Met Opera Series

Every year the Metropolitan Opera in New York film their brilliant opera productions which are then distributed around the world. Events cinema in Bondi Junction put these operas on in a special series throughout the year.

In 2016 I started my own opera season. I gave a talk on each opera prior to the screening in my husband’s offices (which happen to be next door!) and then took groups to see each opera.

In 2017 there are 8 operas in the season ranging from Mozart to one composed in 1999. The talk commences at 11.30am with the opera starting at 1pm giving plenty of time to get to the cinema and grab a bite to eat or a coffee on the way.

The talk and opera package costs $50 payable on the day.

L’Amour de loin (Love from afar) – Kaija Saariaho; Sunday 29th January.
This is the Finnish composer’s first opera and was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and premiered in 2000. It is about a 12th century knight on a quest to find his love on the other side of the sea. For an outline of the opera.

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La Traviata (the Fallen Woman – Verdi; Sunday 21st May.

This opera premiered on 6 March 1853 at La Fenice – Venice. It is about a famed courtesan, her lover Alfredo, his interfering father and her ultimate death .

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Nabucco – Verdi; Sunday 19th February 
Nabucco was first performed at La Scala on 9 March 1842. It is based on the biblical stories from the Book of Jerimiah and the Book of Daniel about the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and exiled from their homeland by the Babylonians.
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Idomeneo – Mozart; Sunday18th June.
This opera is in the opera seria style and is about Idomeneo, the King of Crete, set shortly after the Trojan War. It premiered on 29 January 1781 at the Cuvillies Theatre, Munich for the Elector of Bavaria for a court carnival
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Romeo et Juliette – Gounod; Sunday 19th March.
This opera is based on the play by Shakespeare and was first performed at the Theatre Lyrique in Paris on 27 April 1867.
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Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky; 16th July.
Premiered on 29th March 1879 and based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin. It is about a selfish hero who lives to regret his blasé rejection of a young woman’s love and his careless incitement of a fatal duel with his best friend.
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Rusalka – Dvorak; Sunday 23rd April.
Based on Czech fairy tales this opera premiered on 31 March 1901 and is one of the most successful Czech operas. A Rusalka is a water sprite from Slavic mythology which usually inhabits a lake or river. In this opera she falls in love with a human Prince.
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Der Rosenkavalier (The King of the Rose) – R Strauss; Sunday 6th August.
Loosely adapted from novels by de Couvrai and Moliere this comedy has four main characters, the aristocratic woman, her very young love, her coarse cousin and his prospective fiancée. It was first performed on 26 January 1911 at the Konigliches Opernhaus, Dresden.
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