Past Events: 2011

December 19, 2011
: Guiseppi Verdi's Don Carlo
35 opera fans were awed at the majesty and grandeur with this outstanding production of one of Verdi’s greatest operas, with lavish staging by the internationally-renowned Franco Zeffirelli, and the forces of the formidable La Scala Opera Orchestra and Chorus, all under the masterful direction of house conductor Riccardo Muti. This live taped performance from 1992 featured distinguished tenor Luciano Pavarotti as Carlo, and bass Samuel Ramey as King Philip II. Guests were offered seasonal snacks along with a satisfying hot spiced cranberry punch at the intermission. The all-Verdi cycle concludes in Spring 2012 with stellar performances of Otello in January and La Forza del Destino in February. We will then begin our much-anticipated Bel Canto cycle, and we will present some of the most popular and memorable works of the repertoire, starting off with a not-to-be-missed performance of the much-loved Bizet classic Carmen.
 
 
 
 
November 28, 2011: Guiseppi Verdi's Nabucco

60 opera fans were very impressed and quite pleased with this grand and spectacular live taped performance from the April 2001 Verdi Centenary production from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Featured artists included internationally-renowned bass-baritone Juan Pons in the title role of Nabucco, Russian soprano Maria Guleghina as Abigaille, and American bass Samuel Ramey as Zaccaria , with Maestro James Levine conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Guests were offered cake and candies, along with a tasty citrus punch at the intermission, and presented with a bookmark to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Opera @ the Library. The all-Verdi cycle continues in December with a magnificent performance of Don Carlo, and concludes in Spring 2012 with stellar performances of Otello and La Forza del Destino. We will then begin our much-anticipated Bel Canto cycle, and we will present some of the most popular and memorable works of the repertoire, starting off with a grand performance of the much-loved Bizet classic Carmen.

 

 

October 24, 2011:
Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore
60 opera fans were awed and thrilled with this spectacular May 2002 taped live performance of Verdi’s blazingly passionate opera, from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Jose Cura, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Yvonne Naef, and Veronica Villarroel lead the all-star cast, in Elijah Moshinsky’s new Royal Opera House production co-produced with the Teatro Real Madrid, with Carlo Rizzi conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House. In the spirit of the season guests were offered pumpkin and cookie pudding cups , along with a colorful apple harvest punch at the intermission. The all-Verdi cycle continues on in November with our second anniversary program, and a splendid performance of Nabucco, with Don Carlo in December, and in Spring 2012, we finish the cycle with great performances of Otello and La forza del destino. We then embark upon our eagerly-anticipated Bel Canto cycle in March, with an outstanding performance of the opera house favorite Carmen.
 
 
September 26, 2011:
Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata
68 opera fans were awed and thrilled with this grand and visually spectacular performance of the 1982 Franco Zeffirelli film of the beloved Verdi opera, that featured tenor Placido Domingo as Alfredo, soprano Teresa Stratas as Violetta, and baritone Cornell MacNeil as Giorgio Germont, with maestro James Levine conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Guests were offered cookies and candies, along with a mock champagne punch at the intermission. The all-Verdi cycle runs through the end of this year and concludes in Spring 2012, where we will then embark on our Bel Canto cycle, and present some of the most popular and memorable works of the repertoire.
 
 
 
 
 

August 22, 2011: Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto

64 opera fans were very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed this spectacular 1981 filmed opera performance shot on location in Italian Renaissance landmarks including the Castello di San Giorgio in Mantua, the Piazza Duomo in Cremona, and the Teatro Farnese in Parma. Riccardo Chially conducted the Vienna Philharmonic and Konzertvereinigung Vienna State Opera Chorus, and film direction was by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. This celebrated production featured superstar tenor Luciano Pavarotti as the Duke, Ingvar Wixell as Rigoletto, and Edita Gruberova as Gilda . Guests were offered petite cupcakes and candies, along with a colorful carnival punch at the intermission. The all-Verdi cycle continues in September with a performance of La Traviata, and runs throughout this year and concludes in Spring 2012, where we will then embark on our much-anticipated Bel Canto cycle, and present some of the most popular and memorable works of the repertoire.
 
 
July 25, 2011: Giuseppe Verdi's Aida

62 opera fans were duly impressed and thoroughly enjoyed this grand and spectacular live taped performance from the 1989-1990 season from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Featured artists included Aprile Millo in the title role of Aïda, Placido Domingo as Radames, Dolora Zajick as Amneris, and Sherrill Milnes as Amonasro, Aïda’s father, with maestro James Levine conducting. Guests were offered cookies and candies, along with a golden nectar punch at the intermission. The all-Verdi cycle continues in August with a performance of Rigoletto, and runs through the end of this year and concludes in Spring 2012, where we will then embark on our Bel Canto cycle, and present some of the most popular and memorable works of the repertoire.

