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By Charles Leslie
Special to The PREVIEW
Verdi’s final comic masterpiece, “Falstaff,” will be screened when The Met: Live in HD continues at Fort Lewis College, Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10:55 a.m.
An undisputed master of Verdi’s opera, James Levin conducts Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production — the first new “Falstaff” produced at the Met since 1964. Renowned baritone Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a talented ensemble cast, including Angela Meade and Stephanie Blythe.
The opera will be broadcast in high definition in the Vallecito Room of the Fort Lewis College Student Union.
The Met: Live in HD is presented locally by the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.
Ambrogio Maestri’s sensational debut in 2001 coincided with the most important musical event of the Verdi Centennial, “Falstaff,” conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by Giorgio Strehler, which saw him in the leading role at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the historic Teatro Verdi in Bussetto. This interpretation earned him enthusiastic reviews from the international press and opened the doors of the most important opera houses in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera.
Loved by the public and critics who continue to support him with the same enthusiasm as at the beginning of his career, Maestri is confirmed as one of the most acclaimed baritones on the international scene.
The Met: Live in HD series features 10 performances over the 2013-2014 season. The “magic” of The Met: Live in HD events is that they are delivered 100 percent live via satellite. Audiences throughout the world experience the production at the same time as the audience sitting in the Metropolitan Opera itself. Additionally, between acts, The Met: Live in HD viewers are treated to backstage interviews and other features the “in person” audiences never see.
The remaining scheduled 2013-2014 program is:
• Feb. 8, 10:55 a.m. — “Rusalka” (Dvorak).
• March 1, 10 a.m. — “Prince Igor” (Borodin).
• March 15, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — “Werther” (Massenet).
• April 5, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — “La Boheme” (Puccini).
• April 26, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — “Cose fan tutte” (Mozart).
• May 10, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — “La Cenerentola” (Rossini).
All productions are screened in Durango on Saturday mornings. Since the Live in HD series launched in 2006, more than 13 million tickets have been sold to opera lovers worldwide. The Met: Live in HD is now seen in more than 1,950 theaters in 64 countries around the world.
Advance tickets for individual shows are $24 ($22 for seniors, students, children and Met members) and available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657.
Tickets will also be available on the morning of each performance, one hour in advance of show time, at the FLC Student Union.