Author: Clasart Classic

10 Dec 2022: The powerhouse trio of Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, and Kelli O’Hara stars in Kevin Puts’s world premiere production – live in cinemas on 10 Dec.

  • Kathleen Kim as Barbara and Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan in Kevin Puts THE HOURS | Copyright: © Evan Zimmerman / Met Opera

    Kathleen Kim as Barbara and Renée Fleming as Clarissa Vaughan in Kevin Puts THE HOURS © Evan Zimmerman / Met Opera

Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’s THE HOURS, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s MRS. DALLOWAY and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, the powerful story follows three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. The exciting premiere radiates with star power with Kelli O’Hara and Joyce DiDonato joining Fleming as the opera’s trio of heroines. Phelim McDermott directs this compelling drama, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct Puts’s poignant and powerful score. The live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, presented in Germany and Austria by Clasart Classic.

“Strong singing from three superstar leads…” – Washington Post

“As a composer Puts does not seem allergic to either melodic vocal writing or tonal harmonization, both of which he integrates throughout this opera in combination with a unique balance of styles… You can add THE HOURS to the list of must-see operas this season.” – Operawire

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Recording location The Metropolitan Opera
Production year 2022
Production Company The Metropolitan Opera
Stage Director Phelim McDermott
Composer Kevin Puts
Libretto Greg Pierce
Orchestra / Band The Metropolitan Opera
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Soloist Renée Fleming
Soloist Kelli O'Hara
Soloist Joyce DiDonato



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