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NT Live: Medea

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace.

It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

 

 

 

 

The General (Re. 2014)

Kids Club Classic, £5

Buster Keaton plays Johnny Gray, a Southern railroad engineer who loves his train engine, “The General”, almost as much as he loves Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack). When the opening shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter, Johnny tries to enlist — and he is deemed too useful as an engineer to be a soldier.  When his beloved engine – The General –  is captured by Northern spies, Keaton goes behind enemy lines to rescue both the girl and the locomotive he loves.  A hilarious chase ensues, punctuated by breathtaking stunts.

Brilliantly filmed and fueled with classic physical comedy, The General captures Buster Keaton at his timeless best.  As always, he performs his own stunts, combining his prodigious dexterity, impeccable comic timing, and expressive body language to convey more emotion than the stars of any of the talkies that were soon to dominate cinema.

For a joyous sample of the treat in store, take a look at this clip.  Kids – move over!

 

Met. Opera: Così Fan Tutte

Sat April 26 at 17:55

Composor: Mozart

Conductor: James Levine
Production: Lesley Koenig
Designer: Michael Yeargan
Cast: Susanna Phillips (Fiordiligi), Isabel Leonard (Dorabella), Danielle de Niese (Despina), Matthew Polenzani (Ferrando), Rodion Pogossov (Guglielmo), Maurizio Muraro (Don Alfonso)

James Levine conducts the first Live in HD performance of Mozart’s barbed romance Così fan tutte. Lesley Koenig’s sleek production will star Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonardas the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid Despina; and Maurizio Muraro as the cynical Don Alfonso.

Met. Opera: La Cenerentola (2014)

Sat May 10 at 17:55


Composor: Rossini

Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Production: Cesare Lievi
Designer: Maurizio Balò
Choreographer: Daniela Schiavone
Cast: Joyce DiDonato (Angelina), Juan Diego Flórez (Don Ramiro), Pietro Spagnoli (Dandini), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Magnifico), Luca Pisaroni (Alidoro)

Joyce DiDonato sings her first Met performances of the title character in Rossini’s Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola’s stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro’s tutor, Alidoro.

Met. Opera: Macbeth

Sat 11 Oct, 17:55

By:  Guiseppe Verdi

With:  Fabio Luisi; Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Željko Lučić, René Pape

Adrian Noble (Production); Mark Thompson (Set & Costume Designer); Jean Kalman (Lighting Designer); Sue Lefton (Choreographer)

Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

 

Met. Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro

Sat 18 Oct, 17:55

NEW PRODUCTION

By:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

With:  James Levine; Marina Poplavskaya, Marlis Petersen, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei, Ildar Abdrazakov

Richard Eyre (Production); Rob Howell (Set & Costume Designer); Paule Constable (Lighting Designer);
Sara Erde (Choreographer)

Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece.   Director Richard Eyre sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in a 19th-century manor house in Seville, but during the gilded age of the late 1920s.  Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Marina Poplavskaya as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.

 

Met. Opera: Carmen

Sat 1 Nov, 16:55

By:  Georges Bizet

With:  Pablo Heras-Casado; Anita Hartig, Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Ildar Abdrazakov

Richard Eyre (Production); Rob Howell (Set & Costume Designer); Peter Mumford (Lighting Designer);
Christopher Wheeldon (Choreographer)

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another d Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.

Cinderella

Often imitated, never bettered.  This enchanting 1950 Disney animation has all the ugly sisters, fairy godmothers, charming princes and glass slippers your heart could wish for. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!

Met. Opera: The Death of Klinghoffer

Sat 15 Nov, 17:55

NEW PRODUCTION

By John Adams

With:  David Robertson; Michaela Martens, Sean Panikkar, Paulo Szot, Alan Opie, Aubrey Allicock, Ryan Speedo Green

Tom Morris (Production); Tom Pye (Set Designer); Laura Hopkins (Costume Designer); Jean Kalman (Lighting Designer); Finn Ross (Video Designer); Mark Grey (Sound Designer); Arthur Pita (Choreographer)

Composer John Adams’s meditative opus about the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship has its highly anticipated Metropolitan Opera premiere. The Death of Klinghoffer—considered by many to be Adams’s greatest opera—overwhelmed audiences when it premiered just a few years after the tragic incident. Featuring breathtaking choral passages and inventive video projections, the dreamlike production of director Tom Morris (War Horse) balances the opera’s poetic libretto and intense dramatic narrative. Tony Award winner Paulo Szot stars in the leading role and David Robertson conducts.

Met. Opera: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Sat 13 Dec, 17:00

By:  Richard Wagner

With:  James Levine; Annette Dasch, Karen Cargill, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, Johan Reuter, Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Hans-Peter König, Martin Gantner, Matthew Rose

Otto Schenk (Production); Gunther Schneider-Siemssen (Set Design); Rolf Langenfass (Costume Designer): Gil Wechsler (Lighting Designer); Carmen de Lavallade (Choreographer)

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic (6 hour) comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.