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.
A great new series of opera telecasts will begin in the states on October 24, but not (yet) in the Berkshires. Let’s hope someone picks up the ball.
Even if you don’t plan to buy a ticket, you will surely enjoy this preview with its videos and synopsis before the Met’s telecast on October 26. This strange opera is about a peripatetic nose and a hapless Russian police inspector, The nose is finally arrested, beaten, but can not be reattached.
New York CIty becomes a one opera company town.
The new season of Met telecasts begins with Tchcaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”.
Ironically, those attending The Met Opera’s opening night which was “not to be used for political action” found this political message in their programs.
The Met Opera’s Live in HD resumes on Saturday, October 5 with a new Eugene Onegin starring Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Piotr Beczala. In all there will be 10 Opera Transmissions. Music Director James Levine returns to lead Falstaff on December 14 and Così fan tutte on April 26.