Hong Kong Summer Encore of High-Definition Screenings of The New York Metropolitan Opera

The ‘Summer Encore’ of the 2010/11 season of
‘The Met – Live in HD’ aires in Hong Kong cinemas,
with the sensational Anna Netrebko performing Donizetti’s
Don Pasquale on June 25 and 26

The ‘Summer Encore’ closes on July 10 with Donizetti’s
Lucia di Lammermoor at PALACE ifc – a tragic opera about
a family feud set in Scotland in the 17th century.

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale & Lucia di Lammermoor, Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s Il Trovatore – June 25-26 and July 9-10

High-definition screenings of four of the world’s greatest operas by The New York Metropolitan Opera are returning for a ‘Summer Encore’ to Hong Kong cinemas.

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale & Lucia di Lammermoor, Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s Il Trovatore are being screened over the weekends, June 25-26 and July 9-10.

They continue the award-winning, The Met: Live in HD series, wowing Hong Kong audiences earlier this year through a second series of screenings having been shown by Hong Kong based, Foundation for Music and Arts in Asia [FAMA],   exclusively at The Bethanie Theatre, Pokfulam – with thrilling performances aired in even sharper detail and sound than real life.

Priced at HK$180 for adults and $150 for students and senior citizens, the ‘Summer Encore’ kicks off at cinemas on June 25 with Don Pasquale at Broadway The ONE (1pm) and Tosca at UA Cityplaza (7pm).

Don Pasquale is re-screened the day after on June 26 at UA Cityplaza (1.30pm), with Tosca at AMC Pacific Place (7.30pm).

The ‘encore’ continues on July 9 with Il Trovatore at UA Cityplaza (7pm) and Broadway The ONE (7.30pm).

It closes on July 10 with Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at PALACE ifc (7.15pm) and Il Trovatore at AMC Pacific Place (7.30pm).

Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is a comic opera first staged in 1843 when the composer had just been appointed music director and composer for the imperial court of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria.

Lucia di Lammermoor is an earlier tragic opera loosely based on Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor, about a family feud set in Scotland in the 17th century.
Donizetti premiered it in 1835 at the height of his reputation as "the sole reigning genius of Italian opera" following the retirement of Rossini and death of Bellini. Once a rarely performed showpiece for coloraturasopranos, it was revived to its original tragic glory.by Maria Callas and Dame Joan Sutherland in the 1950s.

Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, based on Victorien Sardou’s 1887 French-language dramatic play La Tosca, premiered in 1900. Set in 1800, with Rome threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, it depicts torture, murder and suicide, yet also includes some of Puccini’s best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of opera’s leading singers. Its drama continues to fascinate both performers and audiences, and remains one of the most frequently performed operas.

Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (The Troubadour) is based on the play El Trovador (1836) by Antonio García Gutiérrez. After premiering in Rome in 1853 it "began a victorious march throughout the operatic world" that continues to this day as a staple of standard operatic repertoire among the most-performed operas worldwide.

Screenings of The Met: Live in HD in Hong Kong are sponsored by the Foundation for Music & Arts in Asia (FAMA), a non-profit charitable organisation supporting young artists across Asia.

History of The Met: Live in HD
The Met’s dynamic General Manager Peter Gelb created the media sensation in 2006 with the idea of filming its most dazzling productions through 14 different cameras in high definition format to be transmitted to cinemas across the US to reach the masses who could not come to New York.

The acclaimed performances are now being aired by the Met for a fifth season in over 1,500 venues encompassing 46 countries with the addition of Egypt, Portugal and Spain to its network this year.

Screenings are broadcast in real time within the U. S. by satellite from the Met’s home in New York. 14 cameras simultaneously shoot the performance and change angles to record every detail, providing a spectator with an unrivalled view as if on stage.

The performances are a thrilling comparison to the Met’s auditorium — high definition screenings are bigger and sharper than real life, with tickets at a price of HK$180 compared to a top house price of US$375 to be in New York.

The Hong Kong screenings are delayed, but the impact of a live performance remains the same.

Vanity Fair magazine called the Live in HD screenings “the new craze” as they are delighting opera fans worldwide, while Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine said they were “the closest thing to a front row seat!”

The Met is renowned for employing the world’s finest singers and most lavish production specialists.

The Met: Live in HD made its debut in Hong Kong one year ago with a screening of Turandot, acclaimed by The New York Times as “spectacle incarnate, Cecil B. DeMille meets P. T. Barnum, with monumental sets and glitter".

Source = The Metropolitan Opera HD
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