Met Live Opera: 11th Anniversary 2016-17 Season
Season tickets are now on sale for the 11th anniversary season of THE MET: Live in HD!
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 your convenience!) All Met Operas will be presented at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona, sponsored by the Sedona International Film Festival.
Live in HD audiences around the world will see 10 live performances from the Met’s 2016-17 season, which celebrates the company’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center. This season’s HD transmissions include five new productions from the Met season and three operas new to the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.
The 2016-17 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcasts of Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera “L’Amour de Loin”, which has its Met premiere this season; Verdi’s early Biblical epic “Nabucco”, starring Plácido Domingo in the title role; and Mozart’s “Idomeneo”, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. In addition to the new productions of “Tristan und Isolde” and “L’Amour de Loin”, Live in HD audiences will see the Met’s new stagings of Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”, starring Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo; Dvořák’s “Rusalka”, with Kristine Opolais in her first Met performances of her international breakthrough role; and Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier”, with Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian. The season will also feature Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, with Simon Keenlyside in his first Met performances of the rakish title character; Verdi’s “La Traviata”, with Sonya Yoncheva as the doomed Violetta; and Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”, with Anna Netrebko repeating one of her great triumphs of recent seasons opposite the Onegin of Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
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 $20 general admission, $18 for Film Festival members, and $15 for full-time students. Season tickets are also available. 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.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Live: 10:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
Cast: Anna Netrebko, Elena Maximova, Alexey Dolgov,
Peter Mattei, Stefan Kocan
Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei as Tatiana and Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.
Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein in Eugene Onegin. The opera is based on Pushkin’s iconic verse novel, which re-imagines the Byronic romantic anti-hero as the definitive bored Russian aristocrat caught between convention and ennui; Tchaikovsky, similarly, took Western European operatic forms and transformed them into an authentic and undeniably Russian work. At the core of the opera is the young girl Tatiana, who grows from a sentimental adolescent into a complete woman in one of the operatic stage’s most convincing character developments.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Live: 9:30 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
Cast: Renée Fleming, Elina Garanca, Erin Morley, Matthew Polenzani,
Marcus Bruck, Gunther Groissbock
The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.
Set in an idealized Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. Hofmannsthal’s fascinating libretto deftly combines comedy, dreamy nostalgic fantasy, genuine human drama, and light but striking touches of philosophy and social commentary. Strauss’s magnificent score, likewise, works on several levels, combining the refinement of Mozart with the epic grandeur of Wagner.
Call 928-282-1177 to order by phone
Visit the Sedona International Film Festival Office:
2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A3 in West Sedona