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MET LIve in HD

At the Taos Center for the Arts

Below is the 2018/19 MET Live in HD Schedule for the Taos Center for the Arts (TCA.)  The Taos Opera Guild is proud to help sponsor 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 Doc Martin's Restaurant (unless otherwise noted below) at 9 am.  After enjoying breakfast at your own expense, a member of the Taos Opera Guild will present a short, interesting and informative talk about the opera we are about to see.

Tickets are $20 for TCA members, $25 for non-members and free for youth 17 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 17 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 & 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 and a free catered lunch will be served.

Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA

The Met Live in HD: Giuseppe Verdi

October 6, 2018 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

 Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival Amneris. Aleksandrs Antonenko is the warrior Radames, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met's monumental production.

Runtime is 3hrs 56 minutes.

Camille Saint-Saens' SAMSON ET DALILA

The Met Live in HD: Camille Saint-Saens

October 20, 2018 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium


When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.

Estimated runtime is 3 hours and 4 minutes including 2 intermissions.


The Met Live in HD: Giacomo Puccini

October 27, 2018 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

 Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Tenor Yusif Eyvazov also sings some performances. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Runtime is 3 hours 22 minutes including 2 intermissions.

Nico Muhly/Nicholas Wright's MARNIE

The Met Live in HD: Nico Muhly/Nicholas Wright

November 10, 2018 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

There will be no Preview Breakfast prior to this performance.  A special talk and discussion will be held on Thursday, November 8th.

Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts.

Estimated runtime is 2 hours 52 minutes including 1 intermission.


The Met Live in HD: Verdi

December 15, 2018 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium


Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Michael Mayer's richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Florez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta's hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo's father, Germont, who destroys their love.

Runtime is 3 hours 7 minutes including 2 intermissions.


The Met Live in HD: Cilea

January 12, 2019 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium


Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion.

The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana's lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts.

Sir David McVicar's staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the "elegant production, sumptuously designed ... The spectacle guarantees a good night out."

Runtime is 3 hours 33 minutes including two intermissions.

Bizet's CARMEN

The Met Live in HD: Bizet

February 2, 2019 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium


Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Runtime is 3 hours 21 minutes including 1 intermission.


The Met Live in HD: Donizetti

March 2, 2019 11:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium


Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

Runtime is 2 hours 35 minutes including one intermission.


The Met Live in HD: Wagner

March 30, 2019 10:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

 The Preview Breakfast at Doc Martin's will begin at 8:00 am.

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

Runtime is 4 hours 55 minutes including 2 intermissions.


The Met Live in HD: Poulenc

May 11, 2019 10:00 AM

Location: Taos Community Auditorium

 The Preview Breakfast at Doc Martin's will begin at 8:00 am.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.

Runtime is 3 hours 9 minutes including 1 intermission.

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