Metropolitan Opera 2019-20 Preview: Camilla Nylund, Magdalena Kozená Among Major Stars of Robert Carsen Revival

By David Salazar
(Credit: Ken Howard / Met OPera)

On Friday, Dec. 13, the Metropolitan Opera will revive its Robert Carsen production of “Der Rosenkavalier” with a fantastic cast of singers.

As the Marschallin, Camilla Nylund will make her hotly anticipated Met Opera debut. Katie Van Kooten will sing a single performance on Dec. 28; this is her third opera at the Met, following “Faust” and “La Rondine.”

As Octavian, audiences will see Magdalena Kozená for the first time since 2011 when she headlined “Pelléas et Mélisande.” This will be her seventh opera at the Met following the three Da Pone-Mozart operas, “Idomeneo,” “Kát’a Kabanová,” and “Pelléas et Mélisande.” The opening night performance of “Der Rosenkavalier” will be her 30th at the Met. Angela Brower will make her Met debut on Dec. 28.

As Sophie, Golda Schultz will continue her successful Met career. “Der Rosenkavalier” will be her fourth opera at the Met in her career and her second of this season. She debuted in 2017 in “Die Zauberflöte,” followed by “Falstaff” last season. She then sang the first notes of the 2019-20 Met Opera season in “Porgy and Bess,” bringing her total number of performances at the company to 17 thus far.

Günther Groissböck will reprise the role of Baron Ochs after a successful run back in 2017. He has performed a total of nine operas at the Met in his career in 55 total performances.

Matthew Polenzani will take on the role of the Italian Singer; by the end of the run he will have brought his total performances with the company to 398; they will be final performances of the 2019-20 season following appearances in “Macbeth” and “La Bohème.” Alok Kumar will get one performance in the run; he returns later in the season to sing in “Der Fliegende Holländer.”

Other cast members include Thomas Ebenstein as Valzacchi, Katharine Goeldner as Annina, and Markus Eiche as Faninal.

Sir Simon Rattle will conduct his third production at the Metropolitan Opera following “Pelléas et Mélisande” in 2010-11 and “Tristan und Isolde” in 2016-17. Gareth Morrell will conduct a single performance on Dec. 28.