Met Opera: Armida on Classical 91.5, and at local theaters

Met Opera: Armida on Classical 91.5, and at local theaters

Sat, 05/01/2010 - 1:00pm

Pictured: Renée Fleming as the sorceress

Credit: Met Opera

Rochester native Renée Fleming plays the mythological sorceress in Rossini's Armida.

Rossini’s rarely performed Armida, starring renowned soprano Renée Fleming as the mythological sorceress, airs from the Met on Classical 91.5 Saturday, May 1 beginning at 1 p.m. The opera is an HD Cinecast, and can be seen at Tinseltown IMAX Theatre 17 and Regal Eastview. For more information, call the theatre directly.

Fleming is joined by six tenors with whom she toys: Lawrence Brownlee is Rinaldo, José Manuel Zapata is Gernando, John Osborn is Goffredo, Barry Banks is Carlo, Kobie van Rensburg is Ubaldo, and Yegishe Manucharyan is Eustazio. The performance will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 1 pm EDT on May 1, 2010. Riccardo Frizza conducts. Mary Zimmerman’s new production features sets and costumes by Richard Hudson, and lighting by Brian MacDevitt. Graciela Daniele is the choreographer, and Daniel Pelzig is the assistant choreographer.

The intermission segments will feature the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz, as well as live backstage interviews with the stars of Armida. An exclusive special on the Armida production will also be heard, as director Mary Zimmerman and costume designer Richard Hudson reveal their vision that makes this sorceress soar.