Yavapai College Performing Arts Center’s (YCPAC) continues their presentation of world-class performances via satellite this Saturday, December 15th at 10:55 a.m. with Live at the MET in HD. This Saturday will bring the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of Verdi’s Aida, broadcast in high definition video live via satellite from their stage in Manhattan directly onto YCPAC’s 28’ screen.
YCPAC has joined with approximately 1,900 theatres in 64 countries to bring this stunning presentation to Prescott. Beautifully crafted sets create the backdrop for gorgeous costumes, talented dancers and, of course, stunning music performed by some of the world’s best singers from across the world.
The Met is a huge operation with 1,600 full time employees and a stage that is 10 stories high and 150 feet deep. It costs $1 million per day to operate with its own departments to build the epic stages, create and sew the magnificent costumes and vast spaces devoted to rehearsals of the up and coming operas. An engagement at The Met is considered by most performers to be the apex of their careers.
Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida has thrilled audiences since it debuted in Cairo in 1871. The opera is set in ancient Egypt and features stunning sets and costumes. This performance features Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radames and the proud Egyptian Princess Amneris.
Jared Haxton, former Vocal Performance Major at Yavapai College, remembers coming in contact with many of the songs from Aida during his Classical Voice lessons. He describes the music from the opera as “rich” with “emotional depth.” He says, “I only got to hear a small sample of the music from their epic play, but it left me wanting more. I knew I had to see the full program and experience each moment! I am really looking forward to this event and I am confident that it will surpass all my expectations!”
Tickets are $18 - $24 and available at YCPAC box office Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and one hour prior to showtime. Call the box office at (928) 776-2000 or order online at www.YCPAC.com.
Watch the video here.