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Met@The Music Hall Gets A Makeover

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Met@the Music Hall Makeover

“Opera in an Opera House”

Music Hall upgrades sound/screen experience

Major upgrade to existing sound system and projector, huge screen moved closer; 11 opera broadcasts in 2011-2012 season.

Music Hall Opera Circle slated for
Wednesday October 19 5:30-7pm Loft

Thanks to The Music Hall’s Treasure the Future Capital Campaign donations, the Met@The Music Hall has undergone a makeover which will provide patrons with both crisper, more dynamic sound and image. According to Chris Curtis, Programming Coordinator for The Music Hall, “Those benefits result from a major upgrade to the existing Dolby Digital Surround Sound System and to our digital projector and the fact that the huge screen has been moved closer to the audience. To further enhance patron’s opera-on-screen experience in the landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the Original Opera Box Lunch now features sandwiches with fresh baked local bread, and we’re also offering wine/beer and an extensive pastry menu. Finally, to keep the opera conversation going, we’ll have Opera Circle talks sprinkled throughout the season – even our Opera volunteers have inside opera information! The next Opera Circle is scheduled for Wednesday October 19 5:30-7pm in the Loft. The message is clear – come see the Met in an opera house - where it looks, sounds, and feels like opera! Join us for our Opera Circle on October 19 in the Loft and as our broadcast season starts October 23!”

Met@The Music Hall opera broadcasts from Lincoln Center are shown on screen at the 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. As Chris Curtis says, “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 Met @ The Music Hall

October 23 at 1 PM EDT (1 intermission) On Air:  1:00 – 5:10pm ET
ANNA BOLENA (Donizetti) – Met Premiere Production

Anna 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)

October 29 at 1 PM EDT (1 intermission) On Air:  1:00 – 4:50pm ET
DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) – New Production

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, 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)

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

In 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
SATYAGRAHA (Glass)

The 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 10AM and 3PM EST at Music Hall Loft (2 intermissions)
RODELINDA (Handel)

Sensational 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

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

With 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)

January 21 at 1 PM EST (1 intermission) On Air:  1:00 – 4:30pm ET
THE ENCHANTED ISLAND (Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi & others) – World Premiere Production
Original English-language libretto by Jeremy Sams

Inspired 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)

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

With 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)

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

Angela 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

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

Anna 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 TRAVIATA (Verdi)

Natalie 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)

Met@The Music Hall Series Sponsors

New Hampshire Public Television; Senior Times

Met@The Music Hall Evening Sponsors

DTC Lawyers, Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, PLLC; Tate and Foss Sotheby’s International Realty; RiverWoods at Exeter; Avery Insurance Agency; Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire

Tickets for Met@The Music Hall

Tickets are $27.50 per show, 18 & under: $15. Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall box office (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth), on the phone at 603.436.2400, or online.

Explore + Learn: The Music Hall Opera Circle

Wednesday October 19, 5:30-7pm
Music Hall Loft
Tickets: $12 (includes house beverage)
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Opera aficionado/writer-producer Dennis Kleinman will lead a lively discussion of the first two opera broadcasts in 2011- 2012 season: Anna Bolena (Sunday, October 23) and Don Giovanni (Saturday, October 29) Space Limited!

About the Opera Circle

The Music Hall Opera Circle events are designed to be social, fun and informative gatherings of Seacoast opera lovers, which will be scattered throughout The Met @ The Music Hall season.  Facilitated by a guest moderator, these lively discussions will focus on the upcoming HD opera or operas and cover everything from production and design to casting and direction, with musical selections to be played as time permits. Stay tuned for more information or sign up for opera Enews to receive updates!

Tickets for the Wednesday October 19, 5:30-7pm Opera Circle are $12 which includes a house beverage. Tickets for this event at The Music Hall Loft are on sale now at The Music Hall Box Office located at the historic theater at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH, by phone at 603-436-2400.

Praise for Met @ The Music Hall

“My longstanding appreciation for The Music Hall and its offerings has grown even stronger as a result of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. The performances are wonderful, and the venue makes the experience special.”
-      Barbara T. Cooper, Music Hall member and UNH professor

“I’m telling all of my friends to go to The Music Hall … the sound is great, the theater is beautiful and comfortable, you see the singers up close, and everyone…is nice and easy to talk to.”
- David Jefferson, member

Praise for The Met broadcasts

“The Met’s experiment of merging film with live performances has created a new art form… This venture may be the most significant development in opera since the supertitle.”
– The Los Angeles Times

“the best of big city life” - Wall Street Journal

“High C’s in High Def…Bravo!”—The Boston Globe