Met Madness: Lucia di Lammermoor Opens Metropolitan Opera Season with Times Square Simulcast

Classic Arts News   Met Madness: Lucia di Lammermoor Opens Metropolitan Opera Season with Times Square Simulcast
What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, as the Peter Gelb era began at the Metropolitan Opera, there was excitement and media coverage galore as, for the first time, the company broadcast its season-opening gala onto giant screens in Lincoln Center and in Times Square, inviting all New York to enjoy Anthony Minghella's new production of Madama Butterfly.

Tonight, as the 2007-08 season opens, the Met's doing it again, and already it feels almost like a regular event — another part of what makes New York a great city.

Beginning at 6:30 this evening, the Met offers a brand-new production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor — on the opera house stage, on Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center and in Times Square. The outdoor simulcasts are free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. And if you aren't able to get out to see the opera, you can listen in via the Met's channel on Sirius Satellite Radio or in free streaming audio at the Met's website,

Natalie Dessay goes wild as opera's favorite madwoman, with Marcello Giordani as her beloved Edgardo, Mariusz Kwiecien as her brother Enrico, John Relyea as Raimondo and tenor Stephen Costello in his company debut as Arturo. Met music director James Levine conducts, and the production is directed by theater luminary Mary Zimmerman in her house debut.

Tonight's performance is dedicated to the memory of the late, great Beverly Sills.

Lucia receives eight more performances through October 25 and another three March 5-13, 2008.

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