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Met Live in HD 2019-20 Season

Met Live in HD 2019-20 Season

The Met Live in HD new 2019-20 Season includes 5 new productions including Philip Glass’ Akhnaten and George & Ira Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess

All performances take place on Saturdays at 12:55 PM with no exceptions.

January 11: Berg Wozzeck – NEW!
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts baritone Peter Mattei, soprano Elza van den Heever and a commanding cast that includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel.
February 1: Gershwins, Porgy & Bess – NEW!
David Robertson conducts a dynamic cast, featuring the sympathetic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles and an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz, Latonia Moore, Denyce Graves, Frederick Ballentine, and Alfred Walker.
February 29: Handel, Agrippina – NEW!
The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, soprano Brenda Rae, countertenor Iestyn Davies, and bass Matthew Rose.
March 14: Wagner, Der Fliegende Holländer- NEW!
Valery Gergiev conducts a new production by François Girard, starring the great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel.
April 11: Puccini, Tosca
Soprano Anna Netrebko, tenor Brian Jagde, and baritone Michael Volle. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.
May 9: Donizetti, Maria Stuarda
Soprano Diana Damrau as Mary, Queen of Scots with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and tenor Stephen Costello. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s handsome production.

 


 

Bolshoi Ballet 2019-20 Season

Bolshoi Ballet 2019-20 Season

The Bolshoi Ballet is one of the largest companies in the world with over 250 dancers. Each year it has 30 ballets in repertory, both classical and contemporary works. With its Academy, the Bolshoi is also perpetuating the classical ballet tradition through a new generation of young and talented dancers. Experience these famous ballet performances live from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

2019
Dec 15: The Nutcracker (Encore
In this timeless story accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, rising star Soloist Margarita Shrainer perfectly embodies Marie’s innocence and enchantment along with the supremely elegant Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin as The Nutcracker.
2020
Jan 26: Giselle (Captured Live)
Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes. In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance.
Feb 23: Swan Lake (Captured Live)
Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns with a new cast for the most beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison.
Mar 29: Romeo and Juliet (Encore)
The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev a remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight.
Apr 19: Jewels (Captured Live)
Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy the genius of choreographer’s visually captivating work.

 


 

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

Sunday, December 15, 12:55 PM

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich (after E.T.A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa)

On Christmas Eve, the mysterious Drosselmeyer brings a Nutcracker doll as a gift for his goddaughter Marie. At midnight, the doll comes to life and finds himself in a battle against the Mouse King, determined to save Marie from him. In this timeless story accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, rising star Soloist Margarita Shrainer perfectly embodies Marie’s innocence and enchantment along with the supremely elegant Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin as The Nutcracker, captivating audiences of all ages and bringing them on an otherworldly journey.

 


 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Rated: NR

Premiere: Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 PM

Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Joonas Suotamo, Anthony Daniels, Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenplay: J.J. Abrams, Chris Terrio

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

This film contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or have other photosensitivities.

 


 

Bombshell: Special Screening + Q&A

Bombshell: Special Screening + Q&A

Rated: R

Friday, Dec. 20, 6:20 PM

Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, Malcolm McDowell, Allison Janney
Director: Jay Roach
Screenplay: Charles Randolph

Starring Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Academy Award® winner Nicole Kidman, Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow and Academy Award® nominee Margot Robbie, based on the real scandal, Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. Directed by Emmy® Award winner Jay Roach and written by Academy Award® winner Charles Randolph.

After the film: Academy Award® winner Charles Randolph will join us to conduct a Q&A.

 


 

Met Live in HD: Wozzeck

Met Live in HD: Wozzeck

By Alban Berg

Saturday, January 11, 12:55 PM

After wowing audiences with his astounding production of Lulu in 2015, South African artist William Kentridge now focuses his extraordinary visual imagination on Berg’s other operatic masterpiece, which comes to cinemas for the first time on January 11. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium for this important event, with baritone Peter Mattei as the disturbed title character. Soprano Elza van den Heever is Wozzeck’s unfaithful mate, alongside a commanding cast that also includes tenor Christopher Ventris, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn, and tenor Gerhard Siegel.
World Premiere: Staatsoper, Berlin, 1925. One of the emblematic achievements of the thriving artistic forces in Germany and Austria during the brief period between world wars, Wozzeck was a sensation and a scandal at its premiere. Remarkably, it has lost none of its power to fascinate, shock, and engage audiences, and its status as one of the defining musical works of the 20th century has not blunted its vitality.

