Tuesday, July 23, 2024

(USA) ANNO VERDIANO: Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival.

 “La Traviata” launches the free 10-day series of outdoors screenings in LincolnCenterPlaza, in Manhattan. Met General Manager stated that “watching larger-than-life stars on a big screen on the facade of the opera house has become a quintessential New York experience”.

No tickets are required and seatings (3,100) is on a first-come first-served basis.

Verdi’s La Traviata

Saturday, August 24, 8:00 PM

Natalie Dessay stars as Verdi’s most popular heroine in Willy Decker’s striking production, with Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. Matthew Polenzani is Alfredo and Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings his father, Germont.

Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Willy Decker; Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, Dimitri Hvorostovsky

Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, April 14, 2012)

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Sunday, August 25, 8:00 pm

The Met’s hit production stars Anna Netrebko in the title role of the innocent young woman caught in an arranged marriage. Piotr Beczala is her lover, Edgardo, and Mariusz Kwiecien sings her brother, Enrico, in Mary Zimmerman’s ghost-story staging.

Conductor: Marco Armiliato; Production: Mary Zimmerman; Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ildar Abdrazakov

Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, March 19, 2011)

Adès’s The Tempest

Monday, August 26, 8:00 pm

Thomas Adès conducts his acclaimed opera, based on Shakespeare’s final play, in Robert Lepage’s stunningly inventive production. Simon Keenlyside leads the cast as Prospero.

Conductor: Thomas Adès; Production: Robert Lepage; Audrey Luna, Isabel Leonard, Alan Oke, Alek Shrader, Simon Keenlyside

Running time: 2 hours
(Original transmission: Saturday, November 10, 2012)

Verdi’s  Otello

Tuesday, August 27, 8:00 PM

Renée Fleming is Desdemona and Johan Botha sings the title role in Verdi’s powerful Shakespeare adaptation, one of the supreme masterpieces of Italian opera. Falk Struckmann is Iago and Semyon Bychkov conducts.

Conductor: Seymon Bychkov; Production: Elijah Moshinsky; Renée Fleming, Johan Botha, Falk Struckmann, Michael Fabiano

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, October 27, 2012)

Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito

Wednesday, August 28, 8:00 pm

Elīna Garanča, Barbara Frittoli, and Giuseppe Filianoti lead the cast in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Early music specialist Harry Bicket conducts Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production.

Conductor: Harry Bicket; Production: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; Lucy Crowe, Barbara Frittoli, Elīna Garanča, Kate Lindsey, Giuseppe Filianoti, Oren Gradus

Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, December 1, 2012)

Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust

Thursday, August 29, 8:00 PM

Met Music Director and Berlioz champion James Levine conducts the composer’s rarely staged masterpiece. Robert Lepage’s dazzling production, first seen in the 2008–09 season, stars Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and John Relyea.

Conductor: James Levine; Production: Robert Lepage; Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, John Relyea

Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, November 22, 2008)

Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda

Friday, August 30, 8:00 pm

Joyce DiDonato takes on the tour-de-force title role of Donizetti’s opera, opposite Elza van den Heever as her rival, Queen Elizabeth. David McVicar’s Met premiere production also stars Matthew Polenzani as Leicester.

Conductor: Maurizio Benini; Production: David McVicar; Elza van den Heever, Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Joshua Hopkins, Matthew Rose

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, January 19, 2013)

Massenet’s Manon

Saturday, August 31, 7:45 pm

Anna Netrebko stars as Massenet’s tragic title heroine, opposite Piotr Beczala as her lover, des Grieux, and Paulo Szot as her cousin, Lescaut. Fabio Luisi conducts Laurent Pelly’s 2012 production.

Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Laurent Pelly; Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Paulo Szot, David Pittsinger

Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, April 7, 2012)

Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera

Sunday, September 1, 8:00 pm

David Alden’s 2012 production brings Verdi’s drama back to its original Swedish setting, in an early-20th-century film noir atmosphere. Sondra Radvanosvky, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky star, with Fabio Luisi on the podium.

Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: David Alden; Sondra Radvanovsky, Kathleen Kim, Stephanie Blythe, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, December 8, 2012)

Verdi’s Aida

Monday, September 2, 8:00 PM

The Met’s magnificent production of Verdi’s Egyptian epic is brought to life by an extraordinary cast, led by Liudmyla Monastyrksa in the title role, Roberto Alagna as Radamès, and Olga Borodina as Amneris. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Sonja Frisell; Liudmyla Monastyrska, Olga Borodina, Roberto Alagna, George Gagnidze, Stefan Kocán

Running time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
(Original transmission: Saturday, December 15, 2012)

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