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Saturday, October 9, 2021
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Bass Rene Pape, the world's reigning Boris, reprises his overwhelming portrayal of the tortured tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia, kicking off the Met's Live in HD season.

Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky's masterwork, a pillar of the Russian repertoire, in its original 1869 version.  Stephen Wadsworth's affecting production poignantly captures the hope and suffering of the Russian people as well as the tsar himself. 

Sung in Russian with English subtitles, the production runs two hours, 20 minutes with no intermission.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 

  

 


Saturday, October 16, 2021
1:00pm

General Admission $15, $10 Students

In his brief career, Raphael shaped the course of Western culture like few artists before or since.

Marking the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death, the greatest exhibition ever held of his works took place in Rome.  Exhibition on Screen and award-winning director Phil Grabsky were granted exclusive access to this once-in-a-lifetime show.

With more than 200 masterpieces, including paintings and drawings - more than a hundred of which were brought together for the first time - this major exhibition celebrates the life and work of Raphael Sanzio da Urbino.

With unprecedented loans from the Louvre, Uffizi, National Gallery of Art, the Prado Museum, and more, the exhibition and this film provide an unparalleled opportunity to see the breadth of Raphael's skill, creativity and ingenuity.

Grabsky provides a fresh look at this giant of the Renaissance, and shows why he is considered one of the all-time greats.  This cinematic experience covers the artist's life in Rome with a unique look at the ancient Rome that was such a powerful influence, including rare footage of Nero's Golden House that Raphael himself visited.

More than just a painter, Raphael was one of the most extraordinary artists of the renaissance, but is often misunderstood or mythologized.  This extraordinary exhibition allows Raphael, for the first time, to be truly revealed.

  


Friday, October 22, 2021
7:30pm

General Admission, $20, $18 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in its more than four decades of performing, making its music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and the band itself has received five IBMA awards and two Grammy nominations.

The group's sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music.  With Cahill's unique banjo-playing style as a foundation, Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other and consistently maintain a bluegrass center whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from the band's award-winning John Denver tribute album. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, received a 2019 Grammy nomination, five 2018 IBMA nominations and was named IBMA Album of the Year. The tune “Squirrel Hunters” from that recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.

International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The group also has appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, at the Grand Ole Opry in the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide.

Dedicated to preserving bluegrass music, in 1984 The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce bluegrass music to students in schools across the country and in several foreign lands.

The Special Consensus' continued success is a testament to its adaptability and contemporary appeal. The band records for Compass Records and proudly celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2020. 

 
Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 


Saturday, October 23, 2021
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard's adaptation of Charles M. Blow's moving memoir, which The New York Times praised after its 2019 world premiere at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as "bold and affecting" and "subtly powerful." 

The first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage and featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man's journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship.

Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera's most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown - two of the creators of the Met's sensational recent production of Porgy and Bess - co-direct this new staging.

Sung in English with English subtitles, the production runs two hours, 40 minutes with one intermission.

Content Advisory:  Fire Shut Up in My Bones addresses adult themes and contains some adult language. 

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 


Saturday, December 4, 2021
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera's earliest days.  Rising American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story - a product of the Met's commissioning program.

With a libretto by MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice's point of view.  Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads Aucoin's evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman.

Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski as his otherworldly alter-ego.  Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice's father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself.

Sung in English with English subtitles, the production runs two hours, 45 minutes with one intermission.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 


Friday, December 10, 2021
7:30pm
With the Ed Croft Trio

General Admission $10, $5 Students

People of all ages will enjoy this concert that features the Ed Croft Trio performing the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi.

Croft started his career playing in the New York City subways with famed blues musician Carolina Slim. From there, he began playing local shows with his rockabilly band, The Moonshiners. Upon graduating from high school, he pursued a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia, which he completed in 2013.

It was at Fredonia that Croft had the chance to perform and study with local legends such as Tom Gestwicki, John Bacon, Bruce Johnstone, and more, including an orchestral concert with Yo Yo Ma. Before he'd completed his studies at Fredonia, he began a career as a touring musician starting with two years traveling with celtic rock band The Town Pants, and touring for another two years with bluegrass band The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers.

In between national shows, music festivals, and local showcases, Croft received his Masters degree from Bowling Green State University where he studied under Jeff Halsey, David Bixler, and Chris Buzzeli. He also was able to perform with Mike Stern, Dave Samuels (of Spyro Gyro fame), Gary Smulyan, Tim Hagans, Jimmy Heath, and Conrad Herwig during his time in Ohio.

The Ed Croft Trio performs the music of A Charlie Brown ChristmasThe Ed Croft Trio performs the music of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Now, Croft resides in Buffalo, where he is making a big impression on the local music scene. As a freelance bassist, he has performed with Buffalo jazz greats Darryl Washington, Greg Millar, Rey Scott, and Bobby Jones. He has also shared the stage with Buffalo Music Hall of Famers such as Doug Yeomans, Mary Ramsey, Ray Hangen and Joe Rozler.

In December 2017, Croft became one of the founding members of The Tim Clarke Soul-tet. This ensemble presents rarely heard soul jazz classics, along with original compositions that expand on the genre's tradition.

Croft won the 2018 JazzBuffalo Poll for Best Acoustic Upright Bassist (a repeat win from 2017), Rising Star, and the John Hunt Jazz Artist of the Year awards. The results of these awards are decided on by residents of Buffalo and Western New York.


