by Dwight Casimere
The Met Live in HD presents a special Holiday Encore of Mozart's The Magic Flute this Wednesday, Dec 16 in theaters globally at 1 and 7pm. This marks the 10th Anniversary Encore of the groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met's Live in HD series. Maestro James Levine is set to lead the orchestra and a stellar cast including Met favorites Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani, Rene Pappe, Ying Huang and Erika Miklosa in Mozart's timeless fairy tale in a magical production featuring the imaginative puppetry of Julie Taymor. With its enchanting sets and costumes and whimsical humor, "Magic Flute" is sure to delight the entire family, making it a perfect holiday treat. For tickets and information, visit metopera.org or fathomevents. com.
If you missed the recent Met Live HD transmissions of Alban Berg's "Lulu," you missed an opportunity to hear German soprano Marlis Petersen in her final performance of the title role, which she has performed in ten productions. Fully realized in a glittering production by South African director William Kentridge, who also directed last season's "The Nose,""Lulu" employed a non-stop layered montage of video projections that enveloped the set, acting as a visual narration that accompanied the musically adventurous score. Petersen pounced upon the role with feline ferocity. Projection designer Catherine Meyburgh and set designer Sabine Theunissen seamlessly executed Kentridge's complex vision. The entire production seemed perfectly matched to the medium of Live in HD with its visual acumen.
Future Met Live in HD productions will include the upcoming Les Pecheurs (The Pearl Fishers) Saturday Jan 16, 2016 at 12:55pm and Puccini's Turandot Saturday Jan 30, 2016, also at 12:55pm. For tickets and information, visit metopera.org or fathomevents.com.
Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera