Saturday 5th December
Puccini’s La Boheme direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Puccini’s unforgettable tale of love, youth, and tragic loss stars Maria Agresta, Ramón Vargas, and Bryan Hymel as the young Parisian lovers in the bohemian setting that brings the Latin Quarter to life on the stage of the Met. Paolo Carignani conduct the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus.
Saturday 12th December
Verdi’s Rigoletto direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Željko Lucic sings the pinnacle role of the Italian baritone repertory in Michael Mayer’s electrifying production set in 1960 in a Las Vegas casino. Tenor Piotr Beczala sings the licentious Duke. Back from her triumphant Met debut in I Puritani, soprano Nadine Sierra is Gilda, Rigoletto’s innocent daughter pursued by the callous Duke. Roberto Abbado conducts the Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus in Verdi’s timeless tragedy.
Saturday 19th December
Rossini’s La Donna del Lago direct from the Metropolitan Opera, New York
Joyce DiDonato reprises her stunning portrayal of the “lady of the lake” in Rossini’s dazzling bel canto showcase set in the medieval Scottish highlands. Tenor Lawrence Brownlee is the king who pursues her. Rossini master Michele Mariotti conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus for the operatic adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s classic.
Saturday 26th December
Tonight a Double Bill: Traditional Bolivian Indian Mission San Francisco Xavier and Domenico Zipoli’s San Ignacio de Loyola
Opera Night travels off the beaten track for a celebration of Latin American Baroque music. Mission San Francisco Xavier, organizes a representative program which may have been used to celebrate St. Francis Xavier. All the works are attributed to anonymous 18th century indigenous Bolivian composers who came into contact with Jesuits who imported European music and forms.
Gabriel Garrido directs the Ensemble Elyma.
Then we have another rarity Domenico Zipoli’s San Ignacio de Loyola popularly known as a “Jesuit Opera for the new world”. Zipoli is remembered mainly for his sacred music, a good deal of which has been recorded, and he remains one of the best represented composers of the early days of the new world. Despite the fact that most music written in the new world at this time was a bit anachronistic, and it was hard for composers, in what was considered by Spain, culturally, as an insignificant back water, to keep up with cutting edge of new music being written in Europe, it is amazing how up-to-date Zipoli's short sacred drama, San Ignacio de Loyola is.
The Ensemble Abendmusik are directed by James David Christie