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The Met: Live in HD Returns to the Clark with Stagings of Donizetti, Verdi, and Mozart
Public sales begin September 4

For Immediate Release

August 20, 2012

Digital Images available upon request

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The Met: Live in HD returns to the Clark this fall with extraordinary stars, breathtaking music, and visionary interpretations by today’s most celebrated directors and conductors. This Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series features 12 live transmissions in the Clark’s auditorium, beginning October 13 with L’Elisir D’Amore and continuing with Otello (October 27), Tempest (November 10), Clemenza di Tito (December 1), Un Ballo in Maschera (December 8), Aida (December 15), Les Troyens (January 5), Maria Stuarda (January 19), Rigoletto (February 16), Parisfal (March 2), Francesca da Rimini (March 16) and Giulio Cesare (April 27).

Tickets will be available September 4 for general admission. Clark Society members and Met Guild members may purchase tickets beginning August 24 and museum members may purchase tickets beginning August 31 (box office phone only). Tickets are $25 ($22 for members; $18 students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

Performances include:
Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore
Saturday, October 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.


Verdi’s Otello
Saturday, October 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece makes its first Met Live in HD appearance with Johan Botha in the title role opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming. Semyon Bychkov conducts.


Adès’s The Tempest
Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th-century La Scala in this inventive staging.


Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito  
Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 12:55 pm
The virtuosic Elina Garanca sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts. 


Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera
Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 12:55 pm
Director David Alden’s dreamlike setting provides a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Fabio Luisi conducts.


Verdi’s Aida
Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 12:55 pm

The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts.


Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 12:00 pm

Witness Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast as characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.


Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda
Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 12:55 pm

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, directed by David McVicar. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I, and Maurizio Benini conducts.


Verdi’s Rigoletto
Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 12:55 pm

Director Michael Mayer places his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960. Inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack, Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke of Mantua, Željko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.


Wagner’s Parsifal
Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 12:00 pm

François Girard's new vision for Wagner's final masterpiece features Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts.


Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini
Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 12:00 pm
Zandonai's compelling opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's Inferno, returns in the Met's ravishingly beautiful production. Dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.


Handel’s Giulio Cesare
Saturday, April 27, 2013, at 12:00 pm
The Met Live in HD series concludes with David McVicar’s lively production. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.


The Clark

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


Sally Morse Majewski
413 458 0588


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