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The Rialto Cinemas will show encore performances of Metropolitan Opera performance in HD beginning Wednesday, June 13, in Sebastopol.
The encores will feature six acclaimed opera productions: Anna Bolena, Le Comte Ory, Don Giovanni, Les Contes D’Hoffman, Lucia de Lammermoor and Der Rosenkavalier. Each opera has previously been broadcast live from New York City. The summer presentations have less intermission time and fewer interviews and so are shorter than the originals but lose no operatic content.
Anna Bolena, conducted by Marco Armiliato, presented Wednesday, June 13 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Anna Netrebko portrays the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king, singing one of opera’s greatest mad scenes. 3 hours 10 minutes.
Le Comte Ory, conducted by Maurizio Benini, Wednesday, June 20 at 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez sings the title role of Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy, in Bartlett Sher’s Met premiere production. 2 hours 25 minutes.
Don Giovanni, conducted by Fabio Luisi, Wednesday, June 27 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Mariusz Kwiecien is the world’s most famous lover in Michael Grandage’s new production. The lineup of refined Mozartians also includes Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Ramón Vargas, and Luca Pisaroni. 3 hours.
Les Contes d’Hoffman, conducted by James Levine, Wednesday, July 11 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Bartlett Sher’s 2009 production stars Joseph Calleja in the tour-de-force title role of Offenbach’s fictionalized take on the life and loves of the German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann. Anna Netrebko is the tragic Antonia and Alan Held sings the demonic four villains. 3 hours.
Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Marco Armiliato, Wednesday, July 18 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Donizetti’s bel canto tragedy in her Met role debut, with Piotr Beczala as her lover, Edgardo. Mariusz Kwiecien is her tyrannical brother. 2 hours 25 minutes.
Der Rosenkavalier, conducted by Edo de Waart, Wednesday, July 25 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Strauss’s comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna stars Renée Fleming as the aristocratic Marschallin and Susan Graham in the trouser role of her young lover. 3 hours 20 minutes.
General admission tickets are $15, available at www.rialtocinemas.com. The theatre is at 6868 McKinley Street in Sebastopol. Information: 525-4840
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