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Six treats await audiences in 'CCP Met Opera in HD' 2020

Six treats await audiences in 'CCP Met Opera in HD' 2020

Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” opens the seventh season of the CCP Met Opera in HD, special screenings of the latest operatic productions of the Metropolitan Opera in New York through high definition digital technology, on March 10, 2020.

Set in ancient Egypt, the four-act drama brings to life the love triangle between a warrior, an Ethiopian slave and a princess. Warrior Radamès falls in love with Aida, the Ethiopian slave of Princess Amneris, the king’s daughter.

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radamès. Maestro Nicola Luisotti takes the podium.

Composer Camille Saint-Sa?ns’s operatic take on the classic story of Samson and Delilah will be shown on April 21. “Samson et Dalila” stars tenor Roberto Alagna as the heroic Samson who ultimately falls victim to the seductive power of Dalila, portrayed by mezzo-soprano Elīna Garan?a. Bass-baritone Laurent Naouri sings the sinister High Priest of Dagon. Completing the cast are baritone Elchin Azizov as the Philistine king Abimélech and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew.

Catch Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” a tale about a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love, on May 12.

Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover.

Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is the fourth installment of the “Opera in HD” season, set for June 23. Set among the Romani people in Seville, Carmen is a gritty tragedy starring the most famous of all operatic vixens.

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna. Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak sings Mica?la, alongside bass Alexander Vinogradov as the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production.

Come July 21, “CCP Met Opera in HD” presents “Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment,” an operatic comedy that mixes hilarious complications with virtuoso slapstick and wonderful singing. With libretto by Georges Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-Fran?ois Bayard, it follows Marie, the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers.

Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the stage, while baritone Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmelites” closes the seventh season on Aug. 25. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

“The CCP Met Opera in HD” series is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation Inc., in cooperation with the Ayala Malls Cinemas.

All screenings will be held at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1, 6:30 p.m. For more details, go to the CCP social media accounts and website.

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