Screenings of Strindberg and ‘Aida’ at Guild Hall This Weekend
Both the National Theatre Live and the Met: Live in HD will open their fall seasons at Guild Hall this weekend with encore screenings of telecasts of recent live performances.
From the National Theatre in London comes “Julie,” Polly Stenham’s new version of August Strindberg’s play “Miss Julie,” Friday at 7 p.m. Set in contemporary London, it stars Vanessa Kirby as the newly single Julie, who throws a late-night party that descends into a savage fight for survival. Tickets are $18, $16 for members.
The Met’s production of Verdi’s “Aida” will be shown on Saturday at 1 p.m. Set in ancient Egypt, the opera stars
Anna Netrebko as Aida, the Ethiopian princess who has been captured and enslaved by the Egyptians, and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radames, a military commander who must choose between his love for Aida and loyalty to his king. The opera runs four hours with two intermissions. Tickets are $22, $20 for members.
An Operatif Lecture by Victoria Bond, a distinguished composer and conductor, will precede “Aida” at noon. Ms. Bond will discuss historically themed operas, including those by Donizetti and Rossini as well as Bellini’s “Norma” and “Aida,” and consider whether composers modify history to tell a better story. Tickets are $30, free for opera donors at the $200 level and half-price for those at $100.