Saturday, March 25, 2017
Where: The Paramount Theater
Cost: $24.00 $22.00 SENIOR $18.00 STUDENT
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Run Time: 3 hours, 58 minutes
Live Performance Broadcast
Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.
Please join us for a complimentary pre-opera lecture in The Paramount Theater Balcony Lounge at 12:15pm. The lecture for Idomeneo will be conducted by Mary Ann Archer.
Mary Ann Archer, flutist and piccoloist, was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 26 years, taking early retirement in 2003. She continues to perform with orchestras and opera companies in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and to give masterclasses on flute and piccolo, this fall at Northwestern University in Chicago. Mary Ann and her husband Frank have given recitals at many major universities and at National Flute Association Conventions, where Mary Ann has premiered several new compositions for piccolo. Frank and Mary Ann have published several of their transcriptions for flute/piccolo/piano/ organ through Nourse Wind Publications in Toronto. Mary Ann is also a spiritual director, with a master’s degree from General Theological Seminary in New York City, and works with individuals and groups, especially with active imagination in meditation. In June, 2015, Mary Ann and Frank relocated to Charlotte, NC.
About the Met Live in HD:
In December 2006, The Metropolitan Opera launched The Met Live in HD, a series of performance transmissions shown live in high definition in movie theaters around the world. The series expanded from an initial six transmissions to ten in the 2014-15 season and today reaches more than 2,000 venues in 70 countries across six continents. The Live in HD performances are later also shown on public television, and a number of them have been released on DVD. In partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Met has developed a nationwide program for students to attend Live in HD transmissions for free in their schools. The Paramount began broadcasting during the in 2008-09 season and is pleased to continue to present this series for the community.
Premiere: Court Theater (now the Cuvilliés Theater), Munich, 1781. Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. The opera casts these issues within the framework of the opera seria genre, a stylized format popular in the 18th century that is characterized by a succession of arias and recitatives and a cast of noble characters. Long neglected along with other works of this era, Idomeneo now holds a firm place in the repertoire as the first of Mozart’s operatic masterpieces.