Friday, January 2, 2015

WSBE Learn: Great Performances at The Met in January

WSBE Learn: Great Performances at the Met 

WSBE Learn is your destination for opera every Saturday night. Great Performances at the Met presents a variety of what you love in opera, and yours is always the best front-row seat in the house! Check our listings on Learn for new and encore performances every month. 

Make note to reserve your place for the following performances. Five Saturdays in January means you can enjoy a bonus show this month! Enjoy. 

January 3 - Don Giovanni - Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads his first Met performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni in a new production directed by Tony Award winner Michael Grandage in his Met debut.

January 10 - Satyagraha - "Almost all the techniques of protest--now the common currency of contemporary political life--were invented and perfected by Gandhi during his South Africa years," Philip Glass has said. See stills from the revival of Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch's 2008 innovative production of Satyagraha, Glass' opera covering Gandhi's early life in South Africa.

January 17 - Rodelinda - Renée Fleming reprises one of her most popular interpretations: the title role in Handel's Rodelinda, under the baton of Baroque specialist Harry Bicket in the revival of Stephen Wadsworth's acclaimed production. 

January 24 - Faust - Three of the opera world's leading stars-Jonas Kaufmann, Marina Poplavskaya, and René Pape-sing the principal roles in a new production of Gounod's Faust, directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff in his Met debut. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met performances of the opera.

January 31 - Le Nozze di Figaro - Met music director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart's masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering count they work for, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy, Cherubino.

Scene from Le Nozze di Figaro