Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Around Town


Experience the ‘perfect’ opera
    Join the Sun Valley Opera on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Bigwood 4 Cinemas in Hailey for the MET HD: Live broadcast of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”). Acclaimed as the perfect opera with elements of both drama and comedy, Mozart composed the four-act opera in 1786 and it is now considered as the cornerstone of standard operatic repertoire. Johannes Brahms said, “In my opinion, each number in Figaro is a miracle; it is totally beyond me how anyone could create anything so perfect; nothing like it was ever done again, not even by Beethoven.”
    Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.
    Doors open at 10 a.m. and followed by a lecture at 10:30 am. The opera will begin at 11 a.m. Running time is 3 hours and 34 minutes. All tickets are $16 and can be purchased anytime the Bigwood 4 Cinemas.

See documentaries about fires
    In conjunction with its current BIG IDEA Multidisciplinary Project—Forest, Foraging and Fires—the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will present an evening of documentaries about forest fires and those who fight them. These four short films will be screened Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum.
    “As Westerners, we’ve seen massive changes in forests, forest fires and the ways we have and have not fought fires,” said Kristine Bretall, performing arts director. “These films will take viewers from the early 1900s to today.”
     The evening’s documentaries include: “Up In Flames: A History of Fire Fighting in the Forest” (1984), “The Lookout” (2011), “Wildland Fire, Smokejumping, and the Great Basin Smokejumpers” (2012), and “Forests Under Fire” (2012).
    Total running time for the evening is 81 minutes. Tickets—$10 for Center members and $12 for non-members—can be purchased at www.sunvalleycenter.org or by calling 726-9491.

Wolf event to be held in Boise
    Representatives from the Wood River Wolf Project will make a presentation in Boise tonight, Oct. 15, as part of National Wolf Awareness Week.
    Hosted by Defenders of Wildlife, the event will include a screening of the short documentary “Wolves and Humans—Amending the Great Divide.”
    The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. at the Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St. in Boise.




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