Neither Wolf Nor Dog(2018)
Showing one week only Friday April 27th - May 3rd. A white author is sucked into a road trip through the heart on Native American Country by a Lakota elder and his best friend forcing the author into a deep understanding of contemporary native life.
March 15 & 17 & 20
Starring in their premiere Wagnerian roles, Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczała, alongside the outstanding Staatskapelle Dresden and led by the baton of Christian Thielemann, were met with standing ovations from audiences, and an equally warm acclaim from critics: “Pure bliss! Never ending applause!” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) Anna Netrebko’s role debut as Elsa was one of the most wildly anticipated musical events: “The soprano sang a lush, mature-sounding Elsa with undeniable bel canto shadings, utterly at home in Wagner’s Romantic universe. Netrebko’s finely calibrated interpretation captured the full range of Elsa’s emotional development...Her plush voice seemed to glow from within”, (Opera News). The “Primadonna assoluta” (Die Welt) stars across fellow Wagnerian debutant Piotr Beczała whose role debut as the eponymous Grail Knight has garnered the acclaimed tenor further plaudits from fans and critics alike: “The revelation was Piotr Beczała, who was just about perfect in the title role” says WQXR “Netrebko and Beczała are Wagner Stars” summarized the New York Times “and were frenetically celebrated by the audience.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) Georg Zeppenfeld as a convincing and majestic Heinrich der Vogler and outstanding Wagnerians Evelyn Herlitzius and Tomasz Konieczny as the opponents Ortrud and Friedrich von Telramund complete the cast in King Ludwig II’s favorite opera at the Semperoper Dresden, where operatic history has been written with the theatre playing host to three important Wagner premieres. In the pit is Wagner’s “Wunderharfe”, the Staatskapelle Dresden, conducted by Christian Thielemann, doubtlessly today’s foremost conductor of this repertoire. “Some enthuse about their best ever Lohengrin, but for sure this was one of the ten best opera performances in their lives” (Die Welt). The staging, a revival of the timeless production by Christine Mielitz, tells the story of the evil couple Ortrud and Telramund wanting to seize power in Brabant and attempting to destroy Elsa, the heir to the throne after the disappearance of her brother Gottfried, first with psychologic depth, timeless setting and stunning costumes: “The star of the acclaimed stage production continues to shine bright” (New York Times).
April 19 & 21 & 24
Gran Teatre del Liceu: Rigoletto(2018)
Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851. It is considered by many to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father. CREATIVE TEAM Conductor Riccardo Frizza Stage Director Monique Wagemakers Coreografia Thomas Wilhelm Sets Michael Levine Costumes Sandy Powell Lighting Reinier Tweebeeke Corus Master Conxita García Dramatúrgia Klaus Bertisch ARTISTIC TEAM Duke of Mantua Javier Camarena Rigoletto Carlos Álvarez Gilda Desirée Rancatore Sparafucile Ante Jerkunica Maddalena Ketevan Kemoklidze Giovanna Gemma Coma-Alabert Conte di Monterone Gianfranco Montresor Marullo Toni Marsol Matteo Borsa Josep Fadó Conte di Ceprano Xavier Mendoza Contessa di Ceprano Mercedes Gancedo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera in 3 acts Sung in Italian with English subtitles Recorded April, 2017 From the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Approximate Running Time: 2 h 33 min Detailed running Time: Act 1 (58'); Intermission (30'); Act 2 & 3 (65')