Summarize this content material to 540 phrases NEW YORK (AP) — The financially challenged Metropolitan Opera is chopping its schedule to 18 productions subsequent season, matching the pandemic-curtailed 2019-20 season for the fewest since 14 in strike-shortened 1980-81.The Met stated Wednesday it’ll have six new productions and 12 revivals, down from seven new stagings and 16 revivals this season and from a current excessive of 28 productions in 2007-08. In an effort to spark ticket gross sales which have lagged for the reason that firm reopened in September 2021, 47 of 191 staged performances — slightly below one-quarter — might be works composed since 1986.“The primary level behind it’s to characteristic extra new and accessible works which have confirmed to draw a broader, youthful and extra various viewers,” Met basic supervisor Peter Gelb stated. “Opera sat on its hind legs for a lot of a long time and now it’s paying the value. For therefore many a long time new music each in classical music and in opera sometimes drove audiences away, to not live performance halls and opera homes, as a result of it was so inaccessible and atonal and being written for an elite group.“It was the equal of singing within the bathe, and principally composers have been composing for themselves and for teachers and critics and never for the general public,” he added. “And that has connected a stigma to new music in classical music and opera that actually harmed the artwork type.”The season opens Sept. 26 with a brand new manufacturing of Jake Heggie’s 2000 opera “Useless Man Strolling” with Joyce DiDonato. It features a new-to-the-Met staging of “Anthony Davis’s “X, The Life and Occasions of Malcolm X,” composed in 1986. “X” begins Nov. 3 and options Will Liverman.There are new productions of Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas,” a 1996 work in a Mary Zimmerman staging that begins Nov. 16, and John Adams’ oratorio “El Niño” from 2000 beginning on April 23, 2024, with conductor Marin Alsop making her Met debut.As well as, the Met has revivals of Terence Blanchard’s “Fireplace Shut Up in My Bones,” which premiered in 2019, and Kevin Places’ “The Hours,” which debuted final yr and stars Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara and DiDonato.“The rationale why we’ve pruned our season to the diploma we’ve is to pay attention our efforts on operas each new and outdated that we expect are going to promote nicely,” Gelb stated. “We haven’t settled on what the right quantity is. Possibly we by no means will, however I can’t think about it being lower than 18.”The season features a new Carrie Cracknell manufacturing of Bizet’s “Carmen” opening on New 12 months’s Eve and starring Aigul Akhmetshina, and a new-to-the-Met Mariusz Treliński staging of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” opening on Feb. 26 subsequent yr.The “X” manufacturing was first seen final Might on the Detroit Opera and the “Forza” staging final month on the Teatr Wielki-Polish Nationwide Opera.Pad attendance on the Met this season is 63%, up from 60% at this level final season within the return from a 1 1/2-season shutdown attributable to the pandemic.“Single ticket patrons characterize 75% of our gross sales and the typical age of a single ticket purchaser is now 45 years outdated, which is remarkably youthful than it was,” Gelb stated. “My worry, although, is, in fact, that some older members of the core viewers could by no means come again. Hopefully a few of them will.”The Met is lowering its high-definition simulcasts to film theaters to 9 by not together with “El Niño.” The Met dropped a scheduled 2014 telecast of Adams’ “The Demise of Klinghoffer” as a consequence of what the corporate stated then was concern over rising anti-Semitism, Gelb stated the “El Niño” resolution was not associated.Rolando Villazón’s staging of Bellini’s “Sonnambula“ was reduce and might be introduced sooner or later, in line with Gelb.Michael Mayer’s manufacturing of Verdi’s “Aida,” pushed again from the canceled 2020-21 season, might be introduced in 2024-25.SHARE:JOIN THE CONVERSATION Anybody can learn Conversations, however to contribute, you ought to be a registered Torstar account holder. If you don’t but have a Torstar account, you’ll be able to create one now (it’s free)Signal InRegisterConversations are opinions of our readers and are topic to the Code of Conduct. The Star doesn’t endorse these opinions.