“Joint projects with the Met have long been our dream,” said Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin.
The American Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer will stage “Aida,” Germany’s Claus Guth will take on “Salome,” while Britain’s Phelim McDermott will direct “Lohengrin.”
The Met’s next music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the three premieres in New York when he takes up the post in 2020, while the Bolshoi’s Tugan Sokhiev will conduct “Aida” and “Salome.”
The two sides have reached a preliminary agreement to premiere “Aida” in New York and open the other two operas in Moscow, according to Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
While Bolshoi productions have been staged at the Met since 1959, the upcoming operas will mark the first Met Opera productions in Russia.