The Met: Live in HD Continues
The Met: Live in HD continues Jan. 27 with Puccini’s Tosca
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, Jan. 27, with Puccini’s Tosca.
Tosca will be broadcast live in high definition from the Metropolitan Opera to the Vallecito Room of the FLC Student Union beginning at 10:55 a.m. Run time is approximately 2 hours and 53 minutes, with two intermissions.
Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than century. Critics have often had difficulty reconciling Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination.
Sir David McVicar’s “smashing new production” is “a grand triumph” according to the Huffington Post, with a cast led by soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role of the fiery diva and Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover Cavaradossi. According to the Wall Street Journal the pair is “youthful, ardent, and innocent… their duets electric, their kisses hot and numerous.”
No opera is more tied to its setting than Tosca, which takes place in Rome on the morning of June 17, 1800, through the dawn of the following day. The specified settings for each of the three acts – the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, Palazzo Farnese, and Castel Sant’Angelo – are familiar monuments in the city and can still be visited today.
While the libretto takes some liberties with the facts, historical issues form a basis for the opera: the people of Rome are awaiting news of the Battle of Marengo in northern Italy, which will decide the fate of their symbolically powerful city.
As noted in the New York Times, Yoncheva’s sound is “richly textured and shimmering,” and “Grigolo’s Cavaradossi is a true true hot head… complete with thrilling top notes.”
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. The Met Live in HD features six additional operas in the 2018 season:
° L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) – Feb. 10, 2018
° 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.