Met In The Moonlight and All Things Opera at Guild Hall

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Image from The Metropolitan Opera's production of "Porgy and Bess."

With support from East Hampton Village Mayor Jerry Larsen and the Trustees, Guild Hall will team up with HamptonsFilm to temporarily take its popular Met Opera series outside for a special drive-in experience at Main Beach in East Hampton.

The series kicks off on Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., when “Met Under Moonlight,” presents a drive-in screening of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Carmen – Live in HD Encore.”

Mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca stars as the iconic Gypsy in Richard’s Eyre’s acclaimed 2010 production. With dances created by star choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and conducted by maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this Carmen brings every aspect of Bizet’s thrilling tale to life, from its lighthearted beginning to its inevitably tragic climax.

The cost is $80 per car and the run time is three hours including one 10 minute intermission.

The drive-in series continues on Saturday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. with “Madama Butterfly – Live in HD Encore.”

Anthony Minghella’s beautiful, atmospheric production of Puccini’s tragedy returns to cinemas with soprano Kristine Opolais as Cio-Cio-San and tenor Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

The cost is $80 per car and the run time is two hours and 40 minutes including one 10 minute intermission.

Finally, on Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m., “Met Under Moonlight” presents “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess – Live in HD Encore.”

James Robinson’s vibrant production of America’s favorite opera was a smash hit of the Met’s 2019–20 season. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles, headlining a phenomenal ensemble cast. David Robertson conducts this beloved score, which includes a number of melodies that have become classic American standards.

The cost is $80 per car and the run time is three hours and six minutes including one 10 minute intermission

Please note that all screenings are weather dependent and may be canceled due to rain or extreme cold. If canceled due to inclement weather, refunds will be available.

Bel Canto Boot Camp

In addition to its drive-in opera program, Guild Hall goes “behind the screen” with Bel Canto Boot Camp’s (BCBC) “The Singer’s Process,” interactive sessions that unite singers from the Met stage, the Guild Hall audience and the golden voices of the past.

Get an inside view of three opera singers’ experiences as they prepared, rehearsed and performed on one of the world’s most revered stages — and hear them sing. Steven Tharp, tenor and presenter of BCBC’s Audiophile Society guides, guides the ears by sharing his favorite recordings of these great masterworks in BCBC’s interactive Zoom format and listeners share what they hear in real time.

Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m. — “Opera for Our Time” with special guest Chanae Curtis, soprano, who made her debut as Annie in the Met’s production of “Porgy and Bess.”

Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. — “Opera on the Fly” with international soprano Janai Brugger.

Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m. — “The Big Debut Mezzo” with soprano and former Met Lindemann Young Artist Megan Esther Grey.

Now through the end of May, Bel Canto Boot Camp is also offering “Sunday Matinées,” a weekly salon series exploring the ways in which we listen, react, and connect with opera and the vocal arts. Led by Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, BCBC cofounders, and Steven Tharp, expert on all things recorded, participants will learn together what to listen for in historical recordings, and where the technology needs our ears and minds to “fill in” what might not be there.

The sessions heavily use the chat feature on Zoom, allowing participants to “pass notes” in real time while the music is happening. At a BCBC session, you don’t have to wait till intermission to share your thoughts and excitement about what you hear. “Sunday Matinées” are every Sunday at 3 p.m., through May 30.

Visit guildhall.org for details on all the operatic offerings.

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