Metropolitan Opera to Present 17 Contemporary Works in Next Five Seasons

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera is set to present 17 company premieres of contemporary works over the next five seasons.

In a recent interview with Peter Gelb and Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the two said that the company was committed to bringing new works to the public and finding the right balance between the classics and the new operas.

The article noted that the company has commissioned Matthew Aucoin’s “Demons” based on the Dostoyevsky novel and a comedy about the Asian American experience by composer Huang Ruo and screenwriter James Schmaus. There are also talks for a “Moonstruck” adaptation by Ricky Ian Gordon and John Patrick Shanley.

Additionally, the Met will also present Gabriela Lena Frank’s “Conquest Requiem” as part of a double bill with Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ainadamar.” Gelb also said that Frank’s first opera about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera will also be presented.

The interview also noted that the Met will consider Kevin Puts’ “Silent Night” and noted that Puts’ wants to write a new work for the company.

For those concerned about the classics, Gelb said that during the 2024-25 season, the Met will present “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” and “Salome.” He also said that there will always be Wagner, Puccini, and Verdi.