Ramsdell hosts Met Opera broadcast Saturday

Johan Botha in the title role and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth in Wagner's "Tannhäuser". (Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.)

Johan Botha in the title role and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth in Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”. (Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.)

MANISTEE — The Ramsdell Theatre hosts a screening Saturday of the Metropolitan Opera in HD broadcast of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”.

Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece “Tannhäuser” in its first-ever Live in HD performance at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

“Otto Schenk’s classic production, in its first revival in more than a decade, stars Johan Botha in his company role debut as the title character,” a news release indicated.

Other parts include Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth; Michelle DeYoung as the goddess Venus; Peter Mattei as Wolfram and Günther Groissböck as the Landgraf.

A review by the New York Times said Levine’s conducting drew “breadth and richness” from the orchestra.

“The Met has assembled an exceptional cast, headed by the tenor Johan Botha as Tannhäuser… [who] sang with clarion sound and impressive ease. His voice conveyed youthful yearning and, when Tannhäuser goes through a spiritual crisis, despair and confusion.”

Tickets can be purchased online at mynorthtickets.come, or by contacting the Ramsdell Theatre by phone at (231) 398-9770 or by visiting the box office at the theater, located at 101 Maple St. in Manistee.

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Posted by Sean Bradley

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