Met: Live in HD Broadcast
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 10:00am – *Encore performance, original air-date: 03/01/14.
Approximate run time: 4 hours 40 minutes (On Air: 10:00am – 2:40pm), 1 intermission.
Pre-opera talk by Russell Fox beginning at 8:45am in the theater.
Box office opens at 8:30am.
Fear ye not! With so much in the news today about Russia we are pleased to present The Met: Live in HD with Alexander Borodin’s epic opera Prince Igor about the 12th-century ruler who defended Russia against invading Polovtsian forces. Famous for the “Polovtsian Dances” which were recently featured in the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, Prince Igor returns to the Met for its first company performances since 1917. The second scene of the first act is set in a field of 12,500 red poppies that the Met’s scenic department made entirely by hand.
An extraordinary Russian cast led by Ildar Abdrazakov (Enrico VIII in 2011’s Anna Bolena) in the title role, opposite Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as his emotionally unstable wife, Yaroslavna; Anita Rachvelishvili is the fiery princess Konchakovna.
Now that the 2013 Sedona International Film Festival is over, here’s a Sedona.TV exclusive clip of three-time Grammy winner Keb Mo performing at the Sedona Performing Arts Center! The video features a full live performance of his song “Government Cheese”. We’ll be posting two more full songs in the next couple of days!
Arizona’s premier place to see The Met: Live in HD, the beautifully appointed Sedona Performing Arts Center, comes to life three Saturday mornings in December: the 1st, 8th and 15th all at 11am presented by Chamber Music Sedona.
December 1st is the timeless classic La Clemenza di Tito starring the virtuosic Elīna Garanča as she sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.
December 8th is Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera—in a new production by Director David Alden’s in his dreamlike setting providing a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and Stephanie Blythe sings the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.
December 15th The Met brings Aida to the big screen in its unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama starring Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts.
“The Sedona Performing Arts Center opened its doors October 2010 and continues to develop as an important cultural center,” said Chamber Music Sedona’s Bert Harclerode. “We are pleased that the Metropolitan Opera’s technical specifications were installed into the audience chamber including the big screen and projector, and surround-sound system resulting in a magnificent sound and picture. Seats are brand new and each opera is preceded by a pre-opera “Curtain Raiser” lecture from 9:45-10:30am: December 1st with Edward Ingraham, December 8th with Russell Fox and December 15th with Thomas Cleman. Box lunches round-out the Sedona Met HD experience complemented by the spectacular panoramic red rocks visible from the lobby and patios.
Tickets, $23 for reserved and $19 for general admission may be purchased on line at www.SedonaMetInHD.org or by calling 928.204.2415. Lunches must be purchased by 12:30pm Thursday prior to the Saturday opera. Student tickets are $10 at the door with ID. The 2013 Sedona Met Live in HD simulcasts continue January 5.
Chamber Music Sedona’s 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona; Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Margaret T. Morris Foundation, the Verde Valley Medical Center and WESTAF.
For information call 928.204.2415 or visit www.ChamberMusicSedona.org
Chamber Music Sedona Opens 30th Anniversary Season with October Musical Harvest
Chamber Music Sedona kicks off its thirtieth season with two performances of The Met: Live in HD at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Saturday, October 13 with L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti, and Saturday October 27 with Verdi’s Otello.
“The Met: Live in HD has proven to be a wonderful addition to Sedona’s cultural landscape,” said Bert Harclerode, Chamber Music Sedona executive director. “The ambiance of the Sedona Performing Arts Center – it’s surround sound, the big screen installed to the Met’s specifications, the pre-opera talks and intermission gourmet lunches all combined make SPAC Arizona’s place to see The Met: Live in HD,” said Harclerode.
The Met: Live in HD, the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 60 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The Met was the first arts company to experiment as an alternative content provider, beginning on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than 9.6 million tickets sold to date. Close to 3 million tickets are expected to be sold in the current season alone. Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.
The Live in HD season begins October 13 at 10am with a new production of Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini. Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Mariusz Kwiecien sings Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri will sing the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. “L’Elisir d’Amore is kind of two operas at the same time,” Sher says. “It’s an opera that’s a great entertainment, and it’s an opera that has something else happening underneath. It’s informed by when in Italian history it was written—you can see the early stirrings of a cry for independence.” A pre-opera talk “Curtain-raiser” will be presented from 8:45-9:25am by Russell Fox. Gourmet opera box lunches may be ordered on line. The Sedona presentation is sponsored by Sally and Stan Gorski.
Saturday, October 27 at 10am is Verdi’s towering masterpiece, Otello, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, makes its first Live in HD appearance. Semyon Bychkov conducts an extraordinary cast led by Johan Botha in the title role of the jealous Moor of Venice, opposite Renée Fleming in one of her greatest roles, Otello’s innocent wife Desdemona. Falk Struckmann sings Iago, Otello’s disloyal ensign, and Michael Fabiano is the captain Cassio. A pre-opera “Curtain-raiser” talk will be presented by Edward Ingraham from 8:30-9:25am. Gourmet opera box lunches may be ordered on line. The Sedona presentation is sponsored by Ann and John Steinbrunner.
In November CMS presents a two-day weekend of Magical Music in the Red Rocks: Saturday, November 10 is Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, a Met Premiere. Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work and Sunday, November 11 The Romeros, “The Royal Family of the Guitar”, makes its Sedona debut in a 2:30pm program at SPAC.
Tickets to all operas and concerts are available on line and range from $10 to $40 and ‘member’ prices are available the day of the event. Gourmet Opera lunches are available on line only and must be purchased Thursday prior to the Saturday opera.
Chamber Music Sedona’s 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins, Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona; Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Verde Valley Medical Center and WESTAF.