The Met: Live in HD – Roberto Devereux
May 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts
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The Met: Live in HD – Roberto Devereux

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts

met10yrsSoprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlier Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.

Adults $25 / Seniors $20 / Students $10, prices include all fees

Learn about Roberto Devereux before you go!

We invite you to attend this free information session. One lucky person will win two free tickets to see Roberto Devereux!

 Tuesday, May 3, 4 p.m. – Dirigo Pines
Wednesday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. – Brewer Public Library
Thursday, May 5, 5:30 p.m. – Orono Public Library
More about The Met – Live in HD 

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 first-ever Live in HD broadcast of The Magic Flute in 2006 was seen in 98 theaters in 4 countries. Now, the series is seen in more than 2,000 theaters in 70 countries, and 19 million tickets have been sold around the world.


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Queen Elizabeth is forced to sign the death warrant of a nobleman who she is in love with. Yet, if he pledges his absolute loyalty and devotion it may be able to be dissuaded. After all, he is an influential member of the court of the Queen of England. The opera carries it own brand dramatic conviction as each character is unique in their plight. Sadness overwhelms the performance as the Queen’s demand for unshakable allegiance spirals her into a jealous rage, near frenzy, for she realizes Roberto’s love for Sara as her own maddening anger becomes bitter resentment. Death of lovers shrouds the stage with confrontation and allegations as the Queen is haunted by a headless corpse screaming for vengeance. The opera is raw and emotional with an extraordinary musical accompaniment. What a way to end this wonderful series at The Collins Center for the Arts. See you all next season.