Palace starts new Met season Oct 8
FOUNDED IN 1880 as an alternative to the previously established Academy of Music opera house, The Met debuted in 1883 in a new building on 39th and Broadway, New York (now known as the ‘Old Met’). The new Metropolitan Opera House, which opened at Lincoln Centre in September 1966, was equipped with the finest technical facilities.
Many great conductors have helped shape the Met, beginning with Wagner’s disciple Anton Seidl in the 1880s and 1890s, and Arturo Toscanini, who made his debut in 1908.
Within a few weeks of the opening of the new Met in 1966, soprano Birgit Nilsson starred as Isolde, one of her signature roles, in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Now, 50 years later, Nina Stemme opens the Met’s 2016 - 17 season in the same role, in a new production by Mariusz Trelinski. Stuart Skelton stars as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangane and Rene Pape as King Marke.
Jamaica officially joins in the 50th anniversary celebrations on October 8 at Carib 5, when The Met’s 2016 -17 season of Live in HD cinema transmissions opens. Fittingly, Palace Amusement Company is honouring the celebration of German composer Robert Wagner by teaming with the Jamaican-German Society (JGS) and The Gleaner for this staging of the celebrated opera.
In recent years Swedish, soprano Nina Stemme has sung roles such as Isolde (Tristan And Isolde) and Brunnhilde (Wagner’s Ring Cycle), among many others.
Stemme’s highly acclaimed Isolde in Christof Loy’s production of Tristan And Isolde at the Royal Opera House in London rendered her the Laurence Olivier Award for best role interpretation 2010. Nina Stemme has also been honoured with the Swedish Royal medal Litteris et Artibus and the Italian Premio Abbiati.
Stuart Skelton was named Quilt’s artistic director, Rayon McLean.