Saturday, May 15, 2010

Encore! Encore!

The Metropolitan Opera of New york is a box office smash hit at a Shopping Mall Movie Theatre Near You. According to Time magazine, the Met has sold 2.2 million tickets during 2009-2010 for its nine live high-definition telecasts, 400,000 more than the previous season. Now the Met will debut a new Summer HD Encore Series, replaying six favorites on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.:

Verdi’s Aida, June 16 . Conductor: Daniele Gatti; Production: Sonja Frisell; Singers: Violeta Urmana, Dolora Zajick, Johan Botha, Carlo Guelfi, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Stefan Kocán

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, June 23. Conductor: Plácido Domingo; Production: Guy Joosten; Singers: Anna Netrebko, Isabel Leonard, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn, Robert Lloyd.

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, July 7. Conductor: Valery Gergiev; Production: Robert Carsen; Singers: Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sergei Aleksashkin.

Puccini’s La Bohème, July 14. Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Singers: Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, Quinn Kelsey, Oren Gradus, Paul Plishka.

Puccini’s Turandot, July 21. Conductor: Andris Nelsons; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Singers: Maria Guleghina, Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey.

Bizet’s Carmen, July 28. Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Production: Richard Eyre; Singers: Barbara Frittoli, Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Mariusz Kwiecien.

Click Here For Details and Tickets

When I entered my zip code, I found my closest movie house broadcast would be at Hollywood 24 @ North I-85, 3265 N.E. EXPRESSWAY Access Road, CHAMBLEE, GA. Summer HD Encore Series tickets are $18. English language captions are provided.

I asked my friend Wayne Gibson, retired chairman of the Music Department at Kennesaw State University, if I had to wear my opera tuxedo or could I dress just like I was going to a Bruce Willis movie. He said, "Totally movie attire is my experience! Everyone has popcorn, hot dogs and giant cokes! The world is certainly changing! I think I like it."

Despite the recession and an audience with a median age of 48, nearly 200,000 enjoyed Rossini's Armida, starring soprano Renee Fleming and tenor Lawrence Brownlee on its May 1 broadcast shown in 1,200 movie theaters in 44 countries worldwide, from Iceland to New Zealand. The encore of showing Armida is scheduled for Wednesday, May 19 at a Shopping Mall Movie Theatre Near You.

1 comment:

Lorraine said...

Wow! That's a huge bridge across a cultural divide. Not really my cup of tea, (it must skip a generation) but still a very cool idea!


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