Renée Fleming and Kelli O’Hara headlining The Hours at the Metropolitan Opera
Opera star Renée Fleming will appear on the Metropolitan Opera stage with Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara at the world premiere of Kevin Puts Hours November 22.
With a libretto by Greg Pierce, Hours is based on based on Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel About Three Women Bound by Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel Mrs Dalloway. Soprano Fleming will play Clarissa Vaughan, the role played by Meryl Streep in the 2002 Paramount Pictures film. O’Hara (also a soprano) will play housewife Laura Brown (Julianne Moore in the film). Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will play the role of Virginia Woolf, which won Nicole Kidman the Best Actress Oscar.
O’Hara and Fleming have been noted for their crossover work in opera and on the Broadway stage, with O’Hara appearing in Cosi fan tutteand Fleming receiving a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the 2018 Broadway revival Carousel. They last appeared together at the Met in Susan Stroman’s 2015 production The Merry Widow.
Phelim McDermott, who led the Met’s visually spectacular show Akhenatenwill direct the production, which will feature choreography by Annie-B Parson, whose work can currently be seen on Broadway in David Byrne’s American utopia.
Following this season Fire locked in my bonesthe new opera by Terence Blanchard, Champion will premiere on April 10, 2023. Choreography will be by contestant Tony Camille A. Brown.
Other new productions of the Met’s 2022-23 season include Luigi Cherubini Medea (directed by David McVicar), Umberto Giordano Felt (also McVicar), by Mozart Don Giovanni (directed by Ivo van Hove in his Met debut), Mozart Die Zauberflote (directed by Simon McBurney, replacing Julie Taymor’s beloved production), and Wagner Lohengrin (directed by François Girard, replacing Robert Wilson’s repertoire production often derided as “long and sinister”).
Returning repertoire productions include Michael Mayer’s production of La TraviataBartlett Sher’s production of Rigolettoand Franco Zeffirelli’s monumental production of Bohemian.