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Met@The Music Hall 2011 - 2012 Season

11 opera broadcasts over 2011-2012 season

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The Music Hall just announced the lineup for the 2011-2012 season of Met@The Music Hall opera broadcasts from Lincoln Center live on screen at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The wildly popular operas are broadcast in high definition, and feature live interviews and a look at behind-the-scenes action. The Original Opera Box Lunch, espresso, cake and cookies are available in the lobby in addition to The Music Hall’s usual assortment of fine concessions.

According to Chris Curtis, Music Hall Programming Coordinator, “Seeing world class opera, close to home, at a reasonable price and in such a beautiful setting as The Music Hall’s Historic Theater makes for such a wonderful experience. Come find out what everyone has been talking about – come to The Met @ The Music Hall!”

2011-12 Schedule of Live in HD transmissions

ANNA BOLENA (Donizetti) – Met Premiere Production

October 23 at 1 PM EDT (1 intermission) On Air:  1:00 – 5:10pm ET

ANNA BOLENAAnna Netrebko opens the Met season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera’s greatest mad scenes in a production that also stars Elina Garanca as her rival, Jane Seymour, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Henry VIII. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Marco Armiliato; Anna Netrebko (Anna Bolena), Elīna Garanča (Giovanna Seymour), Tamara Mumford (Smeton), Stephen Costello (Lord Riccardo Percy), Ildar Abdrazakov (Enrico VIII) David McVicar (Production); Robert Jones (Set Designer); Jenny Tiramani (Costume Designer); Paule Constable (Lighting Designer); Andrew George (Choreographer)

DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) – New Production

October 29 at 1 PM EDT (1 intermission) On Air:  1:00 – 4:50pm ET

Don GiovanniMariusz 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, with James Levine conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas, and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts.

James Levine; Marina Rebeka (Donna Anna), Barbara Frittoli (Donna Elvira), Mojca Erdmann (Zerlina), Ramón Vargas (Don Ottavio), Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Joshua Bloom (Masetto), Štefan Kocán (The Commendatore)
Michael Grandage (Production); Christopher Oram (Set & Costume Designer); Paule Constable (Lighting Designer); Ben Wright (Choreographer)

SIEGFRIED (Wagner) – New Production

November 5 at 12 PM (2 intermissions) On Air:  12:00 – 5:51pm ET

SeigfriedIn part three of the Ring cycle, 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. Gary Lehman sings the title role and Deborah Voigt’s Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. James Levine conducts.

James Levine; Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Gary Lehman (Siegfried), Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (Wanderer), Eric Owens (Alberich); Robert Lepage (Production); Neilson Vignola (Assistant Director); Carl Fillion (Set Designer); François St-Aubin (Costume Designer); Étienne Boucher (Lighting Designer); Pedro Pires (Video Image Artist)


November 19 at 1 PM EST (2 intermissions) On Air:  1:00 – 5:08pm ET

SatyagrahaThe Met’s visually extravagant production is back for an encore engagement. Richard Croft once again is Gandhi in Philip Glass’s unforgettable opera, which the Washington Post calls “a profound and beautiful work of theater.”

Dante Anzolini; Rachelle Durkin (Miss Schlesen); Richard Croft (M. K. Gandhi), Kim Josephson (Mr. Kallenbach), Alfred Walker (Parsi Rustomji) Phelim McDermott (Production), Julian Crouch (Associate Director & Set Designer), Kevin Pollard (Costume Designer), Paule Constable (Lighting Designer)


December 4 (at Music Hall Loft - two shows: 10am, 3pm) (2 intermissions)

RodelindaSensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She’s joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Harry Bicket; Renée Fleming (Rodelinda), Stephanie Blythe (Eduige), Andreas Scholl (Bertarido), Iestyn Davies (Unulfo), Kobie van Rensburg (Grimoaldo), Shenyang (Garibaldo) Stephen Wadsworth (Production), Thomas Lynch (Set Designer), Martin Pakledinaz (Costume Designer), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Designer)
Note: All casting subject to change as of February 14, 2011

