The Mahaiwe continues to be an invaluable Berkshire treasure for presenting live performances of music, theatre and dance. At the same time it has also developed an equal reputation as the foremost house for Live in High Definition telecasts of live theatre and opera. Working with both London’s National Theatre, and the venerable Metropolitan Opera in New York, it uses state of the art projection equipment to present far flung events of great merit. Now those of us in the Berkshires can watch the same great shows that used to be only available to the jet set.
London’s National Theatre
This fall the Mahaiwe opens its telecasts with the first of several 2011-12 broadcasts of London’s National Theatre: Live in HD. Nicholas Hytner directs Richard Bean’s English version of Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, (seen above is comedian James Corden and cast) about sex, food, and money on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00pm. The Sunday Times of London called it ‘Sheer, joyous pandemonium. The moments of slapstick are so perfect, they’re choreographically beautiful as well as funny.’
Following that, on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00pm the Berkshires will have a chance to see Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen, a black comedy set in a 1950s London restaurant: In the kitchen of an enormous West End restaurant, the orders are piling up: a post-war feast of soup, fish, cutlets, omelettes, and fruit flans. Thrown together by their work, chefs, waitresses and porters from across Europe – English, Irish, German, Jewish – argue and flirt as they race to keep up. London’s National Theatre: Live in HD tickets are $18 to $25.
Also in the works (possibly December) is a telecast of Collaborators a new play by John Hodge (screenwriter of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, The Beach) directed by National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner.
The play centres on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. Alex Jennings (The Habit of Art) will play Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale (London Assurance) will play Stalin.
The Metropolitan Opera
At the same time, the Mahaiwe is gearing up for another season of opera from New York.While these opera telecasts are also offered at the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield and the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, only the Mahaiwe has reserved seating, and only the Mahaiwe has pre-telecast lecture-previews with Scott Eyerly. They take their opera very seriously in South County.
The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD returns to the Mahaiwe for a fifth blockbuster year. The Mahaiwe stands apart from other Met broadcast venues in the area because it offers reserved seating in a beautiful historic theater. The fall Met schedule includes Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Saturday, October 15 at 1:00pm) and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Saturday, October 29 at 1:00pm). Tickets are $18 to $25.
The role of Anna Bolena will be sung by Anna Netrebko. In fact if you look at the Met’s schedule below, you will see that it is indeed true that “Anna Netrebko is performing at the Met more than any other house in the world,” as General Director Peter Gelb noted during his announcement of their 2011-12 season. We will also get a chance to hear her in the telecast of Manon.
Opera expert Scott Eyerly gives an introductory talk about each Met opera before its live broadcast. Mixing erudition and humor, Eyerly’s lectures enhance the opera-goer’s experience. All interested community members are welcome to attend these educational seminars whether attending the broadcast or not. These talks will take place at the Mahaiwe at 11:00am on Saturday, October 15 (Donizetti’s Anna Bolena) and Saturday, October 29 (Mozart’s Don Giovanni). Tickets are $10 (general admission). WHDD RobinHood Radio in Northwest Connecticut now airs these talks as radio broadcasts and podcasts.
Free Mahler 2nd Symphony Concert in Remembrance of 9/11
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present a free broadcast presentation of “A Concert for New York” performed by the New York Philharmonic on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, September 11 at 9:00pm. The concert will be taped by THIRTEEN’S “Great Performances” the previous night at a free concert in Avery Fisher Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center. “We are pleased to offer the gift of this special concert to the Berkshire community during this time of reflection,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. Doors will open at 8:30pm for general admission seating.
Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic in Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2, Resurrection”featuring soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists. “Mahler’s ‘Second Symphony, Resurrection’ powerfully and profoundly explores the range of emotions provoked by the memories of 9/11,” said Gilbert. “This great masterpiece has a very special place in the history and psyche of the New York Philharmonic, but its message of renewal and rebirth is universal. We offer it as a tribute to those lost ten years ago.”
Tickets are now on sale. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. Box Office Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.
