See, hear Metropolitan Opera live in high-def in Stanwood
The Metropolitan Opera's 2012-2013 series is being transmitted live on the screen at Stanwood Cinemas.
The cinema is one of the sites in the Pacific Northwest broadcasting the series of performances of "The Met: Live in HD."
The operas cover the gamut of passion, dreams, doom, suspicion, love triangles, jealousy and vengeance. You might not even need that second cup of coffee.
Saturday's show, starting at 9:55 a.m., is Ades' "The Tempest." Composer Thomas Ades conducts the premiere of his own work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th-century La Scala.
Screenings continue through April.
Ticket are $22 for adults; $20 for seniors; and $18 for children (11 and under). Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online: www.farawayentertainment.com
Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito": 9:55 a.m. Dec. 1. The virtuosic Elena Garana sings Sesto in Mozart's drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia. Harry Bicket conducts.
Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera": 9:55 a.m. Dec. 8. Director David Alden's dreamlike setting provides a backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king, Karita Mattila is Amelia, the object of his secret passion, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband.
Verdi's "Aida": 9:55 a.m. Dec. 15. Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina.
Berlioz's "Les Troyens": 9 a.m. Jan. 5. In Berlioz's vast epic, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.
Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda": 9:55 a.m. Jan. 19. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. The second opera of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I.
Verdi's "Rigoletto": 9:55 a.m. Feb. 16. Director Michael Mayer's production of Verdi's towering tragedy is placed in Las Vegas in 1960. In this production, Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke of Mantua, Zeljko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.
Wagner's "Parsifal": 9 a.m. March 2. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom in Wagner's final masterpiece. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, and Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor.
Zandonai's "Francesca de Rimini": 9 a.m. March 16. Zandonai's compelling opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's Inferno, returns in the Met's production last seen in 1986. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Handel's "Giulio Cesare": 9 a.m. April 26. The opera that conquered London in Handel's time is revived in David McVicar's production. Countertenor David Daniels sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.
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