ShowPlace Icon Theatre Opera Series

LIVE and ENCORE Presentations of the Met Opera on the Big Screen

Opera fans and music lovers are invited to experience the Metropolitan Opera with LIVE and ENCORE screenings of 12 Metropolitan Operas this 2010-11 season.  “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD,” is a groundbreaking series of opera performances being transmitted into movie theatres worldwide.  Guests can catch all the action beginning October 9, 2010 through May 14, 2011 at the Kerasotes ShowPlace Icon Theatre located in the South Loop.  LIVE operas will be broadcast on Saturday afternoons and the ENCORE presentations will be shown on Wednesday evenings.

The broadcast will be presented live on the big screen in the auditorium at Icon and feature cutting edge digital cinema projectors with 26,000 watts of power for distortion-free listening.

The full 2010-11 Metropolitan Opera LIVE and ENCORE schedules are available below.

WHEN: October 9, 2010 – May 14, 2011
Saturdays – LIVE; (showtimes vary, please see schedule below)
Wednesdays – ENCORE shows; 6:30PM    

COST: LIVE shows
$26 Adult
$24 Senior
$20 Child
$288 Live Season Ticket (available to Extras members only).

ENCORE shows
$20 Adult, Senior, Child 

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SCHEDULE:
Live ShowsSaturday, October 9: 12:00PM CT
Wagner’s Das Rheingold— Two unparalleled artists join forces to create a groundbreaking new Ring for the Met: Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage. The cycle launches with Das Rheingold, the prologue to Wagner’s epic drama. “The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it’s a cosmos,” says Lepage, who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world’s greatest theatrical journey. Bryn Terfel sings the leading role of Wotan for the first time with the company, heading an extraordinary cast.

Saturday, October 23: 11:00AM CT
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov — René Pape takes on one of the greatest bass roles in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth. Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky’s epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko, and Ekaterina Semenchuk leading the huge cast.

Saturday, November 13: 12:00PM CT
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale— Anna Netrebko revives her sensational turn in this sophisticated bel canto comedy, opposite Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecien, and John Del Carlo in the title role. Music Director James Levine conducts. When Otto Schenk’s production premiered in 2006, the New York Times called it “brilliant” and “wonderful.”

Saturday, December 11: 11:30AM CT
Verdi’s Don Carlo — Director Nicholas Hytner makes his Met debut with this new production of Verdi’s profound, beautiful, and most ambitious opera. Roberto Alagna leads the cast, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, back after his triumphant debut leading Carmen, conducts. “I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera,” Hytner says. “Right through this opera there is, on the one hand, an implacable expression of impending doom and, on the other hand, a succession of the most gloriously open-throated arias, the most fantastically determined music.”

Saturday, January 8: 12:00PM CT
Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West— Puccini’s wild-west opera had its world premiere in 1910 at the Met. Now, on the occasion of its centennial, all-American diva Deborah Voigt sings the title role of the “girl of the golden west,” starring opposite Marcello Giordani. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Saturday, February 12: 12:00PM CT
Adams’s Nixon in China — “All of my operas have dealt on deep psychological levels with our American mythology,” says composer John Adams, who conducts the Met premiere of his most famous opera. “The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history.” Acclaimed director and longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars makes his Met debut with this groundbreaking 1987 work, an exploration of the human truths beyond the headlines surrounding President Nixon’s 1972 encounter with Communist China. Baritone James Maddalena stars in the title role.

Saturday, February 26: 12:00PM CT
Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride— Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo reprise their starring roles in Gluck’s nuanced and elegant interpretation of this primal Greek myth. Tenor Paul Groves also returns to Stephen Wadsworth’s insightful production, first seen in 2007. Patrick Summers conducts.

Saturday, March 19: 12:00PM CT
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor— Natalie Dessay triumphed as the fragile heroine of Donizetti’s masterpiece on Opening Night of the 2007–08 season in Mary Zimmerman’s hit production. Now she returns to the role of the innocent young woman driven to madness, opposite Joseph Calleja, who sings her lover Edgardo.

Saturday, April 9: 12:00PM CT
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory — Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met premiere production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely Countess Adèle, sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Bartlett Sher, director of the Met’s hit productions of The Barber of Seville and The Tales of Hoffmann, describes the world of the opera as, “a place where love is dangerous. People get hurt. That can be very funny and very painful. Rossini captures both—with the most beautiful love music Rossini ever wrote.”

Saturday, April 23: 12:00PM CT
Strauss’s Capriccio— On Opening Night of the 2008–09 season, Renée Fleming dazzled audiences when she sang the final scene of Strauss’s wise and worldly meditation on art and life. Now she performs the entire work, in which the composer explores the essence of opera itself. Joseph Kaiser and Sarah Connolly also star, and Andrew Davis conducts.

Saturday, April 30: 12:00PM CT
Verdi’s Il Trovatore— David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama premiered in the 2008–09 season. James Levine leads this revival, starring four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky—in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.

Saturday, May 14: 11:00AM CT
Wagner’s Die Walküre— A stellar cast comes together for this second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by James Levine. Bryn Terfel is Wotan, lord of the Gods. Deborah Voigt adds the part of Brünnhilde to her extensive Wagnerian repertoire at the Met. Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star as the twins, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Stephanie Blythe is Fricka.      

Encore Schedule:
(All showtimes are at 6:30PM CT)
10.27.10          Das Rheingold Encore
11.10.10          Boris Godunov Encore
12.01.10          Don Pasquale Encore
01.05.11          Don Carlo Encore
01.26.11          La Fanciulla del West Encore
03.02.11          Nixon in China Encore
03.16.11          Iphigénie en Tauride Encore
04.06.11          Lucia di Lammermoor Encore
04.27.11          Le Comte Ory Encore
05.11.11          Capriccio Encore
05.18.11          Il Trovatore Encore
06.01.11          Die Walküre Encore   

Lobby Lounge at ShowPlace Icon Theatre
150 W. Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60605
Located just west of the intersection of Clark and Roosevelt Rd
Phone: 312.564.2104

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