Wednesdays are opera night with The Met at area cinemas
Maria Guleghina in the title role in “Turandot,” showing July 21. MARTY SOHL / METROPOLITAN OPERA
Opera aficionados can enjoy encore performances of productions by The Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday nights at three cinemas in Southwest Florida this summer. The high-definition programs, all recorded live at The Met in New York City, begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Here’s the lineup:
..July 14: “La Boheme”
Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” features Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì, Ramón Vargas as Rodolfo, Ainhoa Arteta as Musetta and Ludovic Tézier as Marcello. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes.
.. July 21: “Turandot”
Director Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s last opera is a favorite of the Met repertoire. It stars Maria Guleghina as the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded.
Andris Nelsons conducts. Running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes.
.. July 28: “Carmen”
Director Richard Eyre’s acclaimed new production of Georges Bizet’s classic features Elina Garanca in the title role as the seductive gypsy and Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don José. Rising maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Running time: 2 hours, 50 minutes.
in the know
>>Catch The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer
HD Encores at these theaters:
.. Bell Tower 20 13499 Bell Tower Drive, Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers
.. Hollywood Coconut Point 16 8021 Cinema Way, Coconut Point, Estero
.. Hollywood Stadium 20 6006 Hollywood Drive, Naples
are available at the box office or online at www.metopera.org/hdlive.