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The Metropolitan Opera's New Production Of Un Ballo In Maschera Conducted By Fabio Luisi And Directed By David Alden Premieres On THIRTEEN's Great Performances At The Met Sunday, May 5 At 12 Noon On PBS
Marcelo Alvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky sing the three leading roles in Verdi's vivid and tuneful drama
April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Met's new production of
Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi's classic drama of political intrigue and thwarted romance, staged by acclaimed opera director
David Alden and led by Met Principal Conductor
Fabio Luisi, airs on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 5 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). In
New York, THIRTEEN will premiere the opera on
Thursday, May 2 at 9 p.m., with an encore showing Sunday, May 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Some of the Met's leading Verdi stars take on the central roles in the opera's love triangle:
Marcelo Alvarez as the ill-fated
King Gustavo III;
Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarstrom; and
Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarstrom's wife and the object of the king's secret passion.
Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar, Gustavo's page, and
Stephanie Blythe is Mme.
Ulrica Arvidsson, a fortune-teller with ominous news for the king.
Deborah Voigt hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.
When the production debuted at the Met in November, the
Associated Press hailed it as "an intriguing, fresh look at one of the essential works of the repertory," while the
Huffington Post sang the praises of "(a)n excellent cast who bring all the emotion, tenderness, and tension to a score that is both exciting and haunting."
Un Ballo in Maschera was originally seen live in movie theaters on
December 8 as part of the groundbreaking
The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 1900 movie theaters and performing arts centers in 64 countries around the world.
Great Performances at the Metis a presentation of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America's most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its 40 year history on public television,
Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America's most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Now in its fifth decade, the series has been the home to the greatest artists in the areas of drama, dance, musical theater, classical and popular music, providing many with their very first television exposure.
Corporate support for
Great Performances at the Metis provided by Toll Brothers, America's luxury home builder®. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This
Great Performances presentation is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, and public television viewers.
For the Met,
Matthew Diamond directs the telecast.
Jay David Saks is Music Producer,
Mia Bongiovanni and
Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and
Louisa Briccetti and
Victoria Warivonchik are Producers.
Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For
Great Performances, Bill O'Donnell is Series Producer;
David Horn is Executive Producer.
Great Performances online at
www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information on this and other
Great Performances programs.
About WNETIn 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50
th Anniversary of THIRTEEN,
New York's flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as
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About the Met Under the leadership of General Manager
Peter Gelb and Music Director
James Levine, the Met has a series of bold initiatives underway that are designed to broaden its audience and revitalize the company's repertory. The Met's 2012-13 season features seven new productions, including Donizetti's
L'Elisir d'Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by
Maurizio Benini; the Met premiere of
The Tempest, directed by
Robert Lepage and conducted by the composer; Verdi's
Un Ballo in Maschera, directed by
David Alden and conducted by Met Principal Conductor
Fabio Luisi; the Met premiere of Donizetti's
Maria Stuarda, directed by
David McVicar and conducted by Benini; Verdi's
Rigoletto, directed by
Michael Mayer in his Met debut and conducted by
Michele Mariotti; Wagner's
Parsifal, directed by
Francois Girard in his Met debut and conducted by
Daniele Gatti; and Handel's
Giulio Cesare, also directed by
David McVicar and conducted by
Building on its 81-year-old radio broadcast history—heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network—the Met uses advanced media distribution platforms and state-of-the-art technology to reach audiences around the world.
The Met: Live in HD, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series
of live performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world, returns for its seventh season in 2012-13. Met Player, a subscription service makes much of its extensive video and audio catalog of full-length performances available to the public for the first time online, and in exceptional, state-of-the-art quality. Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM broadcasts live performances from the Met stage three times a week during the opera season, as well; the Met on Rhapsody on-demand service offers audio recordings; and the Met presents free live audio streaming of performances on its website once every week during the opera season.
The Met has launched several audience development initiatives, including Open House dress rehearsals, a popular rush ticket program, Gallery Met, and an annual Holiday Series presentation for families. For more information, please visit: