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THE BOLSHOI BALLET: Le Corsaire October 22, 2017, at 12:55 pm Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street This is a live HD broadcast from Moscow. Running time: 3 hours and 35 mins, including intermissions.
Medora, a young Greek girl, is sold to Pasha by a slave dealer. The pirate Conrad seizes Medora and declares his love for her. Conrad’s right-hand-man, who is jealous of Conrad, sends Medora back to the slave dealer who again sells her to Pasha. Conrad and his men show up to take Medora away again but he is recognized through his disguise, captured, and sentenced to death. To save his life, Medora, who is in love with Conrad, plots with a slave girl, Gulnare, to escape. Medora agrees to marry Pasha but during the ceremony Gulnare takes Medora’s place, having the ring placed on her finger. That evening Medora dances for Pasha, having convinced him to lay down his weapons, and Conrad enters to take her away. Gulnare produces the ring and declares herself Pasha’s lawful wife. The ship on which Medora and Conrad escape sinks in a terrible storm but the two lovers are saved when they wash up on a rocky island.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $13 Students and Seniors Prices do not include handling fees
THE BOLSHOI BALLET: The Taming of the Shrew January 7, 2018, at 12:55 pm Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street This is an encore HD broadcast from Moscow. Running Time: 2 hours and 5 mins, including intermission. Baptista struggles to marry off his tempestuous daughter Katharina, a shrew who denies that any man could possibly be her match. However when she meets Petruchio, who is as ill-tempered as she, the two forces of nature ignite an unexpected and explosive encounter. Acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot brings out the wit, fast-paced athleticism and vibrancy from the Bolshoi Ballet dancers in Shakespeare’s rowdy comedy. Principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov clash, challenge and eventually give themselves to one another in a wonderfully entertaining production that can only be seen at the Bolshoi! Tickets: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors Prices do not include handling fees.
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NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: Young Marx January 13, 2018, at 1:00 pm Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street This performance is an encore HD broadcast from London. Running Time: TBA 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx. Tickets: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors, $10 Students Prices do not include handling fees.
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Additional details: THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: Tosca February 3, 2018, at 12:55 pm Waterville Opera House, 1 Common Street
This is an encore HD broadcast from the Metropolitan Theater in New York. Running time: 3 hours 18 minutes, including two intermissions
Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s set and costumes of the Napoleonic era, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel, Michael Volle, and Željko Lučić as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Andris Nelsons conducts. Tickets: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors, $15 Students Prices do not include handling fees.
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