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Published: Friday | January 11, 2013
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Met Opera season runs to April
Joyce DiDonato in the bel canto role of Mary Queen of Scots in Maria Stuarda.Contributed
Many opera fans have not missed a single performance since the start of the Met Opera in HD 2012-13 season last October. This week we present a sneak preview of coming performances, complete with dates and times for live performances at Palace Amusement Company's flagship cinema, Carib 5, in Cross Roads. Mark the dates and make it the opera in 2013.

Saturday, January 19 - Maria Stuarda (12:55 p.m.)

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world's most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I and Maurizio Benini conducts.

Saturday, February 16 - Rigoletto (12:55 p.m.)

Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi's towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960. Piotr Beczala is the womanising Duke, Zeljko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's daughter, Gilda.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - PARSIFAL (noon)

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom in François Girard's new vision for Wagner's final masterpiece. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts.

Saturday, March 16 - Francesca Da Rimini (noon)

Zandonai's compelling opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's Inferno, returns in the Met's ravishingly beautiful production, last seen in 1986. Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Saturday, April 27 - Giulio Cesare (noon)

The opera that conquered London in Handel's time comes to the Met in David McVicar's lively production. The world's leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Encore performances for all operas will be shown one week later on Sundays, 11:30 a.m. at Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre), Odeon Cineplex (Mandeville) and Palace Multiplex (Montego Bay).


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