The Metropolitan Opera announces its 2024–25 season, consisting of four Met premieres and 14 repertory favorites

  • Season opens September 23 with the Met premiere of Grounded by Tony Award–winning composer Jeanine Tesori [pictured], starring Emily D’Angelo as an Air Force drone pilot and conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Featuring six new productions, including additional Met premieres of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, and John Adams’s Antony and Cleopatra—and new stagings of Verdi’s Aida and Strauss’s Salome
  • New productions represent four notable directorial debuts: Deborah Colker for Ainadamar, Leonard Foglia for Moby-Dick, Elkhanah Pulitzer for Antony and Cleopatra, and Claus Guth for Salome; Michael Mayer returns to direct new productions of Grounded and Aida
  • Significant Met debuts include sopranos Christina Nilsson, Jacquelyn Stucker, and Adela Zaharia; mezzo-soprano Vasilisa Berzhanskaya; tenors Freddie De Tommaso, Pene Pati, and Jack Swanson; and conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Joana Mallwitz, and Giacomo Sagripanti; among others
  • Opera stars returning to the stage include Aigul Akhmetshina, Piotr Beczała, Benjamin Bernheim, Angel Blue, Lawrence Brownlee, Janai Brugger, Julia Bullock, Lise Davidsen, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Gerald Finley, Elīna Garanča, Brian Jagde, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei, Ailyn Pérez, Matthew Polenzani, Sondra Radvanovsky, Nadine Sierra, Nina Stemme, Bryn Terfel, Elza van den Heever, Pretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva, among others
  • Eight operas to be transmitted live to cinemas across the globe as part of The Met: Live in HD series

New York, NY (February 21, 2024)—The Metropolitan Opera announced today the 2024–25 season lineup, which showcases timeless classics of the operatic repertory in revivals and new productions, alongside four Met premieres. There are six new productions this season—the Met premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded,starring Emily D’Angelo and directed by Michael Mayer, opens the season on September 23; Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar,starring Angel Blue and Daniela Mack,in a staging by Deborah Colker in her Met debut; Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, starring Brandon Jovanovich and Peter Mattei, in a staging by Leonard Foglia in his Met debut; John Adams’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Julia Bullock and Gerald Finley, in a staging by Elkhanah Pulitzer in her Met debut; and Strauss’s Salome, starring Elza van den Heever and Peter Mattei, in a staging by Claus Guth in his Met debut. The pandemic-delayed premiere of a new production of Verdi’s Aida,directed by Michael Mayer, is scheduled for the annual New Year’s Eve Gala. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, conducts Grounded, Salome, and Aida. John Adams conducts his own score of Antony and Cleopatra.

A full slate of revivals returns to the Met stage, including works by Verdi, Offenbach, Rossini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Puccini, as well as Strauss’s rarely performed Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Nézet-Séguin, and Beethoven’s Fidelio, starring Lise Davidsen. In addition, a special gala performance of Puccini’s Tosca on November 12 commemorates the centenary of the composer’s death and marks Davidsen’s Met role debut as the title character.

“At the Met, we’re committed to opera’s evolution as an art form, honoring the classics with revivals and new productions while presenting new works that relate to the times in which we live,” said Peter Gelb, the Met’s Maria Manetti Shrem General Manager. “We owe it our audiences, both old and new.”

Maestro Nézet-Séguin added, “I find it so important to open the new season conducting an intensely dramatic Met commission like Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded, which addresses real issues in our world today, and follow that up with great operatic jewels like SalomeAidaDie Frau ohne Schatten, and La Bohème. This is truly modern—to pay tribute to the essential works of the past while paving the way for an operatic future.”

The season opens with the Met premiere of two-time Tony Award–winning composer Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded, an opera commissioned by the Met and based on librettist George Brant’s acclaimed play. Mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo stars as Jess, a hot-shot fighter pilot whose pregnancy takes her out of the cockpit and lands her in Las Vegas, operating Reaper drones. MaestroNézet-Séguin conducts a cast that also features tenor Ben Bliss as Eric—a Wyoming rancher who becomes Jess’s husband.

Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Grammy Award–winning Ainadamar premieres at the Met on October 15. The opera dramatizes the life and murder of poet-playwright Federico García Lorca, who was assassinated for his socialist politics and sexual orientation. Brazilian director and choreographer Deborah Colker, a Laurence Olivier Award winner, makes her Met debut with this new production. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack sings the trouser role of Federico García Lorca. Sopranos Angel Blue and Gabriella Reyes share the role of Lorca’s muse, the actress Margarita Xirgu; soprano Elena Villalón plays Nuria; and flamenco singer Alfredo Tejada—in his Met debut—completes the principal cast as the Falangist politician Ramón Ruiz Alonso. In his Met debut, Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts a score that crackles with the energy and rhythms of flamenco and rumba.

