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1 in 3 Met operas next season is by a living composer – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

February 22, 2023

While James Levine was music director for 40 years, the Met hardly ever engaged with a living composer.

A rare exception was the premiere of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, which Levine conducted for his own 25th anniversary in the job.

Under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, next season will see new productions of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking; Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X; and John Adams’s El Niño.

There will also be revivals of Terence Blanchard’s (pictured) Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Kevin Puts’s The Hours.

Quite a turnaround.

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