Il Trovatore: Met HD Performance

Il Trovatore is a popular Verdi opera, but you have a chance to see Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky perform in an encore Met Opera HD performance at a theater near you on Wednesday (Oct 7). This is Mr. Hvorostovsky’s last performance for a while since he returns to London to have a brain tumor treated. We wish him well.

A friend who saw an earlier performance was moved to tears by this powerful performance of gifted artists and great staging. Attend, if you can, and experience the power of opera. There is nothing else quite like great opera to stir the blood cells.

Verdi’s Macbeth

Just saw the HD presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth with the incomparable Anna Netrebko.  Not only can she sing, but she projects herself into the role of Lady Macbeth in a manner that few actors would be able to accomplish.  Her first two arias at the beginning of the opera are undeniably brilliant.  There is still an opportunity to see the rebroadcast, so do yourself a favor and catch this memorable performance. The encore (rebroadcast of today’s live matinee) is scheduled for October 15th at a theater near you.  Don’t miss it.


And by the way, Zeijko Lucic (as Macbeth), René Pape (Banquo) and Joseph Callejas (Macduff) give equally brilliant performances, but are dwarfed by the range of emotions and artistry of Netrebko. What a performance!

Public Service Announcement from Gourmay

All is “right in the world” and the prospects for peace have never been brighter regardless of which side of history you prefer to stand on:

  • Congress is in summer recess and,
  • President Obama is spending two weeks vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

In the words of Garrison Keillor, that national treasure who hosts A Prairie Home Companion, “the optimists among us are either running for public office or on strong medications; the rest of us are skeptical.”   I guess I will resume taking my meds.

For those who have better things to do with their lives, I recommend the Met HD Opera season (2014-2105) that begins October 11.  We make an effort to see them all, but for those who are tempted to see what old people do in their spare time, I have listed below several traditional operas and a few operas featuring legendary divas.   If you are fortunate enough to be hooked on Opera, there is still hope for your soul:

You can watch a live Saturday matinee performance or an encore performance the following Wednesday. Simply enter your zip code to find a theater that is broadcasting a Met performance near you. Found below are a few special ones:

Nov 1, 2014 – Bizet’s Carmen. Moral of the story: Never succumb to the charms of a gypsy.

Nov 11, 2014 – Rossini’s Barber of Seville – Good fun and a few instantly recognizable melodies

Jan 17, 2015 – Lehar’s The Merry Widow – Easy listening with eye-candy Renee Fleming in the leading role. (Will you look that good when you are 55?)

Feb 14, 2015 – Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta – A chance to see the incomparable Anna Netrebko

Mar 14, 2015 – Rossini’s The Lady in the Lake – An opportunity to see “bel canto” by famous tenor Juan Diego Flores. Joyce DiDonato ain’t bad either.

Schedule one or more. You won’t be disappointed.

Couldn’t resist another classic duet from Puccini’s La Boheme with Rolando Villazon and a somewhat younger Anna Netrebko. If this doesn’t move you, you have never been in love.

Together, we can keep this art from heaven thriving. Do your part and attend a live performance at the Met or in a theater near you.

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