season had originally planned a new production directed by Calixto Bieto, which premiered at the English National Opera in November 2015.

Met General Manager Peter Gelb said the decision was a few months ago and he wanted to make the announcement ahead of the release of next season’s schedule.

“It’s obviously something that I’m not happy to be doing,” he said according to the Associated Press.

The decision was made due to the company’s financial situation. Gelb told the New York Times that cutting the production would save the company $1 million.

The Met also said Friday that “Forza” has been postponed indefinitely and will be replaced on its schedule by four concerts of Verdi’s Requiem led by music director emeritus James Levine. The performances will run from Nov. 24 to Dec. 2.

The Verdi Requiem will include soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk, tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko and bass Ferruccio Furlanetto.

This is the second major change to the 2017-18 season. The Metropolitan Opera originally scheduled Anna Netrebko to sing the title role in Bellini’s Norma in a new production by David McVicar.  However, the soprano pulled out in the summer and as a result Sondra Radvanovsky will sing the title role on opening night.