Metropolitan Opera 2020-21 Season To Start on Dec. 31 With Only One New Production, February Performances

By David Salazar
(Credit: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that it will open the 2020-21 season on Dec. 31, 2020 with a revised program.

The season will open with a special gala performance. Details will be unveiled at later date.

Meanwhile, most new productions will be rescheduled for future seasons with such works as “Die Zauberflöte” and “Don Giovanni” presented as revivals of older productions by Julie Taymor and Michael Grandage.

The only new production that remains on schedule is “Dead Man Walking,” which will be directed by Ivo Van Hove in the work’s Met Opera debut.

Additionally, the company will add performances of such operas as “La Bohème,” “Carmen,” and “La Traviata” in February, which had been previously set to go dark.

February performances of “La Bohème” will star soprano Angel Blue and tenor Joseph Calleja while “Carmen” will feature Varduhi Abrahamyan, Roberto Alagna, Russell Thomas, and Susanana Phillips. Meanwhile “La Traviata” will be headlined by Stephen Costello and Dmytro Popov.

“Lulu” will be canceled with Brenda Rae, who was originally scheduled for the title role, set to perform in additional showcases of “Il barbiere di Siviglia” with Adam Plachetka as Figaro.

Additionally, start times for operas will begin at 7 p.m. whenever possible and some works will be shortened, including “Giulio Cesare” which will go from four-and-a-half hours with two intermissions to just one intermission across three-and-a-half hours.

Finally, the Live in HD programming will be cut down to just seven productions.

“Given the enormous organizational complexity of the Met’s schedule, we have no choice but to cancel our fall season,” General Manager Peter Gelb said. “The health and safety of our company members and our audience is our top priority, and it is simply not feasible to return to the opera house for a September opening while social distancing remains a requirement.”

Here is a list of all performances that were canceled:

September 21, 24, and 27
October 1, 4, 10, 13, 17, 20, and 24
November 24 and 27
December 3, 6, 12

Les Contes d’Hoffmann
September 22, 26, and 30
October 3, 8, 11, and 16

Roberto Devereux
September 23, 26, and 29
October 3, 7, and 10

October 2, 6, 9, 14, 18, 22, 27, and 31
November 7, 11, and 14

Tristan und Isolde
October 17, 21, 25, and 29
November 1 and 6

La Traviata
October 24, 28, and 31
November 5, 9, 13, 17, and 20

Il Trovatore
October 30
November 4, 7, 10, 14, 18, and 21
May 14

The Fiery Angel
November 12, 15, 19, 22, and 28
December 1 and 5

La Bohème
November 21, 25, and 28
December 2, 5, 10, 13, and 30

November 30
December 4, 8, 12, 17, 20, and 23

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
December 11, 16, 19, 22, 26, and 29
January 2, 6, 9, and 14

Hansel and Gretel
December 15, 19, 24, 26, 28
January 1 and 8

Die Zauberflöte
The performance of Die Zauberflöte scheduled for December 31 will now be a special gala, the details of which will be announced in the coming months. Tickets already purchased for this date will be transferred to the new performance. If you have purchased gala dinner tickets, please email [email protected] for more information.

Don Giovanni
May 10, 13, 16, and 20

March 5, 9, 13, 17, and 20