Curious about the operas but don’t want to dress up (as if there really is any need to these days, most opera-goers today wear business casual) or don’t want to pay more than $20 for a show? No worries, the operas from the great opera houses all over the world are coming to the movie theater near you… in High Definition!
This winter – spring, you can catch many really cool operas in various states of ‘live’ broadcast to the cinema… all the way from La Scala (in Milan), Salzburg Summer Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, the Metropolitan Opera in New York (the Met) and more. Below is the rough broadcast schedule for the next few months. I’m afraid different theaters are showing the ‘Emerging Pictures‘ opera broadcasts at different dates, so you will need to check the list of participating theaters in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, or Spain, to find the theater nearest to you. Go to that theater’s website for more information about when which opera will be playing there. The performance date and time listed below for non-Met broadcast below only applies to the Laemmle Theater in Beverly Hills (Los Angeles), CA (which, incidentally, is also the nearest showing venue to San Diego, CA).
The Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast to movie theaters, however, is much more easy to schedule. All theaters are showing them at the same time on the same dates. Be sure to check the participating theaters (there are 3 links to lists of participating theaters half way down the page) and get your ticket early. These HD broadcasts are selling out before performance date nowadays!
Jan 10 (1PM ET) – Puccini’s La Rondine (Met).
Directed by Ncolas Joël. Marco Armiliato : Angela Gheorghiu, Lisette Oropesa, Roberto Alagna, Marius Brenciu, Samuel Ramey
Jan 4, 8 – Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Teatro Regio in Parma, Italy (Verdi Festival 2008)
Directed by Stefano Vizioli. Massimo Zanetti: Leo Nucci (Rigoletto), Francesco Demuro (Duke of Mantau), Nino Machaidze (Gilda)
Jan 18, 24 – Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea from the Glyndebourne Festival
Jan 24 (1PM ET) – Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Met)
Directed by Mark Morris. James Levine/ Stephanie Blythe, Danielle de Niese
Jan 25, 29 – Tribute to Luciano Pavarotti
Feb 15, 19 – Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk from the Teatro Maggio Muscale in Florence, Italy.
Directed by Lev Bodin. James Conlon: Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet (Katerina), Sergej Kunaev (Sergei), Vsevolod Grivnov (Zinovij), Vladimir Vaneev (Boris)
Feb 2, 5 – Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar in Egypt) from Glyndebourne Festival
Feb 7 (1PM ET) – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Met)
Directed by Mary Zimmerman. M Amiliato/ Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón, Mariusz Kwiecien, Ildar Abdrazakov
Mar 7 (1PM ET) – Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Met)
Directed by Anthony Minghella. Patrick Summers/ Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Marcello Giordani
Mar 21 (1PM ET) – Bellini’s La Sonnambula (Met)
Directed by Mary Zimmermann. Evelino Pidò/ Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Flórez, Michele Pertusi
May 9 (12:30PM ET) – Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Met)
Directed by Cesare Lievi. Maurizio Benini/ Elina Garanca, Lawrence Brownlee, Simone Alberghini, Alessandro Corbelli, John Relyea
By the way, did you know that, aside from opera clips at Youtube.com, many leading opera companies keep a videothek on their website where you can find some really cool opera clips? Check these out: (you will need to have Quicktime and/or WindowMedia player to view the clips)
Bavarian State Opera
Gran Teatro del Liceu
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Royal Opera House – Covent Garden
San Francisco Opera
Vienna State Opera
And some opera houses even go the extra mile and record educational programs to prep their audience to the operas being shown at their house, too. Check out these fascinating OperaTalk programs (about 50 minutes each) by the San Diego Opera in conjunction with UCSD-TV on the upcoming operas to be performed here in 2009:
Tosca (Jan 24-Feb 4), Don Quichotte (Feb 14-22), Rigoletto (Mar 28-Apr 8), Peter Grimes (Apr 18-26), and Madama Butterfly (May 9-20).