Metropolitan Opera 2019-20 Preview: ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ Gets Star Casting For Winter Runs

By David Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera will revive Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” this Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The famed worked has appeared at the Met 494 times to date with the first performance coming in 1894.

This season’s revival will feature 15 total performances divided up between two conductors. Antonello Manacorda, in his company debut, will get the first slew of shows in November and December with Cornelius Meister getting a crack at the February performances. Meister made his debut earlier this year in “Don Giovanni;” “Nozze” marks his second opera with the Met.

Counts and Countesses

As the Countess, audiences will hear sopranos Susanna Phillips and Anita Hartig. Both singers will be taking on the role of the Countess for the first time with the company.

They will perform alongside three Counts. Adam Plachetka will play opposite Phillips, while Etienne Dupuis and Mariusz Kwiecien will both perform alongside Hartig. Plachetka and Dupuis will sing their first Counts with the Met, while Kwiecien will perform the role for the 15h time with the company following appearances in 2005, 2014, and 2017-18.

The Married Couple

Nadine Sierrra will open the revival in November after having performed the role of Susanna on four previous occasions with the Met (all in 2017-18). Meanwhile Hanna-Elisabeth Müller will take on her first Susanna performances with the Met.

They will perform opposite Luca Pisaroni and Adam Plachetka, both veterans of this role. Pisaroni has already performed Figaro 12 times at the Met starting in 2005. Plachetka has six such performances to his name.

Supporting Casts

Gaëlle Arquez and Marianne Crebassa will take on Cherubino with Elizabeth Bishop and MaryAnn McCormick as Marcellina. Finally, Brindley Sherratt and Maurizio Muraro will portray Dr. Bartolo.