Teatro Vallarta will be holding a free lecture on the history of Opera at the Teatro Theater on October 4, 2014.
The 90-minute event, presented by Vallarta Lifestyles Managing Editor, Paco Ojeda, will offering two lectures. A lecture in Spanish at 4 PM and available in English at 5:50 PM.
The event is part of Teatro’s strategy to bring more interest to the arts with visitors and locals. The lecture also opens the third annual broadcasting from Teatro of Met: Live in HD 2014-2014 opera season of broadcasted matinees live from NY.
Ojeda has hosted several opera broadcasts and lectures at Teatro Vallarta to educatate theatergoers and help them get the most out of the theater experience. “Music has always been essential in my daily life, and my hope is to get as many people excited about it as possible,” says Ojeda.
In recent months Ojeda has offered similar lectures to faculty, students, and parents at the Puerto Vallarta Youth Orchestra’s Pitillal campus. He has also held music lectures at Arkos University in Col. Emiliano Zapata and at the Palm Cabaret and Bar.
“It’s worth mentioning that we frequently think of opera as complicated, even a boring high-brow event,” states Ojeda. “But just as there are great and not so great movies, there are all kinds of opera productions as well. The best ones are designed to entertain and enlighten audiences. My goal here is to create connections between the audience and the broad operatic repertoire we will get to enjoy during the upcoming Met opera season so more and more people will attend,” he added.
The Met: Live in HD is a series of live opera performances transmitted in high-definition video via satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to select venues, primarily movie theaters, in the United States and other parts of the world. The first transmission was of a condensed English-language version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute on December 30, 2006.
The 2014-2015 season will present 12 operas in 10 HD transmissions, including (for the first time in the series) two “double-bills” where two short operas will be presented together on the same program. Iolanta along with Duke Bluebeard’s, and Cavalleria rusticana with Pagliacci. Other operas being broadcasted are Macbethm, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Merry Widow, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and La donna del lago.
“Local attendance has been on the rise,” commented Salvador Luna Peña, Teatro Vallarta’s Artistic Director. “Presently, our primary audience is the expat community. As such, we offer the operas with English subtitles. We hope that attendance will continue to increase, particularly among locals.”
For more information about lectures and The MET: Live in HD series, please visit Teatro Vallarta online at www.teatrovallarta.com or call (322) 222-4525.