Bartlett Sher to Helm Met Opera’s Otello; Complete Lineup Announced

first_img The complete 2015-16 is as follows: Otello, beginning September 21* Turandot, beginning September 23 Il Trovatore, beginning September 25 Anna Bolena, beginning September 26 Tannhäuser, beginning October 8 Tosca, beginning October 16 Rigoletto, beginning October 20 Lulu, beginning November 5* La Bohème, beginning November 23 Die Fledermaus, beginning November 4 La Donna del Lago, beginning December 11 The Barber of Seville, beginning December 16 Les Pêcheurs de Perles, beginning December 31* Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, beginning January 21 Maria Stuarda, beginning January 29 Manon Lescaut, beginning February 12* Madama Butterfly, beginning February 19 Le Nozze di Figaro, beginning February 25 Don Pasquale, beginning March 4 L’Elisir d’Amaroe, beginning March 10 Roberto Devereux, beginning March 24* Simon Boccanegra, beginning April 1 Elektra, beginning April 14* Die Entführung aus dem Serail, beginning April 22 Sher’s previous Met credits include L’Elisir d’Amore and The Barber of Seville (which will both be revived as part of the new season), Le Comte Ory and The Tales of Hoffman. He is the Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater, where he has directed productions including Golden Boy, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific, for which he won a Tony Award. He will also helm their upcoming revival of The King and I this spring. The season will also include a new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, directed by Olivier-winning director Richard Eyre (whose production of Le Nozze di Figaro kicked off this current season and will return again next season). The production is slated to star Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann. Also on the bill is the return of Tony Award winner Michael Mayer’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, which transports the action to 1960s Las Vegas, as well as J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus; the updated production, which premiered on New Year’s Eve 2013, features a book by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane. The Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-16 season will begin on September 21 with a new production of Verdi’s Otello, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher. The new staging is set to star Aleksandrs Antonenko as Otello, with rising star Sonya Yoncheva as Desdemona and Zeljko Lucic as Iago. *Denotes new production View Comments And while Helen Mirren is bringing the Queen to Broadway this spring in The Audience, a star of the opera world—soprano Sondra Radvanovsky—will take on the immense challenge of playing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the same season. She starts with Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarada, and completes the hat trick as Queen Elizabeth I in a new production of Roberto Deverux.last_img read more

US Legislative Committee Approves Funding for the Fight Against Drugs in Mexico

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2009 Today the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives firmly approved a bill for additional costs for the current fiscal year, including US$470 million for the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico. The funds will be used to purchase surveillance aircraft, helicopters, and other resources, and represents an increase of about $120 million over the amount requested by the White House. During the debate on the measure, most of the Democrats insisted on the urgency of continued support for the Mexican government’s antinarcotics efforts, to prevent the spread of violence caused by drug cartels across the border to the US. Funds for Mexico in this bill will contribute to the purchase of three surveillance aircraft and four additional “Blackhawk” helicopters. United States approves funds for the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico The White House had requested a total of $350 million for Mexico and the southwest border, $66 million of which was for the purchase of three “Blackhawk” helicopters that were eliminated from the 2009 Merida Initiative budget. However, during a negotiation process legislators increased aid for Mexico and border surveillance to the new sum of $470 million. The bill for additional costs for the fiscal year 2009, which ends on September 30, total $94,200 million, or $9,300 million more than requested by the White House. The initiative, which must be voted on in a plenary session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, also includes costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help to stabilize Pakistan. The bill “reflects the intention of President Barack Obama to gradually end the war in Iraq, strengthen efforts in Afghanistan, and stabilize Pakistan,” said the Committee Chairman David Obey. In total, the bill to be voted on by the full House next week authorizes $78,400 million for the Pentagon, or $4,700 million U.S. dollars more than the White House asked for. Other factors include financial assistance for the Middle East, and Africa; tackling the global financial crisis; and supporting the efforts of the international community to “identify, contain, and curb the spread of a pandemic.”last_img read more

Flag statements don’t dishonor the country

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFlag statements don’t dishonor the countryThe flag and anthem are more than symbols of patriotism and the military. The flag is a symbol of freedom for all citizens.And when some citizens feel the flag does not fly over them with the same resonance that it flies over others, then making that statement in the presence of the flag is what should be done.It doesn’t dishonor the flag or the military. Rather, it states that all citizens have an equal right to the same level of freedom, and no political son of a bee should defame the First Amendment. It’s for the First Amendment and other fundamental rights that our forefathers fought, sacrificed and died. To denigrate free speech is to dishonor the flag and the military. It’s to hurl insult at our heritage. The First Amendment is why these very words can be written and shared. Without freedom in our country, the flag is no more than colored cloth blowing in the wind. Now we see that some are more interested in stirring up conflict than they are in offering condolences to the grief-stricken families whose loved ones paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Shame. Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall.Humpty Trumpty was vindictive to all.All his advisers. And all of his men.Dreaded the moment he would tweet once again.Glenn WiteckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Drogba gets zero votes from ex-Ivorian players as FA Presidency hopes take massive hit

first_imgFormer Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba’s bid to become the next head of the Ivorian Football Federation took a massive hit after he secured zero votes from members of the Association of Former Ivorian Footballers.Of the 14 members in the Association, 11 voted for his rival, league president Sory Diabate, while three persons abstained.The third candidate, the current Vice President, Idriss Diallo also got no votes from the ex-players.The results of the election, which was done via video conferencing, has reportedly sparked a massive debate in the Ivory Coast.Drogba had been the massive favourite going into the polls, particularly after experienced administrator Eugene Diomande withdrew from the race and publicly backed the former Ivorian captain.He had also been endorsed by 48 professional clubs in the country.According to Afrik Foot, Drogba will hope to have better luck when members of the Active Footballers Association, the coaches, referees and the physios also cast their votes.“I want to get more involved. I think more and more about it. I know Ivorian football, I have played in selection for years and I invested in Ivorian football lately,” Drogba recently said about his ambitions.The three are vying to replace Augustin Sidy Diallo as President.Members of the Former Players Association: Abdoulaye Traore, Oumar Ben Salah, Aka Kouame Basile, Soro Jean, Zezeto, Didier Zokora, Ibrahim Kone, Badra Siby Aliou, Youssouf Fofana, Beugre Yago Eugene, Didier Otokore, Fadel Keita, Kassi Kouadio Lucien, Alain Gouaménélast_img read more