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Met Live Opera: 12th Anniversary 2017-18 Season

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Season tickets are now on sale for the 12th anniversary season of THE MET: Live in HD!
 
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Met Live Opera: Live in HD series for the 2017-18. Once again, the festival will host the productions via satellite at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona.

Each opera will be shown LIVE and then repeated later that day as an encore. Season ticket holders will have the option of choosing the live performance or the encore (or can mix and match for scheduling convenience).

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, will begin its 12th season on Oct. 7, with a new production of Bellini’s “Norma” directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed Normas, Sondra Radvanovsky.

Live in HD audiences around the world will see ten live performances from the Met’s 2017-18 season. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 22 million tickets sold over the first 11 years of the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

The 2017-18 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcast of Bellini’s “Norma” starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role; the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Exterminating Angel”; Rossini’s “Semiramide”, which has not been staged at the Met in 25 years; Verdi’s tragedy “Luisa Miller” starring Sonya Yoncheva and Plácido Domingo; and the Met premiere of Massenet’s “Cendrillon”, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role. In addition to the productions new to Live in HD, audiences can see the Met’s new stagings of Puccini’s “Tosca”, starring Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Griogolo; Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” set in the 1950s in Coney Island, with an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara. The season will also feature Mozart’s full-length German opera “Die Zauberflöte” conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine; Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore”, starring Pretty Yende in her first Met performances as the spirited Adina with Matthew Polenzani reprising Nemorino, and Puccini’s “La Bohème” featuring Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young Parisian lovers, Mimì and Rodolfo.  

In addition to the Met Live Opera season, there will be a special holiday encore presentation of “Hansel and Gretel” on Dec. 9. The encore is specially priced and is not part of the opera season package.

FULL OPERA PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS are listed below.
 
Met stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features.
 
Tickets for each opera are $25 general admission, $22 for Film Festival members, and $15 for full-time students. Season tickets are also available for $20 per opera when purchased as a package. For more information, please call the Sedona International Film Festival at 928-282-1177 or visit the office at 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A3 in West Sedona.
   


Semiramide  semiramide

Gioachino Rossini
Semiramide
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Live: 11:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.

CAST: Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena,
Ildar Abdrazakov, Ryan Speedo Green

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.
 

la boheme  la boheme
 
Giacomo Puccini
La Bohème
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Live: 11:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.

CAST: Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, Michael Fabiano,
Lucas Meachem, Alexey Lavrov, Matthew Rose, Paul Plishka

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of “La Bohème”, the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato.

“La Bohème”, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things — a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor — that make up our everyday lives.
 

cosi  cosi

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Così fan tutte
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Live: 10:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.

CAST: Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O'Hara,
Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, Christopher Maltman

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island—complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. “Così fan tutte” was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love — from the loftiest to the basest — is explored in this extraordinary opera.
 

Luisa  luisa

Giuseppe Verdi
Luisa Miller
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Live: 9:30 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.

CAST: Sonya Yoncheva, Olesya Petrova, Piotr Beczala,
Plácido Domingo, Alexander Vinogradov, Dmitry Belosselskiy

Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met appearances with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years. The cast also features Plácido Domingo as Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.
 

Cendrillon  cendrillon
 
Jules Massenet
Cendrillon
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Live: 10:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.

CAST: Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote,
Stephanie Blythe, Laurent Naouri

“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

Pandolfe, a country gentleman, has married Madame de la Haltière, an imperious countess. She and her daughters, Noémie and Dorothée, bully Pandolfe’s daughter from his first marriage, Lucette—known as Cendrillon.
 
 

 

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