One of the most awesome and easily enjoyable operas of the latter 20th century, John Adams’ “Nixon in China,” will be presented at the Roxy Theatre in Missoula this Saturday as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Series. For anyone who (understandably) still labors under the misperception that contemporary classical music and opera are difficult and unpleasant, this is simply a must-see. [Read More...]
This weekend, the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series continues at the Roxy Theatre in Missoula with “Don Carlo,” by Giuseppe Verdi. While not as well-known as Verdi’s big hits (“Aida,” “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata”), “Don Carlo” follows the script pretty well: It’s full of big tunes, epic drama, war and romance. Since this is the Met’s production, you can also expect a lavish production and some of the best singers in the world. There’s nothing remotely “Christmasy” about it, but for some folks, that’s a plus this time of year. Here’s the press release straight from the Met. [Read More...]
TONS happening this week in the Missoula opera scene — and who would have ever thought I’d be saying THAT?
First off, in today’s Entertainer, Jamie Kelly wrote up next week’s return of Opera on Draft, the popular pub series of performances put on by Montana Lyric Opera, which returns to the Badlander next Wednesday, and to the Craggy Range in Whitefish next Thursday. I’m a board member, so I guess I’m biased; but one of the reasons I love MLO is this series, which I think does a great job of breaking down stereotypes about opera and making it plain fun and easy to digest (especially washed down with a PBR — one of the sponsors!).
Here’s a video from one of the earlier Opera on Draft shows:
Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series returns to the Roxy Theatre with screenings of Rossini’s opera, “Armida.” Notably, it stars Reneé Fleming, probably the most famous (some would say greatest) living soprano (and frequent emcee of the Live in HD series). Should be awesome. You can find out details here.
Lastly, tickets go on sale this Saturday, May 1, for Montana Lyric Opera’s production of “Madama Butterfly.” This is gonna be a truly awesome production, fully costumed and staged. Tickets will be available at www.MTOpera.org. Here’s the full press release with information on that: [Read More...]
Despite the prognostications of economists that the coming year will see a slow turn for the better, 2010 is kicking off locally not with a bang, but a whimper. First came news that Stone Container will close, putting its 400-plus local workers (plus hundreds more independent contractors who rely on business from the linerboard mill) out of work. Then, this week, Macy’s and Sportsman’s Surplus – two businesses I’ve frequented for years – announced they’ll be shutting their doors permanently as well, putting nearly 100 more locals out of work.
Dare I say, I want 2009 back?
Meantime, it’s the annual dead zone of the year in the local music scene. With UM students still at home living on their parents’ dime, and with icy roads keeping locals largely homebound, and with everybody broke after the Christmas-shopping mad rush, most local nightclubs know better than to book much in the way of live shows at this time of year.
So what to do, to keep the mind off bad news and bad weather? [Read More...]
Unlike some people, I’ll be rooting hard for the Griz to win the national championship tonight. But there’s other entertainment worth catching this weekend. Also tonight, Garden City Ballet opens its annual run of The Nutcracker, with our own Mayor making a guest appearance. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, the Metropolitan Opera’s Live [...]
This Saturday is, of course, Halloween; and there are about a billion things going on in town, most of them involving conspicuous costumery. Still, the best costumes won’t be found at the bars; instead, they’ll be on screen at the Roxy Theatre, where the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series continues with Verdi’s “Aida,” the most spectacular of operatic spectaculars… [Read More...]
The opening night audience booed. The critics collectively sniffed. The New Yorker summed up the prevailing sentiment about the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” under a one-word headline: “Fiasco.”
Yet here in Missoula, despite a 2,381-mile remove from the opulent auditorium of the Met, audiences (myself included) were moved to the rather unusual act of cheering in a movie-house when that same production of “Tosca” opened the 2009-2010 “Met in HD” series of live, high-definition simulcasts at the Roxy Theatre.
Growing up in Missoula, Andy Morris never had much exposure to opera. Even as he earned his college degree as an orchestral French horn player, Morris says his knowledge of the music and drama of opera remained limited.
A few years spent in Italy changed all that.
“Living in Italy and being immersed in the classical music culture there was such an inspiration and made me take another look at opera, which is so much more a part of the culture there,” said Morris, who lived in Italy for the past five and a half years, the last few months of which were spent working on a Master’s degree in performing arts management.
As he contemplated the end of his studies there and an impending move back to Missoula, Morris decided to look into how he might begin building an opera audience in Missoula, a town which – until this past year – lacked its own professional opera company.
“I had to do a thesis project, and I thought of the Met broadcasts,” said Morris, referring to the four-year-old series of live simulcasts of opera performances from New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
“When I learned that only Bozeman and Helena were offering them in Montana, I decided to make that my summer project: to bring them to Missoula.” [Read More...]