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The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season
'La Fanciulla' Feb. 5

OCCA is thrilled to present Puccini's Wild West spectacle "La Fanciulla del West" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Catherine Rickbone will host the fifth event of the The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season (see profile at right).

"The Girl of the Golden West" starts at 10 a.m. Feb. 5 at the Performing Arts Center in Newport.

This extravagant opera premiered in 1910 at the Met. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the “girl of the golden west,” starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

"I’m just feeling really excited that I get to sing it that night," said Voigt. "It’s an American story, an American house, so I’m definitely feeling like, 'Well, I am the girl for the job!'"

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.
Up next: 'Nixon in China' premieres on Feb. 19

The Met premiere of Adams' "Nixon in China" begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 19.“The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, John Adams. Director Peter Sellars says, “Nixon in China shows you what opera can do to histroy, which is to deepen it and move into its more subtle, nuanced and mysterious corners.”

In 1985, in the midst of the Reagan administration, three young artists—a composer, a poet, and a stage director—huddled together in a conference room of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to sketch the first plans for what would become one of the most famous American operas. The subject, Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 visit to the People’s Republic of China, was provocative, and it instantly caught the attention of the country’s cultural community. From its 1987 premiere in Houston, Nixon in China challenged long-held operatic conventions, bringing the forces of contemporary history and its political leaders to the mythic level of art.
About your host
"Growing up in my grandmother’s home in a small Kansas town, I had surprisingly numerous opportunities to be exposed to the arts," says Catherine Rickbone, who is the current executive director of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.
"In her home was a beautifully carved Victrola and any number of 78 records. In grade school I listened to the somewhat scratchy records and heard for the first time mesmerizing operatic voices – Amelita Galli-Curci, the famous tenor; Enrico Caruso; and others. I remember spending time amusing myself by trying to imitate their singing.
There was a college in my hometown one-half block away. I had a number of opportunities to be exposed to opera and grandmother and I would attend touring companies that had been promoted by impresario, Sol Hurok, and the performing arts committee at Kansas State Teachers College, now Emporia State University. After experiencing Tosca, seeing the drama, hearing the music, I was hooked on the art form.  
Perhaps this is why I believe so strongly in early arts experiences for youth. It can literally make a life-changing difference and influence them as artists, future audiences, citizens, parents and arts supporters.
Host a Met Opera event by contacting Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2652.
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.

Met Opera season events at a glance
• Feb. 5, La Fanciulla Del West, 10 am
• Feb. 19, Nixon in China, 10 am
• Feb. 26, Iphigénie En Tauride, 10 am
• 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
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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.