This Week on SundayArts: La Fille du R_giment, Pilobolus at the Joyce and More

Classic Arts Features   This Week on SundayArts: La Fille du R_giment, Pilobolus at the Joyce and More
This week's edition of SundayArts - the weekly arts showcase on New York's public television station Thirteen (WNET) - features the Metropolitan Opera's much-heralded recent production of Donizetti's spirited comedy, La Fille du R_giment.

Airing Sunday, June 29 at 12 noon, the news program leads into a full broadcast of this critically-lauded staging by director Laurent Pelly. The mostly sold-out production from this past spring featured two powerhouse performances by its leading duo.

Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Fl‹rez earned comparisons to the late Luciano Pavarotti for his Tonio, the very role (with infamous nine-C aria) that made young Pavarotti a star. Globally renowned coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay- whose comedic skills are only outshone by her explosive high-flying vocals- created a sensation as the quintessential Marie. Conducted by Marco Armiliato, the cast also boasted Tony Award-winner and theatrical legend Marian Seldes as the imperious Duchess of Krakenthorp.

Read more about La Fille de R_giment in the recent PlaybillArts feature article:

Photo Journal: Donizetti's Fille - with Dessay and Fl‹rez - at the Met
by Matt Blank
Damrau, Fl‹rez and Dessay: Vocal Ease by William Berger

SundayArts News leads off with a visit to New York Botanical Garden for a report on its Henry Moore in America exhibit before heading downtown to the Joyce Theater, where Pilobolus offers an exciting season of new dance works. The SundayArts News roundup covers The Kyopo Project at the Korea Society; Click! A Crowd Curated Photography Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum; and Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election at the Museum of the City of New York.

The SundayArts Profile features the Lincoln Center Festival's ambitious production of Die Soldaten at The Armory (see Finally, on this week's SundayArts Choice, Rubin Museum of Art curator Ramon Prats explores The Wheel of Life, a painting of Buddhist cosmology, and a Tibetan bronze Bodhisattva believed to date from the 14th century.

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SundayArts is Thirteen/WNET's on-air/online series through which arts enthusiasts everywhere can access the Big Apple's cultural best. New York's public television station has long partnered with the city's most celebrated cultural institutions, capturing and broadcasting their work on PBS.

Every Sunday at noon on Thirteen, SundayArts wraps insightful interviews, on-location features, profiles, and introductions around a showcased presentation. SundayArts News segments cover current cultural highlights while Curator's Choice briefs offer first-hand, insider reviews of highlights from shows and events around town. Profiles of cultural figures reflect the eclectic New York arts scene.

For those outside of Thirteen's tri-state viewing area, makes New York's cultural bounty accessible anytime, from anywhere. The video-rich new site features the latest arts news, interviews, and previews of SundayArts broadcasts. Contributing bloggers Elizabeth Vincentelli (Time Out New York), Adam Wasserman (Opera News) and cultural journalist Jennifer Melick add knowledgeable, lively dialogue to the site. Users are encouraged to email questions and comments to the host, artists and organizations.

Funding for SundayArts has been provided by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by The Lemberg Foundation.


Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Secrets of the Dead, NOW With David Brancaccio, Expos_, Bill Moyers Journal, and Cyberchase to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as New York Voices, Reel 13 and SundayArts.

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