High-Definition Screenings of Hong Kong Philharmonic Maestro Edo de Waart Conducting at The New York Metropolitan Opera Edo de Waart conducting Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier is next in the series “The Met: Live in HD” in Hong Kong on April 24-25
Opera lovers are in for a rare treat with Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart conducting at The New York Metropolitan Opera – transmitted back to Hong Kong via high-definition screenings. The maestro is conducting Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss’s comic masterpiece of love and intrigue in 18th-century Vienna.
Dazzling high definition transmissions of his critically acclaimed performance at The Met are being screened on April 24 and 25 (including both morning and evening screenings) at the WellcomeTheatre, Bethanie Campus, Pokfulam – home of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts film school.
Local interest should also be heightened by Renée Fleming performing the leading role of aristocratic Marschallin. She received rapturous acclaim performing in Hong Kong last year.
Maestro de Waart’s Der Rosenkavalier is the next highlight of this year’s season of The Met: Live in HD operas transmitted to Hong Kong. The Met is renowned for the world's finest singers and most lavish productions – and the dazzling high definition screenings are sharper and bigger than real life, for the price of a cinema ticket. The new craze made its debut in Hong Kong this year and is delighting opera fans worldwide. Oprah Winfrey’s O magazine called them “the closest thing to a front row seat”.
An internationally renowned “orchestra builder”, Maestro de Waart has led the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 2004/05 and is acclaimed for raising the standards and reputation of the 90 strong orchestra through his keen artistic vision, vastly expanded repertoire and spearheading a number of important landmark tours. In constant demand as a guest conductor, he regularly appears with the world’s leading symphony orchestras and musicians and was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in recognition of his contribution to music internationally, and in particular, his commitment to developing future generations of musicians in Hong Kong.
He steps down from the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the end of the 2011/12 season.
Screenings of The Met: Captured in HD in Hong Kong are sponsored by the Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia, a non-profit charitable organisation helping young singers in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia to help launch their careers.
The Hong Kong screening season continues with one of the most popular operas of all time, Georges Bizet’s Carmen, on May 15-16; Plácido Domingo performing Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegraon May 29-30; a new production of French composer Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet on June 5-6; and Renée Fleming returning again in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s fanciful epic, Armida, on June 12-13.
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Bookings for The Met: Live in HD
For bookings and information about the performance schedule for The Met: Live in HD at Bethanie Campus, Pokfulam from now until June 2010, visit the web site: /www.themetinhongkong.info
Tickets can be purchased at the HK Ticketing Call Centre or website (www.themetinhongkong.info/buy-tickets.html), priced at HK$150 (HK$100 for Full-Time student / Senior Citizen with valid ID). *Ticket Price does not include HK Ticketing Customer Service Fee.
Evening presentations include optional dinner (HK$140/person, one 500ml bottle of water included); Matinees include optional sandwich lunch (HK$60/person, no drinks included). Both will be served at the first intermission at the foyer.
About ‘The Met:Live in HD’ in Hong Kong
The Met: Live in HD was created by The Met’s dynamic general manager Peter Gelb in 2006, when he had the idea of filming its most dazzling productions in high definition format and initially transmitting them to cinemas across the US.
The acclaimed performances now reach over 1,000 venues in 42 countries and attract rave reviews wherever they go.
Screenings are broadcast in the US by satellite in real time, meaning cinemagoers see them at virtually the same time as audiences at the Met’s home in the Lincoln Centre, New York.
The Hong Kong screenings are delayed but the impact of a live performance remains the same, with the added attraction of on camera interviews with the opera stars during the intervals and a bird’s eye view backstage before the start and during the set changes.
Vanity Fair magazine called the Captured in HD screenings the “new craze” while Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine said they were ”the closest thing to a front row seat”.
The Met is renowned for the world’s finest singers and most lavish productions.
The Met: Live in HD operas are sponsored by the Foundation for the Arts and Music in Asia, a non-profit charitable organization helping young singers in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia to launch their careers.