|Verdi's early gem 'Ernani' thrills Feb. 25
The 2011-12 season of the Met Opera Live in HD continues with the Met's new production of Verdi's "Ernani" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport.
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), OCCA members, season benefactors and individual opera hosts are proud to present this season. "Ernani" is hosted by Kay Moxness (see next column for more). Contact Catherine Rickbone to find out more about hosting an opera.
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. Marco Armiliato conducts. Run time is approximately three-and-three-quarters hours, with two intermissions.
If you want more of the story, click here to visit the OCCA website and read a synopsis of "Ernani" issued by the Met, or check out the video preview in the middle of the next column.
Tickets and information
Ticket prices are $20 for reserved general admission seating, $17 for seniors, and $10 for students. Casting for the performances is subject to change without notice; for the most current information, call the Newport Performing Arts Center box office at 888-701-7123 or 541-265-2787, or visit the Coast Arts website.
Next up: 'Manon' at 9am Apr. 7
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. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met’s Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.
This new production, showing at the PAC at 9 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 7 is hosted by Patti Olmsted. Run time is approximately three-and-three-quarter hours, with two intermissions.
|About your host
Kay chose Ernani to host this year as it is a Verdi opera that she has never heard. “It is a four-act lyric opera that isn’t often produced although it has a very classic storyline," Kay described. "Ernani was the first opera ever recorded in its entirety, in 1904. The role of Elvira in this Met production is sung by Angela Meade.
"I was excited over Ms. Meade’s receiving this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, just announced on January 30," Kay continued. "This award is made to young opera singers in the 25- to 40-year age range and carries a financial stipend. Ms. Meade is 34 and hails from Centralia, WA. She was the 2007 winner of the Met’s Northwest Regional auditions in Seattle.
“This is her second time singing Elvira, and she also took over the role of Anna Bolena from Netrebko partway through the run. Seeing this native Northwesterner just makes this opera more special!”
– Kay Moxness
See video preview of "Ernani"
The Metropolitan Opera has added a lush video preview of this week's opera, "Ernani." Click here to watch!
Above: Natalie Dessay stars in Verdi's "La Traviata," the final opera in the Met Live in HD season.
Upcoming Met Opera
events at a glance
• Feb. 25, Ernani, 10 am
• Apr. 7, Manon, 9 am
• Apr. 14, La Traviata, 10 am
Order tickets from the Performing Arts Center by calling 541-265-2787.