New York City is singing its way into Conway! For the past 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has established itself as the greatest opera company in the world. With the finest artists on and offstage presenting bold and vibrant interpretations of the world’s best-loved classics, seeing a show at the Met is the cultural experience of a lifetime and Captured Live from the Met at UCA is bringing all of that beauty home to Conway!
Through the magic of High-Definition broadcasting and the sponsorship of the University of Central Arkansas College of Fine Arts and Communication, the wonder of world-class opera has never been closer for Central Arkansas’ culturally curious. UCA joins 600 participating venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia for this series of remarkable as-if-you-were-there broadcasts, and you can be a part of it! For a fraction of the cost of a Met ticket (not to mention a plane ticket), Arkansans of all ages can attend Captured Livebroadcasts of these unique events in the comfort of the Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Be sure to join us for the exciting third season of Metropolitan Opera HD transmissions at UCA!
2012-2013 HD TRANSMISSION SCHEDULE
October 14, 2012, 2:00 PM
Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.
The virtuosic Elīna Garanča sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I, and Maurizio Benini conducts.
February 17, 2013, 2:00 PM
Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960. In this production, inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack, Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke of Mantua, Željko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.
*All times are encore presentations of an earlier live performance.
**Cast members are subject to change.
All shows made possible by the UCA Arts Fee. For more information on UCA Met Opera transmissions, contact the College of Fine Arts and Communication office at 501-450-3293. To learn more about the Met Opera, visit www.metopera.org.
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