The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 season



Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces its 2011-2012 season of The Met: Live in HD, a series of high definition opera transmissions of The Metropolitan Opera's new season direct from Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. One of the Quick Center's most popular series - performances regularly sell out - The Met: Live in HD season for 2011-2012 begins in October and features eleven Met Opera productions from its 127th season, combining live broadcasts with a series of encore rebroadcasts. This year's program is particularly impressive as it includes a world premiere, a Metropolitan Opera premiere, five new productions of repertory favorites, and four exciting revivals, both classical and modern, guaranteed to please opera devotees as well as the novice audience. With strategically placed cameras in front of, around and behind The Metropolitan Opera House stage, The Met: Live in HD transmissions give Quick Center audiences a state-of-the art opera experience combining better-than-front-row-seat visibility with back stage access, plus exclusive interviews at intermission. Ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-performance discussion in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre, which starts 45 minutes before each Live broadcast.

Image: Anna BolenaThe 2011-2012 season begins with "Anna Bolena" by Gaetano Donizetti on Saturday, October 15, 2011. Live performance is at 12:55 p.m., with an encore at 6:30 p.m. Anna Netrebko opens the Met season in a new Met Opera production with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes in this Met premiere production by David McVicar. Ekaterina Gubanova is her rival, Jane Seymour, Ildar Abdrazakov sings Henry VIII, and Marco Armiliato conducts. $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

A new Met Opera production of "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart follows next on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Live at 12:55 p.m. Encore performance at 6 p.m. 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 and with James Levine conducting. Also starring Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Ramón Vargas, and Luca Pisaroni. Tickets: $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

Image: SiegfriedRichard Wagner's "Siegfried" receives an encore performance on Sunday, November 13, 2011, at 1 p.m. In part three of the "Ring," 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 this new Met Opera production (originally performed live on Nov. 5, 2011). Tickets are $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

Philip Glass' "Satyagraha" returns to the Met Opera stage on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Live performance at 12:55 p.m. Encore performance at 6:30 p.m. The Met's visually extravagant production is back for an encore engagement. Richard Croft once again is Gandhi in Philip Glass's unforgettable opera. Tickets are $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

"Rodelinda," by George Frideric Handel, has encore performances on Friday, December 9, 2011, at 12 noon and 6 p.m. 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. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts (performed live on Dec. 3, 2011). Tickets are $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

Image: FaustA new Met Opera production of "Faust" by Charles Gounod has encore performances on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 12 noon and at 6 p.m. 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. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success in this production (originally performed live on Dec. 10, 2011). Tickets: $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

The Met: Live in HD productions in 2012 include the highly anticipated world premiere of "The Enchanted Island" by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others on Saturday, January 21, 2012, live at 12:55 p.m., encore at 6 p.m. Other HD broadcasts include "Götterdämmerung" by Richard Wagner on Saturday, February 11, 2012, live at 12 noon; "Ernani" by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, February 25, 2012, live at 12:55 p.m. encore at 6 p.m.; and a new production of Jules Massenet's "Manon" on Saturday, April 7, 2012, live at 12 noon, encore at 6 p.m. The season closes with "La Traviata," by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, April 14, 2012, live at 12:55 p.m., encore at 6 p.m.

The Met: Live in HD began broadcasts in December 2006 and today reaches millions of opera lovers at over 1,600 theaters in 51 countries. The Quick Center began broadcasting The Met: Live in HD in March 2008.

The entire 2011-2012 The Met: Live in HD series follows.

Tickets and subscriptions are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.fairfield.edu/quick.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.fairfield.edu/quick.

Here is the complete 2011-2012 of The Met: Live in HD Series at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts:

"Anna Bolena" by Gaetano Donizetti
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Live: 12:55 p.m.; Encore: 6:30 p.m.

"Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Live: 12:55 p.m.; Encore: 6 p.m.

"Siegfried" Richard Wagner
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Encore: 1 p.m.

"Satyagraha" by Philip Glass
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Live: 12:55 p.m.; Encore: 6:30 p.m.

"Rodelinda" by George Frideric Handel
Friday, December 9, 2011
Encore: 12 noon; Encore: 6 p.m.

"Faust" by Charles Gounod
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Encore: 12 noon; Encore: 6 p.m.

"The Enchanted Island" by Various Composers
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Live: 12:55 p.m.; Encore: 6 p.m.

"Götterdämmerung" by Richard Wagner
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Live: 12 noon

"Ernani" by Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Live: 12:55 p.m.; Encore: 6 p.m.

"Manon" by Jules Massenet
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Live: 12 noon; Encore: 6 p.m.

"La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Live: 12:55 p.m.; Encore: 6 p.m.

 

 

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on August 31, 2011

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