The National Repertory Orchestra, in partnership with Colorado Mountain College, will present its first live broadcast for the 2013-14 “Met Opera: Live in HD” season Saturday. The Finkel Auditorium, located at 107 Denison Placer Ave. at the CMC Breckenridge campus, will come alive with Tchaikovsky’s romantic tragedy “Eugene Onegin.”
This year marks the third season the NRO and CMC will be presenting “Met Opera: Live in HD.” The broadcast series, which is the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 64 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale.
Met Opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew and production teams and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features. All together, the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.
The series begins Saturday with acclaimed English director Deborah Warner’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” conducted by Valery Gergiev. Anna Netrebko opens her third consecutive Met season in her company role debut as Tatiana, the naive heroine from Pushkin’s classic novel. Mariusz Kwiecien portrays the self-confident title character, in a much-admired interpretation he has sung in many of the world’s leading opera houses, and Piotr Beczala reprises his acclaimed performance as Onegin’s friend-turned-rival, Lenski.
Set in the late 19th century, the production moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Due to an unexpected surgical procedure, Warner was unable to travel to the Met to stage “Eugene Onegin,” which is being directed by her longtime collaborator Fiona Shaw.
Reviewing Warner’s production, the Sunday Telegraph praised its “mixture of haunting visual and emotional impact: Cutting straight to the heart of the work, (Warner) shows how ‘Onegin’ is simultaneously about two colliding Russian societies — rustic provincialism and cosmopolitan decadence — and three wasted lives.”
At the premiere of the opera in September, the Financial Times stated, “The evening belonged to Netrebko, who reinforced the heroine’s pathos with limpid tone, expressive point, dynamic sensitivity and unexpected restraint.”
This performance is an introduction to the romantic, tragic and destructive storytelling that Tchaikovsky’s opera brings to the stage. The Met was the first arts company to experiment as an alternative content provider, beginning on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than 12 million tickets sold to date.
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