The Met: Live in HD Continues
The Met: Live in HD continues Feb. 10 with L’Elisir d’Amore
Metropolitan Opera performance transmitted live in High-Definition to FLC campus
DURANGO, Colo. – The Met: Live in HD, presented by the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, continues its 2017-2018 series on Saturday, Feb. 10 with Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.
L’Elisir d’Amore will be broadcast live in high definition from the Metropolitan Opera to the Vallecito Room of the FLC Student Union beginning at 10 a.m. Run time is approximately 2 hours and 39 minutes, with one intermission.
“Nothing can melt a chilled, wintry heart quite like a romantic tale of love conquering all and Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore… is one of the most heart-warming,” writes the Huffington Post.
L’Elisir d’Amore stars South African soprano Pretty Yende as wealthy landowner Adina, and American tenor Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the poor villager hopelessly in love with her. Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of Dulcamara, the quack doctor who sells the “magic elixir of love,” and Italian baritone Davide Luciano plays the visiting sergeant, Belcore. Venezuelan maestro Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting Bartlett Sher’s 2012 staging.
Donizetti wrote L’Elisir in mere weeks. He had accepted the hasty assignment from Milan’s Teatro alla Canobbiana when another composer failed to produce a score. It premiered on May 12, 1832, was an instant success, and has never been out of the repertory.
Although the Met staging by Bartlett Sher takes place in rural, 19th-century Italy, the story is timeless. The poor villager Nemorino must find a way to win the heart of Adina, a bookish yet fickle girl. Though Nemorino moons over Adina, she dismisses him, and advises him that her cure for the illness called “love” is to change lovers every day. But when she reads to him and some villagers from her book, the fable of Tristan and Isolde, and gets to the part about Tristan obtaining a love potion from a magician that will make Isolde love him, Nemorino surmises he has found his solution.
The “magic” of The Met: Live in HD events is that they are delivered 100 percent live via satellite. Audiences throughout the world experience the production at the same time as the audience sitting in the Metropolitan Opera itself. Additionally, between acts, the Live in HD viewers are treated to backstage interviews and other features the “in person” audiences never see. Susanna Phillips hosts the “behind the scenes” during the L’Elisir d’Amore event.
The Met Live in HD features five additional operas in the 2018 season:
- La Bohème (Puccini) – Feb. 24, 2018
- Semiramide (Rossini) – Mar. 10, 2018
- Così fan tutte (Mozart) (new production) – Mar. 31, 2018
- Luisa Miller (Verdi) – April 14, 2018
- Cendrillon (Massenet) (new production) – April 28, 2018
Since the Live in HD series launched in 2006, more than 17 million tickets have been sold to opera lovers worldwide. The Met: Live in HD is now seen in more than 2,000 theaters in 73 countries.
Advance tickets for individual screenings of The Met: Live in HD ($20-$23 plus service fee) are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 970.247.7657, or at the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave. in Downtown Durango.
Tickets are also available on the morning of each performance, one hour in advance of show time, at the FLC Student Union.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.