FAUST (Gounod) – New Production

December 11 at 1 PM EST (2 intermissions) On Air:  1:00 – 5:15pm ET

FaustWith Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod’s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Angela Gheorghiu (Marguerite), Michèle Losier (Siébel), Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), Russell Braun (Valentin), René Pape (Méphistophélès); Des McAnuff (Production); Robert Brill (Set Designer); Paul Tazewell (Costume Designer); Peter Mumford (Lighting Designer); Dustin O’Neill (Video Designer); Kelly Devine (Choreographer)

THE ENCHANTED ISLAND (Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi & others) – World Premiere Production

January 21 at 1 PM EST (1 intermission) On Air:  1:00 – 4:30pm ET
Original English-language libretto by Jeremy Sams

Enchanted IslandInspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the Met presents an original Baroque fantasy, featuring a who’s who of Baroque stars led by eminent conductor William Christie. With music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, the new libretto by Jeremy Sams combines elements of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night¹s Dream. David Daniels is Prospero, Joyce DiDonato is Sycorax, and Plácido Domingo sings Neptune. Danielle de Niese and Luca Pisaroni co-star, along with Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo. This dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met’s 125th Anniversary Gala). William Christie; Danielle de Niese (Ariel), Lisette Oropesa (Miranda), Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax), David Daniels (Prospero), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Ferdinand), Plácido Domingo (Neptune), Luca Pisaroni (Caliban) Phelim McDermott (Production); Julian Crouch (Associate Director & Set Designer); Kevin Pollard (Costume Designer); Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Designer); Graciela Daniele (Choreographer); 59 Productions (Animation & Projection Design)

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Wagner) – New Production

February 12 at 12 PM EST (2 intermissions) On Air:  12:00 – 6:14pm ET

GotterdammerungWith its cataclysmic climax, the Met’s new Ring cycle concludes, directed by Robert Lepage, comes to its resolution. Deborah Voigt stars as Brünnhilde and Gary Lehman is Siegfried—the star-crossed lovers doomed by fate. James Levine conducts.

James Levine; Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Gary Lehman (Siegfried), Iain Paterson (Gunther), Eric Owens (Alberich), Hans-Peter König (Hagen) Robert Lepage (Production); Neilson Vignola (Assistant Director); Carl Fillion (Set Designer); François St-Aubin (Costume Designer); Étienne Boucher (Lighting Designer); Pedro Pires (Video Image Artist)

ERNANI (Verdi)

February 25 at 1 PM EST (2 intermissions) On Air:  1:00 – 4:49pm ET

ErnaniAngela Meade takes center stage in Verdi’s thrilling early gem. Salvatore Licitra is her mismatched lover, and all-star Verdians Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the cast.

Marco Armiliato; Angela Meade (Elvira); Salvatore Licitra (Ernani); Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Don Carlo);  Ferruccio Furlanetto (de Silva);  Pier Luigi Samaritani (Production);  Pier Luigi Samaritani (Set Designer); Peter J. Hall (Costume Designer); Gil Wechsler (Lighting Designer);  staged by Peter McClintock

MANON (Massenet) – New Production

April 7 at 12 PM EDT (2 intermissions) On Air:  12:00 – 4:03pm ET

ManonAnna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly’s new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met’s Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium.

Fabio Luisi; Anna Netrebko (Manon), Piotr Beczala (Chevalier des Grieux), Paulo Szot (Lescaut), David Pittsinger (Comte des Grieux) Laurent Pelly (Production & Costume Designer); Chantal Thomas (Set Designer); Joël Adam (Lighting Designer); Lionel Hoche (Choreographer)


April 14 at 1PM EDT (1 intermission) On Air:  1:00 – 4:07pm EDT

La TraviataNatalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Fabio Luisi; Natalie Dessay (Violetta Valéry), Matthew Polenzani (Alfredo Germont), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Giorgio Germont) Willy Decker (Production), Wolfgang Gussmann (Set & Costume Designer), Hans Toelstede (Lighting Designer),
Athol Farmer (Choreographer)

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