Richard Eyre’s season-opening new production of Mozart’s eternal masterpiece is set in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Erwin Schrott in the title role leads a stellar cast that also includes Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count and Danielle de Niese as Susanna, along with Met debutantes Rachel Willis-Sørensen as the Countess and Serena Malfi as Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts.
Edo de Waart conducted Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met in the 1999-2000 season. He made his Met debut the previous season leading Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and returned in 2009 to lead a revival of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. He is Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and a frequent guest conductor of other major orchestras, including recent engagements with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
Beginning December 5, Edo de Waart leads a new cast in five performances of the production. Erwin Schrott stars as Figaro; Danielle de Niese as Susanna; American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen in her Met debut as the Countess; Italian mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi in her Met debut as Cherubino; and Mariusz Kwiecien as the Count.
Complete casting for this season’s performances also includes Susanne Mentzer in her company role debut as Marcellina; Mentzer’s more than 140 Met performances include Cherubino in the 1998 new production premiere of Le Nozze di Figaro. Ying Fang and Ashley Emerson sing Barbarina; Greg Fedderly and Alan Oke sing Don Basilio; Scott Scully sings Don Curzio; John Del Carlo sings Dr. Bartolo; and Philip Cokorinos sings Antonio.
Approximate running time 3 hrs. 34 min.