A meditation on art and
love: 'Capriccio' on April 23
Renée Fleming returns to her starring role in Richard Strauss' "Capriccio" at 10 a.m. April 23 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Paul and Evelyn Brookhyser (see column at right for more about them) host this tenth event of the second season of The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season, presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA).
On Opening Night of the 2008–09 season, Renée Fleming dazzled audiences when she sang the final scene of Strauss’s wise and worldly meditation on art and life. Now she performs the entire work, in which the composer explores the essence of opera itself. Joseph Kaiser and Sarah Connolly also star, and Andrew Davis conducts.
Act I starts in a chateau near Paris, the 1920s, where artists, friends, and admirers have gathered to celebrate the birthday of the young, widowed countess Madeleine (Fleming). The composer Flamand and the poet Olivier realize that they are both in love with her, wondering what will impress her more—Flamand’s music or Olivier’s poetry?
The Performing Arts Center box office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and an hour prior to performance time. Ticket prices are $20 adult, $17 senior, and $10 student.
The theater director La Roche declares that neither poetry nor music is the greatest of the arts. His own, the art of theatrical production, encompasses and overshadows them both. La Roche is to direct Olivier’s new play, with the famous actress Clairon and the countess’s brother, a talented amateur actor, in the leading roles. As the three men leave to prepare for the rehearsal, the count and countess enter, teasing each other about their artistic opinions.
On April 30: Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'
James Levine leads this revival of
Giuseppe Verdi's intense drama (which premiered in the 2008-09 season), starring four extraordinary singers, in what might be the composer's most melodically rich score.
The performance begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
About your hosts
Paul and Evelyn Brookhyser have always been enthusiastic about music, but when their daughter Erica chose to study voice performance at the University of Oregon, they became fans of opera.
"We have now enjoyed operas performed in many houses in the world, including the Met, and we feel that the HD performances at the Newport PAC are the best seats -- ANYWHERE!" the Brookhysers enthused.
"We are still amazed at the vision and insight of those who created this building and of those volunteers and staffers who bring us all this great art and entertainment. Thanks!"
Opera up next
• Apr. 23, Capriccio, 10 am
• Apr. 30, Il Trovatore, 10 am
• May 14, Die Walkure, 9 am
New season lineup!
Donizetti’s "Anna Bolena"
Mozart’s "Don Giovanni"
"The Enchanted Island"
Baroque Fantasy: Vivaldi, Handel, Rimeau, et. al.
Verdi’s "La Traviata"
Host an Opera this season! For more information, please contact OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2652, or email her with questions