JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
The Grand Teton Music Festival partners with the Center of Wonder to announce another exciting season of The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD broadcasts. The season opens Thursday, November 10 at 7PM with Mozart’s masterful Don Giovanni and runs through July 2017.
This is GTMF’s seventh season of presenting broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera. With exquisite scores, legendary stories, and dramatic sets, GTMF, the Center for Wonder and The Met: Live in HD bring world-class opera to the Jackson Hole community. The season’s sensational line-up includes favorites from operatic greats Verdi, Mozart, Strauss, and Dvořák, with many productions returning to the stage with new life. The season includes:
Mozart’s Don Giovanni | November 10, 2016
Based on the legend of the amorous Don Juan, the Michael Grandage revival returns to the stage after a 5-year hiatus. Charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside also makes his return to The Met as the title hero who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. Supporting Mr. Keenlyside is a cast of the Metropolitan Opera’s brightest—Adam Plachetka plays Don Giovanni’s servant Leporello and Hibla Gerzmava stars as Giovanni’s latest target, Donna Anna. In his final season as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, famed conductor Fabio Luisi leads the score.
Audience members are invited to attend a special opening night reception beginning at 6PM hosted by Bistro Catering.
Verdi’s Nabucco | January 19, 2017
It’s sixth century B.C. in Jerusalem and the Israelites are praying for help against the brutal Babylonian King Nabucco. The legendary baritone Plácido Domingo adds another title role at the Met under the baton of Music Director Emeritus James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people in this masterpiece, which effectively established Verdi as the major opera composer of his time.
Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette | February 1, 2017
When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time [they] are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s romantic Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the lush score.
Dvořák’s Rusalka | March 8, 2017
Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Maestro Mark Elder conducts.
Verdi’s La Traviata | March 23, 2017
The Metropolitan Opera presents a Willy Decker revival of Verdi’s great masterpiece. Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Music Director of the San Francisco Opera Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Mozart’s Idomeneo | April 13, 2017
Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.
Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier | July 5, 2017
The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’ grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.
GTMF and the Center of Wonder will present all broadcasts at Jackson’s Center for the Arts. Tickets to The Met: Live in HD are $20 for adults and seniors, and $12 for students and children. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit gtmf.org or call the Center for the Arts box office at 307.733.4900.
About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF): For seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival reunites a celebrated orchestra of musicians led by Music Director Donald Runnicles. Throughout the winter, GTMF provides various community outreach programs, a Winter Music series in February, as well as broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series.
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