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Michael Yeargan’s set sketch for the overture

Catherine Zuber’s sketch of a costume for Rosina

The Barber of Seville Debuts on Letterman, on Wednesday, November 8

November 7, 2006

The Metropolitan Opera is hitting late-night TV. In a thrilling company first, the cast of the Met’s new production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia will perform a scene on the Late Show with David Letterman. Along with a 16-member chorus and a 22-piece orchestra led by conductor Maurizio Benini, star singers Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, Samuel Ramey, and Wendy White will perform the stirring Act I finale of director Bartlett Sher’s groundbreaking new production of the comic favorite. The excitement of the Met will be presented to the traditionally opera-free zone of late-night TV on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at 11:35 p.m., ET, on CBS.

The Letterman show provides an enticing first glimpse of the highly anticipated production, set to premiere at the Met two days after the broadcast, on Friday, November 10. The Met’s first new production of Barber in 25 years has been created by Sher and his Tony Award-winning artistic dream team behind the Broadway hit The Light in the Piazza.

The Letterman appearance offers just a taste of Sher’s groundbreaking new Barber. Tickets are available for all performances at metopera.org. The November 10 premiere will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio (channel 85 on Sirius Satellite Radio), and the performance will also be streamed live on the Met web site at metopera.org. The production will be broadcast into movie theaters in high definition in spring 2007.

Giordani to Replace Calleja in Tonight's Rigoletto

November 6, 2006

Tenor Marcello Giordani has certainly kept busy at the Met this season. He has already starred in Anthony Minghella's season-opening new production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and appeared in performances of Ponchielli's La Gioconda. Tonight he sings the role of the Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto for the first time at the Met, replacing Joseph Calleja, who is ill. Ekaterina Siurina sings Gilda, Juan Pons takes the title role, and Friedrich Haider conducts. Giordani will be back in Butterfly on Wednesday.

Three Divas Share Title Role of Tosca—and Callas's Jewels

October 27, 2006

Soprano Maria Guleghina will replace Andrea Gruber, who is ill, in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca for the season’s first performance of the opera on Saturday, October 28 at 8pm. Guleghina is also currently appearing at the Met as Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Gruber will be back in the role starting with the second performance on November 1. Aprile Millo assumes the part of the fiery singer later in the run.

All three of the divas will wear the striking Swarovski crystal stage jewels worn by Maria Callas when she performed her first Met Tosca in 1956. The return of the jewels to the Met anticipates an upcoming exhibition entitled Maria Callas and Swarovski: Jewels on Stage at the Metropolitan Opera; it will feature more than 60 pieces of stage jewelry made of Swarovski crystals for Callas and will be displayed alongside archival photos and other Callas memorabilia. The exhibition, which is free to ticket holders for the day’s performance, runs from January 19 to March 3, 2007, in the Met’s Founders Hall. The event marks the first U.S. stop on an international tour sponsored by Swarovski.

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