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, March 4, 2017
Encores: 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Cast: Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton,
Brandon Javanovich, Eric Owens
Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.
The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following (so far), Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. The story has a strong national flavor as well as universal appeal, infused by the Romantic supernaturalism of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s novella Undine (previously set as an opera by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Tchaikovsky, and others) and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Live: 11:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
Cast: Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson
Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Verdi’s “La Traviata” survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Live: 10:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
Cast: Matthew Polenzani, Nadine Sierra, Elza van den Heever,
Alice Coote, Alan Opie
Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.
Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. The opera casts these issues within the framework of the opera seria genre, a stylized format popular in the 18th century that is characterized by a succession of arias and recitatives and a cast of noble characters. Long neglected along with other works of this era, Idomeneo now holds a firm place in the repertoire as the first of Mozart’s operatic masterpieces.
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.
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2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A3 in West Sedona