Majestic heats up July with opera series

VERO BEACH — In the coming weeks, three classic operas  — La Boheme, Turandot and Carmen — from New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company will be shown on the big screen at the Majestic 11 Theater.

The shows play on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. with an encore the following Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $12.50 per person and can be purchased in advance from the Majestic 11 website. On July 14, Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production of the Puccini favorite, La Boheme will grace the screen. The exciting young conductor Nicola Luisotti presides over a glorious vocal ensemble led by the mesmerizing Angela Gheorghiu, opposite golden-toned tenor Ramon Vargas as her lover, Rodolfo.

Anyone who loves the famous aria “Nessum dorma” but has never seen the opera Turandot will not want to miss the show on July 21. Director Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Puccini’s last opera is a favorite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calaf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love.

When it comes to racy love stories, Carmen is the show to match this summer’s heat on July 28. It is no mystery why Carmen is one of the most popular operas of all time.

Carmen “is about sex, violence, and racism – and its corollary: freedom,” says Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre about his new production of Bizet’s drama. “It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It’s sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking.”

Elina Garanca sings the seductive gypsy of the title for the first time at the Met, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don Jose.

For more information about the Metropolitan Opera HD Summer series at the Majestic 11, click HERE.

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