Sedona Film Festival presents Met Live Opera summer encores
Summer encore series will feature popular Met Operas returning to the big screen
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join theatres nationwide and select locations internationally to present the Metropolitan Opera acclaimed summer encore series at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
The 2022 Summer Encore Series opens with Lehár’s operetta “The Merry Widow”, starring sopranos Renée Fleming and Kelli O’Hara in director-choreographer Susan Stroman’s effervescent staging. The series continues with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”, starring soprano Patricia Racette in the title role in Anthony Minghella’s stunning production; Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved staging of Puccini’s “La Bohème”, with a cast led by soprano Sonya Yoncheva and tenor Michael Fabiano; and Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment”, featuring the vocal fireworks of soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Juan Diego Flórez.
Saturday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.
Puccini’s timeless love story, which includes some of the composer’s most beloved music, has moved generations of opera lovers since its 1896 world premiere. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva is the fragile seamstress Mimì, who instantly falls in love with the passionate poet Rodolfo, sung by tenor Michael Fabiano. Soprano Susanna Phillips and baritone Lucas Meachem trade both spars and kisses as the on-again-off-again lovers Musetta and Marcello, with bass Matthew Rose and baritone Alexey Lavrov rounding out the rambunctious bunch of bohemian friends. Marco Armiliato conducts Franco Zeffirelli’s picturesque staging. Originally transmitted on February 24, 2018.
La Fille du Régiment
Sunday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m.
Madcap physical comedy and impeccable coloratura come together in soprano Natalie Dessay’s indelible portrayal of the feisty tomboy raised by a regiment of French soldiers. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez is the young Swiss villager who conquers her heart—and a slew of high Cs. Also featuring uproarious performances by mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer and baritone Alessandro Corbelli, as well as a cameo by Tony Award–winner Marian Seldes, the performance left audiences exhilarated by this laugh-out-loud production. Originally transmitted on April 26, 2008.
All Metropolitan Opera Summer Encores will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information and to order tickets online, click on the links to each opera above.