Great Performances at the Met will make its return with 10 new operas premiering this year on PBS. Season 16 will feature Fire Shut Up in My Bones (April 1), the historic production that marked the Met’s first performance of an opera by a Black composer, Grammy winner Terence Blanchard; and Rigoletto (June 17), directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.
Among the broadcast hosts will be Angel Blue, Renée Fleming, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Audra McDonald.
Presentations kick off with Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (February 6) followed by Matthew Aucoin’s new adaptation of Eurydice (March 6). After Fire Shut Up in My Bones will be Laurent Pelly’s staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella, May 8), with an all-new English translation.
Following Rigoletto over the summer is Strauss’ Ariadne Auf Naxos (July 3), the original five-act French version of Verdi’s Don Carlos (August 7), Puccini’s Turnadot (September 4), Simon Stone’s new staging of Lucia Di Lammermoor (October 2), and Brett Dean’s adaptation of Hamlet (November 6).
For more information about the season, visit PBS.org.