High-brow shows in high def at Quick Center
An international "high-def" weekend is on the itinerary at Fairfield University, with "stops" planned at three major performing arts venues in London, New York and Moscow.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, Dmitri Shostakovich's "The Nose" will be presented twice as part of "The Met: Live in HD" series.
"The opportunity to add this particularly marvelous high-definition broadcast to our schedule was too enticing to pass," said Gary Wood, director of the Quick Center for the Arts, where the broadcasts will be shown.
"Thus, we found a date in our schedule to make it work. The Quick Center for the Arts has a very large and enthusiastic opera audience, and `Live From Red Square' features some of the most exciting and charming singers in opera today. ... The theater here at the Quick Center is a particularly wonderful venue for such viewings, so we anticipate a very special (afternoon) of extraordinary music and gorgeous visuals."
More InformationFairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts, 200 Barlow Road entrance to campus. Tickets may be purchased in advance or prior to showtime at the box office. 203-254-4010, 877-278-7396.
Here's the schedule:
High-definition broadcasts of "Frankenstein" will take place at 2 p.m. (encore), and 7 p.m. (encore) on Friday, Nov. 1. Tickets are $25, $20 seniors, $15 students. The university asks that adults take note: "Given graphic elements in the production, it is strongly advised that the presentation is not appropriate for ages 15 and under." Winner of the 2012 Olivier Award for best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. The Quick Center's 2 p.m. broadcast features Miller as Victor Frankenstein and Cumberbatch as the Creature. The 7 p.m. performance will have the lead actors swap roles.
"The Nose," a satirical adventure of a bureaucrat who goes searching for his missing nose, will be presented at 1 p.m. (encore) and 6 p.m. (encore) on Saturday, Nov. 2, from Lincoln Center. Tickets are $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students. Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance as the bureaucrat in a production based on Gogol's comic story. Valery Gergiev conducts. "The Nose" is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, the Festival d'Aix en Provence and the Opera National de Lyon, both in France.
The Quick Center presents "a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness two of Russia's greatest opera singers ... performing in their homeland in a high-definition broadcast" on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 seniors, and $10 children/students. Netrebko and Hvorostovsky are shown performing on June 19 for 7,500 people in Russia's landmark Red Square. Included in the program are popular arias and duets from some of the world's best-loved operas, including Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca," Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin," and Giuseppe Verdi's "Il Trovatore." The two singers were accompanied by conductor Constantine Orbelian, Russia's State Academic Symphony Orchestra and a large chorus.