Bayerische Staatsoper (Zweite Dame)
December 23, 25, 27, & 30 | January 1
December 23, 25, 27, & 30
Papageno wants a Papagena - Tamino his Pamina. But the path to love is not easy! They all have to pass difficult tests. To survive the dangers, the opera's heroes rely on a magical flute and a set of ringing bells. Bayerische Staatsoper presents the world's most famous opera in a classically beautiful staging, the legacy of director August Everding: the evil snake still breathes "real" fire, the queen of the night is still really a "star-blazing" queen. This stage portrait (by Jürgen Rose) is enchantingly beautiful. Ms. Hankey revists the role of Zweite Dame following last season's performance in the same production. Conducted by Antonello Manacorda.
Bayerische Staatsoper (Octavian)
March 18, 21, 24, 28, 31 | April 3
March 18, 21, 24, 28, & 31
With Salome and Elektra, Richard Strauss had just earned himself a reputation as the enfant terrible of the bourgeoisie on the opera stage, and went, as he wrote, “to the limits of what ears of the day could take." In this work, Strauss and Hofmannsthal drive the artificiality of this world to the extreme in text and music and allow it to grow into a both dreamlike and nightmarish scenario. There is room here for all the themes that make Rosenkavalier so fascinating – the possibilities and impossibility of love, the urgency and relentlessness of passing time, the indispensability and relentless conditionality of autonomy and freedom to decide. Barrie Kosky’s Rosenkavalier also pays tribute to mostly less well-known sources of the work, consequently adds surprising facets to the cherished characters of Sophie and Octavian, Ochs and Marschallin, and in opulent images adds an exciting chapter to the piece’s Munich staging history. Ms. Hankey makes her role debut as Octavian alongside Marlis Petersen as the Marschallin and Katharina Konradi as Sophie.
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
The Metropolitan Opera (Stéphano)
April 10, 15, 18 & 22
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA
ROMÉO ET JULIETTE
April 10, 15, 18, & 22
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts one of the most sumptuous scores in the repertoire, leading Gounod’s honeyed adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy. Radiant soprano Nadine Sierra makes her Met role debut as the effervescent Juliette, opposite tenors Stephen Costello and Benjamin Bernheim, in his highly anticipated Met debut, as the ardent Roméo, all amid the romantic realism of Bartlett Sher’s staging. Ms. Hankey returns to the Met in the role of Stéphano.
Bayerische Staatsoper (Wellgunde)
June 30 | July 3
The untouched magic of the E flat major sounds in the first bars of Das Rheingold doesn't last long. Instead, a world emerges that cannot stop its own downfall. In this lawless world, greed, power, and curses prevail. Alberich steals the enchanted gold from the Rhinemaidens, while the god Wotan works to outsmart a pair of dragons to protect his family and home. The first in Wagner's epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, Ms. Hankey reprises the role of Wellgunde after her original role debut at the Metropolitan Opera. Conducted by Valery Gergiev, directed by Andreas Kriegenburg.