Saturday, January 8, 2022
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Captured live from a special New Year's Day performance, Laurent Pelly's storybook staging of Massenet's Cendrillon, a hit of the 2017-18 season, is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the rags-to-riches princess. 

Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which also includes mezzo-soprano Emily D'Angelo as Cinderella's Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians.

Sung in French with English subtitles, the production runs 90 minutes with no intermission.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 

  

 


Saturday, January 29, 2022
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Bartlett Sher's bold new take on Verdi's timeless tragedy arrives in cinemas on January 29.  The Tony Award-winning director resets the opera's action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargen and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined 11 Tony Awards.

Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczala as the Duke of Mantua, with leading maestro Daniele Rustioni on the podium.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles, the production runs three hours, 10 minutes with two intermissions.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 

  


Saturday, March 12, 2022
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Met Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Richard Strauss' enchanting masterpiece.

The outstanding cast for this broadcast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera, around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne's lover, the god Bacchus.  Marek Janowski conducts.

Sung in German with English subtitles, the production runs two hours, 50 minutes with one intermission.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 


Saturday, March 26, 2022
12:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi's epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads a world-beating cast of opera's leading lights in this performance, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Elisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca as Eboli.  Gunther Groissbock and bass-baritone John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Etienne Dupuis rounds out the all-star principal cast as Rodrigue.

Verdi's masterpiece receives a monumental new staging by David McVicar that marks his 11th Met production, placing him among the most prolific and popular directors in recent Met memory.

Sung in French with English subtitles, the production runs four hours, 55 minutes with two intermissions.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 

  

 


Friday, April 8, 2022
7:30pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Takin' It To The Streets is the ultimate Doobie Brothers tribute show.  This incredible concert performance covers all of The Doobie's great hits and an occasional deep track or two with stunning accuracy.  You'll hear Long Train Runnin', China Grove, Listen to the Music, Takin' It To The Streets, What a Fool Believes, Rockin' Down the Highway, Minute By Minute, Black Water and many more!

With amazing vocals and top notch musicianship, Takin' It To The Streets beings it night after night, show after show.  The Doobie Brothers concert experience doesn't get any better than this!

"One of the best tribute concerts we've seen!"  - CBS New York

"The vocals were incredible, the musicianship amazing." - Florida Today  

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Friday, April 29, 2022
7:30pm

General Admission, $20, $18 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)

The songs and stories of legendary musician John Denver will be brought to life when singer-songwriter Ted Vigil returns to the Opera House stage in Remembering John Denver.

When Vigil dons a classic cowboy hat and picks up a guitar, people do a double take!  With an uncanny resemblance and sound of the late John Denver, he creates one of the most accurate representations of any artist likely seen on stage.

Denver was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, activist and humanitarian.  With four No. 1 hits and a slew of Top 10s that resulted in 14 gold and eight platinum albums, he was among the most beloved entertainers of his era.  His "Greatest Hits" album sold more than 10 million copies.  Tragically, Denver died in 1997 when the experimental plane he was piloting crashed of the coast of California.

Twenty four years later, Ted Vigil is honored to pay homage to the man and his music with a tribute show he has been performing for more than a decade.  In Remembering John Denver, he performs many of the late artist's best-loved songs including "Rocky Mountain High," "Annie's Song," "Sunshine on My Shoulder," "Take Me Home, Country Roads," and "Thank God, I'm a Country Boy."  Vigil insists he is not an impersonator, but rather is a singing tribute to this great man and the legacy of his beloved music.

The comments heard most often after one of Vigil's shows are echoed in this review from a longtime John Denver fan:  "I was completely blown away by this young man.  From the moment he set foot on the stage, I was mesmerized by his voice and his incredible resemblance to the late and great John Denver.  Ted's mannerisms and humor were so much like John's that I had to keep reminding myself it was a tribute show … that wasn't really John up on that stage -- Ted Vigil is THAT GOOD!!"

Vigil brings John Denver back to the stage, if only for a little while … and the experience he creates is magical!

Ted Vigil was born in Seattle and raised in Olympia, Wash.  He currently wows audiences nationwide with hi sold-out shows; and he has performed twice for Denver's personal charity, "Windstar Foundation."  In 2019, he was awarded the Rising Star Legend Award by the National Traditional Country Music Association. 

Prepare to travel back to yesterday to experience this magical, marvelous tribute to John Denver. 

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Superstar Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut as Puccini's icy princess  - seen live in cinemas on May 7. 

Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the bold prince determined to win Turandot's love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liu and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur.

Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini's stirring score.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles, the production runs three hours, 15 minutes with no intermission.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 


Saturday, May 21, 2022
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory's most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by in-demand Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza.

Show-stopping tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia's beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Rucinski as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles, the production runs three hours, 25 minutes with two intermissions.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 

  


Saturday, June 25, 2022
1:00pm

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House Members, $10 Students

When Australian composer Brett Dean's Hamlet has its world premiere at the Glyndenbourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, "New opera doesn't often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn't always be picked up, but Dean's Hamlet rises to the challenge."

This riveting contemporary masterpiece closes out the 2021-22 Met Live season, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work's premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to the Met.  Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role.

Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and legendary bass John Tomlinson as the ghost of Hamlet's father.

Sung in English with English subtitles, the production runs three hours, 15 minutes with one intermission.

Live at the Met is underwritten with support from Daniel S. Kaufman and Timothy W. Beaver 


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