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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 25-Sep 1: Cultural Arts

August 25, 2012 - by CG Directory Editor

Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: The Enchanted Island - Metropolitan Opera
August 25, 2012 - New York

Part of the Met's fourth annual Summer HD Festival, this world-premiere Baroque fantasy combines music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau with a new libretto inspired by Shakespeare. Conducted by William Christie, directed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, and starring Danielle de Niese, Lisette Oropesa, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Placido Domingo, and Luca Pisaroni. Running time approximately three hours.

The Classically Forgotten Collaborative Reading Series - Shetler Studios
August 25, 2012 - New York

The Bent Quill Players cordially invite you to the fourth meeting of the Classically Forgotten Collaborative Reading Series For all those hearts and bodies aflame in the summer heat we present: House of Desires by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz translation by Catherine Boyle With many thanks to Catherine Boyle and the people of Oberon Books. Dona Ana and her brother Don Pedro have a problem. Pedro is in love with the beautiful Dona Leonor and Ana has thrown over a former lover in favor of the noble Don Carlos. The problem? Carlos and Leonor are engaged to each other, of course. So, what’s a pair of scheming siblings to do? Lure them all into the same household along with a scheming servant, a cowardly friend, and a protective father. Step into the House of Desires and you might get swept up in the madness. First performed in 1683, House of Desires or Los Empeños de una Casa is one of the secular plays of 17th century New Spanish nun, poet, and thinker Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Saturday, August 25 Shetler Studios Shetler 1 7:00pm Light refreshments will be served If you would like to read a part (no preparation is necessary) see any of the Bent Quill company members upon arrival. No RSVP necessary, just show up. At The Classically Forgotten Collaborative Reading Series, The Bent Quill Players stage extemporaneous readings of little performed plays from the classic period. Those who want to can show up early on the day and claim a part to perform during the reading. We’ll be foot loose and rehearsal free for this six reading series. Join us to meet new friends, mingle, and nibble on refreshments while enjoying some impromptu live theater.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
August 26, 2012 - New York

Part of the Met's fourth annual Summer HD Festival, Michael Grandage's new production of one of the opera's supreme masterpieces stars Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. Principal conductor Fabio Luisi leads the Met Orchestra and a cast that also includes Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Mojca Erdmann, Ramon Vargas, and Luca Pisaroni.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: La Sonnambula - Metropolitan Opera
August 27, 2012 - New York

Part of The Met's Summer HD Festival, Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez deliver bel canto fireworks in Mary Zimmerman's inventive production of Bellini's opera, which places the action in a contemporary rehearsal room where a production of "La Sonnambula" is being prepared. Evelino Pido conducts. Approximate running time, 137 minutes.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: Satyagraha - Metropolitan Opera
August 28, 2012 - New York

Presented as part of The Met's fourth annual Summer HD Festival, Philip Glass's landmark opera, whose Sanskrit title translates as "truth force," explores Mahatma's Gandhi's formative years in South Africa. The visually extravagant production, starring Richard Croft, is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch and conducted by Dante Anzolini. Approximate running time, 165 minutes.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: La Cenerentola - Metropolitan Opera
August 30, 2012 - New York

Part of The Met's fourth annual Summer HD Festival, Rossini's charming Cinderella story is ideally served by an extraordinary cast, led by El?na Garan?a in the title role, Lawrence Brownlee as her prince, and Alessandro Corbelli as Don Magnifico. Maurizio Benini conducts a production that also stars Simone Alberghini and John Relyea. Approximate running time, 162 minutes.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: Faust - Metropolitan Opera
August 31, 2012 - New York

Part of the Met's 4th annual Summer HD Festival. Jonas Kaufmann, Marina Poplavskaya, and Rene Pape bring Gounod's retelling of the Faust legend to dramatic life in director Des McAnuff's new production, which updates the story to the dawn of the nuclear age. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Approximate running time, 177 minutes.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: Le Comte Oy - Metropolitan Opera
September 01, 2012 - New York

Part of the Met's fourth annual Summer HD Festival. Bartlett Sher's Met premiere production of Rossini's vocally dazzling comedy features a trio of bel canto stars. Juan Diego Florez in the title role, Diana Damrau as Countess Adele, and Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of the page Isolier. Maurizo Benini conducts. Approximate running time, 141 minutes.

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