'Lucia di Lammermoor'
Starts at 10 a.m. Mar. 19
Donizetti's masterpiece is the eighth opera presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) in this second season of The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season. 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 Edgardo's kinsmen and taking over his estates.
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.
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.
On Apr. 23: Richard Strauss' 'Capriccio'
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.
The performance begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 23 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 (specifics are not listed yet, due to scheduling issues, which OCCA expects to resolve soon).
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!
About your host
Opera fan Zachary Wahl is a fourth-generation resident of Lincoln County and owner of the Nye Beach Wine Celler at 715 NW Third Street in Nye Beach.
"My grandparents had season tickets for Portland Opera, and began taking me with them when I was 15," Zach says of how he was introduced to opera.
He first saw "Lucia di Lammermoor" when he was 16. "I was curious to find out about bel canto singing, and knew that this opera was a famous example of it," he said, referring to the the Italian-originated vocal style that prevailed throughout most of Europe during the 18th century and lingered in a less elaborate but still dominant form until around 1840.
In a narrower application, the term "bel canto" is sometimes attached exclusively to Italian opera of the time of Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868), Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835) and Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848), the author of "Lucia di Lammermoor." They wrote operas and arias during what musicologists call the bel canto era, which lasted approximately from 1805 to 1840. The era preserved many of the Baroque's musical values, although such characteristic forms as opera seria and the da capo aria did not survive the passing of the 18th century.
"I think it's a very good idea to study a plot synopsis of whichever opera you're planning to see," offered Zach when asked what advice he'd give to a first-time opera-goer. "It will give you a greater connection to what is happening onstage, without straining to read the translations above-stage."
Met Opera season events at a glance
• 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
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