čtvrtek 17. února 2011

The Met: Live in HD’s 2011-12 Season

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Features 11 Transmissions Live From the Met Stage,

Including Seven New Productions

The HD season opens October 15 with Donizetti’s Anna Bolena,

starring Anna Netrebko in the first of two new productions she sings this season;

Laurent Pelly’s Manon staging, with Netrebko, follows on April 7

James Levine conducts the final two installments of Robert Lepage’s

production of the Ring: Siegfried (November 5) and Götterdämmerung (February 11)

The Enchanted Island, a world premiere pastiche of Baroque music and Shakespearean comedy, will be transmitted live on January 21

Tony Award-winning stage directors Michael Grandage and Des McAnuff

make their Met debuts with new productions of

Don Giovanni (October 29) and Faust (December 10)

Also on the schedule: The Met: Live in HD premieres of Satyagraha (November 19),

Rodelinda (December 3), Ernani (February 25), and La Traviata (April 14)

New York, NY (February 16, 2011)— The 2011-12 season of The Met: Live in HD will feature 11 transmissions, beginning on October 15 with Anna Bolena and continuing with Don Giovanni (October 29), Siegfried (November 5), Satyagraha (November 19), Rodelinda (December 3), Faust (December 10), The Enchanted Island (January 21), Götterdämmerung (February 11), Ernani (February 25), Manon (April 7), and La Traviata (April 14). The transmissions will feature the world’s leading singers, conductors, and stage directors in seven new productions, including a world premiere and a Met premiere, and four revivals. The season includes Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, with Anna Netrebko in the title role, conducted by Marco Armiliato and directed by David McVicar; The Enchanted Island, the world premiere of a Baroque pastiche with an original libretto by Jeremy Sams and set to the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, conducted by William Christie, directed by Phelim McDermott, and featuring Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, and Plácido Domingo; the Met debuts of Tony Award winners Michael Grandage and Des McAnuff with new productions of Don Giovanni, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and starring Mariusz Kwiecien, and Faust, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Jonas Kaufmann; a new production of Massenet’s Manon, starring Netrebko, conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi and directed by Laurent Pelly; and Robert Lepage’s productions of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, the third and fourth installments of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, both conducted by Levine and starring Deborah Voigt and Gary Lehman.

“Our new season of Met live high definition transmissions mirrors the season at the Opera House,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “It’s a thrilling experience for our entire company to continue to be serving our global opera audience.”

The Met: Live in HD

The company’s enormously successful Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series of live transmissions into movie theaters, which enters its sixth season in 2011-12, currently reaches more than 1,500 theaters in 46 countries. In the last completed season, 2009-10, a record-breaking 2.4 million tickets were sold in more than 1,200 theaters in 43 countries. The nine transmissions earned more than $48 million in gross box office revenues, of which the Met’s portion was $24 million. After production costs and revenue sharing, the Met realized more than $8 million in net revenue. To date, more than 7 million tickets have been sold worldwide to The Met: Live in HD series.

Tickets for the 11 transmissions in the 2011-12 Met: Live in HD series will go on sale in September.

The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg.

Archived transmissions from The Met: Live in HD began airing on PBS in January 2007. The series, called Great Performances at the Met, is produced in association with PBS and WNET, with support from Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®.

More information on each of the 11 operas featured in the Live in HD 2011-12 season is below; for complete information on the Met’s season and programming, please visit http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/news/press/.

New Productions

Anna Bolena – Gaetano Donizetti (Live in HD: October 15 at 1 p.m./ET)

The season opens with the Met premiere of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko as the young queen of the title and conducted by Marco Armiliato. Elīna Garanča is Giovanna (Jane Seymour); Stephen Costello is Lord Percy; Ildar Abdrazakov is Enrico (Henry VIII); and Tamara Mumford is the queen’s page, Smeton. Generally considered one of Donizetti’s finest operas, Anna Bolena was the composer’s first international success. Though never performed at the Met, the opera was famously revived at La Scala with Maria Callas in the 1950s. Anna Bolena is the first of a trilogy of Donizetti’s operas based on the lives of Tudor-era queens that David McVicar will be directing at the Met in coming seasons. Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux complete the trilogy, each with a different design team. All three operas will be Met premieres.

David McVicar, whose 2009 production of Il Trovatore earned critical and audience acclaim, has said that his staging of Anna Bolena will “embrace the romanticism of the piece.” His production team is led by set designer Robert Jones, an Olivier Award-nominated English designer of opera and stage productions; costume designer Jenny Tiramani, who previously served as Director of Theatre Design at Shakespeare’s Globe; lighting designer Paule Constable, a three-time Olivier Award winner whose credits include War Horse on Broadway and Satyagraha at the Met; and choreographer George Andrew. Jones and Tiramani are making their Met debuts with Anna Bolena. The production is a gift of Mercedes and Sid R. Bass.