For the annual New Year’s Eve gala premiere, Maestro Nézet-Séguin again takes the podium to lead acclaimed director Michael Mayer’s opulent new production of Aida. Soprano Angel Blue makes her Met role debut as the title Ethiopian princess. The cast also features mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi as Amneris, tenor Piotr Beczała as Radamès, baritone Quinn Kelsey as Amonasro, bass Dmitry Belosselskiy as Ramfis, and bass Morris Robinson as the King. Subsequent performances feature mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Amneris; tenor Brian Jagde as Radamès; baritones Amartuvshin EnkhbatMichael Chioldi, and bass-baritone Eric Owens as Amonasro; basses Alexander Vinogradov and Morris Robinson as Ramfis; and bass Krysztof Bączyk as the King. Christina Nilsson, in her Met debut, is scheduled to sing the title role in March, and Alexander Soddy shares conducting duties. Maestro John Keenan conducts the final performance in the spring.

The second half of the season opens on March 3 with the Met premiere of Jake Heggie’s 2010 adaptation of Herman Melville’s epic Moby-Dick. A cast of standouts comes together on the decks of the Pequod, led by Maestro Karen Kamensek, with tenor Brandon Jovanovich starring as Captain Ahab, tenor Stephen Costello as Greenhorn, baritone Peter Mattei as Starbuck, and bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green as Queequeg. The cast also includes soprano Janai Brugger as Pip, tenor William Burden as Flask, and baritone Malcolm MacKenzie as Stub. Director Leonard Foglia, in his Met debut, expands his earlier production for the Met.

In its first new production at the company in 20 years, Strauss’s Salome returns on April 29 in a new staging by director Claus Guth, in his company debut. Maestro Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met performances of the opera, leading a cast featuring soprano Elza van den Heever in the title role and baritone Peter Mattei as Jochanaan. Tenors Gerhard Siegel and Chad Shelton share the role of King Herod; mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is Herodias; and tenor Piotr Buszewski is Narraboth. 

The final new production of the season is the most recent work of preeminent American composer John AdamsAntony and Cleopatra, which has its Met premiere on May 12. The adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama stars soprano Julia Bullock, following her company debut in Adams’s El Niño in the 2023–24 season, as Cleopatra, opposite bass-baritone Gerald Finley’s Antony, with tenor Paul Appleby as Caesar and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Octavia, Caesar’s sister. The cast also includes mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven as Charmian, in her Met debut; tenor Brenton Ryan as Eros; and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Enobarbus. Adams himself takes the podium to conduct a new staging by director Elkhanah Pulitzer, who transports the story from ancient Rome to the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s.

Twelve revivals round out the roster—Verdi’s Rigoletto and Il Trovatore; Puccini’s Tosca and La Bohème; Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann; Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten; Beethoven’s Fidelio; Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades; and Mozart’s Le Nozze di FigaroDie Zauberflöte, and the Met’s annual presentation of Julie Taymor’s abridged, English-language version of The Magic Flute for the winter holidays.

Among the important performers making first appearances at the house are the sopranos Aigul KhismatullinaChristina NilssonJacquelyn Stucker, and Adela Zaharia; mezzo-sopranos Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and Taylor Raven; tenors Freddie De TommasoMagnus DietrichDuke Kim, and Jack Swanson; baritone Gihoon Kim; bass-baritone Peter Kálmán; basses Alexander Köpeczi and Bogdan Talos; conductors Miguel Harth-BedoyaJoana Mallwitz, and Giacomo Sagripanti; and flamenco singer Alfredo Tejada.

Returning stars include sopranos Eleonora BurattoLise Davidsen, Kathryn LewekAilyn PérezGolda Schultz, Nadine Sierra, Elza van den HeeverPretty Yende, and Sonya Yoncheva;mezzo-sopranos Aigul AkhmetshinaJamie BartonMaria Barakova, J’Nai BridgesElīna Garanča, and Isabel Leonard; tenors SeokJong Baek, Piotr Beczała, Benjamin BernheimStephen Costello, and Matthew Polenzani; baritones Amartuvshin EnkhbatIgor Golovatenko, Quinn KelseyWill LivermanDavid LucianoAlexey MarkovPeter MatteiThomas OliemansLuca Salsi, and Michael Volle; bass-baritones Eric Owens,Ryan Speedo Green,Bryn Terfel, and Alfred Walker; basses Peixin ChenSoloman HowardAndrea MastroniStephen MillingRené Pape, and Alexander Vinogradov; and conductors Marco ArmiliatoSusanna MälkkiPier Giorgio MorandiKaren KamensekEvan RogisterKeri-Lynn Wilson, and Xian Zhang.