Met operas beamed to Pavilion

THE Metropolitan Opera returns to the Pavilion Cinema, Galashiels with two showings this month .

Götterdämmerung is the climax of the Ring Cycle, which ends with Brünnhilde’s famous immolation and the burning of Valhalla, home of the gods.

The Met: Live in HD production – screened from New York next Saturday, February 11 at 5pm – features Scottish bass baritone Iain Paterson as Gunther, the role in which he made his Metropolitan Opera debut, as well soprano Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde, tenor Jay Hunter Morris as Siegfried and bass baritone Eric Owens as Alberich.

Two weeks later, Verdi’s rarely heard Ernani will be broadcast live. Ernani is rarely performed in the UK, and the broadcast is a chance for the global audience to explore one of Verdi’s early achievements.

Set in 16th century Spain during a civil war, the work is said to be as much about the pains of love as about war and rebellion, and it established a robust model for Verdi’s later great tragedies.

American soprano Angela Meade takes centre stage as Elvira, opposite Italian tenor Marcello Giordani who sings the role of Ernani. Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky makes his role debut as Don Carlo, and Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto sings de Silva.

Ernani is screened at 6pm on Saturday, February 25. For tickets for either performance, phone 01896 752767.