Metropolitan Opera Announces New Conductors for 2021-22 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced several new additions to its conducting roster for the 2021-22 season.

Kazem Abdullah will return to the Met on the Oct. 8 performance of Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’ “Fire Shut up in My Bones,” while Patrick Furrer will make his Met debut during the March 18 performance of Verdi’s “Don Carlos.”

Abdullah made his Met debut in 2009 conducting Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice.”

Meanwhile, J. David Jackson will conduct the Dec. 1 and 4 performances of “Porgy and Bess” while Gareth Morrell will conduct the Jan. 20 performance of “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Jackson made his Met debut in 2008 conducting “Hansel and Gretel,” while Morrell made his Met debut in 1999 conducting “Lucia di Lammermoor.”

The Metropolitan Opera is set to open on Sept. 27 with “Fire Shut up in My Bones” and will also present Verdi’s Requiem on Sept. 11 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack.