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Subject: Re: Met 125 years Gala - program (LONG)
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Date:Thu, 27 Nov 2008 10:16:14 EST

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Very interesting.  NO DOLORA ZAJICK?  The greatest dramatic mezzo  of the 
last 25 years is not on the program?  I wonder where she will be  that night.
In a message dated 11/27/2008 2:53:50 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
[log in to unmask] writes:

Dear  Listers,

Most of you have probably already seen it - but if not, here  is the program 
etc. of the 125 years gala on 15 March 2009 (and the 40th  of Domingo at the 
Met). Wonder what you think...

The Metropolitan  Opera celebrates its 125th anniversary year with a unique 
gala performance  on March 15, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., featuring Met stars in 
recreations of  historic classic productions and high points in the company's 
past. Music  Director James Levine conducts the evening of 26 staged scenes 
that, with  the use of projections, and scenic and costume recreations, will 
evoke the  Met's illustrious history.

The gala also celebrates the 40th  anniversary of the debut of Plácido 
Domingo, who will be a featured  performer. He will be joined by Met stars 
including Roberto Alagna,  Aleksandrs Antonenko, Kim Begley, Stephanie 
Joseph Calleja,  Natalie Dessay, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Angela 
Gheorghiu,  Marcello Giordani, Maria Guleghina, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, 
Dmitri  Hvorostovsky, Maija Kovalevska, Mariusz Kwiecien, Waltraud Meier, 
Susanne  Mentzer, James Morris, René Pape, Sondra Radvanovsky, John 
Relyea, and  Deborah Voigt.

Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, the creators of last  season's hit 
production of Satyagraha, have conceived the sets, stage  direction, and 
projections to integrate historic, archival elements into a  unique 
experience. Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer of Fifty Nine  Productions are 
designing the elaborate projections as they did for both  Satyagraha and the 
recent Met premiere of John Adams's Doctor Atomic (with  sets by Julian 
Crouch). The projections will include such retrospective  elements as the 
proscenium of the old Met Opera House, playbills, archival  photos, original 
designs, and pieces of scenery, as well as colorful  animation. Catherine 
who designed the costumes for the Met's Il  Barbiere di Siviglia and Doctor 
Atomic, is in charge of costumes for the  production, guiding both the 
recreations and creating new designs where  needed. Peter Mumford, lighting 
designer for the Met productions of Madama  Butterfly and Peter Grimes, 
designs the lighting for this gala as  well.


The gala program also affords a preview of future  casts with many stars 
singers performing arias or ensembles from works  they are scheduled to sing 
upcoming Met seasons, many in new  productions. Examples include René Pape 
singing the Death Scene from  Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Stephanie Blythe 
as Amneris in a duet from  Aida, Mariusz Kwiecien in an aria from Don 
Plácido Domingo  singing the title role in a duet from Simon Boccanegra, 
Deborah Voigt and  Ben Heppner in the Siegfried final scene, and Natalie 
Dessay in the title  role of La Traviata.

Highlights include four excerpts from Faust, the  opera that opened the Met 
October 22, 1883, performed in costumes based  on that production; an aria 
from Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, which  had its world premiere at the 
in 1910 with Enrico Caruso in the tenor  lead, with the staging and costumes 
evoking a well-known photograph from  the original performance; the 
conclusion of Parsifal, which had its first  (unauthorized) presentation 
of Bayreuth at the Met in 1903 with  costumes based on that production; the 
final duet from Carmen with a  recreation of Rosa Ponselle's famous costume 
designed by Valentina for the  1935 revival; the overture from Die 
using animation to bring  the renowned 1967 production designed by Marc 
Chagall to life; the finales  of both Das Rheingold and Siegfried, in homage 
the first Der Ring des  Nibelungen cycle given in America at the Met in 1889; 
and three tenor  arias from Puccini operas saluting the productions of Franco 

Yves Saint Laurent sponsors the 125th Anniversary Gala  benefit. The French 
fashion house sponsored last season's new production  gala event for La Fille 
du Régiment at the Met.

The  Program

James Levine, conductor


Charles Gounod:  Faust

"Vin ou bière" chorus from Act II: Metropolitan Opera  Chorus

"Le veau d'or": James Morris (Méphistophélès)

Jewel song  "Ah, je ris de me voir": Angela Gheorghiu (Marguerite)

Trio from Act V  "Alerte, alerte": Sondra Radvanovsky (Marguerite), Roberto 
Alagna (Faust),  John Relyea (Méphistophélès)

Giacomo Puccini: La Fanciulla del  West

"Ch'ella mi creda": Plácido Domingo (Dick Johnson)

Giuseppe  Verdi: Aida

Duet "Silenzio! Aida verso noi s'avanza": Maria Guleghina  (Aida), Stephanie 
Blythe (Amneris) *

Modest Mussorgsky: Boris  Godunov

Boris's Death Scene: René Pape (Boris) *

Giuseppe Verdi:  Nabucco

"Va, pensiero": Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Georges Bizet:  Carmen

Final duet "C'est toi...c'est moi": Waltraud Meier (Carmen),  Roberto Alagna 
(Don José)

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto

"La  donna è mobile": Juan Diego Flórez

Giuseppe Verdi: Don  Carlo

"Ella giammai m'amò": James Morris (King Philip)

Richard  Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Trio "Habt mir's gelobt": Natalie Dessay  (Sophie), Deborah Voigt (the 
Marschallin), Susanne Mentzer  (Octavian)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni

"Finch'han dal  vino": Mariusz Kwiecien *

Richard Wagner: Parsifal

Final scene  "Ja, Wehe! Wehe!": Plácido Domingo (Parsifal), Thomas Hampson  


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die  Zauberflöte


Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi

"O  mio babbino caro": Maija Kovalevska (Lauretta)

Piotr Ilyich  Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades

Yeletsky's aria "Ya vas lyublyu":  Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Duet  "Figlia, a tal nome io palpito": Angela Gheorghiu (Amelia), Plácido 

Richard Wagner: Siegfried

Final scene "Ewig war  ich": Deborah Voigt (Brünnhilde)*, Ben Heppner 

Giacomo  Puccini - Three Tenor Arias

La Bohème - "Che gelida manina": Joseph  Calleja (Rodolfo)

Tosca - "E lucevan le stelle": Aleksandrs Antonenko  (Cavaradossi)

Turandot - "Nessun dorma": Marcello Giordani  (Calaf)

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata

"È forse lui...Sempre  libera": Natalie Dessay (Violetta)*

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello

Final  scene "Niun mi tema": Plácido Domingo (Otello)

Erich Korngold: Die Tote  Stadt

Marietta's lied: Renée Fleming (Marietta)

Richard Wagner:  Das Rheingold

Final scene: Yvonne Naef (Fricka), Kim Begley (Loge),  Garrett Sorenson 
(Froh), René Pape (Wotan), Lisette Oropesa, Kate Lindsey,  and Tamara 
Mumford (Rhinemaidens)

* Indicates a role that this  singer is scheduled to sing in a future Met 

Gala tickets are  available at the Met Box Office, by telephone at 212-362-
6000, or at the  Met's web site

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