About I Puritani
Rising Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko (“Breathtaking both theatrically and musically,” says the Toronto Star) makes her Met debut in Bellini’s final masterpiece. Peretyatko is Elvira, the young maiden driven mad when she believes she has lost her love. She is joined by three bel canto stars, tenor Lawrence Brownlee (The Barber of Seville), baritone Mariusz Kwiecien (Lucia di Lammermoor), and bass-baritone Michele Pertusi (Falstaff).
Set in the 17th century Plymouth during the English Civil War, I Puritani combines romantic passion with political and military intrigue and features one of the most famous mad scenes in operatic history. Elvira is engaged to Arturo, but when her intended leaves Plymouth with the disguised Enrichetta, widow of the executed King Charles I, in order to protect the endangered former queen, the young girl believes he has abandoned her and is driven mad. Risking his life for having betrayed the anti-Royalists, Arturo returns to his beloved. Soldiers call for his execution, but a last minute reprieve from Oliver Cromwell, leader of the rebels, saves him and he and Elvira are reunited.
One of the most important cultural institutions in the world, the Metropolitan Opera is also the largest classical music organization in North America. Every season it presents over 25 different productions in rotating repertory from 18th century baroque to 19th century bel canto to 20th century minimalism. Premier artists from all over the world bring the passion of live opera to its stage. The first performance was in 1883 at the Met’s original location on Broadway between 39th and 40th streets. In 1966, the Met moved to its present home at Lincoln Center.
Under Met General Manager Peter Gelb’s leadership, the 2013-14 line-up includes a startling new take on Rigoletto, beloved standards ranging from I Puritani to Der Rosenkavalier, and a new work from the 21st century, Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English, German, Italian, and Spanish
Three hours and 20 minutes (two intermissions)
The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera is now open two hours prior to curtain to all Lincoln Center ticket-holders for pre-curtain and intermission dining. Pre-scheduled intermission dining is available to ensure a quick return to the performance. The Revlon Bar offers light snacks including sandwiches, paninis, dessert, and a full-service bar. The Belmont Room is available for pre-performance dining and intermission cocktail service for Guild Members at the Donor level (or higher) and Met Patrons. Pre-curtain and intermission bars are located in Founders Hall and on the Orchestra, Parterre (Parterre Box ticket holders only), Grand Tier, and Family Circle levels. Snacks are available. A pre-curtain and intermission bar is available in the Board Room for the members of the Metropolitan Opera Patron Program. Food and beverages are not permitted in the auditorium. Seating capacity is 3,800 plus 175 standing room spaces.
Did you know?
Born in St. Petersburg in 1980, Olga Peretyatko began her musical career at age 15 in the children’s choir of the Mariinsky Theater.
I Puritani was first performed on Jan. 24, 1835 at the Theatre-Italien in Paris. Playwright Terrence McNally’s Golden Age, which was produced Off-Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club, takes place backstage on opening night.
I Puritani was Queen Victoria’s favorite opera.
Lovers of Bel Canto and conisseurs of singing fireworks will be given plenty of opportunity for admiration in this performers’ showcase.
Good for kids?
The passionate arias and three long acts render this masterpiece unsuitable for most young children.
The Metropolitan Opera House Location Information:
Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
1 to 66 Street/Lincoln Center