Monday, May 23, 2011

Encore! Encore!

Performances from the award-winning series The Met: Live in HD encore this summer Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in shopping mall movie theatres. Click here for the location nearest you. Ticket prices are less than the American Idols Concert Tour, more than a bleacher seat at the Braves. Popcorn and soft drinks available at the concession stand.

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly June 15. Running time: 2 hours 41 minutes.
Patricia Racette sings the title role. Marcello Giordani is American Navy Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton. Dwayne Croft and Maria Zifchak co-star. Patrick Summers conducts.

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale June 22. Running time: 2 hours 22 minutes.
Anna Netrebko reprises her turn in this bel canto comedy , opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo in the title role. James Levine conducts.

Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra June 29. Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes.
Four decades into a legendary Met career, tenor Placido Domingo makes history singing the title role, written for a baritone. Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, and James Morris co-star in this gripping political thriller and moving story of a father and his lost daughter. James Levine conducts

Donizetti’s La Fille de Regiment July 13. Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes.
Natalie Dessay as the tomboy Marie, who has been brought up as the “daughter of the regiment,” and Juan Diego Florez as the young man in love with her. Legendary actress Marian Seldes makes a special appearance as he Duchess of Krakenthorp. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Puccini’s Tosca July 20. Running time: 2 hours 17 minutes. Karita Mattila stars in the title role and Marcelo Alvarez as her lover, the painter Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze plays Scarpia, the sadistic chief of police, who wants Tosca for himself. Joseph Colaneri conducts.

Verdi’s Don Carlo July 27. Running time: 3 hours 36 minutes. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Singers: Roberto Alagna in the title role, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside.


tina said...

It was good to hear from Paw Paw Bill again even tho the closest theater at which I could see one of those operas is Fayetteville!

I gather you are hearing well enough to get some pleasure out of opera again? If so, that’s wonderful news.

I have started up a new photography blog (again). You can see the link below.

Paw Paw Bill said...

The Met at the Movies is truly wonderful, if you have a taste for opera. Commercially, it has been a howling (I could not resist) success, though the summer encores are not showing at as many venues as the regular season, which starts up again in the fall. I have been to several of these performances. I consider it part of my deaf guy rehabilitation, because music has always been an important part of my life, especially the quality of life. My ability to perceive certain aspects of music is not satisfactory, but it continues to improve. I conclude this is not a technological issue with the cochlear implant but rather retraining my brain to interpret what it hears. I am indeed enjoying things about music again that I could not a year ago. Thanks for sending the photography link. I always enjoy your pictures. I have several friends who send me photo blogs, and I think I am going to create a special sidebar for these called "Worth 1,000 Words."


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