The Vancouver Opera Guild invites you to join its spring tour to New York featuring four productions at the Metropolitan Opera with excellent seating in the Grand Tier Balance section plus the Met’s National Council Grand Finals Concert.
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
The role of the fragile heroine who teeters between love and madness is sung by soprano Pretty Yende who has impressed audiences with dazzling bel canto portrayals at the Met. Michael Fabiano plays the role of her lover in this chilling production by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Roberto Abbado conducts.
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Rivalling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s set and costumes of the Napoleonic era, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for Anna Netrebko in the title role of the jealous prima donna. Marcelo Álvarez is Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Michael Volle as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Bertrand de Billy conducts.
Cendrillon by Jules Massenet
“Glorious, her performance was thoroughly enchanting” raved the New York Times when Joyce DiDonato sang the title role of Cendrillon at the Royal Opera in 2011. Now, for the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met, with Di Donato starring in the title role. She is paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.
Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod
Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation was a hit of the 2016-17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts.
National Council Grand Finals Concert
Some of today’s greatest singers got their start in the Met National Council Auditions including Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Eric Owens, Frederica von Stade and Simone Osborne. Watch the 2018 finalists compete for cash prizes and the chance to launch a major operatic career while accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by Bertrand de Billy.