Opera in Bermuda



Gilbert & Sullivan Society (in conjunction with BUEI) is proud to present ‘The Met: Live in HD’ operas in Bermuda (on film). Next opera is on Saturday, 30 May, 2015.

This is the last opera in the current season.

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo's Pagliacci—New Production

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Approximate running time 3hrs 30. Sung in Italian.

Matthew Nester will provide a brief introduction about each opera and its composer immediately before the performance.

Story synopsis

Review

"For this new “Cav/Pag,” the Met recruited a strong cast, featuring Marcelo Álvarez in the lead tenor roles of both works: Turiddu, the peasant returned from the army in “Cavalleria”; and Canio, the leader of the troupe in “Pagliacci,” who plays the clown in the traveling show. This double assignment is a formidable challenge, and Mr. Álvarez delivers the most impassioned and commanding singing I have heard from him at the Met. The soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek brings vocal charisma and wrenching vulnerability to Santuzza, the tragic heroine of “Cavalleria,” a young woman who, having been seduced by Turiddu, now loves him desperately." – The New York Times

"David McVicar’s new Met production provides a splendid, subtly contemporary view of the two verismo chestnuts, demonstrating that these fast-paced tales of jealousy and murder, with their explicit, hair-trigger emotionalism, still have the power to shock. [Patricia Racette’s] full-bore participation in the “play” was particularly stellar, considering that it was hilariously staged with the aid of a vaudeville consultant, Emil Wolk, and three adept clowns (Marty Keiser, Andy Sapora and Joshua Wynter). Ms. Racette jumped right in with the physical comedy and the classic routines, including shaving-cream pies, a chicken puppet, a refrigerator and some unconventional exits. The play was so funny and absorbing that, like the onstage audience, the observer couldn’t be entirely sure when the real-life showdown began." – Wall Street Journal

"The music is simple, sweepingly romantic and dramatic, like a grand score for a movie, and the orchestra and splendid Met chorus carry much of the storytelling. The lovely and familiar intermezzo, often played alone as an orchestral piece, is rendered beautifully by the superb Met Orchestra under Fabio Luisi's assured baton." – WQXR




All on Saturdays, at BUEI auditorium, starting at 5pm.

TICKETS: *$35 / *$30 students. Purchase in advance (using button below or at BUEI gift shop - in person or call 294 0204) or purchase at door – cash/cheque/credit card.


More info – synopses, video clips: www.metoperafamily.org. GandS contact: Matt Nester / opera@gands.bm.


All ticket holders are entitled to a 10% discount at the Harbourfront restaurant following the performance upon presentation of their ticket stubs.

All operas are shown with English subtitles

Harbourfront will be providing a cash bar for pre-performance and interval drinks
– and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served during the intermission.




Tickets $35 / $30 students
More information on the new season is on the Met web site

For more information, contact Matt Nester


The link to the Met’s website for the HD broadcasts is www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/hd_events_next.aspx


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