An opera composed by a woman will appear at the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in more than a century next season, when the house presents the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s ethereal “L’Amour de Loin,” one of the most acclaimed operas of the 2000s.
It will be one of six new productions in the Met’s 2016-17 season, which the company announced on Wednesday. The season will open with a new “Tristan und Isolde” directed by Mariusz Trelinski, starring Nina Stemme and conducted by Simon Rattle, and will also include fresh stagings of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell,” Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Dvorak’s “Rusalka” and Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier.” And in the spring, the Met will hold an all-star gala to celebrate its 50th anniversary in its Lincoln Center home.
“We’re always trying to find ways to satisfy confirmed opera lovers, as well as excite new ones,” Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, said in a telephone interview outlining the season, which is to open on Sept. 26 and include 225 performances of 26 operas.
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