Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Summer opera encores in Cineplex theatres

The list of the operas that Cineplex will be encoring this summer has been released today and it's a pretty good mix of the bevy of beautiful music that we had the chance to see this year. No repeat of "The Audition" or "Cenerentola" but there will be limited Can-con in John Relyea in two of the performances and opera hotties Nathan Gunn and Anna Netrebko are back as well. There is also nice (for some of us, I guess) announcement in that kids 3-13 are going to be admitted free to the summer performances where as the adult prices are going to be only $9.95. The movies and the dates are:

Saturday, June 27, 2009: I PURITANI - International sensation Anna Netrebko sings Elvira Walton in Bellini's I Puritani, tenor Eric Cutler is Arturo, Franco Vassallo is Riccardo and John Relyea is Giorgio. Patrick Summers conducts.

Saturday, July 11, 2009: THE MAGIC FLUTE - Directed by Julie Taymor and conducted by James Levine, Mozart's The Magic Flute stars Erika Miklosa as the Queen of the Night, Ying Huang as Pamina, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno and Rene Pape as Sarastro.

Saturday, July 25, 2009: EUGENE ONEGIN - Valery Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky's most beloved opera with Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role opposite Renee Fleming as Tatiana, with tenor Ramon Vargas as Lenski.

Saturday, August 8, 2009: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA - Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in a production by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, features Joyce DiDonato as Rosina, Juan Diego Florez as Count Almaviva, Peter Mattei as Figaro, John Del Carlo as Dr. Bartolo and John Relyea as Don Basilio. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Saturday, August 22, 2009: LA FILLE DU REGIMENT - Donizetti's comic opera stars Natalie Dessay as Marie, Juan Diego Florez as Tonio, Felicity Palmer as the Marquise of Berkenfield, Alessandro Corbelli as Sulpice and Marian Seldes in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Saturday, September 5, 2009: LA BOHEME - Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's La Boheme features Angela Gheorghiu as Mimi, Ramon Vargas as Rodolfo, Ainhoa Arteta as Musetta, Ludovic Tezier as Marcello, Quinn Kelsey as Schaunard, Oren Gradus as Colline and Paul Plishka in the dual roles of Benoit and Alcindoro. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

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