HÄNSEL uND GRETEL
December 7, 8, & 14
Since its world premiere in 1893, Humperdinck's most famous opera, Hänsel und Gretel, has remained popular and for generations has become almost synonymous with the family's first opera visit. "Brother, come dance with me!" - "Susie, dear Susie, what rustles in the straw?" - dancing siblings, dew and sandman, witch and parents: a panopticon of all fairy tale imagination of the 19th century. And yet: a story full of deprivation, hunger and the desire for abundance with a clear moral: "When the need rises to the highest, God the Lord shake hands with us!"
Ms. Hankey appears as Hansel in in Richard Jones's opulent, colorful staging of the classic fairy tale. Patrick Lange conducts.
January 17, 20, 24, & 26
Into the fight! Thrilling rhythms, gorgeous melodies. Two strong, red-blooded men and one indomitable woman: Carmen - plus the heat of Spain. The right mixture for passion and death. Though its premiere performance was panned as "a highly immoral work," Bizet's masterpiece continues to captivate. Ms. Hankey reprises the role of Mercédès in Lina Wertmüller's production of Carmen, with Asher Fisch at the Podium. Mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan appears in the title role alongside Matthew Polenzani as the passionate but aggressive Don José.
February 2, 6, & 8
Papageno wants a Papagena - Tamino seeks to rescue his Pamina... but the way to love is not easy! All of them have to pass tough examinations in order to be be worthy of their loved ones: they have to decide against murder and suicide, abstain from food and drink and even from speaking and singing. Equipped with a magical flute and set of bells, their enchanted instruments guide them on their journey for love and higher understanding. The world's most famous opera in a classically beautiful staging, this production highlights the legacy of director August Everding: The evil serpent still spits "real" fire, the Queen of the Night is truly a "star-flaming" queen. With sets and costumes by Jürgen Rose, this stage portrait is enchantingly beautiful.
Ms. Hankey appears as the Zweite Dame in Mozart's operatic masterwork, Die Zauberflöte. Asher Fisch conducts.
HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
March 13, 15, 18, & 21
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Hong Kong, China
Munich’s cultural icon Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) marks a glorious return to the Hong Kong Arts Festival with Richard Strauss’s most playful and inventive tragicomedy, Ariadne auf Naxos—staged for the first time in Hong Kong! Sublime and ridiculous, serious and uproarious, this opera-within-an-opera is an enticing mash-up of high art and popular comedy, where grand passions and romantic farce collide to create unexpected outcomes and splendid melodies. Crowned by Strauss’s unmatched vocal compositions, this production of Ariadne auf Naxos is a showpiece for the highly sought-after singers of today's opera world and a source of abundant delight for listeners. Ms. Hankey debuts the role of the Composer alongside a star-studded cast including Eva-Maria Westbroek, Peter Seiffert, Erin Morley, and Sean Michael Plumb.
THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL
alice tully vocal arts recital
WITH BRIAN ZEGER, PIANO
Alice Tully Hall
New York, New York
Ms. Hankey returns to her alma mater, The Juilliard School, in recital as part of the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Recital series. She is joined by Brian Zeger on piano.
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
May 1, 5, & 8
Powerful soprano Sonya Yoncheva takes on Puccini’s fiery and defiant heroine in Sir Richard Eyre’s grand production. Leading tenor Marcelo Álvarez is Chevalier des Grieux, who pursues Manon beyond the point of no return, and Richard Farnes conducts. Ms. Hankey appears in the role of the Madrigal Singer.
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
May 2, 6, & 9
Janáček’s gripping domestic drama makes a rare appearance on the Met stage, its first since 2005. Ms. Hankey covers the role of the young orphan Varvara. The soaring soprano Susanna Phillips sings the title role, a young woman forced by fate to choose between true love and family honor, with beloved mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as her unyielding mother-in-law. Tenor Pavel Černoch is the young object of Káťa’s love, and legendary bass Sir John Tomlinson is his rich but cruel uncle. Lothar Koenigs conducts one of the defining operatic scores of the 20th century.
cosÌ fan tutte
June 13, 15, 18, & 21
A school for lovers - This Così is a jewel of the Mozart repertoire at the Bavarian State Opera! Ms. Hankey appears as Dorabella alongside Christiane Karg's Fiordiligi in Mozart and Da Ponte's comedic masterpiece about two young couples and one major deception that doesn't go quite as planned. Dieter Dorn's production depicts the bitter story of partner swap and deception among the two couples. Constantin Trinks conducts.
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2019 / 2020 Season
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