Free opera for the masses--this might be the perfect time to try out the art form with the kids. The Summer HD Festival will feature 10 productions at Lincoln Center Plaza--two of them perfect for children.
Operas will be screened on the façade of the Met for ten straight nights. The lineup ranges from modern masterpieces to classics of the French, Italian, and German repertory.
Three new productions from the 2009-10 season will be included: Puccinis Tosca, starring Karita Mattila and Marcelo Álvarez; Offenbachs Les Contes dHoffmann, starring Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja; and Bizets Carmen.
Tosca opens the season on Saturday, August 28, and Carmen closes the festival on Monday, September 6. Last summer, more than 40,000 people attended the first HD Festival, a part of the Mets Free Summer Events series. All screenings are free and no tickets are required. 3,100 seats will be available each night on a first-come, first served basis. There are no rain dates.
Our Kids Picks:
Sunday, August 29, 8:00pm: THE MAGIC FLUTEJames Levine conducts Mozarts The Magic Flute, in the Mets abridged, English-language holiday production, created by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor and geared toward family audiences. Approximate running time: 113 minutes.
Friday, September 3, 8:00pm: HANSEL AND GRETEL Humperdincks masterpiece stars Christine Schäfer as Gretel, Alice Coote as Hansel, and Philip Langridge as the Witch. Approximate running time: 112 minutes.
Date Night Special:
Wednesday, September 1, 7:45pm: LES CONTES DHOFFMANN James Levine conducts Bartlett Shers new production of Offenbachs Les Contes dHoffmann, with Anna Netrebko as Antonia and Joseph Calleja as Hoffmann. Approximate running time: 160 minutes. This is one sexy production!
First Taste of Opera
Thursday, September 2, 8:00pm: LA BOHÈME Franco Zeffirellis classic production of Puccinis La Bohème features Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì and Ramón Vargas as Rodolfo. Approximate running time: 130 minutes.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2010
Start times range from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm (no intermissions)
LINCOLN CENTER PLAZA
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