Catch an opera from The Met at your local movie theater
Opera aficionados can see The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s “Ernani” live in high-definition at movie theaters around the country beginning at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. In Southwest Florida, screenings are at the Hollywood Stadium 20 in Naples, Coconut Point 16 in Estero and the Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers and the Town Center Stadium 16 in Port Charlotte.
Soprano Angela Meade takes center stage, and Marcello Giordani has the title role of her mismatched lover; the production also stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky as a royal suitor for Elvira’s hand and Ferruccio Furlanetto as a wealthy relative who has his own designs on Elvira.
Ms. Meade, whose victory in the Met’s National Council Auditions was chronicled in the 2008 documentary film “The Audition,” takes the role of the noblewoman Elvira in her first “Live in HD” appearance. Mr. Giordani has starred in the “Live in HD” transmissions of “Manon Lescaut,” “La Damnation de Faust,” “Madama Butterfly,” “Turandot,” “Simon Boccanegra” and “La Fanciulla del West.”
Marco Armiliato, who led the Met premiere performances of “Anna Bolena” earlier this season, conducts the thrilling drama of passion, power and honor.
Approximate running time is 3 hours, 50 minutes, including two intermissions. The HD transmission is hosted by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
Up next in the Live in HD series is The Met’s performance of Laurent Pelly’s new production of Massenet’s “Manon, beginning at noon Saturday, April 7. Starring Anna Netrebko as the tragic heroine, the production travels to The Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star. Approximate running time is 4 hours, 5 minutes.
The 2011-12 Live in HD season ends Saturday, April 14, with a transmission of Verdi’s “La Traviata” beginning at 12:55 p.m. In her first performance as Violetta at The Met, Natalie Dessay will wear the iconic red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Approximate running time: 3 hours, 5 minutes.
Tickets for Live in HD transmissions are $24 per person ($22 for seniors) and are available online at www.metopera.org/ hdlive and also at participating theater box offices. ¦