Aida Comes to the Clark at the Next Performance of The Met: Live in HD

For Immediate Release

December 03, 2012

Williamstown, MA—Aida, Giuseppe Verdi’s iconic opera set in ancient Egypt, comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in the next installment of the Met’s popular Live in HD series on Saturday, December 15 at 12:55 pm. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638).

In what the New York Times called “an electrically charged and energetic performance,” powerhouse Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska makes her Met debut in the title role of an enslaved Ethiopian princess. Olga Borodina, one of the world’s best-known interpreters of the role, sings Aida’s royal rival, Amneris, while Roberto Alagna is the hero Radamès, who must choose between his love for Aida and his duty to his country. George Gagnidze takes the role of Aida’s father, Amonasro, while Stefan Kocán sings the high priest Ramfis and Miklós Sebestyén performs as the king.

Fabio Luisi conducts his first Met performances of the opera. Sonja Frisell’s spectacular staging uses the full theatrical capabilities of the Met stage to immerse the audience in the grandeur of ancient Egypt.

The world premiere of Aida took place on December 24, 1871 at the Khedivial (Royal) Opera House in Cairo and was an immediate sensation. The opera continues to enrapture audiences around the world.

Approximate running time is 220 minutes with two intermissions.

 

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

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Press contact:

Amanda Powers

apowers@clarkart.edu

413 458 0471

 

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The Met Live in HD: Aida

December 15, 2012

12:55 pm

Williamstown, MA—Aida, Giuseppe Verdi’s iconic opera set in ancient Egypt, comes to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in the next installment of the Met’s popular Live in HD series on Saturday, December 15 at 12:55 pm. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0MET (458 0638). Approximate running time is 220 minutes with two intermissions.

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