The Met Live in HD Schedule and Players 2011-12
October 15 at 12:55 PM/ET – ANNA BOLENA (Donizetti) – Met Premiere Production
Marco Armiliato; Anna Netrebko (Anna Bolena), Ekaterina Gubanova (Giovanna Seymour), Tamara Mumford (Smeton), Stephen Costello (Lord Riccardo Percy), Ildar Abdrazakov (Enrico VIII); Host: Renée Fleming. David McVicar (Production); Robert Jones (Set Designer); Jenny Tiramani (Costume Designer);
Paule Constable (Lighting Designer); Andrew George (Choreographer)
October 29 at 12:55 PM/ET – DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) – New Production
James Levine; Marina Rebeka (Donna Anna), Barbara Frittoli (Donna Elvira), Mojca Erdmann
(Zerlina), Ramón Vargas (Don Ottavio), Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni), Luca Pisaroni
(Leporello), Joshua Bloom (Masetto), Štefan Kocán (The Commendatore); Host: Renée Fleming. Michael Grandage (Production); Christopher Oram (Set & Costume Designer); Paule Constable
(Lighting Designer); Ben Wright (Choreographer)
November 5 at 12PM/ET – SIEGFRIED (Wagner) – New Production
James Levine; Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Patricia Bardon (Erda), Gary Lehman (Siegfried),
Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Bryn Terfel (Wanderer), Eric Owens (Alberich); Host: Renée Fleming. Robert Lepage (Production); Neilson Vignola (Assistant Director); Carl Fillion (Set Designer); François St-Aubin (Costume Designer); Étienne Boucher (Lighting Designer); Pedro Pires (Video Image Artist)
November 19 at 12:55 PM/ET – SATYAGRAHA (Glass)
Dante Anzolini; Rachelle Durkin (Miss Schlesen), Richard Croft (M. K. Gandhi), Kim Josephson (Mr. Kallenbach), Alfred Walker (Parsi Rustomji); Host: Eric Owens. Phelim McDermott (Production), Julian Crouch (Associate Director & Set Designer), Kevin Pollard (Costume Designer), Paule Constable (Lighting Designer)
December 3 at 12:30PM/ET– RODELINDA (Handel)
Harry Bicket; Renée Fleming (Rodelinda), Stephanie Blythe (Eduige), Andreas Scholl (Bertarido), Iestyn Davies (Unulfo), Kobie van Rensburg (Grimoaldo), Shenyang (Garibaldo); Host: Deborah Voigt. Stephen Wadsworth (Production), Thomas Lynch (Set Designer), Martin Pakledinaz (Costume Designer), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Designer)
December 10 at 12:55 PM/ET – FAUST (Gounod) – New Production
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Michèle Losier (Siébel), Jonas
Kaufmann (Faust), Russell Braun (Valentin), René Pape (Méphistophélès); Host: Joyce DiDonato. Des McAnuff (Production); Robert Brill (Set Designer); Paul Tazewell (Costume Designer);
Peter Mumford (Lighting Designer); Dustin O’Neill (Video Designer); Kelly Devine (Choreographer)
January 21 at 12:55 PM/ET – THE ENCHANTED ISLAND (Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi & others) – World Premiere Production
William Christie; Danielle de Niese (Ariel), Lisette Oropesa (Miranda), Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax), David Daniels (Prospero), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Ferdinand), Plácido Domingo (Neptune), Luca Pisaroni (Caliban); Host: Deborah Voigt. Devised and written by Jeremy Sams; Phelim McDermott (Production); Julian Crouch (Associate Director & Set Designer); Kevin Pollard (Costume Designer); Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Designer); Graciela Daniele (Choreographer); 59 Productions (Animation & Projection Design)
February 11 at 12PM/ET – GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG (Wagner) – New Production
James Levine; Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde), Wendy Bryn Harmer (Gutrune), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Gary Lehman (Siegfried), Iain Paterson (Gunther), Eric Owens (Alberich), Hans-Peter König (Hagen); Host: Patricia Racette. Robert Lepage (Production); Neilson Vignola (Assistant Director); Carl Fillion (Set Designer); François St-Aubin (Costume Designer); Étienne Boucher (Lighting Designer); Pedro Pires (Video Image Artist)
February 25 at 12:55 PM/ET – ERNANI (Verdi)
Marco Armiliato; Angela Meade (Elvira), Marcello Giordani (Ernani), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Don Carlo), Ferruccio Furlanetto (de Silva); Host: Deborah Voigt. Pier Luigi Samaritani (Production and Set Design), Peter J. Hall (Costume Designer), Gil Wechsler (Lighting Designer), Staged by Peter McClintock
April 7 at 12 PM/ET– MANON (Massenet) – New Production
Fabio Luisi; Anna Netrebko (Manon), Piotr Beczala (Chevalier des Grieux), Paulo Szot (Lescaut), David Pittsinger (Comte des Grieux); Host: Natalie Dessay. Laurent Pelly (Production & Costume Designer); Chantal Thomas (Set Designer); Joël Adam (Lighting Designer); Lionel Hoche (Choreographer)
April 14 at 12:55 PM/ET– LA TRAVIATA (Verdi)
Fabio Luisi; Natalie Dessay (Violetta Valéry), Matthew Polenzani (Alfredo Germont), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Giorgio Germont); Host: Deborah Voigt. Willy Decker (Production), Wolfgang Gussmann (Set & Costume Designer), Hans Toelstede (Lighting Designer), Athol Farmer (Choreographer)