The New Season at Teatro Real

It is another indication of what could have been the future of the New
York City Opera had they found the financial resources to keep Gerard Mortier
in New York.

Philip Glass? newest opera, The Perfect American, about the final
years of Walt Disney, attracted a large slice of the opera world?s attention
just a few weeks ago and Wuorinen?s opera will likely do the same next year in
Madrid. With a libretto by Annie Proulx, the author of the original story which
appeared in the New Yorker in 1997, the story is about an intense love affair
between two men, Wyoming sheep herders in the 1960s. The subsequent 2005 movie
was a major popular hit.

Both of these operas had already been talked about when Mortier learned that
the NYCO could not fund the next season, his first, at the financial level he
had been promised. His eventual move to Madrid gave him a stage to realize some
of the dreams discussed.

Along with the Wuorinen opera, Die Eroberung von Mexiko (The
Conquest of Mexico) by German composer Wolfgang Rihm will premiere in October.
This production will be staged by Pierre Audi and stars soprano Nadja Michael
as Montezuma with baritones Georg Nigl and Holger Falk sharing the role of

In addition to these new works, the well traveled Bill Viola/Peter Sellars
video production of Wagner?s Tristan und Isolde can also be seen. A
production of Lohengrin will be on the schedule in April. Purcell’s
The Indian Queen will also be on the schedule in November in a Peter
Sellars production. Other operas on the list include Gluck?s Alceste
(a new production by bad-boy director Krzysztof Warlikowski) with Anna Caterina
Antonacci and Sofia Soloviy alternating in the title role and Offenbach?s
Tales of Hoffmann conducted by Sylvain Cambreling and directed by
Christoph Marthaler.

The opera’s management again denied rumors that Mortier might leave before
the 2016 end of his contract. The 2015 vacancy at the helm of La Scala in Milan
has created much public speculation. There are eleven productions in the
2013-2014 season. Further information is at

Frank Cadenhead

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