Melodically rich score:
'Il Trovatore' on April 30
James Levine leads this revival of Giuseppe Verdi's intense drama, starring four extraordinary singers, in what might be the composer's most melodically rich score at 10 a.m. April 30 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Cindy and Mark McConnell, with Nancy Mitchell, host this 11th event of The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season, presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA). Please see more about your hosts in the right-hand column on this email.
David McVicar’s gripping production returns with Patricia Racette, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Željko Lučić. James Levine and Marco Armiliato conduct. The opera premiered in the 2008-09 season.
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 opera is set in Spain, torn apart by civil war. Count di Luna, the commander of the troops of the Prince of Aragon, is in love with Leonora, a young noblewoman in the queen’s service. Ferrando, the captain of the guard, recounts the story of a gypsy woman who was burned at the stake years ago for bewitching the count’s infant brother. The gypsy’s daughter took revenge by kidnapping the boy and—so the story goes—throwing him into the flames where her mother had died. No trace was ever found of the daughter, but di Luna is still searching for her.
Leonora reflects on her love for a man she met before the war and who has now been returning as a troubadour to serenade her. When the troubadour appears, the two men confront each other and the troubadour reveals his true identity: he is Manrico, leader of the partisan rebel forces. The count challenges him to fight to the death. And that's just the first act!
May 14: A New Production of 'Die Walküre"
A stellar cast comes together for this second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine. Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods, and Deborah Voigt shines as Brünnhilde.
The performance begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
About your hosts
"Cindy and I are co-hosting with Nancy Mitchell in honor of her late husband Jack," says Mark McConnell. "Nancy is currently in rehab after a knee replacement surgery away from Newport.
"We are honored to sit in Jack and Nancy's favorite seats, and soak in the performance for them. We met Jack and Nancy 27 years ago when Mark taught school with them at Waldport Middle School. Jack and Nancy are the true opera fans, and really enjoyed the opportunity to attend the live performances right in Newport," Mark continued.
"They have always believed in the value of the arts in young lives, and have supported many other dance and theater performances that featured young artists here at the PAC. Their support of theater, music, and opera at the Performing Arts Center will be missed today and in the future."
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