Opera Night Saturday 2 November 2013
Opera Night - live from Wexford Festival 2013
Saturday 2nd November 2013 - A double bill of Massenet live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2013, Therese and La Navarraise
The story of Thérèse concerns three people who are forced by the brutal politics of the French Revolution to confront their relationships and to make life and death choices.
Thérèse: Nora Sourouzian
Armand de Clerval: Philippe Do
Morel: Damian Pass
André Thorel: Brian Mulligan
La Navarraise is an opera in the verismo tradition that depicted lower-class contemporary life. It is the story of Anita, a young woman from Navarre, who, like Thérèse, is caught up in historical events. Set during the civil war in Spain in 1874, Anita is fearful for the safety of the soldier she loves.
Anita: Nora Sourouzian
Araquil: Philippe Do
Garrido: Brian Mulligan
Remigio: Damian Pass
Friday 1st November 2013 - The Florentine Straw Hat by Nino Rota live from the Wexford Festival Opera 2013
Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat) by Nino Rota, described as a musical farce. Written in 1945 and sung in Italian, this opera is a witty and brilliant satire on the petty conventionalism of the French bourgeoisie. Here Rota’s musical style is akin to that of a latter-day Rossini, with elements of Puccini and Verdi. Nino Rota is perhaps best known as a film score composer, including the music for The Godfather films.
Conductor: Sergio Alapont
Fadinard, wealthy bridegroom: Fillipo Adami
Nonancourt, agriculturist: Salvatore Salvaggio
Beaupertuis: Filippo Fontana
Elena, daughter of Nonancourt: Claudia Boyle (pictured)
Anaide, wife of Beaupertuis: Eleanor Lyons
La baronessa di Champigny: Asude Karayavuz
Emilio: Owen Gilhooly
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The Metropolitan Opera New York Saturday Matinee Broadcasts
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Saturday March 25th - Mozart's Idomeneo
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. (The final scene from Act II of Mozart’s Idomeneo. Photo Marty Sohl, Metropolitan Opera)
Saturday April 1st - Beethoven's Fidelio
Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. Adrianne Pieczonka is Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, courageously fights for her husband Florestan’s freedom. Klaus Florian Vogt is Florestan, Greer Grimsley is Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann is Rocco. Sebastian Weigle conducts. (Pictured below, a scene from Beethoven's Fidelio. Photo by Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera.)