Don Giovanni – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Live in HD: October 29 at 1 p.m./ET)

Tony Award winner Michael Grandage directs a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for his Met debut. Grandage has a multifaceted impression of the title character: “Don Giovanni has a charismatic lust for life, but he’s not just some serial seducer; he’s a dark, complex individual.” The cast, conducted by James Levine and led by Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role, features the Met debuts of Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna and German soprano Mojca Erdmann as Zerlina. Ramón Vargas as Don Ottavio, Luca Pisaroni as Leporello, and Štefan Kocán as the Commendatore sing their roles for the first time at the Met, while Barbara Frittoli and Joshua Bloom reprise their performances of Donna Elvira and Masetto. Grandage’s production marks the Met debuts of Tony Award winner Christopher Oram (set and costume design) and Ben Wright (choreography), with lighting design by Paule Constable in her second new Met production of the season. The production is a gift of the Richard and Susan Braddock Family Foundation, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Ezra K. Zilkha.

Siegfried – Richard Wagner (Live in HD: November 5 at 12 p.m./ET)

Maestro Levine also conduct’s Robert Lepage’s production of Siegfried, starring Gary Lehman in his first Met performances of the title role. Singers from earlier operas in the Ring cycle also appear, including Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde, Patricia Bardon as Erda, Bryn Terfel as the Wanderer, and Eric Owens and Gerhard Siegel as the greedy brothers Alberich and Mime. For this third installment of Wagner’s great epic, Lepage introduces a new 3D technology as part of the projections that transform the set into startlingly dramatic images that readjust as the scenery moves and changes shapes. Developed by Réalisations.net, the innovative software, called Maginaire, programmed by Alexandru Duru, has never before been used in a theatrical presentation. Siegfried is the only opera in the new Ring to make use of this technology, which will be utilized to create an enhanced sense of theatrical realism for Siegfried’s forest dwelling. “When you come to Siegfried,” Lepage says, “you can fully appreciate the complexity and genius of the leitmotifs Wagner has used to create another world. That is what we must do onstage as well—create an organic world of dragons and bears and insects and other creatures, where Siegfried can prove himself the strong, fearless, virile hero.” The production team also includes associate director Neilson Vignola, set designer Carl Fillion, costume designer François St-Aubin, lighting designer Etienne Boucher, and video image artist Pedro Pirés. The production is a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff family, in memory of William Ziff, and is presented in collaboration with Ex Machina.

Satyagraha – Philip Glass (Live in HD: November 19 at 1 p.m./ET)

Philip Glass’s Satyagraha has its first Met revival in Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch’s innovative production, conducted by Dante Anzolini, who led the opera’s Met premiere. Richard Croft will reprise his lead performance as Gandhi, with Rachelle Durkin as Miss Schlessen, Kim Josephson as Mr. Kallenbach, and Alfred Walker as

Parsi Rustomji. The visually extravagant staging, praised by the Washington Post as “a profound and beautiful work of theater,” features the designs of Crouch (sets), Kevin Pollard (costumes), and Paule Constable (lighting), with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer of Fifty Nine Productions. Satyagraha is a co-production with English National Opera, in collaboration with Improbable.

Rodelinda – George Frideric Handel (Live in HD: December 3 at 12:30 p.m./ET)

Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production of Handel’s opera features Renée Fleming in the title role of the Queen of Lombardy. Kobie van Rensburg and Stephanie Blythe sing Grimoaldo and Eduige, with countertenors Andreas Scholl (as Bertarido) and Iestyn Davies (in his Met debut as Unulfo) and bass-baritone Shenyang (as Garibaldo) completing the cast. Harry Bicket, who led the opera’s Met premiere, conducts. Wadsworth’s staging, created in 2004 for the first-ever Met performances of the opera, has been hailed as a “landmark production…seldom has Handel’s inexhaustible imagination seemed as miraculous as in Rodelinda” (The New York Times). Rodelinda features set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski.

Faust – Charles Gounod (Live in HD: December 10 at 1 p.m./ET)

Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff (Met debut) has set his new production of Gounod’s Faust in the first part of the 20 th century. McAnuff is interested in the opera’s philosophies of “personal responsibility…I think that’s the Faustian journey right there. It’s trying to escape from ultimate knowledge, which includes evil.” Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings his first Met performances of the title role, opposite Angela Gheorghiu as the innocent Marguerite, Michèle Losier as Siébel, Russell Braun as Valentin, René Pape as Méphistophélès; Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who led the new production premieres of Carmen and Don Carlo in recent seasons, conducts his first Met performances of the opera. Theatrical designers Robert Brill (sets) and Paul Tazewell (costumes) make their Met debuts with this production, which also features lighting design by Peter Mumford, video design by Dustin O’Neill, choreography by Kelly Devine, and fight direction by Stephen Rankin. Faust is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera, where this production premiered earlier this season.

