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Metropolitan Opera for Dummies and what to watch in the new season

In the Metropolitan Opera, in New York, the new season begins. The “Forum” collected information about the most interesting operas, cheap tickets and Russian-speaking soloists, of which there are many. And also - a few tips on how to understand and love opera.

The season of 2015-2016 of the year will open on September 21. opera by Giuseppe Verdi "Othello". Directed by Barlett Sher - Tony Award winner; world stars are soloists: the winner of the Paul Sachs Prize is the Latvian Alexander Antonenko and the laureate of the Operaia opera singers competition, the finalist of the competition Enrico Caruso, the Bulgarian opera singer Sonya Yoncheva.

Tickets for the opening of the season are almost sold out, and prices for the rest start at $ 140. But residents of New York and guests of the city can see this event for free. The live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera Theater will be held in the heart of the city - on Times Square. Places for spectators are organized on Broadway, between 43 and 44 streets, and Duffy Square, between 46 and 47 streets.

Hear the opening of the season in real time can be completely free on Metropolitan Opera site.

Residents of other cities and countries, although they will not be able to see the very opening of the season, have the opportunity to watch all the performances of this year in real time. Live broadcasts are held in cinemas in many US cities, Canada and more than in 60 other countries of the world. A full list of cities and countries can be seen at Online. The cost of watching an opera in a cinema depends on the price policy of the cinema.

After the tremendous success of the operas “Iolanta” and “Macbeth”, one of the greatest opera singers of our time, the Russian Anna Netrebko, returns to the stage. This season she will play the main role in Giuseppe Verdi's opera “The Troubadour”.

Undoubtedly, the main star of this season is Placido Domingo. The most famous tenor of our time will perform in an unusual baritone pattern for himself. opera “Simon Boccanegra”.

In total this season, 24 operas will be presented at the Metropolitan Opera.

How to love opera

For the inexperienced opera may seem too pretentious and incomprehensible. But do not be afraid of it, opera is a very accessible form of art and is very easy to love, explains Article in the Vox edition, Fred Plotkin, author of popular books and articles about opera. Here are some tips for newbies:

  1. It is not necessary to start with monumental classic works. If you are a beginner, choose something easier and more interesting - for example, this season it is “Rigoletto”, the effect of which is transferred to 60. In general, call the box office - they will advise you on what offers of the season are best for the first acquaintance with the opera art.
  2. No overpay for tickets. How exactly to buy cheap tickets - read below.
  3. Read the plot of the opera in advance (on the Internet or in the program), and you can enjoy the music without being distracted by the intricacies of events.
  4. Come to the theater before the show - so you can not only avoid the huge queues in the toilets, but also have time to enjoy a glass of champagne in the theater bar.
  5. Go to the opera with friends. A trip to the opera house can be a great opportunity to dress up and meet nice people who can not only join you in the theater bar, but also discuss what they see on stage.

How to buy cheap tickets from $ 25

Opera in the USA is usually an expensive pleasure, as Americans, unlike other countries, do not subsidize art. Tickets for the opening night of the season can cost several thousand dollars. Nevertheless, it is quite possible to visit the Metropolitan Opera for very little money.

Fridays for those less than 40

You can buy tickets for Friday's performances on the ground floor and on the balcony of the second floor for as little as $ 60-100, if you are not 40 years old. This can be done only on the site for this link. Maximum of two tickets in one hand. Tickets must be picked up at the box office on the day of the presentation (be sure to take a document confirming age).

Student program

Tickets for a special low price (from $ 25) for all full-time students can be bought on the day of the performance at the box office of the opera. You need to have a student card with you.

You can also buy a ticket with such a discount through the site, but for this you will need to be in advance sign up and send a photo of a student card by email.

Discount tickets for children -50%

From November 26 to December 30, tickets for spectators younger than 18 can be bought at half price. The offer is valid only in the box office of the opera upon presentation of a document confirming the age of the young audience.

Standing places

In the hall of the theater there are several rows of standing places, tickets for which are sold at the box office of the theater on the day of the performance. Prices start at $ 25 and depend on the overall pricing policy for a specific event. Viewers at standing places, as well as all the others, will be able to see screens with subtitles in different languages.

Hot Tickets

Perhaps the most popular and profitable is the so-called program of “hot” tickets (Rush tickets). Every day, exactly at 12: 00 of the day, you can buy unrealized tickets for the evening show of the same day for only $ 25.

This can only be done online; a site visitor is allowed to buy a maximum of two tickets once a week. Only registered users of the Metropolitan Opera official website can take advantage of this offer, so we strongly advise everyone to create their own account on the site in advance.

Also, when buying “hot” tickets, we advise you not to waste time selecting seats, but indicate the option “best available seats” (best available), as tickets for this promotion are really sold out in a matter of minutes.

