Met Opera: Live in HD season set
Rockland — Tickets for the highly anticipated 2012-2013 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD season are available at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Met Member and general public season tickets are on sale now and general seating online ticket sales will start Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The Met: Live in HD is now shown in more than 1,700 theaters in 54 countries. The Met Live expanded season of 12 Saturday afternoon opera broadcasts includes two Met premieres and five new productions. Encore broadcasts are scheduled for each opera on Tuesday afternoons.
The series will open Oct. 13 with Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien in a new production by Bartlett Sher. It continues with Verdi’s “Otello” Oct. 27 starring Johan Botha and Renée Fleming, conducted by Semyon Bychkov; the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Tempest” Nov. 10 conducted by the composer, directed by Robert Lepage and starring Simon Keenlyside; Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” Dec. 1 with Elīna Garanča, Giuseppe Filianoti and Barbara Frittoli; a new production of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” Dec. 8 directed by David Alden, conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi and starring Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Stephanie Blythe; and Verdi’s “Aida” Dec. 15 starring debuting soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, Olga Borodina and Roberto Alagna.
Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” will ring in the new year Jan. 5 conducted by Luisi and starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham and Marcello Giordani; the Met premiere of Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” Jan. 19 directed by David McVicar and starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role; a new production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” Feb. 16 starring Željko Lučić, Diana Damrau and Piotr Beczala, directed by Michael Mayer in his Met debut and conducted by Michele Mariotti; a new production of Wagner’s “Parsifal” March 2 starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei and René Pape, directed by François Girard and conducted by Daniele Gatti; Zandonai’s rarely heard “Francesca da Rimini” March 16 with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Giordani; and a new production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” April 27 directed by McVicar and starring David Daniels as Caesar and Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra.
The season ticket price is $306. Individual tickets are $27, $23 for the encore; contact the Strand for group single ticket pricing. For more information on all upcoming concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com.
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