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La Bohéme: Met Opera Encore

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the summer encore of the Met Opera’s “La Bohéme” (from the 2017/2018 season) on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. 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.
Sat, Aug 6 1:00 PM
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La Fille du Régiment: Met Opera Encore

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the summer encore of the Met Opera’s “La Fille du Régiment” (from the 2007/2008 season) on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. 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.
Sat, Aug 13 1:00 PM
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Madama Butterfly: Met Opera Encore

Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s opera stars soprano Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio-San, the trusting and innocent young geisha. She disastrously falls in love with American Navy lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton, sung by tenor Marcello Giordani, only to be abandoned by him. Mezzo-soprano Maria Zifchak is her loyal servant, Suzuki, and baritone Dwayne Croft is Sharpless, the sympathetic American consul who does all he can but is unable to avert tragedy. ACT I 15-year-old geisha Cio-Cio-San, called Butterfly, enters into an arranged marriage with U.S. Navy Lieutenant Pinkerton. He just wants to enjoy himself, but she takes the union seriously, even converting to Christianity. On her wedding day, she endures the scorn of her entire family, who denounces her for betraying their traditional faith.
Sat, Jul 30 1:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Champion

Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his first opera to the Met after his Fire Shut Up in My Bones triumphantly premiered with the company to universal acclaim in 2021. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and bass-baritone Eric Owens portrays Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Soprano Latonia Moore is Emelda Griffith, the boxer’s estranged mother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is the bar owner Kathy Hagan. Yannick Ne´zet-Se´guin takes the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, also reuniting the director-and-choreographer team of James Robinson and Camille A. Brown.
Sat, Apr 29, 2023 10:00 AM
Wed, May 3, 2023 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Der Rosenkavalier

A dream cast assembles for Strauss’s grand Viennese comedy. Soprano Lise Davidsen is the aristocratic Marschallin, opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as her lover, Octavian, and soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the beautiful younger woman who steals his heart. Bass Gu¨nther Groissbo¨ck returns as the churlish Baron Ochs, and Markus Bru¨ck is Sophie’s wealthy father, Faninal. Maestro Simone Young takes the Met podium to oversee Robert Carsen’s fin-de-sie`cle staging.
Sat, Apr 15, 2023 9:00 AM
Wed, Apr 19, 2023 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Die Zauberflöte

One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in 19 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.” Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable. The brilliant cast includes soprano Erin Morley as Pamina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro.
Sat, Jun 3, 2023 10:00 AM
Wed, Jun 7, 2023 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Don Giovanni

Tony Award–winning director Ivo van Hove makes a major Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s tragicomedy, re-setting the familiar tale of deceit and damnation in an abstract architectural landscape and shining a light into the dark corners of the story and its characters. Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Met debut conducting a star-studded cast led by baritone Peter Mattei as a magnetic Don Giovanni, alongside the Leporello of bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana Mari´a Marti´nez, and Ying Fang make a superlative trio as Giovanni’s conquests—Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, and Zerlina—and tenor Ben Bliss is Don Ottavio.
Sat, May 20, 2023 10:00 AM
Wed, May 24, 2023 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Falstaff

Baritone Michael Volle stars as the caddish knight Falstaff, gleefully tormented by a trio of clever women who deliver his comeuppance, in Verdi’s glorious Shakespearean comedy. Maestro Daniele Rustioni takes the podium to oversee a brilliant ensemble cast that features sopranos Hera Hyesang Park Ailyn Pe´rez, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, tenor Bogdan Volkov, and baritone Christopher Maltman.
Sat, Apr 1, 2023 9:30 AM
Wed, Apr 5, 2023 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Fedora

Umberto Giordano’s exhilarating drama returns to the Met repertory for the first time in 25 years. Packed with memorable melodies, showstopping arias, and explosive confrontations, Fedora requires a cast of thrilling voices to take flight, and the Met’s new production promises to deliver. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva, one of today’s most riveting artists, sings the title role of the 19th-century Russian princess who falls in love with her fiance´’s murderer, Count Loris, sung by star tenor Piotr Beczala. Soprano Rosa Feola is the Countess Olga, Fedora’s confidante, and baritone Artur Rucin´ski is the diplomat De Siriex, with much-loved Met maestro Marco Armiliato conducting. Director David McVicar delivers a detailed and dramatic staging based around an ingenious fixed set that, like a Russian nesting doll, unfolds to reveal the opera’s three distinctive settings—a palace in St. Petersburg, a fashionable Parisian salon, and a picturesque villa in the Swiss Alps.
Sat, Jan 14, 2023 11:00 AM
Wed, Jan 18, 2023 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: La Traviata

Soprano Nadine Sierra stars as the self-sacrificing courtesan Violetta—one of opera’s ultimate heroines—in Michael Mayer’s vibrant production of Verdi’s beloved tragedy. Tenor Stephen Costello is her self-centered lover, Alfredo, alongside baritone Luca Salsi as his disapproving father, and Maestro Daniele Callegari on the podium.
Sat, Nov 5 10:00 AM
Wed, Nov 9 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Lohengrin

Wagner’s soaring masterpiece makes its triumphant return to the Met stage after 17 years. In a sequel to his revelatory production of Parsifal, director Franc¸ois Girard unveils an atmospheric staging that once again weds his striking visual style and keen dramatic insight to Wagner’s breathtaking music, with Music Director Yannick Ne´zet-Se´guin on the podium to conduct a supreme cast led by tenor Piotr Beczala in the title role of the mysterious swan knight. Soprano Tamara Wilson is the virtuous duchess Elsa, falsely accused of murder, going head-to-head with soprano Christine Goerke as the cunning sorceress Ortrud, who seeks to lay her low. Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin is Ortrud’s power-hungry husband, Telramund, and bass Gu¨nther Groissbo¨ck is King Heinrich.
Sat, Mar 18, 2023 9:00 AM
Wed, Mar 22, 2023 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: Medea

Having triumphed at the Met in some of the repertory’s fiercest soprano roles, Sondra Radvanovsky stars as the mythic sorceress who will stop at nothing in her quest for vengeance, kicking off the highly anticipated 2022–23 Live in HD season. Joining Radvanovsky in the Met-premiere production of Cherubini’s rarely performed masterpiece is tenor Matthew Polenzani as Medea’s Argonaut husband, Giasone; soprano Janai Brugger as her rival for his love, Glauce; bass Michele Pertusi as Medea’s father, Creonte, the King of Corinth; and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as Medea’s confidante, Neris.
Sat, Oct 22 10:00 AM
Wed, Oct 26 3:00 PM
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Met Live Opera: The Hours

Soprano Rene´e Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts’s The Hours, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, the powerful story follows three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. The exciting premiere radiates with star power, with soprano Kelli O’Hara and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joining Fleming as the opera’s trio of heroines. Phelim McDermott directs this compelling drama, with Met Music Director Yannick Ne´zet-Se´guin on the podium to conduct Puts’s poignant and powerful score.
Sat, Dec 10 11:00 AM
Wed, Dec 14 3:00 PM
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