On February 13, Rising Alternative presents Verdi’s “Nabucco” in a live broadcast from Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy as part of its Performing Arts in HD Cinema series. “Nabucco,” one of Verdi’s most beloved operas, premiered at La Scala in 1842 and has been an international success ever since. This new production stars celebrated baritone and renowned Verdi interpreter Leo Nucci as the titular king of Babylon, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vitalij Kowaljow and Liudmyla Monastyrska rounding out the cast. Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Following “Nabucco,” there will be nine more live transmissions in 2013 from Europe’s greatest cultural institutions into cinemas worldwide. Artists such as Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Thomas Hampson, Ramon Vargas, Patricia Racette, Marcelo Alvarez and Violeta Urmana star in performances of “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata,” “Don Carlo,” “Falstaff” and more in the coming season.
Rising Alternative Live Transmission Schedule - 2013
NOTRE DAME DE PARIS, from the La Scala Ballet
LIVE on Thursday February 14, @ 20:00 local time | @ 19:00 UK, Ireland
The hunchback Quasimodo falls in love with the beautiful Esmeralda in this theatrical and dramatic ballet. Starring Natalia Osipova and Roberto Bolle.
FALSTAFF, from the Opera de Paris
LIVE on Tuesday March 12, @ 19:30 local time | @ 18:30 UK, Ireland
Verdi’s final opera is a raucous comedy about the penniless, portly old knight Falstaff who gets tricked - time and again! - by the young ladies who rebuff his romantic overtures.
MAHLER 3RD SYMPHONY, from the Opera de Paris Ballet
LIVE on Thursday April 18, @ 19:30 local time | @ 18:30 UK, Ireland
Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, “a great hymn to the glory of all creation,” with John Neumeier’s lyrical and powerful choreography, creates an inspired evening of dance.
HANSEL UND GRETEL, from the Opera de Paris
LIVE on Monday April 22, @ 19:30 local time | @ 18:30 UK, Ireland
Two sweets-loving children, one hungry witch – watch out, it’s Hansel and Gretel! The classic fairy tale takes an operatic twist in this family favorite by Engelbert Humperdinck.
LA GIOCONDA, from the Opera de Paris
LIVE on Monday May 13, @ 19:30 local time | @ 18:30 UK, Ireland
La Gioconda is possibly the grandest of all grand operas – complete with an on-stage shipwreck and a third-act ballet that features one of the most memorable melodies in all opera. Starring Violeta Urmana and Marcelo Alvarez.
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, from Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Live on Thursday May 30, @ 18:00 local time | @ 17:00 UK, Ireland
The final installment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle comes to a dramatic and fiery conclusion.
RIGOLETTO, from the Taormina Festival
LIVE on Tuesday July 9, @ 21:30 local time | @ 20:30 UK, Ireland
The bitter court jester Rigoletto wants to preserve his daughter Gilda's purity at all costs – and this impossible quest will cost him dearly indeed. From the stunning open-air stage in Sicily.
DON CARLO, from the Salzburg Festival
LIVE in August 2013, date and time TBA
Verdi’s dark political drama Don Carlo stars opera greats Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros and Thomas Hampson.
MEFISTOFELE, from the San Francisco Opera
Broadcast on Thurs. Oct. 3, time TBA. (Live on Oct. 2, delayed for Euro timezones.)
Boito’s retelling of Faust is a monumental work of music-drama. Starring Ramon Vargas and Patricia Racette.
LA TRAVIATA, from Teatro alla Scala, Milan
LIVE on Saturday December 7, Time TBD
This operatic favorite shines in a new production, live from opening night at La Scala.