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Met Opera Live In HD Brings 'Roberto Devereux,' 'Elektra' To Ridgefield

AAA Northeast at The Playhouse: Live in HD Series will screen an encore performance of The Met Opera in HD: Donizetti’s "Roberto Devereux" on Sunday, April 17 at 12:55 p.m.
AAA Northeast at The Playhouse: Live in HD Series will screen an encore performance of The Met Opera in HD: Donizetti’s "Roberto Devereux" on Sunday, April 17 at 12:55 p.m. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – AAA Northeast at The Playhouse: Live in HD Series will screen an encore performance of The Met Opera: Donizetti's "Roberto Devereux" Sunday, April 17, at 12:55 p.m. at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

“Roberto Devereux” is a companion to the far better known Donizetti operas “Anna Bolena” and “Maria Stuarda” — all of which will be in production, presenting the entire Donizetti Tudor trilogy. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queen operas in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. Tenor Matthew Polenzani, a house favorite, stars in the title role, and Maurizio Benini conducts.

In this climactic opera of the trilogy, Queen Elizabeth is forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. The production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an ambitious directorial accomplishment.

An encore performance of Strauss’ “Elektra” will take place Sunday, May 1, at 12:55 p.m. Director Patrice Chéreau didn’t live to see his production of “Elektra,” previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. Strauss’ tragedy about an ancient Greek princess hell-bent on revenge comes to the Met in the final opera production by Chéreau.

Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to conduct a cast headed by Nina Stemme as the obsessed and bloodthirsty title character. Waltraud Meier sings her first Met performances of Klytämnestra, Elektra’s mother and the object of her fury, with Adrianne Pieczonka as Elektra’s sister, Chrysothemis; Eric Owens as her exiled brother, Orest; and German tenor Burkhard Ulrich, in his Met debut, as the corrupt monarch Aegisth. Vincent Huguet will stage the production.

Tickets are $25, $20 for members and seniors, $15 for students and free for children 18 and under.

Click here to purchase tickets or call the box office at 203-438-5795.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is at 80 East Ridge Road.

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