10/8/2012 9:03:00 AM The Met: Live in HD and Gaetano Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore debuts Chamber Music Sedona 30th season
The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s delightful comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, stars Russian diva Anna Netrebko -- in her second consecutive Met opening night—as the irresistible heroine Adina.
Chamber Music Sedona launches 30th season
Thirty years young, "Magical Music in the Red Rocks" continues to blaze new trails as it enters its 30th season presenting great live performances.
The season will include five diverse chamber music concerts including a five-day residency, 12 Peabody and Emmy Award winning live simulcasts of The Met: Live in HD at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, and an expanded two-day Bluegrass Festival.
The season begins 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. at the Sedona Performing Arts Center with the live-simulcast The Met: Live in HD and Donizetti's opera L'Elisir d'Amore. Oct. 27 is Giuseppi Verdi's opera Otello also at 10 a.m. Saturday Nov. 10 is British composer Thomas Adés's opera The Tempest. Dec. 1 is Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito; Dec. 8 is Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, and Dec. 15 is Verdi's Aida.
The New Year continues Jan. 5 with Berlioz's Les Troyens, Jan. 19 with Donizetti's Maria Stuarda, Feb. 16 is Verdi's Rigoletto, March 9 is Wagner's Parsifal, March 16 is Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, and The Met: Live in HD season comes to a close May 4 with Handel's Giulio Cesare.
"The internationally acclaimed series is shown in more than 42 countries worldwide and in more than six hundred theaters," said CMS executive director Bert Harclerode. "We'll show 10 live-simulcasts this season and two 'Encore' tape-delayed. We are pleased to be the premiere northern Arizona presenter of this Emmy- and Peabody Award winning series. That 'premiere distinction' comes from the installation of the Metropolitan Opera's exacting specifications for the big screen and surround sound. When you combine these features with the beautifully appointed seats and accommodations, pre-opera talks "Curtain Raisers" by noted experts, super-titles on screen that allow for full understanding of the operas, awesome artist-to-artist interviews during intermissions and pauses, gourmet lunches and Sedona's Red Rocks - we believe we've an unbeatable combination, making the Sedona Performing Arts Center 'Arizona's Place to See The Met: Live in HD'" said Harclerode. "Three times during the season we'll pair the Saturday Met: Live in HD simulcasts with three Sunday afternoon chamber music concerts offering cultural destination travelers a unique combination to come to Sedona for the weekend," said Harclerode.
The concert season begins Sunday, Nov. 11 with a 2:30 p.m. performance at SPAC when The Romero's, 'The Royal Family of the Guitar' perform their program "An Afternoon in Granada" including music from George Bizet's opera Carmen; Saturday, Nov.10 is Thomas Adés's opera The Tempest.
The Dover Quartet will be in residence Jan. 8-13 joined by Shephard School of Music Cello professor Norman Fischer for its program "The Austro-German Masters." Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artist member Ida Kavafian described The Dover Quartet as "beyond their years."
The concert season continues Feb. 17 with The Harlem Quartet performing its program "From Schubert to Strayhorn" Feb. 17; Saturday, Feb. 16 is Verdi's opera Rigoletto. The baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica performs its program "Dancing in the Isles" March 10, and arch 9 is Wagner's opera Parsifal.
The concert season comes to a close Sunday, April 21, when Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artist members, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and violist Paul Neubauer are joined by soprano Susanna Philips for their program "It's a Long way to Tipperary." Appearances worldwide by the three artists have garnered international acclaim for performances with the Metropolitan and Santa Fe Operas, Bravo Vail, OK Mozart Festival, the Orcas Music Festival and many more. All concerts are preceded by informal lectures seventy-five minutes before each concert, and ten minutes prior to the concert the artists join Harclerode for informal and personal "Concert Conversations."
The Sedona Bluegrass Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9 at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. Artists will soon be announced along with special pricing for the two day event. Additional activities during the festival will include the Sedona Bluegrass Institute June 3-7 held at the Verde Valley School engaging local, regional and national participants, and a host of activities including Chamber Music at the Library, BBQ Benefit, First Friday Artwalk and more now in the planning process.
Concert and Met HD tickets are now available by mail and on-line. Bluegrass tickets will go on sale in January and applications for the Bluegrass Institute will soon be available on line.
Chamber Music Sedona is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by more than 200 local and regional households and Membership contributions are an important component of the operation. As part of its community service CMS will present six free "Chamber Music at the Library" concerts, eight in-school "Concerts for Youth" and the 19th annual Youth Piano Competition and Recital.
Chamber Music Sedona's 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins, Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona; Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Verde Valley Medical Center and WESTAF.
For information call 928-204-2415 or visit www.ChamberMusicSedona.org
Chamber Music Sedona kicks-off its 30th season 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 with the Metropolitan Opera's live simulcast of Gaetano Donizetti's opera L'Elisir d'Amore at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.
Special parking arrangements are in place for the opera and patrons are reminded to visit www.SedonaMetInHD.org for critical parking information. The Sedona presentation is made possible with support from Sally and Stan Gorski.
The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Donizetti's delightful comic gem L'Elisir d'Amore, stars Russian diva Anna Netrebko -- in her second consecutive Met opening night-as the irresistible heroine Adina. Matthew Polenzani sings the role of the lovelorn peasant Nemorino, Mariusz Kwiecien sings Sergeant Belcore, his romantic rival, and Ambrogio Maestri is the potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara in Bartlett Sher's new staging of the classic love story, conducted by Maurizio Benini.
Although L'Elisir d'Amore is one of the most popular comic operas in the repertory, it has never before been performed on the Met's opening night. Soprano Deborah Voigt, who stars in this season's performances of Berlioz's Les Troyens and Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, will host the intermission interviews. Maurizio Benini conducts.
"After attending multiple productions at the Metropolitan Opera in the last three years, I'm still undecided whether I prefer the live productions at the Met, or our live simulcasts at SPAC," said CMS executive director Bert Harclerode. "Nothing compares to the excitement of being in NYC at the Metropolitan Opera; however The Met: Live in HD features on-screen scripts (super titles) and translations for greater understanding of the opera, remarkable artist interviews during pauses and intermission, pre-opera "Curtain Raisers" presented by a host of opera experts 75 minutes before curtain, gourmet lunches provided by many of Sedona's finest restaurants, and surround sound and big screen installed to the Met's specifications. SPAC is Arizona's Place to see The Met: Live in HD!" said Harclerode.
The New York Times said, "Anna Netrebko brings "poignant and shimmering" singing to Bartlett Sher's "fascinating" and "handsome and insightful" new production of L'Elisir d'Amore," and the Associated Press said, "Matthew Polenzani is "the triumph of the evening." Since the series launched in 2006, more than 10 million tickets have been sold to opera lovers worldwide. The Met: Live in HD is now seen in more than 1,900 theaters in 60 countries around the world.
Only off-site parking begins at 8 a.m. and will be available at Sedona Medical Center 3700 W SR 89A and at St. Andrews Episcopal Church 100 Arroyo Pinon Drive exclusively. No parking will be available with the exception of Handicapped patrons. Patrons are encouraged to car pool to minimize congestion.
A pre-opera "Curtain Raiser" will be presented from 8:30-9:25 a.m. presented by Russell Fox providing insights about the opera. Tickets, $23 for reserved and $19 for general admission, and Gourmet Opera Box Lunches may be purchased on line www.SedonaMetInHD.org or by calling 928.204.2415. The next Met HD performance is Oct. 27 with Verdi's opera Otello.
Chamber Music Sedona's 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona; Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Verde Valley Medical Center and WESTAF.