The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series
Santa Feans generally think of the opera season as beginning at the top of July, but since the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series has become a part of our lives, the season begins both then and now. Ten of the Met’s productions will be winging their way in real time (with some repeated in evening “encore screenings”) to cinemas around the world. At the Lensic Performing Arts Center they arrive on Saturday mornings, usually at 11 a.m. but an hour or half hour earlier in the case of especially long works. One of the most discussed offerings in the series will be broadcast Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. (with no encore screening): Wagner’s Tristan
und Isolde, in a new production directed by Mariusz Trelin´ski and conducted by Simon Rattle, starring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton as the doomed lovers and René Pape as King Marke.
Among other season highlights: Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin, which was given its American premiere by Santa Fe Opera in 2002, now with Susanna Phillips in the leading part (Dec. 10); Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, recalled from Santa Fe’s most recent summer, in a new Met production not set in the American Civil War (been there, done that) but rather as an 18th-century costume drama starring soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo, with baritone Elliot Madore reprising the role of Mercutio, which he sang here over the summer (Jan. 21); Dvorˇák’s
Rusalka, in a new production with soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role (Feb. 25); Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, starring the revered Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the greatest baritone role of Russian opera, along with the Met’s house soprano, Anna Netrebko (April 22); and Strauss’ Der
Rosenkavalier in a new production featuring, as the Marschallin, Renée Fleming, approaching the end of her stage career, along with Elˉïna Garancˇa as Octavian and Erin Morley as Sophie (May 13). Tickets are $22 to $28; the Lensic is at 211 W. San Francisco St. Call 505-988-1234 or visit www.ticketssantafe.org.
If broadcast opera is your bag, you should also mark your calendar for Sundays at 11:15 a.m., when every week or two (more or less) The Screen, on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus, shows productions of operas and a few ballets from leading international companies. Coming up in the rotation are Fidelio from the Salzburg Festival, with Adrianne Pieczonka and Jonas Kaufmann (Oct. 16); Norma, from the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, with Sonya Yoncheva, Sonia Ganassi, and Joseph Calleja (Oct. 30); and Shostakovich’s The Golden Age, with the principals, soloists, and corps of the Bolshoi Ballet (Nov. 6). The Screen is at 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. Tickets are $20, with various discounts applicable; call 505-473-6494. Keep an eye on the “Coming Soon” page at www.thescreensf.com. — James M. Keller
Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme in Tristan und Isolde