Let’s Talk Opera! Speak! Sponsors lectures at The Paramount.
We are thrilled to announce that Speak! is now organizing the Lecture Series in conjunction with the MET HD Opera Broadcasts at The Paramount Theater. These 35-40 minute lectures are free to all MET HD ticket holders and take place upstairs at The Paramount before the shows (at 12:15pm).
Mary Ann Archer, flutist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 26 years, will present the talk on Sunday, December 16th before Verdi’s triumphant Un Ballo in Maschera. Her lecture will focus on ‘Themes and Colors in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera‘. Playing musical themes on flute, alto flute, and piccolo, Mary Ann will highlight the different ‘colors’ of the music Verdi wrote for the various characters in the opera. Come hear the beautiful ‘praying music’ of Amelia, the short, sinister notes of the traitors, the dark, powerful music of the
fortune-teller Ulrica, the high, bright melodies of the page Oscar, and the powerful longing in King Gustavo’s themes. Mary Ann will also include a few ways the orchestra members ‘enjoyed themselves’ while playing this beautiful score. Mary Ann will also discuss our Verd-focused summer 2013 trip : Opera in Italia, which includes a live performance of Un Ballo in Maschera at La Scala in Milan.
You can order tickets for the Met HD broadcasts on The Paramount’s website: http://www. theparamount.net or at their Box Office.