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Met Opera' s Live in HD simulcasts for 2013-14

Written by Andrew Druckenbrod on .

By Robert Croan, Post-Gazette Senior Editor

If there needed to be proof that the world of opera has something for everyone,
the current season of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD has been a living testament.
From the light comedy of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” to the philosophical depths
(and musical sublimities) of Wagner’s “Parsifal”; from Thomas Ades’s contemporary
take on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” to the upcoming baroque extravaganza of
Handel’s “Julius Caesar” (which closes this season April 27); from a traditional staging
of Verdi’s “Aida” to his “Rigoletto” moved to 1960s Las Vegas, inspired by the antics of
the Rat Pack. English-language subtitles for all productions have de-mystified the idea of
watching an opera. The plots become as clear as in any foreign-language film.
The upcoming season is similarly diverse, with three Russian works and one
Czech, new productions of “Eugene Onegin,” “Prince Igor,” “Falstaff” and “Werther,”
and starry casts including sopranos Anna Netrebko and Renee Fleming, mezzos Joyce
DiDonato and Stephanie Blythe, tenors Juan Diego Florez and Jonas Kaufmann. A
special novelty will be Shostakovich’s “The Nose,” an uproarious 1920s comedy that
was successfully revived in 2010 with “South Pacific” star Paolo Szot. American soprano
Lisette Oropesa, who won Pittsburgh audiences in Mozart’s “The Abudction from the
Seraglio,” will be the ingénue Nanetta in “Falstaff.”
There are now three Pittsburgh area theaters that show The Met in HD: Cinemark
Robinson in Settler’s Ridge Center at Exit 61 on the Parkway West (I-376), Cinemark
18 in Pittsburgh Mills at Exit 12A on PA-28, and the Pittsburgh North 11 Theater at
9700 McKnight Road. The simulcasts are live on Saturday afternoons, with "encore"
presentations on Wednesday evenings two weeks later and eventually on home TV in
PBS's "Great Performance" series. It should be noted that "Live in HD" performances (10
in 2013-14, cut back from 12 this season) coincide with the Met's Saturday afternoon live
radio broadcasts – a great American cultural tradition since 1931, aired weekly during the
season on WQED-FM.

The 2013-14 Live in HD broadcast schedule begins Oct. 5 with a new production
of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin, featuring Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. The
remaining operas are:

Shostakovich: “The Nose,” 12:55 p.m. Oct. 26, 2013
Puccini: “Tosca,” 12:55 p.m. Nov. 9, 2013
Verdi: “Falstaff,” 12:55 p.m. Dec. 14, 2013
Dvorak: “Rusalka,” 12:55 p.m. Feb. 8, 2014
Borodin: “Prince Igor,” 12 Noon, March 1, 2014
Massenet: “Werther,” 12:55 p.m. March 15, 2014
Puccini: “La Boheme,” 12:55 p.m. April 5, 2014
Mozart: “Cosi fan tutte,” 12:55 p.m. April 26, 2014
Rossini: “La Cenerentola,” 12:55 p.m. May 10, 2014

Tickets may be purchased in advance from: http://www.metoperafamily.org/
metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx

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