FREE screening at USC: Rigoletto, "Live in HD"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***(Reservations Required, See Below)***

For the past seven years, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City has been broadcasting a number of performances live to movie theaters across the country.  The broadcast series, called "Live in HD", is now in its seventh season and has been very popular with opera goers worldwide.   Metropolitan Opera productions are typically first rate (their annual budget is in the hundreds of millions of dollars), and they attract the best singers from around the world.

 

On Saturday, February 23rd, the Metropolitan Opera will be broadcasting its brand new production of Rigoletto, produced by Michael Mayer.  Mr. Mayer's production is rather odd--it's set in 1960s Las Vegas, rather than 16th century Italy.  Here's what the New York Times had to say about this production:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/arts/music/an-unsteady-rigoletto-rat-pack.html?_r=0

 

The web page for the production includes a short video from a dress rehearsal of one of the arias (and I'm pretty sure the microphone that Mr. Beczala's holding is fake):

http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/LiveinHD.aspx

 

For those of us on the west coast, the USC School of Cinematic Arts will be screening this performance at the Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall at 12 pm.  What's more, this screening is FREE, though you do have to reserve a ticket beforehand. To make a reservation, go to the web site below, and click on the "Make Reservations" link on the top right.

http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=13217

(Please put "Reserved" in the "Add a comment" area when you RSVP)

 

Let's meet in front of the theater at 11:30 am.  I'll have a meetup sign with me.

 

I will post parking information and a map shortly.  I have never been to this series of events, or to this venue.  I welcome comments from those of you who have been to one of these before.

 

 

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  • Joe C.

    Due to unfortunate circumstances, my friends and I were unable to attend. I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to meeting so many opera fans and seeing the unusual production. I hope to see you all at the next one.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent. I hope you do an HD opera event like this again soon.

    February 24, 2013

  • Rosanne

    Although I must downgrade my 2 reservations to "maybe," I have gone to these often in the past and can tell you that some people, especially voice students, arrive early to hear the talk. There is usually ample seating -- but I don't think a large group such as a Meetup has participated. USC parking lots are on the periphery of the campus. You'll have to walk to the theater. There is nowhere to buy snacks, and virtually no seating to eat them. The screenings are great! You're virtually at the Met, in the best seats in the house.

    February 19, 2013

    • Rosanne

      The talk is at 12 right in the theater. From the USC website: University Park Campus
      Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

      12 p.m.: Pre-Opera Discussion
      1 p.m.: HD Opera Broadcast
      Following a pre-opera discussion hosted by Elizabeth Hynes, chair of vocal arts and opera in the USC Thornton School of Music, a satellite broadcast will feature the Met’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Director Michael Mayer has set his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in 1960 Las Vegas. Inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack, this production features Piotr Beczala as the womanizing Duke of Mantua; Zeljko Lucic as his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto; and Diana Damrau as Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda. Hope to see you there!

      February 19, 2013

    • Heather

      Thank you Rosanne for the information.

      February 19, 2013

  • Heather

    A slight correction on my previous post about parking..... I suggested a good parking to be on/around Hoover Street near 28th, 29th, or 30th. I meant Hoover near 32nd, 31st, or 30th. 28th & 29th seem a bit too far. I don't think I've ever parked that far. :-)

    February 19, 2013

  • Andy 2.

    Thanks, Heather, for your suggestions on parking below. If anyone has any recommendations for paid parking close to the theater, feel free to chime in. Also, is it difficult to get a seat at these? The USC web site says they overbook reservations, so I don't know if this means we have to arrive early.

    February 19, 2013

  • Catalina B.

    The translation that will be supertitled at this performance does not follow the original text they sing in Italian. I highly recommend reading the libretto (or an accurate translation) before going to the show so that you know what they are ACTUALLY saying. The setting is modern Las Vegas in the thirties, and the English text matches that setting, not the text Verdi originally used, which was not changed (in Italian) in this performance to match the modern setting.

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Heather

    I posted my comments in 2 parts because the maximum characters allowed are 1000. Read the bottom one first. :-)

    February 17, 2013

  • Heather

    After the interviews, you still get another 15-20 min bathroom break. Many people bring snacks or light sandwich and drink, and eat it outside during that time. Food and beverages are strictly prohibited inside the theater. I go feed the parking meter during that time. Being a frugal person I am, I never park in the campus parking (which costs $10) and always park on the street (usually on Hoover St. near Jefferson, or other surrounding streets like 28th, 29th, or 30th St.) Maximum hours allowed to park at a time is 2 hours. If you are willing to walk several blocks, you can find a free st. parking w/o the meter. Hope this information helps. I will not be there for this opera because I have another opera event to go to, and I chose that over this one because I do not like the modernized productions. But I hope to see many of you next time. Enjoy!

    February 17, 2013

  • Heather

    I've been going to this 'Live in HD' series since the beginning, 7 years ago. I also go see L A Opera in Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, but what I like about this live transmission is that they take the camera behind the stage during the intermission and interview singers, conductors, directors, costume designers..... people who made the opera happen. When you make a reservation, there is no physical ticket. They just check your name off the list as you enter the theater. If you make a reservation and don't show a few times, they will not allow you to make a reservation the next time.

    February 17, 2013

  • Linda

    I'd already reserved directly through USC and it'll be nice to meet you all beforehand.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!!

    February 17, 2013

  • Joe C.

    Reserved

    February 10, 2013

  • Gwenny

    ...besides some good company, previous LACMA live piano Sunday eve concert was not too spectacular. Hope this a bit better. Thx for posting/hosting & will try best 2b there, cheers! :-)

    February 1, 2013

  • Rosanne

    I began attending these when my daughter became a voice student at USC. They are fabulous! I'm looking forward to meeting the group at last.

    February 1, 2013

  • David H.

    These are great bargains!

    February 1, 2013

  • Rosa

    Reserved + 1

    February 1, 2013

  • Lynda

    sounds great!

    January 31, 2013

  • Andy 2.

    Reserved a ticket

    January 31, 2013

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