Friday, October 14, 2011

Mimosas, muffins and The Met

Sun Valley Opera hosts Anna Bolena Live in HD

Express Staff Writer

Sun Valley Opera will kick off a new season of "The Met: Live in HD" with pre-concert mimosas and muffins on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Big Wood Cinema in Hailey. Presented by the Sun Valley Opera and Metropolitan Theatres, the opera "Anna Bolena" will be preceded with attendees' celebrating the new season with complimentary mimosas and muffins in the theater lobby.

Doors will open at 10:15 a.m. and the opera will begin at 11 a.m. Tickets are $22 general admission and $20 for seniors.

Anna Netrobko opens the season with her portrayal of the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king. She sings one of opera's greatest mad scenes in the production.

The story of Anne Boleyn provides us with a real-life tragedy that outdoes many a fictional plot. The opera opens with Anne as the unhappy, ignored wife of Henry VIII. She knows how important it is to give Henry a male heir as soon as possible, but in three years of marriage she has had only one daughter (the future Elizabeth I) and several miscarriages. Soon she learns the king has transferred his affection to one of her ladies-in-waiting, Jane Seymour.

In 1830, Anna Bolena was Gaetano Donizetti's first opera to be a major hit, even though he had already written some 30-odd other operas. It succeeded with its beautifully melodious bel canto tunes, its many lovely duets and the extraordinary sextet at the end of Act I.

For more information, go to HYPERLINK "" or call Big Wood 4 Cinema at 208-578-0971.

Jennifer Liebrum:

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