Metropolitan Opera 2022-23 Season: Six Artists Making Welcome Returns

By Francisco Salazar

With the Metropolitan Opera announcing its 2022-23 season, many company favorites are returning. There are also a number of artists making rare appearances or returning after a major absence.

Here are six artists who are making welcome returns to the Met.

René Barbera

In 2016, the American made his Met debut in “L’Italiana in Algeri” performing in a total of seven performances. However, he has not returned since and has been making headlines at the Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opera, Palau de les Arts, Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège, and Dutch National Opera, among others.

Now he returns to the Met for the Italian singer in “Der Rosenkavalier” and will be featured on his first HD with the company.

Eric Cutler

The American tenor made his Met debut in 2000 and has since performed with the company 76 times and been featured on three HDs and one telecast. Audiences knew him as a lyric tenor who performed Mozart and Bellini, but since his last performance at the Met in 2013, the tenor has reshaped his career and is now performing dramatic roles. His repertoire now consists of Wagner, Beethoven, Dvorak, Berlioz, and Strauss. This season he returns to the Met for a revival of “Der Fliegende Holländer.”

Renée Fleming

In 2017, Fleming graced the Met stage for the last time. It was a farewell to her old repertoire and a new beginning to the soprano’s legendary career. The soprano has continued her relationship with the Met during the pandemic performing in the live concert series and in the company’s At Home Gala. She has also kept a steady touring schedule and has world premiered numerous works.

Now she returns to the Met for the world premiere production of Kevin’s “The Hours” in the role of Clarissa Vaughan.

Angela Gheorghiu 

The last time the Romanian soprano graced the Met stage, she performed in Luc Bondy’s “Tosca” in 2015. Having debuted at the Met in 1993, the soprano has performed 96 times with the company headlining some of the most thrilling performances such as “La Boheme,” “Simo Boccanegra,” “La Traviata,” “La Rondine,” and “Romeo et Juliette.”

Now she returns to celebrate her 30th anniversary for two performances in her signature role of Tosca.

Ana María Martínez

In 2016 the Puerto Rican soprano made her last appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in her signature Madama Butterfly and has only appeared 16 times with the company. While she was set to appear during the 2019-20 season, her scheduled performances were canceled due to the pandemic. Martínez is a household name at the Houston Grand Opera, LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Washington National Opera, among others. She is also an exponent of Verdi, Catan, Mozart, and Puccini.

This season she will headline a new production at the Met for the first time as Elvira in “Don Giovanni.”

Tamara Wilson 

The American soprano last performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 2018 in the title role of Aida and to date has seven performances with the company. Since then she has sung at the Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, and the Santa Fe Opera and has dominated the Verdi, Puccini, and Wagnerian repertoire.

This season she will return to headline her first new production at the company as Elsa in “Lohengrin.”