|'Iphigenie' plays Feb. 26
OCCA is pleased to present Gluck’s nuanced and elegant interpretation of this primal Greek myth. Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo reprise their starring roles and tenor Paul Groves also returns to Stephen Wadsworth’s insightful production, first seen in 2007. The performance begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. An anonymous host has sponsored this seventh opera of the The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season (more information about hosting operas is available at right).
When Agamemnon gathered the Greek armies before the Trojan War, the goddess Diane sent unfavorable winds to prevent them from sailing. Her oracle set a condition: to sail forth and attack an innocent country, Agamemnon must sacrifice his daughter. He accepted the terms and killed his daughter Iphigénie on the altar. In his play Iphigenia in Tauris, Euripides imagines that Diane saved Iphigénie and delivered her to distant Tauride, where Iphigénie served the enemy Scythians as Diane’s high priestess—though Iphigénie’s family believed her dead. This, then, is the story of her life in Tauris.
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.
Act I begins 15 years later, as Iphigénie and the other priestesses—all captives from Greece—ask the gods for safety and peace from a storm. Iphigénie relates a dream: her home was destroyed; her father was killed by her mother, Clytemnestre, who gave her a dagger; her brother Oreste cried out for help, but she was forced to kill him. The priestesses grieve and urge Iphigénie not to lose hope that she will see Oreste again.
Join Us Mar. 19: Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on opening night of the 2007–08 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings the role of Lucia's lover Edgardo.
In a feud between the Scottish families of Ravenswood and Lammermoor, Enrico (Lord Henry Ashton of Lammermoor) has gained the upper hand over Edgardo (Edgar of Ravenswood), killing his kinsmen and taking over his estates. By the time of the opera's action, however, Enrico's fortunes have begun to wane. In political disfavor, he stakes all on uniting his family with that of Arturo (Lord Arthur Bucklaw), whom he means to force his sister, Lucia (Lucy Ashton), to marry. The love story plays out -- to tragic results -- over the next two acts.
The performance begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 19 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
2011-12 Met Opera Live in HD Season Announced; 11 Productions Featured
The Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD continues for its sixth season, featuring 11 live transmissions; see more details in the complete list at right.
The productions are chosen to represent a variety of styles and the full range of the Met repertoire and artists. The Live in HD events are enhanced by specially produced features that offer audiences a look behind the scenes. These include live interviews with singers, directors, designers, and stage technicians, as well as documentaries and other short features.
Don’t miss the chance to experience the Met live at the Newport Performing Arts Center!
Met Opera season events at a glance
• Feb. 26, Iphigénie en Tauride,
• Mar. 19, Lucia Di
Lammermoor, 10 am
• Apr. 9, Le Comte Ory, 10 am
• Apr. 23, Capriccio, 10 am
• Apr. 30, Il Trovatore, 10 am
• May 14, Die Walkure, 9 am
New season lineup!
Donizetti’s "Anna Bolena"
Anna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king.
Mozart’s "Don Giovanni"
Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart’s timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time.
In part three of the Ring, Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests.
The Met’s visually extravagant production is back for an encore engagement. Richard Croft once again is Gandhi in Philip Glass’s unforgettable opera.
Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.
With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite, Gounod’s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served.
"The Enchanted Island"
Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the Met presents an original Baroque fantasy, featuring a "who’s who" of Baroque stars led by eminent conductor William Christie.
With its cataclysmic climax, the Met’s new Ring cycle, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde and Gary Lehman is Siegfried. James Levine conducts.
Angela Meade takes center stage in Verdi’s thrilling early gem. Salvatore Licitra is her mismatched lover, and all-star Verdians Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the cast.
Anna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly’s new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Verdi’s "La Traviata"
Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met.
To learn more about hosting a Met Opera Live in HD event, please contact OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2652, or email her with questions