For Immediate Release:
April 16th, 2010
Contact: Kris Konyak or Chris
Silva (845) 473-5288
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
A NEW PRODUCTION OF COMPOSER GIOACHINO ROSSINI'S ARMIDA
The fourth season of this acclaimed series continues worldwide expanding to 42 countries
Poughkeepsie, NY - The Bardavon is pleased to continue The Met: Live in HD 2009/10 season, the Metropolitan Opera's popular award-winning series of live transmissions. Join us at the Bardavon on Saturday, May 1 at 1pm to experience this new production of Gioachino Rossini's Armida.
This story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison has inspired operatic settings by a multitude of composers, including Gluck, Haydn, and Dvorak. Renee Fleming stars in the title role of Rossini's version, opposite no fewer than six tenors. Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman returns to direct this new production of a work she describes as "a buried treasure, a box of jewels." The fanciful and magical tale, Zimmerman says, "has an epic, enchanted quality and a tremendous visual element."
The Met: Live in HD at the Bardavon and at the Ulster Performing Arts Center
(UPAC) is made possible in large part through the generous support from the Jane Nuhn Charitable Trust. Additional support is also provided by the Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust; the Dr. Edwin A. Ulrich Charitable Trust; as well as the Benjamin Strong Opera Fund and the Stephen & Julia Dunwell Fund, both of the Community Foundation of Dutchess County. The sponsors are Red Wing Properties, Inc. and Package Pavement Company, Inc.
LUNCH & LEARN: The Bardavon and two local restaurants are also pleased to partner on a very special opportunity for opera lovers to be nourished by knowledge and great food. At 11:30am, prior to each 1pm Saturday opera broadcast, ticket holders are invited to enjoy an insightful talk on that day's production lead by Leslie Gerber, music teacher at Marist's Center for Lifetime Studies and author of all HVP playbill liner notes. The Artist's Palate (307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.483.8074) will host lunches prior to broadcasts at the Bardavon, and Frank Guido's Little Italy (14 Thomas Street, Kingston, 845.340.1682) will host for UPAC broadcasts. SPACE IS LIMITED. Please call the restaurants directly to make advance reservations.
The Met: Live in HD series was recently honored with a prestigious 2008 Peabody Award for its "vividly designed, smartly annotated productions" of Hansel and Gretel, Doctor Atomic, Peter Grimes, and other operas. The Met employed state-of-the-art digital technology to reinvent the presentation of a classic art form. Additionally, The Met won a special Emmy Award in January 2009 for "advancing technology through ongoing, live, global transmission of high definition programming to movie theaters."
Tickets for the Saturday, May 1, 1pm presentation of The Met: Live in HD - a new production of Gioachino Rossini's Armida at the Bardavon are available at the Bardavon Box Office (35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072), at the UPAC Box Office, (602 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088) and through TicketMaster (800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com). Seats are $22 (Adult), $20 (Bardavon Member), $15 (Children 12 and under). Bardavon Member benefits are not available through TicketMaster. For further information please