Metropolitan Opera Series

A Scene from the upcoming performance of LaBohem

The Friends Bring You to the Opera
Registration for the 2019-20 Season is Now Open

A trip to the Metropolitan Opera with the Friends includes both a roundtrip seat onthe bus and a seat at the opera. All trips leave at 5 PM from Westfield in plenty oftime for either a 7:30 or 8:00 PM performance. The bus promptly returns to Westfield when the performance is over. The price of your trip contains both the cost of the bus approximately $30 a night depending on the number of people traveling and the cost of your Opera subscription or individual seat.

To sign up for the Metropolitan Opera Series contact the coordinator Ulf Dolling at 908-347-3563 or uhdoll@aol.com

Select a Subscription

The Metropolitan Opera subscription series Choice of subscription prices range from $247 (Family Circle) to over $2,000 (Orchestra) per series – your choice! With the subscription you get a 15% discount over the single ticket price.  Members who are not interested in a full subscription may share a subscription with friends or other interested participants. Alternatively, you can sign up for one whole subscription and change one or more operas to other ones on the list (eg doublethem) to enjoy them together with a friend or spouse.

Share a Subscription

Members who are not interested in a full subscription may share a subscription with friends or other interested participants and still enjoy the 15% discount on subscription ticket prices. It is a bargain: you choose the operas you want to see: one or all eight. I will coordinate.

Exchange a Ticket

If a participant cannot attend an opera, the subscription ticket may be exchanged through the Met subscription office (no fees!) or sold to someone else. The opera group maintains a “Standby List” of people who have expressed an interest in buying tickets for individual operas.

Metropolitan Opera 2019 – 2020 Season

Season Premiere
September 25  at 8:00 PM MACBETH (VERDI) C
Armiliato; Netrebko, Polenzani, Domingo, Abdrazakov

October 30 at 7:30 PM LA BOHEME (Puccini) A
Armiliato; Perez, Kulchynska, Polanzani, Bizic, Zhilikhovsky, Park, Woodley

December 18 at 7:30 PM THE QUEEN OF SPADES (TCHAIKOVSKY) A
Petrenko; Davidsen, Maximova, Diadkova, Benedikt, Golovatenko, Markov

January 29 at 8:00 PM LA DAMNATION DE FAUST (BERLIOZ) A
Gardner; Garanca, Humel, Abdrazakov
February 19 at 7:30 PM LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (MOZART) A
Meister; Hartig, Muller, Crebassa, McCormick, Kwiecien, Plachetka, Muraro

March 18 at 8:00 PM DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER (WAGNER) B

New Production
Gergiev; Kampe, Fujimura, Skorokhodov,Portillo, Terfel, Selig

April 1 at 7:30 PM MADAMA BUTTERFLY (PUCCINI) A
Morandi; Martinez, Zifchak, Care, Bruck

May 6 at 8:00 PM KAT’A KABANOVA (JANACEK) A
8:00 PM Koenigs; Phillips, Mack, Zajick, CernochMargita, Appleby, Tomlinson

For the 2019-20 Metropolitan Opera season the Friends of the Westfield Memorial Library are proudly presenting a magnificent subscription series of 8 operas. Five of them were highlighted by NY Times critics and writers (2/23) as must-see. We are opening with the season premiere of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ featuring Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo. In Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Queen of Spades’ we will hear the new rising star, Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen. The visual feast and magnificent score of Berlioz’ ‘La Damnation de Faust’ is presented by the ideal trio of Bryan Hymel (Faust), Elina Garanca (Marguerite) and Ildar Abdrazakov (Mephistopheles). The new production Wagner’s ‘Der Fliegende Hollander’ turns the Met stage “into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting” and is led Sir Bryn Terfel as the Hollander and the gifted German soprano Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks. The season will end with Janacek’s gripping domestic drama ‘KataKabanova’, with the soaring soprano Susanna Phillips in the title role and Dolora Zajick as her unyielding mother-in-law. These operas are rounded out by the classics ‘La
Boheme’, ‘Le Nozze Di Figaro’ and Madama Butterfly.