After the success of the previous years, the New York Met has announced the fourth season of an exceptional initiative: free Open Houses, a scheme that will allow thousands of people to attend the final dress rehearsals of several productions in one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world.
First opera to feature in this project is Luc Bondy's new staging of Puccini's masterpiece, Tosca. The dress rehearsal will take place on Thursday 17 September.
Three thousand free tickets will be available, limited to two per person, at noon on Sunday 13 September. Doors will open at 10.30am, and the rehearsal will start at 11.
This performance will star amazing artists such as Karita Mattila, Marcelo Álvarez and Juha Uusitalo. Music Director James Levine will conduct.
This prestigious co-production has been possible thanks to the collaboration between the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, and Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich. In addition, the Met is thankful to the generous support of Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman that made the Open House for Tosca possible.
Tosca is the first performance of a series that will take place within the 2009-10 Open Houses project. Later in the season, two other major productions will be presented.
First one is Les Contes d'Hoffmann, in a production directed by Tony Award winner Bart Sher (who is also the author of a successful Barbiere di Siviglia production at the Met). Les Contes will feature Anna Netrebko as the tragic Antonia and Joseph Calleja in the title role.
The other production in the free Open Houses season is Rossini's Armida. Featuring as the sorceress is superstar Renée Fleming, who will perform in an epic production directed by Mary Zimmerman.
To know more about the free Open Houses at Met visit the Met website.
Photo: Karita Mattila.
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