|Met season continues:
'Satyagraha' November 19
The 2011-12 season of the Met Opera Live in HD continues with Philip Glass's sweeping epic "Satygraha," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport.
The Met’s visually extravagant production is back for an encore engagement. Richard Croft (pictured) once again is Gandhi in Philip Glass’s unforgettable opera, which the Washington Post calls “a profound and beautiful work of theater.” The landmark opera explores Mahatma Gandhi’s formative years in South Africa and the origins of his philosophy. The text, the title of which can be translated as “truth force,” is adapted from the ancient Hindu epic, “Bhagavad Gita.” Run time is approximately four hours, with two intermissions.
Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), OCCA members, season benefactors and individual opera hosts are proud to present this season. "Satyagraha" is hosted by Dianne and Juergen Eckstein – see the next column for more about them. Contact Catherine Rickbone to find out more about hosting an opera.
If you want more of the story, click here to visit the OCCA website and read a synopsis of "Satygraha" issued by the Met.
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: 'Siegfried' at 9am Nov. 26
In part three of the Ring, Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests, while Robert Lepage’s revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Jay Hunter Morris (pictured) sings the title role and Deborah Voigt’s Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. Fabio Luisi conducts.
This opera, showing at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, is hosted anonymously.
Due to the approximate six-hour running time of this opera, which includes two intermissions, OCCA has asked Newport restaurant Champagne Patio to provide box lunches for sale for this event (see note in the middle of next column for details).
|About your hosts
When we read a review of the opera Satyagraha in the New York Review of Books in 2007, we thought “Wow, to be able to be there and experience that opera!” “Not possible” was the next thought.
But now, here in Newport, with our great series of the Met Live in HD, it is possible for all of us to enjoy great opera.
If ever we were to sit in the Metropolitan Opera house, we would certainly not be able to see the performers close up and to experience the behind-the-scenes interviews we are privileged to enjoy with the HD series. We are fortunate. We are pleased to be able to support the OCCA in this way.
– Dianne and Juergen Eckstein
'Siegfried' box lunches
Because of the long running time of "Siegfried," which is scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 26, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts has contracted with Champagne Patio restaurant in Newport to provide a light box lunch.
The "Champagne Patio Opera Box" will consist of a tossed green salad with dressing on the side, fruit, and your choice of ham, turkey or cheese sandwich for $8.
Order your "opera box" when you arrive on the morning of the event.
Above: Joyce DiDonato plays Sycorax in "The Enchanted Island."
Upcoming Met Opera
events at a glance
• Nov. 26, Siegfried, 9 am
• Dec. 3, Rodelinda, 9:30 am
• Dec. 10, Faust, 10 am
• Feb. 4, The Enchanted Island, 10 am
• Feb. 11, Gotterdammerung, 9 am
• 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.