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MET LIve in HD

At the Taos Center for the Arts

Below is the 2019/20 MET Live in HD Schedule for the Taos Center for the Arts (TCA.)  The Taos Opera Guild is proud to support these quality broadcasts as one more way we make opera popular in Taos.  To enhance your enjoyment of the performance, we invite you to join other opera lovers at Preview Breakfast, hosted by the Taos Opera Guild, at either Doc Martin's Restaurant or the Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium at 9 am.  After enjoying breakfast at your own expense, a member of the Taos Opera Guild will present a short, interesting, informative and free talk about the opera we are about to see.

Tickets are $20 for TCA members, $25 for non-members and free for youth 22 and under (see below) and may be purchased by calling (575)758-2052 Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm or at the TCA office during those hours.

We also invite all Taos County youth, age 22 and under, to come to free performances of all the MET Live in HD operas shown shown at the Taos Center for the Arts. The YOUTH'S tickets are free & lunch for each youth is included & freeThe youths simply presents themselves at the TCA box office as an 'invited student guest'. That’s it. A free student ticket will be provided and a free catered lunch will be served.

Puccini's TURANDOT

October 12, 2019 11:00 AM

Location: Breakfast at The Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium

 Two of opera’s most thrilling dramatic sopranos, Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium to conduct Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini’s final masterpiece, which also features tenors Roberto Aronica and Marco Berti as Calàf, sopranos Eleonora Buratto and Hibla Gerzmava as Liù, and bass-baritones James Morris and Nicolas Testé as Timur.

Runtime is 3 hrs 22 minutes.


Massenet's MANON

October 26, 2019 11:00 AM

Location: Breakfast at Doc Martin's Restaurant and performance at the Taos Community Auditorium

 Exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score. 

Estimated runtime is 4 hours and 12 minutes.


Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY

 November 9, 2019 11:00 AM

Location: Breakfast at Doc Martin's Restaurant and performance at the Taos Community Auditorium

Leading sopranos Hui He and Ana María Martínez share the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. The great Plácido Domingo makes his role debut as Sharpless, alternating with Paulo Szot and Markus Brück. Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favorite.

Runtime is 3 hours 32 minutes.


Glass's AKHNATEN

November 23, 2019 11:00 AM

Location: Breakfast at The Encore Gallery at the TCA and performance at the Taos Community Auditorium

Director Phelim McDermott tackles another one of Philip Glass’s masterpieces, following the now-legendary Met staging of Satyagraha. Star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the title pharaoh, the revolutionary ruler who transformed ancient Egypt, with the striking mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in her Met debut as his wife, Nefertiti. To match the opera’s hypnotic, ritualistic music, McDermott has created an arresting vision that includes a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts in her Met debut.

Estimated runtime is 3 hours 56 minutes.


Berg's WOZZECK

January 11, 2020 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

 After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, set in an apocalyptic pre–World War I environment. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei making his highly anticipated role debut as the title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, and the commanding cast also includes tenor Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the Doctor, and tenor Gerhard Siegel as the Captain.

Runtime is 1 hour 57 minutes.


The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS

February 1, 2020 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

 One of America’s favorite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. “If you’re going to stage Gershwin’s opera, this is how,” raved the Guardian when the new production premiered in London in 2018. 

Runtime is 3 hours 40 minutes.


Handel's AGRIPPINA

February 29, 2020 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performances, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate.    

Runtime is 4 hours 10 minutes.


Wagner's DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER

March 14, 2020 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the company for the first time since 2012, in the title role of the cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity. Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, whose visionary 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings. With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks, with bass Franz-Josef Selig as her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov as her deserted former lover, Erik.

Runtime is 2 hours 44 minutes.


Puccini's TOSCA

April 11, 2020 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

 Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns as Puccini’s explosive diva, back by popular demand. Tenors Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Brian Jagde alternate as the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritones George Gagnidze and Michael Volle complete the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production. 

Runtime is 3 hours 17 minutes.


Donizetti's MARIA STUARDA

May 9, 2020 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

 Soprano Diana Damrau, following her triumph as Violetta in last season’s new production of Verdi’s La Traviata, stars as the martyred Mary, Queen of Scots, in Donizetti’s bel canto showcase. Star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton is her imperious rival Queen Elizabeth I, and the silken-voiced tenor Stephen Costello is the noble Earl of Leicester. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.

Runtime is 3 hours 6 minutes.

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