This Saturday, Oct. 12, will see the beginning of Sun Valley Opera’s 2019-20 season with a live streaming of the New York Metropolitan Opera in high definition.
From then until Saturday, May 2, the local arts organization will present 10 live-streamed productions. These events will all begin around 11 a.m. on Saturdays, and will screen live at the Big Wood 4 Cinema in Hailey.
“I’m really looking forward to this season’s screenings,” said Sun Valley Opera Director Robyn Watson. “We’ve got classics such as ‘Madam Butterfly’ and ‘Porgy and Bess,’ new productions such as ‘Wozzeck,’ which has never been seen in cinemas before, and Sun Valley Opera’s Jan. 27 guest artist, Zachary James, will perform in ‘Akhnaten’ as Amenhotep III.”
Kicking things off on Oct. 12 is Giacomo Puccini’s Swan Song “Turandot.” This lavish production designed by the late Italian film and theater giant Franco Zeffirelli demonstrates the range of opulence, professionalism and artistry that has come to define the New York Metropolitan Opera.
The epic three-hour opera tells a fairytale kind of story set in a magical, legendary reimagining of ancient China. Celebrated Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov leads the cast as the mysterious Prince Calàf, performing opposite Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto as Liù, a slave girl, and American bass-baritone James Morris as the deposed King Timur.
An hour before the screening, Sun Valley Opera will hold a special Muffins & Mimosas party at the movie theater to help kick off the new season in a celebratory style.
“What’s a season opening without champagne? The Village Market is sponsoring our Muffins and Mimosas, so please join us for a sip, a snack and a spectacular season,” Watson said.
The season will continue two weeks later with Jules Massenet’s popular opera “Manon” on Oct. 26.
After that, the full season clearly demonstrates the versatility and breadth of the world-renowned opera company with a program that features works from numerous time periods in a number of different styles and by several composers.
Nov. 9 will see Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly,” a seminal and oft-performed work. Two weeks later will be Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten.” That performance features American operatic bass James, whom Sun Valley Opera will host for a concert in January.
The Met HD series will then take a brief break for the holidays, resuming in January 2020, with Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck,” followed by “Porgy and Bess” by George and Ira Gershwin and Handel’s “Agrippina” in February.
The spring season will see some Wagner and some more Puccini before the season finally concludes in May with Gaetano Donizetti’s opera about Tickets can be purchased for $16 at the Metropolitan Big Wood 4 Cinemas—801 N. Main St. in Hailey—at any time. Visit sunvalleyopera.com or metrotheatres.com for more information.