Palace starts new Met sea­son Oct 8

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FOUNDED IN 1880 as an al­ter­na­tive to the pre­vi­ously es­tab­lished Acad­emy of Mu­sic opera house, The Met de­buted in 1883 in a new build­ing on 39th and Broad­way, New York (now known as the ‘Old Met’). The new Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera House, which opened at Lin­coln Cen­tre in Septem­ber 1966, was equipped with the finest tech­ni­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

Many great con­duc­tors have helped shape the Met, be­gin­ning with Wag­ner’s dis­ci­ple An­ton Seidl in the 1880s and 1890s, and Ar­turo Toscanini, who made his de­but in 1908.

Within a few weeks of the open­ing of the new Met in 1966, so­prano Birgit Nils­son starred as Isolde, one of her sig­na­ture roles, in Wag­ner’s Tris­tan und Isolde. Now, 50 years later, Nina Stemme opens the Met’s 2016 - 17 sea­son in the same role, in a new pro­duc­tion by Mar­iusz Tre­lin­ski. Stu­art Skel­ton stars as Tris­tan, Eka­te­rina Gubanova as Bran­gane and Rene Pape as King Marke.

Ja­maica of­fi­cially joins in the 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on Oc­to­ber 8 at Carib 5, when The Met’s 2016 -17 sea­son of Live in HD cin­ema trans­mis­sions opens. Fit­tingly, Palace Amuse­ment Com­pany is honour­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of Ger­man com­poser Robert Wag­ner by team­ing with the Ja­maican-Ger­man So­ci­ety (JGS) and The Gleaner for this stag­ing of the cel­e­brated opera.

In re­cent years Swedish, so­prano Nina Stemme has sung roles such as Isolde (Tris­tan And Isolde) and Brunnhilde (Wag­ner’s Ring Cy­cle), among many oth­ers.

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Stemme’s highly ac­claimed Isolde in Christof Loy’s pro­duc­tion of Tris­tan And Isolde at the Royal Opera House in Lon­don ren­dered her the Laurence Olivier Award for best role in­ter­pre­ta­tion 2010. Nina Stemme has also been hon­oured with the Swedish Royal medal Lit­teris et Art­ibus and the Ital­ian Premio Ab­biati.

Stu­art Skel­ton was named Quilt’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, Rayon McLean.

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