You don’t have to forgo the pleasures of fully staged professional opera in the summer months. It’s coming to a movie theater near you.
The Metropolitan Opera Summer Encores series reprises works from this past season’s hugely popular Live in HD transmissions. And Reel Arts 6 has gotten into the act, continuing its series of Royal Opera House Covent Garden productions.
The Met series includes Rigoletto, La Rondine, Otello, and The Enchanted Island, all shown Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Local venues are the same as for the live presentations: Park Place 20 and Century Oro Valley Marketplace.
Royal Opera House offerings are La Traviata, with Renée Fleming and Joseph Calleja, (Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 pm, and Saturday, June 28, at 10:30 am) and Manon Lescaut, with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann, (Thursday, July 24, and Saturday, August 2, times TBA) at Grand Cinema Oracle View, 4690 N Oracle Rd. Check the theater timetable to confirm dates and times.
As an added attraction, OGSA president and professional historian Carol Garrard will discuss the historical and social background of La Traviata before the June 28 showing. Subject to availability, we will also have an OGSA speaker at Manon Lescaut. Details TBA.