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September 19, 2011
The Lensic and The Santa Fe Opera Present The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 16, 2011

Press Contact:
Emily Crawford, Director of PR & Marketing
Tel: 505.988.7050 ext. 1211
Email: ecrawford@lensic.org

The Lensic and The Santa Fe Opera present

THE MET: LIVE IN HD 2011-2012 SEASON

Seven New Productions, Including a World Premiere
a Met Premiere, and the Complete Ring Cycle
Headline the Met’s 2011-12 Season


The season opens with the first-ever Met performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena,
starring Anna Netrebko in the first of two new productions she sings this season; Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon follows in April

The world premiere of The Enchanted Island, a pastiche of Baroque music and Shakespearean comedy

Tony Award-winning stage directors Michael Grandage and Des McAnuff make their Met debuts with new productions of Don Giovanni and Faust

In its fifth season at The Lensic, The Met: Live in HD series features 11 operas


Santa Fe, NM, August 16 -- The Lensic Performing Arts Center and The Santa Fe Opera are pleased to present the highly anticipated 5th annual The Met: Live in HD season at The Lensic. The season features 11 transmissions: 11 morning broadcasts and 9 evening encores. The season includes new productions, including a world premiere, a Met premiere, and the complete Ring Cycle.

On sale dates for the season are August 19 at 10 am for Met Guild members* and August 29, 10 am, for the general public. Tickets for the live morning broadcasts are $25-$30. Evening encores are $22. Student tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased at www.lensic.org, www.TicketsSantaFe.org or 505.988.1234. *Tickets cannot be purchased online on August 19.
More on the Met season

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2011-12 season will feature the world’s leading singers, conductors, and stage directors in seven new productions, including a world premiere, a Met premiere, and the first complete performances of a new Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Lepage.

The season includes the Met premiere of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, conducted by Marco Armiliato and directed by David McVicar (the beginning of an ambitious multi-season project to produce all three of Donizetti’s famous “Queen” operas directed by McVicar); The Enchanted Island, the world premiere of a Baroque pastiche with an original libretto by Jeremy Sams and set to the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, conducted by William Christie and directed by Phelim McDermott; the Met debuts of Tony Award winners Michael Grandage and Des McAnuff with new productions of Don Giovanni, conducted by Levine, and Faust, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; a new production of Massenet’s Manon conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi and directed by Laurent Pelly; and Robert Lepage’s productions of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, the third and fourth installments of Wagner’s Ring cycle, both conducted by Levine.
The new season was announced at a press conference held at the Met with Peter Gelb, General Manager, and James Levine, Music Director. Gelb said, “The entire company is energized by the prospect of our new Ring cycle being fully realized. Our goal is to fill our seasons with a wide range of new productions and revivals to keep our audience stimulated from start to finish.” Gelb noted that the average age of the Met’s audience, based on a recent survey, had been reduced from 65 to 57 over the first five years of his tenure as General Manager. “Our audience is in transition and our presentations are intended to please both its older and younger segments.”
Levine said, “It is so exciting and gratifying to see the company’s horizons expand as the repertory continues to grow. In addition, we have a whole new generation of world class artists coming into their prime years, and this season features many opportunities for us to hear them at their best.”

A short history of The Met: Live in HD at The Lensic

Since the first broadcast in December 2007, more than 36 operas have been presented in high definition (HD) at The Lensic. In its fifth year, the series, featuring morning broadcasts and evening encores, has become a sensational addition to the Santa Fe cultural scene.
When the Met announced its ambitious plan to broadcast live productions via satellite to audiences around the world, Lensic founding directors Bill Zeckendorf and Patricia McFate immediately saw the potential for Santa Fe opera lovers. Through persistent campaigning on the part of Bill and Patricia, The Lensic and The Santa Fe Opera, with assistance from its then director Richard Gaddes, soon joined forces to make live Met broadcasts a reality.
It was a big and expensive ($80,000) job. The first step was to find “the toughest, biggest and heavy duty” digital high definition projector on the market, said Steph Smith, operations director of The Lensic. Next was a major rebuilding of the frame for the screen, a project that took the crew most of that summer. Later parts of the project were built in the Santa Fe Opera shop and brought to The Lensic for completion. The projection booth was completely overhauled to accommodate the new equipment. A new HD audio interface was purchased allowing the sound from the satellite to communicate with the Lensic’s Dolby surround sound system. Now patrons could hear as well as see in HD.
Finally, it was “opening” day for The Met: Live in HD at The Lensic. On December 15, 2007, the theater was full for Romeo et Juliette starring Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna as the star-crossed lovers. The production thrilled opera fans and HD visionaries alike. The next opera, at 11 am on New Year’s Day, was completely sold out, a sign of things to come.
Since then, the HD system continues to be updated as technology advances and Lensic Presents HD presentations have been expanded to include the National Theatre Live broadcasts.

The Met: Live in HD 2011-2012 Season at The Lensic

Anna Bolena Donizetti – Met Premiere Production
October 15, 2011 • 11am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes; 1 intermission

Don Giovanni Mozart – New Production
October 29, 2011 • 11am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 3 hours, 50 minutes; 1 intermission

Siegfried Wagner – Production
November 5, 2011 • 10am, No encore
Estimated Running Time: 5 hours, 51 minutes; 2 intermissions

Satyagraha Glass
November 19, 2011 • 11am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 4 hours, 8 minutes; 2 intermissions

Faust Gounod – New Production
December 10, 2011 • 11am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes; 2 intermissions

Rodelinda Handel
(This is a re-broadcast of the December 3 performance. The 11 am and 6 pm screening will be $22)
December 17, 2011 • 11am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes; 2 intermissions
2012

The Enchanted Island
Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi & others – world premiere Production
January 21, 2012 • 11am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes; 1 intermission

Götterdämmerung Wagner – New Production
February 11, 2012 • 10am, No encore
Estimated Running Time: 6 hours, 14 minutes; 2 intermissions

Ernani Verdi
February 25, 2012 • 11am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 4 hours, 49 minutes; 2 intermissions

Manon Massenet – New Production
April 7, 2012 • 10am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 4 hours, 3 minutes; 2 intermissions

La Traviata Verdi
April 14, 2012 • 11am and 6pm
Estimated Running Time: 3 hours, 7 minutes; 1 intermission

About The Lensic
The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center presents more than 200 events year-round, including theater, music, dance, spoken word, film and lectures. Through our Community Sponsorships, Education Programs and Artistic Partnerships with local organizations, The Lensic is a major partner and supporter of Santa Fe’s nonprofits, artistic organizations and schools. For more information on The Lensic’s many presentations and programs, visit www.lensic.org.


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