Opera for March 20: La Fille du Regiment!

The first comedy... and the Met puts up week 2 schedule

Howdy all - here’s the explainer for tonight’s opera: La Fille du Regiment!

This one ran a bit long, but the two important things to know:

  1. It’s in French.

  2. It’s a comedy! Nobody dies!

Week 2 is Wagner

The MetOpera has canceled the rest of its season, which was going to run until the beginning of May. It sounds like they may be running operas each night til May 2 or so, but it’s not clear to me.

While I sent an email to the Met re: their opera selection (and I was given a form response saying it was forwarded to the programming folks), they have decided on their 2nd week of opera.


Monday, March 23
Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
Starring Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin, and René Pape, conducted by Simon Rattle. From October 8, 2016.

Tuesday, March 24
Wagner’s Das Rheingold
Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. From October 9, 2010. 

Wednesday, March 25
Wagner’s Die Walküre
Starring Deborah Voigt, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stephanie Blythe, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. From May 14, 2011.

Thursday, March 26
Wagner’s Siegfried
Starring Deborah Voigt, Jay Hunter Morris, Gerhard Siegel, Bryn Terfel, and Eric Owens, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From November 5, 2011.

Friday, March 27
Wagner’s Götterdämmerung
Starring Deborah Voigt, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraud Meier, Jay Hunter Morris, Iain Paterson, Eric Owens, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by Fabio Luisi. From February 11, 2012.

Saturday, March 28
Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Starring Annette Dasch, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, and Michael Volle, conducted by James Levine. From December 13, 2014.

Sunday, March 29
Wagner’s Tannhäuser
Starring Eva-Maria Westbroek, Michelle DeYoung, Johan Botha, Peter Mattei, and Gunther Groissböck, conducted by James Levine. From October 31, 2015.

I…. am not a Wagner fan. I have tried watching multiple times, but I cannot really get into it. All that said, there are loads of great singers above, so I’ll still create an opera watch event for the week, and put up places to discuss the different operas.

But I will likely be watching Mozart instead.

Standard programming will come…

With STUMP currently in hiatus, I will be doing some of my normal STUMP posts here. I will hold off on talking about pensions for right now, but I can definitely talk about mortality trends and some things I’m seeing in the statistics.

I will clearly label each post, so nobody will get surprised by opera when expecting mortality/finance stuff, and will not get surprised by mortality/finance stuff when looking for opera.

See y’all soon!