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A NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH DONIZETTI

December 31, 2012 to February 2013 - The Metropolitan Opera - New York

How about starting the New Year with Gaetano Donizetti’s tale of ill-fated Mary Stuart Queen of Scots? That’s right: from New Year’s Eve to January 26 the MET presents Maria Stuarda, and in February we will be able to enjoy L'Elisir d'Amore, another masterpiece by the maestro. "Donizetti, when asked which of his own operas he thought the best, spontaneously replied, 'How can I say which? A father always has a preference for a crippled child, and I have so many.'" (Louis Engel: "From Mozart to Mario", 1886) 

 

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world's most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary in this Met premiere production. Having scored a major success with his staging of Anna Bolena, director David McVicar now turns to the second opera of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I, Matthew Polenzani is Leicester, and Maurizio Benini conducts.
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Approximate running time 2 hrs. 46 min.
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Monday, December 31, 2012, 6:30 pm 
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose
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Friday, January 4, 2013, 7:30 pm 
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 7:30 pm 
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose
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Saturday, January 12, 2013, 8:00 pm 
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 7:30 pm 
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose
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Saturday, January 19, 2013, 1:00 pm 
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 7:30 pm 
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose
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Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8:00 pm 
Benini; van den Heever, DiDonato, Polenzani, Hopkins, Rose
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Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund
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Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Bartlett Sher, whose previous productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Comte Ory, and Les Contes d’Hoffmann have delighted Met audiences, guides this lively staging, where surface charm will meet with real emotion. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore; Ambrogio Maestri and Erwin Schrott share the role of Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir.
Maurizio Benini conducts.
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Approximate running time 2 hrs. 41 min.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 8:00 pm 
Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Schrott
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Saturday, February 2, 2013, 8:00 pm 
Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Schrott
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 7:30 pm 
Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Schrott
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Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1:00 pm 
Benini; Netrebko, Polenzani, Kwiecien, Schrott
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Production a gift of The Monteforte Foundation, Inc., in honor of Wim Kooyker
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Source:
http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/index.aspx
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Images:
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), composer - Circa 1830. Public Domain.