MET Live in HD: SEMIRAMIDE
Sunday, March 25 - 2pmBuy Tickets
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This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.
World Premiere: Teatro La Fenice, Venice, 1823
Semiramide is the culmination of the Italian phase of Rossini’s monumental yet unusual career. He had already produced such immortal comedies as Il Barbiere di Siviglia and L’Italiana in Algeri, but in the early 19th century he was celebrated above all else for his tragedies—none more so than Semiramide. For decades after its premiere, the opera swept through the music capitals of Europe and beyond, enthralling audiences with its urgent, transcendentally beautiful use of melody; undeniably exhilarating drama; and, most importantly, astonishing vocal displays.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
ESTIMATED RUN TIME: 4 HRS 0 MINS - READ SYNOPSIS
Sponsored by Jane Harker-Gersten and Sally Young
New this year! Maestro’s Masterclass will be held just before each Met Live in HD screening from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. OperaSLO’s very own Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Brian Asher Alhadeff will take opera lovers through an exciting multi-media interactive extravaganza detailing each opera. Participants will experience an in-depth and fun journey into the heart of opera: the composers, famous past and current opera stars, historic audio and video, and everything else you need to know before the show. Get the full schedule here.