By David Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl)
The Metropolitan Opera is set to revive Stravinsky’s iconic “The Rake’s Progress” on May 30, 2022.
The opera will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki, making her company return for the first time since 2016.
The Jonathan Miller production will be headlined by Ben Bliss, Golda Schultz in her role debut as Anne, and Raehann Bryce-Davis as Baba the Turk (in her Met Opera debut). Rounding out the cast will be Christian Van Horn as Nick Shadow and James Creswell as Trulove.
Audiences unable to check out the performance live will be able to hear it on the Met Opera Radio on May 30 and on June 11, with the latter being broadcast over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.
The Faustian tale of the decline of Tom Rakewell was first performed at the Met Opera on Feb. 14, 1953 with a cast starring Eugene Conley, Hilde Güden, and Mack Harrell; that U.S. premiere performance was given in the presence of the composer himself.
Since then the opera has been performed a total of 26 times with the most recent taking place in 2015; that production starred Paul Appleby, Layla Claire, and Gerald Finley, among others.