Alumni-Club Nordamerika: Virtual Opera Introductions

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08.03.2022, 19:00 - 20:00 Uhr


The Metropolitan Opera is back, and we’re excited to be returning (virtually) as well for the 2021-2022 season!  This year, we’ve selected a pairing of contemporary and classic operas. In December, join us for the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice – a brand-new take on the Greek myth. In March, we will return to a time-honored standard of opera repertoire, Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Friends of Freiburg board member, Sarah Stephens of Stephens Nicolson Artists Management, will offer an introduction over Zoom to our alumni and friends, and highlight the Met’s new approach which contrasts contemporary and classic productions, to great acclaim. Participants are invited to attend the Friends of Freiburg virtual opera introduction during the week. Following Sarah’s introduction, you should be prepared to attend the Met’s Saturday afternoon broadcast live at the local HD cinema near you! Full details below.

Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice
Virtual Introduction: Wednesday, December 17.00 PM ET | 4.00 PM PT
The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Brilliant American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story—a product of the Met’s commissioning program. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Yannick Nézet-Séguin oversees the December 4 transmission, leading Aucoin’s evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter-ego. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice’s father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos
Virtual Introduction: Tuesday, March 87.00 PM ET | 4.00 PM PT
The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast for this March 12 transmission also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

Please join us with a bowl of popcorn or a glass of wine for Sarah’s opera introduction with our Friends of Freiburg that will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the opera. This event will be held as a Zoom meeting, so audience members can engage and ask questions if desired — but it is not required to turn your camera on.

Please note that the Metropolitan Opera is no longer offering free nightly streams. Instead, our opera introductions correspond with the weekend Live in HD stream of the production. The opera introduction will take place earlier in the week, and then you are encouraged to view the screening of the opera that weekend. Check the schedule at your local cinema for Saturday streams of the performance in a town near you.

Click here to find local screenings of Eurydice on Saturday, December 4.
Click here to find local screenings of Ariadne auf Naxos on Saturday, March 12.