14. June 2010 · Comments Off on The Met’s Summer HD Encores · Categories: Opera

Since I teach on Saturday morning and Wednesday evenings during the symphony/opera season are usually busy, I never seem to make it to the Met Opera HD broadcasts at our local movie theatre. Instead I’ve been recording them as they appear on PBS. Still, I rarely watch them. I really just don’t care much for watching opera on my little TV. (Of course ideally I want to attend live productions … but getting to New York is a bit of a challenge!) So now I read that they will be shown again through the summer. I think they’ll be showing at Santana Row, which is a nice place to see them.

2010 HD Summer Encores

Verdi’s Aida
U.S.: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time
Canada: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time
Set in ancient Egypt, this Verdi classic is both a heartbreaking love story and an epic drama full of spectacular crowd scenes. A cast of powerful voices and a grand production bring the story to life on the Met stage (and on the HD screen). Violeta Urmana stars in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess, with Dolora Zajick as her rival. Johan Botha plays Radamès, commander of the Egyptian army, and Daniele Gatti conducts. Among the score’s highlights is the celebrated Triumphal March.

Conductor: Daniele Gatti; Production: Sonja Frisell; Violeta Urmana, Dolora Zajick, Johan Botha, Carlo Guelfi, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Stefan Kocán

Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
U.S.: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time
Canada: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time

Gounod’s ultra-sensual interpretation of Shakespeare is an ideal vehicle for star soprano Anna Netrebko and the remarkable tenor Roberto Alagna, both of whom bring their incandescent appeal to the title roles. The irresistible Nathan Gunn is Mercutio and Plácido Domingo presides on the podium.

Conductor: Plácido Domingo; Production: Guy Joosten; Anna Netrebko, Isabel Leonard, Roberto Alagna, Nathan Gunn, Robert Lloyd

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time (U.S. Only)

Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s masterpiece is one of the most romantic and lyrical works ever written for the stage. Valery Gergiev conducts, and Renée Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky star in this moving tale of mistimed love.

Conductor: Valery Gergiev; Production: Robert Carsen; Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sergei Aleksashkin

Puccini’s La Bohème
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time (U.S. Only)

A magnificent cast comes together for Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production of the Puccini favorite. The exciting young conductor Nicola Luisotti presides over a glorious vocal ensemble led by Angela Gheorghiu, opposite tenor Ramón Vargas as her lover, Rodolfo.

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier, Quinn Kelsey, Oren Gradus, Paul Plishka

Puccini’s Turandot
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time (U.S. Only)

Director Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Puccini’s last opera is a favorite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calàf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous “Nessun dorma.”

Conductor: Andris Nelsons; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Maria Guleghina, Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time (Canada Only)

Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella’s stunning production became an instant hit when it opened the Met’s 2006­-07 season. Patricia Racette stars in the title role of the innocent young geisha, opposite Marcello Giordani as U.S. Navy Lieutenant Pinkerton.

Conductor: Patrick Summers; Production: Anthony Minghella; Patricia Racette, Maria Zifchak, Marcello Giordani, Dwayne Croft

Bizet’s Carmen
U.S.: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 6:30 pm local time
Canada: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm local time

One of the most popular operas of all time, Carmen “is about sex, violence, and racism—and its corollary: freedom,” says Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre about his new production of Bizet’s drama. “It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It’s sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking.” El?na Garan?a sings the seductive gypsy of the title for the first time at the Met, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don José. Rising maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Production: Richard Eyre; Barbara Frittoli, El?na Garan?a, Roberto Alagna, Mariusz Kwiecien

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