Thursday, April 23, 2009

The MET's Summer Schedule

The METropolitan Opera has announced it's summer schedule. I am not surprised that the MET will not be offering complete opera performances to the five boroughs and New Jersey this summer. Instead, we will be treated to a summer recital series and will have the opportunity to go to Lincoln Center and watch replays of the HD opera broadcasts on the huge TV screens. I think this is a great compromise that will not only help keep costs down, but will still bring opera to the boroughs. Love it.

Here is the schedule as published in Time Out New York.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Monday, July 13 at 8pm: Central Park SummerStage
Paulo Szot, baritone
Lisette Oropesa, soprano
Alek Shrader, tenor
Vlad Iftinca, pianist

Friday, July 17 at 7pm: Crotona Park (Bronx)
John Moore, baritone
Ashley Emerson, soprano
Vlad Iftinca, pianist
Damon Gupton, host

Friday, July 24 at 7pm: Queensbridge Park (Queens)
John Moore, baritone
Ashley Emerson, soprano
Vlad Iftinca, pianist
Damon Gupton, host

Friday, July 31 at 7pm: East River Park (Manhattan)
Joyce El-Khoury, soprano
Keith Miller, bass
Vlad Iftinca, pianist

Friday, August 7 at 7pm: Tappan Park (Staten Island)
Joyce El-Khoury, soprano
Keith Miller, bass
Vlad Iftinca, pianist
Damon Gupton, host

Friday, August 14 at 7pm: Coffey Park (Brooklyn)
Joyce El-Khoury, soprano
Keith Miller, bass
Vlad Iftinca, pianist
Damon Gupton, host

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival

All screenings are between 7:30pm and 8pm, with these times to be confirmed soon.

Aug 29: Il barbiere di Siviglia – Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in a production by Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher, features Joyce DiDonato as Rosina, Juan Diego Flórez as Count Almaviva, Peter Mattei as Figaro, John Del Carlo as Dr. Bartolo, John Relyea as Don Basilio and Claudia Waite as Berta. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Aug 30: Roméo et Juliette – Plácido Domingo conducts Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette starring Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna as the star-crossed lovers, Isabel Leonard as Stéphano, Nathan Gunn as Mercutio and Robert Lloyd as Frère Laurent.

Aug 31: Eugene Onegin – Valery Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky’s most beloved opera, Eugene Onegin, with Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role opposite Renée Fleming as Tatiana, with tenor Ramón Vargas as Lenski.

Sept 1: Macbeth – Met Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s Macbeth, featuring Maria Guleghina as Lady Macbeth, Željko Lučić as Macbeth, Dimitri Pittas as Macduff and John Relyea as Banquo.

Sept 2: La Fille du Régiment – Donizetti’s comic opera La Fille du Régiment stars Natalie Dessay as Marie, Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio, Felicity Palmer as the Marquise of Berkenfield, Alessandro Corbelli as Sulpice, Donald Maxwell as Hortensius and Marian Seldes in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Sept 3: Peter Grimes – Anthony Dean Griffey sings the title role of Britten’s Peter Grimes, with Patricia Racette as Ellen Orford and Anthony Michaels-Moore as Balstrode. Donald Runnicles conducts.

Sept 4: La Bohème – Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème features Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì, Ramón Vargas as Rodolfo, Ainhoa Arteta as Musetta, Ludovic Tézier as Marcello, Quinn Kelsey as Schaunard, Oren Gradus as Colline, and Paul Plishka in the dual roles of Benoit and Alcindoro. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Sept 5: Orfeo ed Euridice – Mark Morris’s production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice stars Stephanie Blythe as Orfeo with Danielle de Niese as Euridice. Heidi Grant Murphy is Amor. James Levine conducts.

Sept 6: Il Trittico – James Levine conducts Tony Award–winning director Jack O’Brien’s production of Puccini’s Il Trittico, which consists of three one-act operas: Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. In Il Tabarro, the three principal characters caught in a deadly love triangle are portrayed by Maria Guleghina, Salvatore Licitra and Juan Pons. Barbara Frittoli is the young nun Angelica, with Stephanie Blythe as the Princess in Suor Angelica, and the comedy Gianni Schicchi features Alessandro Corbelli in the title role.

Sept 7: Madama Butterfly – The late Academy Award–winning film director Anthony Minghella’s production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly stars Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San, Marcello Giordani as Pinkerton, Dwayne Croft as Sharpless, and Maria Zifchak as Suzuki. Patrick Summers conducts.

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