The classic midnight blue tuxedo was born of a thoroughly modern problem. In the 1920s, men began to complain that newfangled electric lights were making their previously pristine black suits appear grey or green. The solution — midnight blue, which appeared blacker than black under the brightest of lights, sparing the blushes of the Gatsby crowd.
But those tuxes will shine in their true blue glory this Saturday, Oct. 26, when The Met: Live in HD season gets underway at the Newport Performing Arts Center, with all the screenings starting at 10 am — when any self-respecting flapper should still be sleeping off the night before.
The 2019-20 season launches with “Manon,” Massenet’s tale of passion, excess and their consequences, starring rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role. Maurizio Benini conducts Laurent Pelly’s enchanting production, with tenor Michael Fabiano as Manon’s ardent admirer, the Chevalier des Grieux.
Screened live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the opera is hosted locally by Dorothy Black Crow. The screening will start at 10 am and run for four hours and five minutes, with two intermissions. Opera box lunches will be available for $10 apiece, containing a choice of salad or sandwich and a dessert.
The 2019-20 season features 10 transmissions, including five new productions: the Met premiere of Philip Glass’s groundbreaking 20th-Century opera “Akhnaten,” starring Anthony Roth Costanzo as the title pharaoh on November 23; Peter Mattei in the title role of Berg’s “Wozzeck” in a new staging by acclaimed visual artist and stage director William Kentridge on January 11; a new production of the Gershwins’ classic American opera “Porgy and Bess,” starring Eric Owens and Angel Blue, on February 1; a new take on Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” starring Sir Bryn Terfel on March 14; and the Met premiere of Handel’s “Agrippina” starring Joyce DiDonato in a contemporary staging by Sir David McVicar on April 18.
On November 9, audiences can see the return of Anthony Minghella’s inspired vision of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” with Paulo Szot as Sharpless; followed on December 7 by the chance to see Puccini’s “Turandot,” starring Christine Goerke in the title role.
Anna Netrebko will thrill audiences in the title role of Puccini’s “Tosca” on April 11; followed on May 16 by Diana Damrau and Jamie Barton as the dueling queens of “Maria Stuarda,” the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy.
All screenings in this new season start at 10 am at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street.
Season tickets, $195 for adults or $165 for seniors, are available by calling 541-265-2787. Single general-admission tickets, $21.50 for adults, $18.50 for seniors and $10.50 for students, are available online or at the box office.
The season is presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts with the support of the City of Newport and the Jeannette B. Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, season benefactors Anonymous and Bill and JoAnn Barton, local hosts and OCCA members.