Metropolitan Opera Cuts One Production for 2024-25 Season & Decreases HDs

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 season was announced but due to financial constraints, the company delayed one major production previously announced.

In an interview with The New York Times, the company noted that Claus Guth’s production of Händel’s “Semele” will be delayed for a future season.

The company also noted that previously delayed stagings on track for future seasons include Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” by Rolando Villazón and Weill’s “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” by Ivo van Hove.

The season will also not include any Wagner operas and the winter break will be increased from four weeks to five weeks. There will also only be eight HDs.

The Metropolitan Opera also released statistics for some of its fall and winter operas. According to the AP article, Anthony Davis’ “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X” sold 78 percent of available seats, Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” 68 percent, and Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” 62 percent

Meanwhile, the classics saw Bizet’s “Carmen” sold 84 percent of seats and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” sold 87 percent followed by Puccini’s “La Bohème” (74 percent), Verdi’s “Nabucco” (71 percent), Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” (64 percent) and Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)” (56 percent).

The news comes after the company withdrew 40 million dollars from its endowment due to financial struggles.