 


 

Thousand Pieces of Gold: Special Screenings + Q&A

Thousand Pieces of Gold: Special Screenings + Q&A

Rated: PG-13

Sunday, January 12, 1 PM
Saturday, January 18, 7 PM

Cast: Rosalind Chao, Chris Cooper
Director: Nancy Kelly
Screenplay: Anne Makepeace

After the film on both days celebrated screenwriter Anne Makepeace will join us for a Q&A about the film. Anne Makepeace has been a writer, producer, and director of award-winning independent films for more than three decades. Read full bio.

Set in a mining town in the 1880s, Thousand Pieces of Gold was developed by the Sundance Institute and premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1990. After its theatrical release, Thousand Pieces of Gold aired on the PBS American Playhouse series, the UK’s Film Four and around the world. It won immediate acclaim for its portrayal of the real-life story of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a young Chinese woman whose desperately poor parents sell her into slavery. She is trafficked to a nefarious saloonkeeper in Idaho’s gold country. Eventually, Charlie, a man of a different ilk, played by Chris Cooper, wins her in a poker game and slowly gains her trust.

Way ahead of its time, the film resonates even more powerfully today in the era of #MeToo. But Nancy Kelly became a victim of prejudice against women directors within the American film industry and was never offered another movie to direct in spite of extraordinary reviews from critics, some of whom compared her talent to that of John Ford.

 


 

NT Live: All My Sons

NT Live: All My Sons

by Arthur Miller, directed by Jeremy Herrin
A co-production from The Old Vic and Headlong

Thursday, January 16, 7 PM

Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama.

America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.

Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House) directs the cast, which also includes Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin) alongside Bessie Carter, Oliver Johnstone, Kayla Meikle and Sule Rimi.

 


 

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Sunday, January 26, 12:55 PM

Music: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto: Théophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges

Giselle touches upon great and universal romantic themes. In this brand new production, renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion.

 


 

FilmWorks Forum/ Salisbury Forum: Parkland Rising

FilmWorks Forum/ Salisbury Forum: Parkland Rising

Sunday, January 26, 11:30 AM

Director: Cheryl Horner
Cast: Jaclyn Corin, Matt Deitsch, Fred Guttenberg

On February 14, 2018, a school shooting took the lives of 17 people and suddenly changed the conversation about guns in America.

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could not be called “the deadliest” or even “the most shocking” mass shooting in recent US history. It came less than five months after 58 people were shot and killed at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, and nothing changed. It came less than two years after 49 people were shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and nothing changed. There were 345 mass shootings in the US in 2017 alone, and nothing changed.

But this time, something clicked.

 


 

Exhibition on Screen: Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

Exhibition on Screen: Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait

Directed by David Bickerstaff

Tuesday, March 3, 7 PM
Sunday, March 8, 1 PM

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.

The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints, and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of the very few 20th-century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency. Spanning nearly seven decades his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self-representation. This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for EXHIBITION ON SCREEN to reveal the life’s work of a master in one show.

 


 

Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art

Exhibition on Screen: Easter in Art

Directed by Phil Grabsky

Tuesday, April 7, 7 PM
Saturday, April 11, 1 PM

The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2000 years. It is perhaps the most significant historical event of all time, as recounted by the gospels but, equally, as depicted by the greatest artists in history. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Shot on location in Jerusalem, United States and throughout Europe, the film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all.

 


 

Exhibition on Screen: Frida Kahlo

Exhibition on Screen: Frida Kahlo

Directed by Ali Ray

Tuesday, July 7, 7 PM
Sunday, July 12, 1 PM

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo. She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Guided with interviews, commentary and Frida’s own words, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.

Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, the film explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo. Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of color and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity, her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics, and her cultural heritage.

We might think we already know Frida Kahlo – the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk style clothing have made her a muse to generations – but what lies beneath the surface of this intensely passionate woman?

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