The Metropolitan Opera: Live In HD, Festival Theater, 6 April

  • 4 Apr 2014 9:02 AM
The Metropolitan Opera: Live In HD, Festival Theater, 6 April
Replay of the live broadcast with English and Hungarian subtitle. The most frequently performed opera in the Metropolitan’s history, the tale of La Bohème, which portrays the life of hedonistic young artists with all its joys and tragedies, is presented here with an excitingly young cast in a classic production by Franco Zeffirelli and with the outstanding Italian conductor Stefano Ranzani at the podium.

The part of the fiery and passionate Rodolfo is played by a singer who has pursued this career since he was a small child. Vittorio Grigolo joined the Sistine Chapel Choir at the age of nine, before performing at the age of 13 in a production of Tosca alongside Pavarotti, earning the nickname Il Pavarottino (“little Pavarotti”).

It was a mantle he would quickly outgrow, and at the age of 23 he made his first appearance at La Scala in Milan, the youngest debutant in the prestigious opera house’s history.

The part of the delicate, mortally sick girl Mimì is played by Anita Hartig, who makes her debut at the Metropolitan in this role. The career of this young soprano has followed a dreamlike trajectory, carrying her practically overnight from Bistrița (Beszterce) in Transylvania to New York, stopping off in Kolozsvár (Cluj), Bucharest and – to loud audience acclaim – the Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden and La Scala in Milan. Singing the other female role in the production, the lascivious but noble-minded Musetta, is the American Susanna Phillips. Having won her ticket to the world’s major opera stages through her successes at the Operalia competition hallmarked by Plácido Domingo, this is not Phillips’s first important role at the Metropolitan. In the role of Marcello, Massimo Cavalletti was born in the same town as Puccini, although this is naturally not why he became such a sought-after singer. He has already also performed as Schaunard in the Met production, while he gave a stupendous performance as the Bohemian painter at the Salzburg Festival in 2012 alongside the pair of Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann.

Puccini: La Bohème

Date and time: 6 April 2014, 6.00 pm - 9.10 pm
Venue: Festival Theatre
Address: 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell utca 1

For this concert you can buy your tickets in the Palace of Arts’ Ticket Offices, also with vacation vouchers, Edenred Ticket Culture vouchers, Sodexho Pass culture and gift vouchers, Palace of Arts gift vouchers and a SZÉP vacation card.

Prices: 4100 Ft

Source: Palace of Arts

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