What will go to the Metropolitan Opera

The 2015-2016 season is traditionally divided into autumn, winter and spring premieres.

Autumn

“Othello”

Verdi's masterpiece based on the play of Shakespeare. The main parties will perform - one of the most sought-after singers of the younger generation is the Latvian Alexander Antonenko (Othello) and the rising star of soprano Bulgarian singer Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona).

Dates: 21, 24, 28 September, 2, 6, 10, 14, October 17, 20, 23, April 28, 2 and 6 May.

“Turandot”

People's Artist of Russia and Abkhazia, soloist of the Moscow Musical Theater. K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko, Khibla Gerzmava will perform one of the main roles (Liu) in the famous opera by Giacomo Puccini “Turandot” about the proud princess of ancient China. Aria Calaf "Nessun dorma" from this opera is one of the most popular opera fragments both among performers and listeners.

Dates: 23, 26, 30 September, 3, 22, 26, 30 October, 3, 7, 12 November, 11, 15, 18, 22, 26, 30 January.

"Troubadour"

The world famous Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko will perform the lead role in Verdi’s opera masterpiece. "Troubadour". The audience will be able to appreciate Netrebko’s vocal and dramatic talents - Anna will sing the part of Leonora, who sacrifices her own life for the love of the Gypsy troubadour.

Dates: 25, 29 September, 3, 7, 10, 17 October, 3, 6, 9, 13 February.

"Yearning"

In this opera Puccini, the part of the famous singer Floria Toska will perform (on different days) four stars of the soprano: Oksana Duke, Angela Gheorghiu, Maria Guleghina and Lyudmila Monastyrskaya. Three of the listed singers are Ukrainian. Oksana Dyka - laureate of the International Opera Singers Competition in Marseille, until 2007, was the leading soloist of the National Opera of Ukraine. Odessa Maria Guleghina performs at the world's leading opera houses since 1987. Lyudmila Monastyrskaya is considered the “main” Aida of the modern world opera stage.

Dates: 16, 21, 24, 29 October, 2, 6, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 November and 1 December.

“Rigoletto”

The opera takes place not in the 17 century palace in Mantua, but in the Las Vegas casino in 1960's. In this creative production, the part of Gilda is performed by Olga Peretyatko, a famous Russian opera singer who sang a duet with Jose Carreras in 2011 during his concert in Moscow. Olga Peretyatko is the laureate of the “Operaia” competition (the competition of opera performers organized by Placido Domingo), the International Competition “Belcanto Prize” and the International Competition named after Feruchcho Tagliavini.

Dates: 20, 23, 28, 31 October, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19 November, 2, 5, 8, 12, 17 December.

Also in the fall season, “Anna Boleyn”, “Tannhauser”, “Lulu”, “Bohemia”, “The Bat”, “The Lake Maiden” and “The Barber of Seville” will be shown in the Metropolitan Opera.

Winter

“The pearl seekers”

This opera by Georges Bizet will be staged at the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in 100 years. Although “Pearl Seekers” are rarely put on stage, they are recorded quite often, especially the famous tenor aria “Je crois entendre encore” and the duet for tenor and baritone “Au fond du temple saint”, which will be performed by world-class stars American Matthew Polencani and Pole Mariusz Kvechen.

Dates: December 31, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 23, 27, January 30 and February 4.

“The Wedding of Figaro”

Russian bass Mikhail Petrenko will perform for the first time on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera the role of Figaro's valet in Mozart's opera buffo on the libretto of Lorenzo da Ponte “The Wedding of Figaro”. This production was made by director Sir Richard Ayr (films “Iris”, “Scandalous Diary”, “Beauty in English”), who transferred the heroes of the play Beaumarchais to Seville 1930's.

Dates: 25, February 29, 3, 7, 12, 16, 19, 22, March 26.

The following shows are also scheduled for the winter months: “Rural Honor”, ​​“Mary Stuart”, “Manon Lesko”, “Madame Butterfly”, “Don Pasquale”, “Love potion”.

Spring

“Simon Boccanegra”

The world famous tenor Placido Domingo will play the main role in the opera Giuseppe Verdi “Simon Boccanegra”. Placido Domingo has been a brilliant soloist in Verdi’s operas for more than four decades.

Dates: 1, 5, 9, 13, 16 April.

“Abduction from seralya”

The gold winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition named after 2007 of the year, the world-famous Russian singer Albina Shagimuratova, will play the role of Constanza in the Mozart singspiel “Abduction from seralya”.

Dates: 22, 27, April 30, 3 and May 7.

In addition, in the spring on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera can be seen such performances as “Roberto Devereux”, “Electra”.

All the performances of the season are in our event calendar.

 

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