The complete 2015-16 is as follows: Otello, beginning September 21* Turandot, beginning September 23 Il Trovatore, beginning September 25 Anna Bolena, beginning September 26 Tannhäuser, beginning October 8 Tosca, beginning October 16 Rigoletto, beginning October 20 Lulu, beginning November 5* La Bohème, beginning November 23 Die Fledermaus, beginning November 4 La Donna del Lago, beginning December 11 The Barber of Seville, beginning December 16 Les Pêcheurs de Perles, beginning December 31* Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, beginning January 21 Maria Stuarda, beginning January 29 Manon Lescaut, beginning February 12* Madama Butterfly, beginning February 19 Le Nozze di Figaro, beginning February 25 Don Pasquale, beginning March 4 L’Elisir d’Amaroe, beginning March 10 Roberto Devereux, beginning March 24* Simon Boccanegra, beginning April 1 Elektra, beginning April 14* Die Entführung aus dem Serail, beginning April 22 Sher’s previous Met credits include L’Elisir d’Amore and The Barber of Seville (which will both be revived as part of the new season), Le Comte Ory and The Tales of Hoffman. He is the Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, where he has directed productions including Golden Boy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific, for which he won a Tony Award. He will also helm their upcoming revival of The King and I this spring. The season will also include a new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, directed by Olivier-winning director Richard Eyre (whose production of Le Nozze di Figaro kicked off this current season and will return again next season). The production is slated to star Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann. Also on the bill is the return of Tony Award winner Michael Mayer’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, which transports the action to 1960s Las Vegas, as well as J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus; the updated production, which premiered on New Year’s Eve 2013, features a book by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-16 season will begin on September 21 with a new production of Verdi’s Otello, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher. The new staging is set to star Aleksandrs Antonenko as Otello, with rising star Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Zeljko Lucic as Iago. *Denotes new production View Comments And while Helen Mirren is bringing the Queen to Broadway this spring in The Audience, a star of the opera world—soprano Sondra Radvanovsky—will take on the immense challenge of playing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the same season. She starts with Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarada, and completes the hat trick as Queen Elizabeth I in a new production of Roberto Deverux.
Three communities were awarded grants this week by the Vermont Downtown Development Board to fund local infrastructure improvements such as new sidewalks, signage and streetlights.The Vermont Downtown Development Board announced the awards totaling $127,594 on Monday for Morrisville, Rutland City and St. Albans City. The funds, which are from the state’s Downtown Transportation Fund, are available to communities that are part of the Vermont Downtown Program. Established in 1994, the Vermont Downtown Program helps invest in the economic growth and cultural landscape of Vermont’s cities, villages and towns. Funding Awards:Morrisville – $27,594 for sidewalk reconstruction on and around Main Street and Pleasant Street, as well as new sidewalk and streetlights on Portland Street. Matching funds were provided by the town, as well as $15,000 in private donations to the community’s downtown organization. This project continues the town’s efforts to improve pedestrian access within their downtown.Rutland City – $25,000 for phase 2 of the city’s new wayfinding signage program to direct visitors to downtown destinations such as the Paramount Theater, the Amtrak train station and local shops.St Albans City – $75,000 for new streetlights along Main Street, as part of a larger $1.5 million project to improve the city’s pedestrian infrastructure, including outdoor dining, trees and broader sidewalks in downtown. ‘These are terrific projects that recognize the importance of high-quality pedestrian amenities in support of downtown business development,’ said Noelle Mackay, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development and Chair of the Downtown Development Board. ‘The board is pleased to be able to support these projects, and to recognize the energy and commitment in each community that makes our downtowns so special.’ The Vermont Downtown Development Board also renewed the village center designation on Monday for Enosburg Falls, West Rutland, Royalton and South Royalton, which are four of the 102 village centers participating in the Vermont Downtown Program. Downtowns and village centers that are part of the Vermont Downtown Program are eligible for a number of benefits, including tax credits, loans and grants from various state agencies to help enhance economic opportunities, preserve historic buildings and improve infrastructure in core areas.For more information, visit www.historicvermont.org/programs/downtown.html(link is external).