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First Look at Wagner’s “Siegfried” From The Met – Record 5.5 Hour Opera Telecast Nov. 5 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, November 4th, 2011
(In this rehearsal picture taken last week we see Jay Hunter Morris as the title character and Deborah Voigt as Brünnehilde in the Met’s new production of Wagner’s “Siegfried.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

(In this rehearsal picture taken last week we see Jay Hunter Morris as the title character and Deborah Voigt as Brünnehilde in the Met’s new production of Wagner’s “Siegfried.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

It’s going to be an astonishing and historic Metropolitan Opera Live in HD telecast. Not only is the Metropolitan Opera’s spectacular Robert LePage production of Wagner’s Siegfried all new, it is also one of the longest ever undertaken for a telecast. Featuring über talented Fabio Luisi conducting the Met Orchestra, Berkshire audiences will be treated to a distinguished cast of Wagner singers, with Jay Hunter Morris in his first Met performances of the title role*, one of the most challenging in the entire operatic canon. Deborah Voigt returns as the warrior maiden Brünnhilde, Bryn Terfel is the mysterious Wanderer, Patricia Bardon is the ancient earth goddess Erda, and Gerhard Siegel and Eric Owens are the nefarious brothers Mime and Alberich.

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Don Giovanni, The Great Seducer, Returns in New Met Production Live in HD Oct. 29 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, October 28th, 2011
Don Giovanni

Not only is Don Giovanni the classic opera that offers such treats as lust, heartbreak, revenge and the fires of damnation, but its new production has met with general approval from the Metropolitan Opera’s hard to please fans. There is a great deal to recommend this favorite opera, especially the return from near-disaster by its Don Giovanni, Mariusz Kwiecien in the iconic title role. (He is seen in the photo above taken during the rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera on October 3, 2011 by Marty Sohl.)

Berkshire audiences will get their chance to see the new production of Don Giovanni on Saturday, October 29 at 12:55 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield and the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown. (Hudson Valley audiences can see the new production starting on Saturday, October 29 at Time + Space in Hudson and returning on Sunday, November 6 and Saturday, November 12.)

During rehearsal, the Polish Baritone Kwiecien hurt his back and was sent to the hospital for surgery, but bounced back four days later. This month sees his first Met performances in the role as the Great Seducer. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi – who has taken on a greater role since the incapacitation of the great James Levine – will lead the Met Orchestra from a cembalo in the pit.

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