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The Grand Teton Music Festival announces another sensational season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. The season opens on Thursday, October 11 at 7PM with Verdi’s Aida—perhaps the composer’s grandest grand opera. The season runs through April 2019 with broadcasts presented monthly.
The Metropolitan Opera stages more than 200 performances in New York each year, and the Grand Teton Music Festival is proud to share the Met’s historic productions with the Jackson Hole community. This year, the series is presented at the Jackson Hole Twin Cinema—295 West Pearl Avenue.
October 11, 2018 at 7PM – Verdi’s Aida
Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida features an epic backdrop for an intimate love story. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of love and duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. In the highlight of the season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the role of Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production.
November 8, 2018 at 7PM – Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Dalila
When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson and Dalila. Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak makes his Met debut with a vivid and seductive production—the first new staging in 20 years. Sir Mark Elder conducts.
December 13, 2018 at 7PM – Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West
Puccini’s American opera is set in the wild west of the California Gold Rush, and the title character is one of the composer’s most appealing heroines—a strong, independent woman determined to win the man she loves. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek is Puccini’s gun-slinging girl and tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes a heralded return to the Met stage as the outlaw she loves. Baritone Zeljko Lucic is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
January 10, 2019 at 7PM – Verdi’s La Traviata
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s new production, featuring a richly textured 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta, the tragic heroine, is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire and is captured by Diana Damrau. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.
February 14, 2019 at 7PM – Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur
Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczala as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater.
March 14, 2019 at 7PM – Bizet’s Carmen
Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenor Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.
April 11, 2019 at 7PM – Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment
This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Maurizio Muraro is the comic Sergeant Sulpice and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.
Reserve your tickets for the 2018-2019 season through our website. Single tickets to The Met: Live in HD broadcasts are $20 for adults and seniors, and $12 for students and children. New this year, season subscriptions are available! To purchase and learn more about the season, visit gtmf.org/met-2018.
About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF):
For seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival unites 200 celebrated orchestral musicians. These musicians represent 90 different orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning throughout Europe and North America. During the year, GTMF provides monthly community concerts, a Winter Festival, the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, and several education programs for Teton County Students. The Grand Teton Music Festival is the single largest performing arts presenter in Jackson Hole with nearly 100 events annually. The Festival also launched a 13-part national radio broadcast called “Live from the Grand Teton Music Festival,” co-hosted by Donald Runnicles and Andrew Palmer Todd. Check local radio listings for broadcast times.
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