A stellar cast:
'Die Walkure' on May 14
The final event in The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season, presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), begins at 9 a.m. May 14 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Pat Lewis and Lavern Weber host this spectacular gathering of opera stars (see more about them at right).
Met Music Director James Levine conducts visionary director Robert Lepage’s production of the second opera in Wagner’s epic "Der Ring des Nibelungen," which uses cutting-edge technology to tell the legendary story of the warrior maiden Brünnhilde (Deborah Voigt, above), who sacrifices her immortality to defend love.
The gifted cast of Wagnerians includes Bryn Terfel as Wotan, tormented king of the gods; Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek as the lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde; Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, the imposing queen of the gods; and Hans-Peter König as the jealous Hunding. World-renowned tenor (and noted Siegmund) Plácido Domingo co-hosts the transmission with Joyce DiDonato, star of this season’s Live in HD transmission of Le Comte Ory and the Met’s upcoming revival of Ariadne auf Naxos.
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.
2011-12 Season Full of Promise!
"A Metropolitan Opera season that includes Wagner’s complete Ring is by definition special, so that makes the upcoming season, with the very first cycles of our new Ring directed by Robert Lepage, even more meaningful," say Richard Gelb and James Levine of the Metropolitan Opera about the upcoming season.
"But before we reach the climactic cycles in the last quarter of the new season, we will also be presenting a diverse range of favorites and rarities from Verdi to Glass, from Puccini to Janáček, and from Humperdinck to Mussorgsky," they continued.
The Met’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live, high-definition performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world returns in 2011–12 for its sixth season. Featuring 12 transmissions, the series will be seen on more than 1,200 screens in 46 countries.
Tickets go on sale in September, with priority access for Met Members. With its free HD Live in Schools program, the Met makes opera performances available to students and educators in 18 school districts across the country and five New York City high schools.
About your hosts
"I grew up on a small dairy farm in the early 1940s," says Lavern Weber of Newport. "My exposure to music was mostly on the radio, western and church music. I’m not sure I ever heard any opera or classical music until college. Even then, I did not seek out opera, although classical music was with me daily. It was only here, at the PAC with the Met on HD, that I have become an opera fan, and I plan to attend as often as possible in the future."
"I first paid attention to opera in college in southern Wisconsin when I took an 'Opera & Oratorio' course that included season tickets to the Chicago Lyric Opera," explains Pat Lewis of Newport. "Since then, I have enjoyed attending operas. Recordings or radio broadcasts don’t have the same effect for me, so I’m grateful that we have the Met on HD. My friends in Minneapolis can’t believe we have this in our small town. Way to go, OCCA!"
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"
To host an opera in the new season (except "Göttterdammerung," which has already been chosen by a host), please contact OCCA Executive Director Catherine Rickbone at 541-574-2652, or email her with questions