As Spring chases away the remnants of winter, the sounds of summer begin to be heard in the increasing pace of Berkshire music and theatrical activity.
The Metropolitan Opera’s new production can be see at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield and the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown.
The acclaimed new production by director Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut stars Ildar Abdrazakov as the heroic title character.
Six new Grand Opera productions and four old favorites will be transmitted live from the Met stage to theatres in the Berkshires plus 2,000 more. THe HD telecasts feature the world’s finest singers, conductors, and theatrical artists.
Dvořák’s sumptuously melodic Rusalka is a first for Fleming. It’s a fairy tale opera that has become her new signature role.
The fiery mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell will bring the hot love affairs of the working woman Carmen in this opera by Georges Bizet.
Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli and Broadway singer and actress Jessica Molaskey are on tap as are Darlene Love, opera and theatre telecasts, and food historian Francine Segan. Plus Polar Express and cartoons for the younger set.
The first new production of this favorite Verdi opera about the boorish, blustery Sir John Falstaff in more than fifty years.
Sail the ocean blue and mend broken hearts with W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s first big hit. which is still as popular as when it was written in 1896.
It’s a bit like the “Alice in Wonderland” of the opera genre since it doesn’t make sense as a modern work unless you approach it as you would a Lewis Carroll tale. Wordplay and musical novelty – play hide and seek with your logic and imagination.
With Puccini, it is as much about the heart-wrenching story as it as about the singing, and in Tosca, there is plenty of both for opera fans.
This season, The Met’s “Tosca” (Live in HD November 9) features Patricia Racette though two of the finest sopranos to ever sing the title role can be heard on the radio.