Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Met Opera al Fresco

Mark your calendar for the Met's Summer HD Festival, featuring screenings of ten productions from the Live in HD series. The HD productions will be shown in Lincoln Center Plaza on consecutive nights—for free.

Saturday. August 29, 8:00pm: Donizetti's La Fille Du Regiment with Natalie Dessay as Marie, Juan Diego Flórez as Tonio, Felicity Palmer as the Marquise of Berkenfield, Alessandro Corbelli as Sulpice, and Marian Seldes in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Sunday, August 30, 7:30pm: Gounod's Romeo 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. Placido Domingo directs.

Monday, August 31, 7:45pm: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role opposite Renée Fleming as Tatiana, with tenor Ramón Vargas as Lenski. Valery Gergiev conducts.

Tuesday, September 1, 8:00pm: Verdi's Macbeth, featuring Maria Guleghina as Lady Macbeth, Željko Lučić as Macbeth, Dimitri Pittas as Macduff, and John Relyea as Banquo. James Levine conducts.

Wednesday, September 2, 7:45pm: Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia features Joyce DiDonato as Rosina, Juan Diego Flórez as Count Almaviva, Peter Mattei as Figaro, John Del Carlo as Dr. Bartolo, and John Relyea as Don Basilio. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Thursday, September 3, 7:45pm: Britten's Peter Grimes with Anthony Dean Griffey singing the title role, with Patricia Racette as Ellen Orford and Anthony Michaels-Moore as Balstrode. Donald Runnicles conducts.

Friday, September 4, 8:00pm: Pucinni's La Boheme with 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.

Saturday, September 5, 8:00pm: Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice starring Stephanie Blythe as Orfeo with Danielle de Niese as Euridice. Heidi Grant Murphy is Amor. James Levine conducts.

Sunday, September 6, 7:30pm: Puccini's Il Trittico, which consists of three one-act operas: Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi. In Il Tabarroare are 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. James Levine conducts.

Monday, September 7, 8:00pm: Puccini's Madama Butterfly starring 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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