"The Met: Live in HD" Returns to the Clark

For Immediate Release

September 28, 2012

[Digital images available upon request]

Williamstown, MA—On Saturday, October 13, at 12:55 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s popular “The Met: Live in HD” series returns with a live transmission of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, which premeried in Milan in 1832. Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien star in the new production by Bartlett Sher. Maurizio Bernini conducts.

Running time is approximately 125 minutes. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students). For tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.

Netrebko makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Kwiecien sings the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the magic-potion-peddling, loveable quack Doctor Dulcamara.

The story revolves around fickle Adina, who promises to marry blustery Sergeant Belcore but who is the object of Nemorino’s desire. Nemorino, desperate to win Adina’s heart, buys a magic “love potion” (revealed as a bottle of bordeaux) from Doctor Dulcamara. After many twists and turns, including a large inheritance left to Nemorino by his uncle, Adina finally professes her love for Nemorino, leaving Belcore to declare that thousands of women await him elsewhere. Dulcamara brags about how his miraculous potion can make people fall in love and even turn poor peasants into millionaires.

L’Elisir d’Amore is kind of two operas at the same time,” Sher says. “It’s an opera that’s a great entertainment, and it’s an opera that has something else happening underneath. It’s informed by when in Italian history it was written—you can see the early stirrings of a cry for independence.”

“The Met: Live in HD,” the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 60 countries. Since its creation in 2006, the program has grown every season, with more than 10 million tickets sold to date. Close to 3 million tickets are expected to be sold this season alone.

“Our live transmissions continue to transform the public’s perception of opera and to excite our performers and our audiences around the world,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “For our entire company, there is nothing quite like one of our adrenaline-packed Saturday matinee broadcasts.”

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Amanda Powers
The Clark
413 458 0471


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