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October 2015

MET OPERA LIVE BROADCAST: TANNHÄUSER

October 31, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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$21.95 Adult; $18.95 Senior; $12.95 Youth

James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor, Johan Botha, takes on the daunting title role of the young knight caught between true love and passion. Eva-Maria Westbroek is Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and Michelle DeYoung…

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November 2015

MET OPERA LIVE BROADCAST: LULU

November 21, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 1:45 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession, and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter. One of the most…

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January 2016

MET OPERA LIVE BROADCAST: LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES

January 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet “Au fond du temple saint,” which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal,…

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MET OPERA LIVE BROADCAST: TURANDOT

January 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:15 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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In Puccini's final opera, Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, plays the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.  

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March 2016

MET OPERA LIVE BROADCAST: MANON LESCAUT

March 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:15 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera…

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April 2016

MET OPERA LIVE BROADCAST: MADAMA BUTTERFLY

April 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:20 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Anthony Minghella's breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Kristine Opolais reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title role, opposite Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly's heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. Patricia Racette and Marcello Giordani in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly (2009).

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MET OPERA LIVE BROADCAST: ROBERTO DEVEREUX

April 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Soprano 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…

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MET OPERA LIVE BROADCAST: ELEKTRA

April 30, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka…

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October 2016

MET Opera: TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

October 8, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Composer: Richard Wagner Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle Featuring: Nina Stemme, Rene Pape Tristan und Isolde opens the Met's season in a new production by Mariusz Trelinski (the director responsible for the 2014-15 double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangane, and Rene Pape as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting.  

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MET Opera: DON GIOVANNI

October 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor: Fabio Luisi Featuring: Simon Keenlyside, Rolando Villazon The charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside plays the title hero, opera's ultimate cad, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de theatre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Bystrom, Rolando Villazon, and Kwangchul Youn. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

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January 2017

MET Opera: NABUCCO

January 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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A scene from Verdi's "Nabucco" with Zeljko Lucic in the title role.Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan OperaTaken at the Metropolitan Opera during the rehearsal on September 23, 2011. Composer: Guiseppe Verdi Conductor: James Levine Featuring: Placido Domingo The legendary Placido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice…

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MET Opera: ROMEO & JULIETTE

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Composer: Charles Gounod Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda Featuring: Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Griolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, "the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together." Now they're back as opera's classic lovers in Gounod's lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher's new production has already won acclaim for its vital 18th century milieu and stunning costumes during runs as…

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February 2017

MET Opera: RUSALKA

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Composer: Antonin Dvorak Conductor: Sir Mark Elder Featuring: Kristine Opolais, Eric Owens Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting "Song of the Moon." Director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorak's fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

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March 2017

MET Opera: LA TRAVIATA

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Composer: Guiseppe Verdi Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Featuring: Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera's most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

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MET Opera: IDOMENEO

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Conductor: James Levine Featuring: Alice Coote, Matthew Polenzani Mozart's first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by 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.

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April 2017

MET Opera: EUGENE ONEGIN

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky Conductor: Robin Ticciati Featuring: Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky Tchaikovsky's setting of Pushkin's timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner's moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as the lovestruck Tatiana and the aristocratic Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.

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October 2017

Norma/Bellini (LIVE streamed)

October 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Overview The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. “Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list,” declared…

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November 2017

The Exterminating Angel/Thomas Adès (LIVE streamed)

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ArtSpring – Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
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Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new…

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