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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Saturday, April 21, 10:55AM
Run time 3:31/One intermission
(Act I 89 / Intermission 30 / Act II 92)
The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Così fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love—from the loftiest to the basest—is explored in this extraordinary opera – complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters and a ferris wheel.
Guiseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller
Thursday, May 3, 6:00PM
Run time 3:38/Two intermissions
(Act I 64 / Intermission 35 / Act II 42 / Intermission 35 / Act III 42)
James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love.
(Act I 64 / Inter 35 / Act II 42 / Inter 35 / Act III 42)
Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon
Thursday, May 10, 6:00PM
Run time 2:47/One intermission
(Acts I & II 71 / Intermission 30 / Acts III & IV 66)
“Glorious,” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. “Her performance was thoroughly enchanting.” Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with DiDonato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.
Sponsored locally by The Wayland Henry Cato Jr. Foundation with additional support from the Christine Gempp Love Foundation, Susan Heyneman, Lollie B. Plank, Isabel Wallop, Thickman Family Foundation, the Witzel Family Foundation, Anne Pendergast, and Craig & Judy Johnson