 

 

June 27, 2011:
W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte ‘The Magic Flute’

64 opera fans were positively charmed and delighted with this taped live HD performance from the highly-acclaimed 2006 Julie Taymor production from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Guests were offered petite rainbow sherbet, pecan cookies, and a colorful, fruity rainbow punch beverage at the intermission. The all-Verdi cycle begins in July with a grand performance of Aïda, and runs to the end of this year and concludes in Spring 2012, where we will then embark on our Bel Canto cycle, and present some of the most popular and memorable works of the repertoire.

 

 

May 23, 2011: W.A. Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail
45 opera fans were charmed and delighted with this taped live performance from the 1991 Schwetzinger Festspiele Opera featuring Ruth Ann Swenson, Malin Hartelius, Hans Peter Blochwitz, and Kurt Rydl. Guests were offered cookies and brownies, along with a refreshing Turkish mint lemonade beverage at intermission. The German cycle concludes in June with W.A. Mozart’s final opera, Die Zauberflöete,The Magic Flute’, and we will proudly present the 2006 highly-acclaimed Julie Taymor production from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. We will then embark on our much-anticipated all-Verdi cycle, including eight of the very best and most popular of the composer’s operas.
 
 
 
April 25, 2011:
Richard Wagner's Parsifal

42 opera fans were in attendance for this taped live performance from the Metropolitan Opera House that featured heldentenor Siegfried Jerusalem in the title role. Guests were offered light refreshments at intermission, and enjoyed mock champagne punch along with a delightful assortment of cookies. The German cycle continues in May with W.A. Mozart’s early success Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’, and we’ll end in June with his last opera, Die Zauberflote, ‘The Magic Flute’. We will then for the rest of the year be presenting our all-Verdi cycle, including six of the very best and most popular of the composer’s operas.

 

 


March 28, 2011: Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin

40 opera fans were in attendance for this 2009 lived taped performance that featured superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann in his role debut in this performance, in a Richard Jones production conducted by Kent Nagano, from the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Munich. Guests were offered light refreshments at intermission, and enjoyed mock champagne punch along with a delightful assortment of culinary confections. The German cycle continues in April, and we will present Wagner’s final work Parsifal. In May, we will present W. A. Mozart’s early opera singspiel Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’, and end our German cycle in June with his last opera, Die Zauberflote, ‘The Magic Flute’. The second half of the year will be devoted to our all-Verdi cycle, and will include six of the very best and most popular of the composer’s operas.
 
 

https://3616305705806813726-a-1802744773732722657-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/operaatthelibrary/schedule/february-28-2011--r-strauss--der-rosenkavalier/der%20rosencavelier.jpg?attachauth=ANoY7co2j05xPCVF665JaGOrcMBhH1-0R_V5IHwJIE9O7x-4w36BmF7Eqa9JpIH7aoTSx-LRJaYmcQXLw7VO0Qel6CDzSPtenc7zVGURtxCwK3rhDvymhZ5uGWvjsHGS7SxTtPFahBYJBdzKjoF1Q7aGjellUxwEn8YslH6d6ooTtrkICuFxJHNG4-P9lhqTRmPeWOKgk-1182ZuyFz3SekXxsdSRqNVPWUFBoGVh60GI2eQJeC9yAsEvl4wxydgVIC5AERhseH2MlGLhtQyBbxSZxMuEJT3R4n6x-NGJhuFDu3nCxV1Kxo%3D&attredirects=0February 28, 2011: Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

58 opera fans were in attendance for this 1985 live taped performance that featured Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as the Marschallin, in a lavish production from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden. Guests were offered light refreshments at intermission, and enjoyed mock champagne punch along with a delightful assortment of mints and cookies. The German cycle continues in March with Richard Wagner’s tale of the swan knight Lohengrin, and then in April we will view his final work Parsifal. In May, we will present W. A. Mozart’s early opera singspiel Die Entführung aus dem Serail, ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’, and end our German cycle in June with his last opera, Die Zauberflöte, ‘The Magic Flute’.


January 24, 2011: Richard Strauss’s Salome

Opera@theLibrary opened its 2011 season with an intense performance of Richard Strauss’s controversial opera Salome. Strong and dramatic singing showcased this 2007 Luc Bondy staging in a taped live performance from Milan’s premier Teatro alla Scala, which featured soprano Nadja Michael as the demented Salome, and German bass Falk Struckmann as the doomed prophet Jochanaan. 62 opera fans were in attendance, including guests and friends from New York, to this emotional and provocative performance, which was based on the biblical story of Salome and John the Baptist, and adapted from the play by Oscar Wilde. Everyone will not soon forget the chilling and dramatic performance of Nadja Michael as Salome, who personified and characterized the role to near perfection. Guests were offered light refreshments after the program, and enjoyed hot chocolat, cold-blooded red punch, and a delightful assortment of cookies and confections. Next month, we will be contrasting the dissonant and atonal sounds of Salome with the lush orchestrations and romantic melodies of Der Rosenkavalier, ‘The Knight of the Rose’, Strauss’s story of young love at first sight. The German cycle will continue in March and April with the Grail operas of Richard Wagner, with the tale of the swan knight Lohengrin, and then we’ll examine the Christian themes in his final work Parsifal. In May and June we will contrast W. A. Mozart’s early success Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, with the singspiel, and his last opera, Die Zauberflöte.
 
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