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The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season
Renee Fleming stars in "Capriccio" on April 23.

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 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.
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.

On April 30: Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'

Il Trovatore starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.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"
New Production
Mozart’s "Don Giovanni"
New Production
Wagners’s "Siegfried"
New Production
Glass’s "Satyagraha"
Handel’s "Rodelinda"
Gounod’s "Faust"
New Production
"The Enchanted Island"
New Production
Baroque Fantasy: Vivaldi, Handel, Rimeau, et. al.
Wagner’s "Götterdämmerung"
Verdi’s "Ernani"
Massenet’s "Manon"
New Production
Verdi’s "La Traviata"
Contact Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2652 to host an opera event.
Host an Opera this season! For more information, please contact OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2652, or email her with questions.
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The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation.
Global corporate sponsorship of The Met Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg.
The HD Broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers.

OCCA presentations of The Met: Live in HD series are sponsored by the Jeanette B. Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, the City of Newport. Bill and JoAnn Barton are the 2010-11 Season Benefactors. OCCA receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission and from the National Endowment of the Arts.