Claus Guth Production of ‘Semele’ Headed to Metropolitan Opera Next Season

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: M. Rittershaus)

Claus Guth’s production of “Semele” is set to premiere at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2024-25 season.

Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński confirmed the news via social media in a post regarding the production which recently closed at the Bayerische Staatsoper. He said, “I have spent two months in Munich to sing five shows of that great new production by Claus Guth! Had the best time performing with all of those crazy talented singers, dancers, actors, orchestra and that great creative and technical team. It was a really fun experience where I have learnt a lot!! So can’t wait to bring Athamas back to life in a year at the MET!”

The production, which per the Bayerische Staatsoper’s website is a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, features sets by Michael Levine and costumes by Gesine Völlm.

Guth’s take on the work was highly praised with The New York Times writing, “Guth’s production dives into the Semele’s subconscious, her frustrations and fantasies, on the day of her wedding.”