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The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season
'Anna Bolena' kicks off new season on October 15

Anna Bolena starts at 10 a.m. October 15 at the Newport Performing Arts Center.The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to announce the Met Opera Live in HD 2011- 2012 Season. “The best seat in the house,” says the Wall Street Journal about this series, and it's true: This is your chance to see and hear for yourself, up close and personal... the distinguished conductor raises his baton, the world’s best opera orchestra starts the overture, the curtain opens and you have the best seat in the house. This season, opera-goers will enjoy 11 operas, including seven new productions, on Saturdays at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport.

OCCA has continued its tradition of opera hosting for each performance this year. Opera hosts introduce each opera to theater-goers. "Anna Bolena" is hosted by Kathie Finney – see the next column for more about her, and contact Catherine Rickbone, OCCA Executive Director, to find out more about hosting an opera.

Anna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king in "Anna Bolena," which is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport. Run time is approximately four hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission. She sings one of opera’s greatest mad scenes in a production that also stars Elīna Garanča as her rival, Jane Seymour, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Download a synopsis at the OCCA website, you want more of the story, click here to visit the OCCA website and read a synopsis of "Anna Bolena" 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 88-701-7123 or 541-265-2787, or visit the Coast Arts website.

Next up: 'Don Giovanni' at 10am Oct. 29

Don Giovanni is next at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart’s timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award®-winning director Michael Grandage, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Run time is approximately four hours, with one intermission. Fabio Luisi conducts, and Catherine Rickbone is your host.

About your host
For some, making music is akin to making love. Others might add: “Yes, and it's just as ridiculous.” Kathie Finney was drawn to opera because of the high notes. Like the mountains, they were there, and she longed to ascend to them.
While attending Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) in the latter 1960s, she had the opportunity to sing “The Willow Song” from Douglas Moore's "The Ballad of Baby Doe." As she recalls, the composer Howard Hanson — having retired from 40 years as Director of the Eastman School of Music — came to give a Master Class for his friend B. A. Nugent, who directed KSTC's Music Department.  Kathie sang a high D on that occasion — probably the highest note (in pitch) that she has attained over subsequent years of singing as an avocation.
To drop a few other names, Kathie has crossed paths (ever so briefly) with Sir David Willcocks, Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge from 1957 to 1974. In the late 1980s, Sir Willcocks came to Colorado Springs to conduct Ralph Vaughan Williams' Hodie at First Presbyterian Church. This was Kathie's first occasion to sing with orchestra as soprano soloist.
Although she sings opera, most of her stage appearances have been in opera choruses: Verdi's La Traviata (two productions) and Il Trovatore, Bizet's Carmen, Gounod's Faust, Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Puccini's Turandot, and Beethoven's Fidelio.
Most challenging and satisfying (musically) for Kathie as a soloist was singing the role of Abigaille in excerpts from Verdi's Nabucco. This performance at Colorado College in Colorado Springs was under the direction of Donald P. Jenkins.
Much of Kathie's career was spent as Quality Assurance supervisor related to eligibility for the State of Colorado's programs for low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled.  As a lifelong singer, however, her appreciation for opera has grown—for its spectacle and grandeur, its performers, its integration of the performing and visual arts, for tangential history—for sometimes being bigger than life.  May this Metropolitan Opera season of 2011-2012 hold delights and surprises for you as well, and may you be drawn to opera, like the mountains...because they're there.
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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, and the City of Newport. 2011-12 Season Benefactors are Anonymous and Bill & JoAnn Barton. OCCA receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission and from the National Endowment of the Arts.