The Enchanted Island (Live in HD: January 21 at 1 p.m./ET)

The Met will present The Enchanted Island, a world premiere creation using Baroque music set to an all-new English-language libretto by Jeremy Sams, who collaborated with Baroque specialist William Christie, who conducts. Works by George Frideric Handel, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Antonio Vivaldi make up the majority of the score with smaller excerpts of pieces by André Campra, Jean-Marie Leclair, and others. The opera combines characters and plot elements from two Shakespeare plays: the four mismatched lovers from A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shipwrecked on an island where The Tempest’s Prospero and Sycorax are embroiled in a supernatural battle. The starry cast includes Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Lisette Oropesa as Miranda, Joyce DiDonato as Sycorax, David Daniels as Prospero, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Ferdinand, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban – with a special appearance by Plácido Domingo as Neptune. Director Phelim McDermott, associate director and set designer Julian Crouch, and costume designer Kevin Pollard, the team behind the Met’s production of Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, have created an opulent, imaginative showcase for this 21 st-century interpretation of an 18 th-century pasticcio. Lighting designer Brian MacDevitt, choreographer Graciela Daniele, and animation and projection design company 59 Productions help to create the magical world of The Enchanted Island.

As an operatic pasticcio or pastiche, The Enchanted Island harks back to the 18 th century when adapting new words to music from various composers to create an altogether new theatrical piece became standard procedure in opera houses. According to The New Grove Dictionary of Music, the tradition began in late 17 th-century Italy but flourished particularly in London, where Handel himself was a prominent practitioner. “We wanted to create a modern vehicle for Baroque music featuring artists who are virtuoso performers of this style, so I turned to Jeremy Sams and William Christie,” explained Gelb. “I believe this hybrid creation will showcase some of the great music of the period in a way that will honor the Baroque tradition, yet be modern in spirit – especially with a creative team led by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch.”

Götterdämmerung – Richard Wagner (Live in HD: February 11 at 12 p.m./ET)

Robert Lepage’s production of the final opera in the Ring cycle, Götterdämmerung, will also be conducted by Maestro Levine. In the cycle’s thrilling conclusion, in which deception and greed lead to a global cataclysm, Deborah Voigt and Gary Lehman again sing Brünnhilde and Siegfried. The cast also features Eric Owens as Alberich, Waltraud Meier as Waltraute and, as the Gibichungs who scheme to destroy Siegfried, Hans-Peter König as Hagen, Wendy Bryn Harmer as Gutrune, and Iain Paterson as Gunther. “Götterdämmerung is different from the other Ring operas because it is about society,” Lepage says. “The more the story progresses, the more it moves away from the realm of the gods to focus on the power and ambition of human beings. Götterdämmerung is about Brünnhilde in society, her journey as a character, and her role as the heroine who must restore balance to the world.” Lepage’s design team from Siegfried reassembles to create the visuals for the final segment of the Ring. The production is a gift of Ann Ziff and the Ziff family, in memory of William Ziff, and is presented in collaboration with Ex Machina.

Ernani – Giuseppe Verdi (Live in HD: February 25 at 1 p.m./ET)

Verdi’s Ernani, conducted by Marco Armiliato, will star Salvatore Licitra in his first Met performances of the title role. As Elvira, the woman Ernani loves, young American soprano Angela Meade will star in her first Live in HD transmission. Consummate Verdians Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Carlo) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (de Silva) complete the principal cast. Verdi’s early romantic tragedy, a tale of hot-blooded passion adapted from a popular 19 th-century stage drama by Victor Hugo, contains some of the composer’s most thrilling arias. Ernani will be seen in Pier Luigi Samaritani’s grandly-scaled production, which features set design by the director, costumes by Peter J. Hall, and lighting design by Gil Wechsler.

Manon – Jules Massenet (Live in HD: April 7 at 12 p.m./ET)

Anna Netrebko opens her second new production of the season, portraying the impetuous, tragic title character in Massenet’s Manon for the first time at the Met. Also making Met role debuts are Piotr Beczala as Manon’s lover the Chevalier des Grieux, Paulo Szot as her cousin Lescaut, and David Pittsinger as the Comte des Grieux. Met Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts his first house performances of the work. Laurent Pelly’s stylish production, starring Netrebko, premiered to outstanding reviews at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2010. Pelly says that his production of the opera will provide “an adventure that amuses, moves, and frightens” the audience. The production reunites Pelly’s design team from 2008’s La Fille du Régiment: Chantal Thomas (sets), Pelly (costumes), and Joël Adam (lighting). French choreographer Lionel Hoche makes his Met debut with this production. Manon is underwritten by The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund and is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, New York; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse.

La Traviata – Giuseppe Verdi (Live in HD: April 14 at 1 p.m./ET)

Natalie Dessay makes her Met role debut as the tragic courtesan Violetta in Willy Decker’s innovative modern-dress staging of La Traviata, which “delivers style, sparkle, and stirring drama…it demands to be seen” (Los Angeles Times). Matthew Polenzani, who starred in the new production premiere this season, will reprise his Alfredo, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky will sing the role of his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont. Met Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi leads his first Met performances of the opera. This transmission is the Live in HD premiere of this classic Verdi opera. Decker’s production features the work of set and costume designer Wolfgang Gussmann, lighting designer Hans Toelstede, and choreographer Athol Farmer. Original production of the Salzburger Festspiele; with thanks to De Nederlandse Opera.

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