May 25, 2022

Monday Afternoon at the Opera Takes a Bow at the Essex Library

December 19 at 3 p.m.,  Essex Library’s Monday Afternoons at the Opera begin with a quintessential holiday classic, the 1955 broadcast version of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Sung in English, this Gian Carlo Menotti  piece was written for television, and is beautifully performed by a cast including Rosemary Kuhlmann, Bill McIver, and Andrew McKinley. Bring the kids – it’s the perfect family-friendly introduction to this rich art form.  Make it part of your holiday tradition. Cookies and eggnog will be served.

Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann lights up the screen with Caterina Antonacci in Carmen, Monday January 16 at the Essex Library

Next, we heat things up with opera’s reigning tenor heartthrob, Jonas Kaufmann, in a sizzling, sexy Carmen, co-starring Caterina Antonacci as the gypsy temptress.  Kaufmann’s more than a world-class singer, with acting skills as impressive as his smoky voice. See it Monday, January 16 at 3 p.m.  February 20 at 3 p.m., Strauss’s spine-chilling Salome takes center stage, starring Teresa Stratas at the peak of her impressive vocal powers, in one of the most highly acclaimed opera films ever made.  And we’ll be showing an encore presentation of the documentary, The Audition, March 19 at 3 p.m.  Watch as a talented group of tomorrow’s opera superstars compete in this most prestigious of vocal competitions, The Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions; it’s got all of the tension, the heartbreak, and the triumphs of a great sports movie – but with singing! Even if you’re not a fan, we guarantee that this film will move and inspire you.

Call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 to register for any or all of these free films, and we’ll see you at the opera.