MET LIve in HD
At the Taos Center for the Arts
Below is the 2021/22 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 Talk, hosted by the Taos Opera Guild, at the Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium at 10 am. 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 for the MET Live in HD performance 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. The youths simply presents themselves at the TCA box office as an 'invited student guest'. That’s it. A free student ticket will be provided.
Talks begin at 10 am and the performances at 10:55 am. EXCEPTION is Don Carlos on March 26, 2022 when the talk will be at 9:00 am and the performance at 10 am.
Mussorgsky's BORIS GODUNOV
October 9, 2021 10:55 AM
Preview Talk Speaker: Molly Steinbach
Bass René Pape, the world’s reigning Boris, reprises his overwhelming portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky’s masterwork, a pillar of the Russian repertoire, in its original 1869 version, which runs two-and-a-quarter hours with no intermission. Stephen Wadsworth’s affecting production poignantly captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people as well as the tsar himself.
Blanchard's FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONESOctober 23, 2021
Preview Talk Speaker: Mary Hanewall
The Met’s first performance of an opera by a Black composer. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “bold and affecting” and “subtly powerful.” Featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the Met’s sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging; Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.
December 4, 2021
Preview Talk Speaker: Nancy Schultz
The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera's earliest days. American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story. With a libretto by MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice's point of view. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, leading Aucoin's evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter ego.
January 1, 2022
Due to the holiday, the Taos Opera Guild decided not to sponsor a speaker.Laurent Pelly's storybook staging of Massenet's Cendrillon is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which includes mezzo-soprano Emily D'Angelo as Cinderella's Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians
Verdi's RIGOLETTOJanuary 29, 2022
Preview Talk Speaker: Kathy Fortner
Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi's timeless tragedy, resetting the opera's action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with Maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium.
Strauss's ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
March 12, 2022
Preview Talk Speaker: TBD
Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss's enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne's lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts.
Verdi's DON CARLOSMarch 26, 2022
Preview Talk Speaker: Joe Stehling
For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi's epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a starry cast, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens and John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Étienne Dupuis rounds out the principal cast as Rodrigue. Verdi's masterpiece receives a monumental new staging by David McVicar that marks his 11th Met production, placing him among the most prolific and popular directors in recent Met memory.
May 7, 2022
Preview Talk Speaker: Vicky Zillioux
Soprano Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut as Puccini's icy princess—live in cinemas on May 7. Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the bold prince determined to win Turandot's love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini's stirring opera, which takes the stage in the company's dazzling, ever-popular production by Franco Zeffirelli.
Donezetti's LUCIA DE LAMMERMOOR
May 21, 2022
Preview Talk Speaker: Kandace Nachtrab
Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory's most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia's beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Ruciński as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo.
Thomas's HAMLETJune 4, 2022
Preview Talk Speaker: Mary Burns
When Australian composer Brett Dean's Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, "New opera doesn't often get to sound this good ... Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn't always be picked up, but Dean's Hamlet rises to the challenge." On June 4, this riveting contemporary masterpiece appears live in cinemas, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work's premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to the Met. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and legendary bass John Tomlinson as the ghost of Hamlet's father.