Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Met at the Movies

The Met: Live in HD opens its fifth season at a Shopping Mall Movie Theatre Near You. Ticket prices vary: Adult, Senior, Child -- more than the latest Brad Pitt charmer, less than the Atlanta Zoo.

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Wagner’s Das Rheingold

Live Sat. Oct. 9 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. Oct. 27 at 6:30 PM.
3 hours.
Conductor: James Levine. Bryn Terfel sings the leading role of Wotan for the first time with the company, heading an extraordinary cast. Director Robert Lepage brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to a great theatrical journey.

Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov

Live Sat. Oct. 23 at 12 Noon. Encore Wed. Nov. 10 at 6:30 PM.
5 hours.
Singers: René Pape, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk. Production by Stephen Wadsworth. Valery Gergiev conducts.

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale

Live Sat. Nov. 13 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. Dec. 1 at 6:30 PM.
3 hours, 30 minutes.
Singers: Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo. James Levine conducts. Production by Otto Schenk.

Verdi’s Don Carlo

Live Sat. Dec. 11 at 12:30 PM. Encore Wed. Jan. 5 at 6:30 PM.
4 hours, 30 minutes.
Singers: Roberto Alagna, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Director Nicholas Hytner makes his Met debut with this new production

Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West

Live Sat. Jan. 8 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. Jan. 26 at 6:30 PM.
3 hours, 30 minutes.
Puccini’s wild-west opera had its world premiere in 1910 at the Met. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role, starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Adams’s Nixon in China

Live Sat. Feb. 12 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. March 2 at 6:30 PM.
4 hours
Baritone James Maddalena stars in the title role. Director and longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work.

Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride

Live Sat. Feb. 26 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. March 16 at 6:30 PM.
2 hours, 30 minutes.
Singers: Susan Graham, Plácido Domingo, and Paul Groves. Production by Stephen Wadsworth. Patrick Summers conducts.

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Live Sat. March 19 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. April 6 at 6:30 PM.
4 hours.
Singers: Natalie Dessay and Joseph Calleja. Production by Mary Zimmerman.

Rossini’s Le Comte Ory

Live Sat. April 9 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. April 27 at 6:30 PM.
3 hours.
Singers: Juan Diego Flórez, Joyce DiDonato, and Diana Damrau. Production by Bartlett Sher.

Strauss’s Capriccio

Live Sat. April 23 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. May 11 at 6:30 PM.
3 hours.
Singers: Renée Fleming ,Joseph Kaiser and Sarah Connolly. Andrew Davis conducts.

Verdi’s Il Trovatore

Live Sat. April 30 at 1 PM. Encore Wed. May 18 at 6:30 PM.
3 hours.
Singers: Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Production by David McVicar. James Lavine conducts.

Wagner’s Die Walküre

Live Sat. May 14 at 12 Noon. Encore Wed. June 1 at 6:30 PM.
5 hours, 15 minutes.
A stellar cast comes together for this second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of the Ring cycle: Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek, and Stephanie Blythe. James Levine conducts.

The Metropolitan Opera of New York’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning series of live, high-definition performance transmissions has been a box office smash hit. According to Time magazine, the Met sold 2.2 million tickets last season for its nine live high-definition telecasts, 400,000 more than the previous year.

Perhaps this reflects an era of plus change. Opera singers were once judged by their ability to be heard in the last row of the balcony but now must consider wide-screen close-ups. Opera News on-line discusses opera blogs and connects to several.

Over 30 principal cast members and chorus of the Opera Company of Philadelphia production of La Traviata last spring infiltrated the crowd at the Reading Terminal Market Italian Festival and launched four-minutes of Brindisi as guerrilla theatre, winning a thunderous ovation that included both laughter and tears. Click here to watch.

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