Performing Arts Center Events
|Met Opera Summer Encore: La Rondine|
Puccini’s achingly beautiful score charmingly conveys the plight of Magda (the “swallow” of the title), who unexpectedly finds true love with the handsome young Ruggero. But their idyllic life comes to a premature end as she is haunted by the fear that her checkered past will ruin his future. Opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna portray Puccini’s star-crossed lovers. Nicholas Joël’s production features elegant and sophisticated art-deco sets that contribute to the dazzling stage picture.
Approximate runtime: 2 hours
|Met Opera Summer Encore: La Fanciulla del West|
Puccini’s musical vision of the American West is vividly brought to life in the Met’s atmospheric production. Deborah Voigt is Minnie, the “girl of the golden west” and owner of a bar in a Californian mining camp. Marcello Giordani sings Dick Johnson, the bandit-turned-lover hunted by the cynical sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo), who wants Minnie for himself. Complete with whiskey-drinking cowboys, gunplay, a poker game, and a snowstorm, La Fanciulla del West is Puccini at his most colorful.
Approximate runtime: 2 hours, 30 minutes
|Met Opera Summer Encore: Roméo and Juliette|
The world’s most famous love story comes to operatic life with superstars Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna as the star-crossed young couple. Their performances brought audiences to their feet in both the opera house and in movie theaters. Gounod’s ultra-sensual interpretation of Shakespeare also features Nathan Gunn as Mercutio and Plácido Domingo on the podium.
Approximate runtime: 3 hours
Pianist/composer/arranger Laurence Hobgood has enjoyed a multi-faced and dynamic career. In addition to twenty years of arranging for and collaborating with singer Kurt Elling, the multiple Grammy-nominee and Grammy winner Hobgood has also written vocal arrangements for a number of other prominent musicians. His signature style is easy to recognize and particularly his use of space and reharmonization have captured the attention of both student and professional composer/arrangers. 'Described by Dave Brubeck as "one of the most incredible pianists I have ever heard"'.
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