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, 2 May, 2015.

Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta / Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle — New Production

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.
Approximate running time 3hrs 40. Sung in Russian/Hungarian.

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

Story synopsis


"Tchaikovsky's music for Iolanta is wistful, tremulous and full of yearning, qualities Ms. Netrebko communicates through her bittersweet singing. Yet flashes of vocal intensity, a Netrebko hallmark, come through when Iolanta tells of her increasing confusion. Ms. Michael brings a strong, bright voice and visceral intensity to Judith. There were overwhelming passages in Mr. Gergiev's account of this astonishing Bartok score, with its Expressionist angst and Debussy-like lushness. He brought out rustic, folkloric elements in the music that seemed fresh." — The New York Times

"Thrillingly staged by Mariusz Trelinski… [he] and his chief designers — Boris Kudlicka (sets) and Bartek Macias (video) — float free from the plot into a poetic realm infused with feeling, menace, magic. Both operas make poetic use of video in a way I've rarely seen on the opera stage. And both had superlative casts. Netrebko's blooming soprano and dignity — even in a billowy white nightgown — humanized the princess. Piotr Beczala's tenor gleamed as Vaudemont, who lights up her life."

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.


May 16 La Donna del Lago (Rossini)
May 30 Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) / Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
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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