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By Charles Leslie
Special to The PREVIEW
The Met: Live in HD continues its screening of live performances in high definition in the Vallecito Room of the Fort Lewis College Student Union on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10:55 a.m. with a new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera.” The Met: Live in HD is presented locally by the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.
Director David Alden’s dreamlike setting of early 20th century Sweden provides a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy, passion and vengeance. The three figures in the opera’s central love triangle are sung by three major stars familiar to HD audiences. Sondra Radvanovsky (Leonora in 2010’s “Il Trovatore”) is Amelia, the wife of the king’s trusted friend Anckarström, sung by Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Giorgio Germont in last season’s “La Traviata,” the title character in 2006’s “Eugene Onegin”). Gustavo III, the King of Sweden and Amelia’s secret love, is sung by Marcelo Álvarez (Cavaradossi in “Tosca,” Manrico in 2010’s “Il Trovatore”).
In two major supporting roles, Stephanie Blythe (seen last season as Eduige in “Rodelinda” and Fricka in the Ring cycle) sings the role of the forbidding sorceress Ulrica and Kathleen Kim (Chiang Ch’ing in 2011’s “Nixon in China”) sings the headstrong page Oscar.
Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts the work, a staple of the operatic repertory that features passionate arias and a thrilling duet for the ill-fated lovers Amelia and Gustavo. Approximate runtime is 3:54.
The “magic” of The Met: Live in HD events is that the performances 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. Equipment installed in FLC’s Vallecito Room during the Student Union’s recent renovation meets The Met’s high broadcast standard requirements.
The Met: Live in HD series kicked off Oct. 13, and during the 2012-2013 season will feature a total of 12 live performances, including seven new Met productions. All productions will be screened in Durango on Saturday mornings, typically 10:55 a.m.
The remaining 2012-2013 program is:
• Dec. 15 – “Aida.”
• Jan. 5 — “Les Troyens.”
• Jan. 19 — “Maria Stuarda.”
• Feb. 16 — “Rigoletto.”
• March 2 — “Parsifal.”
• March 16 — “Francesca da Rimini.”
• April 27 — “Giulio Cesare.”
Advance tickets for individual shows — $25 ($23 for seniors, students, children and Met members) — are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657. All sales final.
Tickets will also be available on the morning of each performance, one hour in advance of show time, at the FLC Student Union.