Transmitted live on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 12:55p.m, The Metropolitan Opera can be enjoyed in the Berkshires at the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.
The Berkshire Opera Festival returns to the Colonial Theatre in summer 2017 for Ariadne auf Naxos.
The new opera year begins January 7 as the legendary Plácido Domingo takes on the title role of Nabucco, the King of Babylon under the baton of James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Russell Thomas is Ismaele, nephew to the King of Jerusalem and Dmitry Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.
Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), is one of the most highly praised operas of recent years. It had its debut at the Salzburg Festival directed by Peter Sellars with Dawn Upshaw as Clémence and Dwayne Croft as Jaufré Rudel, which received critical success. In 2002, L’Amour de Loin had its U.S. premiere at the Santa Fe Opera.
The premise is simple: a handsome and naive young man sells his soul in exchange for the privilege of everlasting youth and beauty while his portrait ages on his behalf. But impunity paves the way to debauchery, cruelty, and murder…
After more than a year away from The Met: “Live in HD” transmissions due to the renovation of its theatre and other ongoing projects, The Clark Art Institute begins to play catch up on Saturday, November 19 at 1 pm with an encore performance of Don Giovanni in its newly renovated auditorium.
Heavens to Murgatroyd! With a large, well dressed cast and a full orchestra, Gilbert and Sullivan’s spooky light opera “Ruddigore” arrives at the Academy of Music in Northampton Nov. 11-13 and Nov. 18-20, 2016.