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Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8:30 pm - 11:05 pm - NEW YORK


Intermission at approximately 9 pm

Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Production: Willy Decker
Set & Costume Designer: Wolfgang Gussmann
Lighting Designer: Hans Toelstede
Choreographer: Athol Farmer


Dinner at Jean-Georges












Opéra Bastille - PARIS


Performance Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 19:30


Performance duration 2h55 with an interval


Performed in Italian

The union of these two operas marks the birth of the school that invented post-Verdian opera. Violeta Urmana, Marcello Giordani, Inva Mula and Vladimir Galouzine love, hate, avenge and kill one another in the bright southern sunshine.

Daniel Oren, Conductor

Giancarlo Del Monaco, Stage director

Johannes Leiacker, Sets

Birgit Wentsch, Costumes

Wolfgang Von Zoubek, Lighting

Patrick Marie Aubert, Chorus master






CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

MELODRAMMA IN ONE ACT (1890)

Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry, Italian pronunciation: [ka.va.lːeˌɾiːa ɾus.tiˈkaːna]) is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play written by Giovanni Verga based on his short story. Considered one of the classic verismo operas, it premiered on May 17, 1890 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. Since 1893, it has often been performed in a so-called Cav/Pag double-bill with Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo.[1]

Its success has been phenomenal from its first performance in the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on May 17, 1890 until the present day. At the time of Mascagni's death in 1945, the opera had been performed more than 14,000 times in Italy alone.[5]

The first performance of Cavalleria rusticana caused a sensation, with Mascagni taking 40 curtain calls on the opening night, and winning the First Prize.[6] That same year, following its sold-out run of performances at the Teatro Costanzi, the opera was produced throughout Italy and in Berlin. It received its London premiere at the Shaftesbury Theatre on October 19, 1891 and its Covent Garden premiere on May 16, 1892.[7]

Gemma Bellincioni as Santuzza, and her husband, Roberto Stagno, as Turiddu, in the 1890 premiere of Cavalleria rusticana.

American producers vied with each other (sometimes through the courts) to be the first to present the opera in that country. Cavalleria rusticana finally had its American premiere in Philadelphia at the Grand Opera House on September 9, 1891, followed by Chicago on September 30, 1891. The opera premiered in New York on October 1, 1891 with two rival performances on the same day, an afternoon performance at the Casino, directed by Rudolph Aronson and an evening performance at the Lenox Lyceum directed by Oscar Hammerstein.[7]

The opera received its first performance at the Metropolitan Opera on December 30, 1891 in a double bill with a fragment of Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, and has since received 652 performances there, the most recent of which was on April 10, 2009 with José Cura as Turiddu and Ildikó Komlósi as Santuzza.[8]

MUSIC BY PIETRO MASCAGNI (1863-1945)

LIBRETTO BY GIOVANNI TARGIONI-TOZZETTI AND GUIDO MENASCI AFTER A SHORT STORY BY GIOVANNI VERGA


Violeta Urmana - Santuzza
Marcell Giordani - Turiddu
Stefania Toczyska - Lucia
Franck Ferrari - Alfio
Nicole Piccolomini - Lola



PAGLIACCI

OPERA IN TWO ACTS (1892)

MUSIC AND LIBRETTO BY RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO (1858-1919)

The story is set in southern Italy and recounts the tragedy of Canio, the lead clown (or pagliaccio in Italian) in a commedia dell'arte troupe, his wife Nedda, and her lover, Silvio. When Nedda spurns the advances of Tonio, another player in the troupe, he tells Canio about Nedda's betrayal. In a jealous rage Canio murders both Nedda and Silvio.


Inva Mula - Nedda
Vladimir Galouzine - Canio
Sergey Murzaev -Tonio
Florian Laconi - Beppe
Tassis Christoyannis - Silvio

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Paris Opera Children'S Chorus


Dinner at L’Ambrosia










SATURDAY MAY 5, 2012 - LONDON

La Bohème

Puccini’s most intimate and romantic opera, combines a luscious and painterly score with a perfectly structured and moving love story. Based on a novel by the French writer Henry Murger, it is set in an attic flat where four friends struggle to make ends meet as artists and poets.

The penniless poet Rodolfo loves a poor seamstress, Mimì, but she is dying of consumption. It is winter and he cannot afford to look after her. To protect her, he pretends he does not love her and they go their separate ways. On the brink of death, Mimì comes to see Rodolfo one last time, determined to die with the man she loves.

The traditional Royal Opera production of Puccini’s world-famous opera brings Parisian life of the 1830s to the stage with authenticity and colour. The music sweeps through the story of tragic love with a wealth of well-known numbers and beautiful moments.






















Dinner at Clos Maggiore













THURSDAY MAY 10, 2012 MADRID

8PM

CYRANO DE BERGERAC

The libretto is by Henri Cain and is based on the novel with the same name by Edmond Rostand. The opera is divided into four acts and is performed in French. The main choir and orchestra at the Teatro Real Theatre are playing, and the singers are Sondra Radvanovsky, Doris Lamprecht, Plácido Domingo, Ángel Ódena, Franco Pomponi, Laurent Alvaro and Christian Helmer.

























Dinner at La Capilla de la Bolsa


















FRIDAY MAY 12, 2012 MILAN



Tosca

Giacomo Puccini

Teatro alla Scala Production 

Running Time: 3 hours 05 minutes

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English.


Direction 

Conductor -Nicola Luisotti

Staging - Luc Bondy

Sets - Richard Peduzzi

Costumes - Milena Canonero


Cast 

Tosca - Oksana Dyka

Cavaradossi - Alexander Antonenko (26 April; 11 May)

Scarpia - Marco Vratogna (26, 28 April; 11 May)

Angelotti - Deyan Vatchkov

Sagrestano - Alessandro Paliaga

Spoletta - Mauro Buffoli

Sciarrone - Davide Pelissero

Carceriere - Ernesto Panariello



Dinner at Il Marchesino Ristorante Teatro Alla Scala







Orchestra or best available seats for all 5 operas, Dinners hosted by Clint Arthur prior to each performance, Parties afterwards.

Book early for best seating.  Participation is limited to 20 people.


$3,250 per person, all inclusive.







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April 28, 2012 - May 12, 2012

New York • Paris • London • Madrid • Milan