FREDONIA - The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will continue the 2012-13 season of Live at the Met high definition opera broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera with Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida," on Saturday at 1 p.m.
"To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi, this year's Met season features several of the master composer's operas," said Opera House executive director Rick Davis. "This week's offering, 'Aida,' is a magnificent production of one of the most popular and beloved operas of all time."
In a staging that captures the grandeur of Ancient Egypt, this production features more than 200 artists. Verdi's tragedy, which sets a heartbreaking love triangle against the backdrop of an empire at war, features Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in a stunning Met debut as Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess. Opposite Monastyrska are two major Met stars: tenor Roberto Alagna as the war hero Radames and Olga Borodina as the pharaoh's daughter Amneris, Aida's formidable rival.
Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the title role, and Olga Borodina is Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida.” The heartbreaking love triangle set against the backdrop of an empire at war will be screened live in high definition at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
George Gagnidze sings Amonasro, Aida's cunning father, and Stefan Kocan is the imposing Egyptian priest Ramfis. Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi conducts his first company performances of the opera.
The production lasts three hours, 36 minutes.
Live at the Met opera broadcasts are made possible by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, who funded the purchase of the satellite transmission and projection equipment used in the series. Additional support comes from Bob and Shirley Coon, Bob and Susan Dilks, Steve and Mary Rees, and DFT Communications.
Tickets to "Aida" are $20 for the general public, $18 for Opera House and Met members, and $15 for students. They are available in advance by calling or visiting the box office at 679-1891 Tuesday to Friday, from 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online at fredopera.org.