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Met Live Opera: 2018-2019 Season

Season tickets are now on sale for the 13th anniversary season of THE MET: Live in HD!

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Met Live Opera: Live in HD series for the 2018-2019 season. Once again, the festival will host the productions via satellite at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona.

Each opera will be shown LIVE and then repeated later that day as an encore. Season ticket holders will have the option of choosing the live performance or the encore (or can mix and match for scheduling convenience).

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 13th season on October 6, with the Met’s grand production of Verdi’s Aida, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko.

The 2018–19 Live in HD season features ten transmissions, including four new productions: Saint-Saëns’s “Samson et Dalila”, directed by Darko Tresnjak and conducted by Sir Mark Elder with Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the U.S. premiere production of Nico Muhly’s “Marnie”, based on Winston Graham’s suspenseful thriller, directed by Michael Mayer with Isabel Leonard as the title character; Mayer’s new staging of Verdi’s “La Traviata”, conducted by incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey; and Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur”, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in Sir David McVicar’s new staging.

In addition to Aida and the four new productions, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Poulenc’s 20th-century masterpiece “Dialogues des Carmélites” for the first time in cinemas, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, along with classic revivals of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West”, with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie and Jonas Kaufmann as Dick Johnson; Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s “Carmen”, starring Clémentine Margaine as the alluring gypsy, opposite Roberto Alagna as Don José; Laurent Pelly’s whimsical reimagining of Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment”, with Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende as Tonio and Marie; and the most popular of Wagner’s four epic Ring operas, “Die Walküre”, with Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.

Met 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.

Tickets for each opera are $25 general admission, $22 for Film Festival members, and $15 for full-time students. Season tickets are also available for just $20 per opera, when purchased as a package. For more information, please call the Sedona International Film Festival at 928-282-1177 or visit the office at 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A3 in West Sedona. Information and tickets are also available at the links below.

Featured operas in the 2018-2019 Met Live Opera season include:

Giuseppe Verdi 
La Traviata
Saturday, December 15, 2018 
Live: 11:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-opera talk one hour before each performance led by Deborah Raymond.
Cast: Violetta Valéry (Diana Damrau), Alfredo Germont (Juan Diego Flórez), Giorgio Germont (Quinn Kelsey)

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy “La Traviata”. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont.

Verdi’s “La Traviata” survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities — and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

 


Francesco Cilea
Adriana Lecouvreur 
Saturday, January 12, 2019 
Live: 11:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-opera talk one hour before each performance led by John Steinbrunner.
Cast: Adriana Lecouvreur (Anna Netrebko), The Princess of Bouillon (Anita Rachvelishvili), Maurizio (Piotr Beczała), The Abbé (Carlo Bosi), Michonnet (Ambrogio Maestri), The Prince of Boullion (Maurizio Muraro)

For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections; Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet, Adriana’s faithful friend; and Carlo Bosi as the duplicitous Abbé.

“Adriana Lecouvreur” occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. The opera is a deft combination of frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism, with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier — and lover — Maurice of Saxony. Cilea’s operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.


Georges Bizet
Carmen 
Saturday, February 2, 2019 
Live: 11:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-opera talk one hour before each performance led by Russell Fox.
Cast: Carmen (Clémentine Margaine), Micaëla (Aleksandra Kurzak), Don José (Roberto Alagna), Escamillo (Alexander Vinogradov)

Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire.

Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world.

 


Gaetano Donizetti
La Fille du Régiment 
Saturday, March 9, 2019 
Live: 11:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-opera talk one hour before each performance led by Ed Ingraham.
Cast: Marie (Pretty Yende), Tonio (Javier Camarena), Marquise of Berkenfield (Stephanie Blythe), Sulpice (Maurizio Muraro)

Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage. Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. The action is startlingly simple and unencumbered by intricate subplots, allowing the full charm of the characters and their virtuosic music to come across in an uninhibited way.

 


Richard Wagner
Die Walküre
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Live: 9:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-opera talk one hour before each performance led by Ginny Fox.
Cast: Brünnhilde (Christine Goerke), Sieglinde (Eva-Maria Westbroek), Siegmund (Stuart Skelton), Fricka (Jamie Barton), Wotan (Greer Grimsley), Hunding (Günther Groissböck)

The second installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle, “Die Walküre”, stars heroic soprano Christine Goerke as the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, whose encounter with the mortal twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, sung by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, leads her on a journey from Valhalla to earthbound humanity. Philippe Jordan conducts.

“Die Walküre” has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.


Francis Poulenc 
Dialogues des Carmélites 
Saturday, May 11, 2019 
Live: 9:00 a.m. • Encore: 4:00 p.m.
There will be a pre-opera talk one hour before each performance led by Ginny Fox.
Cast: Blanche de la Force (Isabel Leonard), Mme. Lidoine (Adrianne Pieczonka), Constance (Erin Morley), Mère Marie (Karen Cargill), First Prioress (Karita Mattila), Chevalier de la Force (David Portillo), Marquis de la Force (Dwayne Croft)

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, “Dialogues des Carmélites” is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. The score reflects key aspects of its composer’s personality: Francis Poulenc was an urbane Parisian with a profound mystical dimension, and the opera addresses both the characters’ internal lives and their external realities.

 


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Call 928-282-1177 to order tickets by phone
or visit the Film Festival Office or Mary D. Fisher Theatre Box Office

 

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2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite A-3
Sedona, AZ 86336 United States
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