Idomeneo – The Met: Live in HD
Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.
Like many stories from Greek myth, Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. The opera casts these issues within the framework of the opera seria genre, a stylized format popular in the 18th century that is characterized by a succession of arias and recitatives and a cast of noble characters. Long neglected along with other works of this era, Idomeneo now holds a firm place in the repertoire as the first of Mozart’s operatic masterpieces.
This opera will be presented live!
Adults $23, Seniors $18, Students $8
A $2 facility fee will be added to tickets for this event.
Learn before you go! Attend a free talk at these locations to join fellow opera lovers or learn more about this opera:
March 21, 4 p.m. at Dirigo Pines
March 22, 4 p.m. at Brewer Public Library
March 23, 5:30 p.m. at Orono Public Library
This series allows you to get the best seat in the house! Join us for this Emmy and Peabody award-winning series, featuring the most talented artists from across the globe. The series is seen in more than 2,000 theaters in 70 countries, and 19 million tickets have been sold around the world. The series of live opera performances is transmitted in high-definition video via satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to select venues in the United States and other parts of the world.
The simulcasts allow more people to experience the excitement of the Met’s high-quality performance offerings. This audience includes current opera fans unable to get to New York City to see the shows in person and potential opera fans looking for an easy, affordable method of checking out a new art form.
Tom Galley, chief operations and technology officer of National CineMedia describes the experience by saying:
This Metropolitan Opera series is a unique opportunity for people to experience world-class opera in their local community, plus the movie theatre environment and affordable ticket price make these events something that the entire family can enjoy. If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending a live opera performance before, this is the perfect opportunity to see why this magical art form has captured audiences’ imaginations for generations.