Michaela Schuster will sing Waltraute in all performances of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, replacing Sarah Connolly.
Schuster makes her Met role debut as Waltraute, a role she has sung previously at Bayerische Staatsoper and Gran Teatre del Liceu. She made her Met debut last season as Klytämnestra in Strauss’ Elektra. She sings regularly for all the leading German opera houses and for international companies including Wiener Staatsoper, Paris Opéra, La Scala, the Salzburg Festival, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Her wide repertory includes many Wagner roles such as Fricka in Der Ring des Nibelungen, Ortrud in Lohengrin, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, and Kundry in Parsifal; 20th-century roles such as Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck and Judith in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and several roles in operas by Richard Strauss and in Italian repertory, including Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo, and Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.
Wagner’s epic four-opera masterwork, Der Ring des Nibelungen, returns to the Met this season for the first time since 2013. The cast for Götterdämmerung includes Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, Andreas Schager and Stefan Vinke share the role of the hero Siegfried, and Eric Owens is Hagen. Philippe Jordan conducts.
Performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen begin March 9, 2019 and run through May 11, 2019.