Performance Archives - Guild Hall

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The Met: Live in HD – Bellini’s Il Pirata

Soprano Diana Damrau stars in this rare Bellini vehicle for bel canto pyrotechnics, the story of a woman driven mad by love for her exiled pirate. Tenor Javier Camarena shows off his spectacular high notes as the buccaneer, opposite Christopher Maltman as their nemesis Ernesto. Maurizio Benini conducts the striking production, last performed at the Met in 2003.

The Met: Live in HD – Verdi’s Nabucco

Further cementing her place as one of history’s most riveting dramatic sopranos, Anna Netrebko adds the bloodthirsty Babylonian princess Abigaille to her already impressive lineup of Met roles. Baritone George Gagnidze is the tyrannical ruler Nabucco, alongside mezzo-soprano Varduhi Abrahamyan as Fenena, tenor Najmiddin Mavlyanov as Ismaele, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy as Zaccaria. Marco Armiliato conducts a truly epic staging by Elijah Moshinsky.

The Met: Live in HD – R. Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Herbert Wernicke’s sensational staging of Strauss’s magisterial vision of otherworldly love, which requires a cast of the very best dramatic voices. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and soprano Elza van den Heever are the mystical Emperor and Empress (the woman without a shadow), baritone Michael Volle and soprano Nina Stemme are the earthbound Barak and his wife, and soprano Evelyn Herlitzius is the sinister Nurse.

The Met: Live in HD – Heggie’s Dead Man Walking

American composer Jake Heggie’s contemporary masterpiece—the most widely performed new opera of the last 20 years—has its highly anticipated Met premiere. Based on Sister Helen Prejean’s memoir about her fight for the soul of a condemned murderer, Dead Man Walkingmatches the high drama of its subject with Heggie’s beautiful and poignant music and a brilliant libretto by Tony and Emmy Award–winner Terrence McNally. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Helen Prejean. The outstanding cast also features baritone Etienne Dupuis as the condemned Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and legendary mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as De Rocher’s mother.

The Met: Live in HD – Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Tony Award–winning director of Broadway’s A View from the Bridge and West Side Story, Ivo van Hove makes a major Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s dark comedy, re-setting the familiar tale of deceit and damnation in an abstract architectural landscape. Met Music Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a star-studded cast led by baritone Peter Mattei as Don Giovanni, alongside bass-baritone Gerald Finley as his sidekick, Leporello. Soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and soprano Hera Hyesang Park make a superlative trio as Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, and Zerlina, and tenor Ben Bliss completes the principal cast as Don Ottavio.

The Met: Live in HD – Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts one of the most sumptuous scores in the repertoire, leading Gounod’s honeyed adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy. Radiant soprano Nadine Sierra makes is the effervescent Juliette, opposite tenor Stephen Costello as the ardent Roméo, all amid the romantic realism of Bartlett Sher’s staging.

The Met: Live in HD – Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in 16 years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.” McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable. Gustavo Dudamel takes the podium in his Live in HD debut, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. The cast of leading Mozarteans includes soprano Christiane Karg as Pamina, tenor Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro.

Virtual Annual Members Meeting

Join Chairman of the Board Marty Cohen, Executive Director Andrea Grover, Museum Director & Chief Curator Christina Strassfield, John Drew Theater Artistic Director Josh Gladstone, and The Patti Kenner Fellow in Arts Education Anthony Madonna to learn all about the revamped 2020 Summer Season at Guild Hall. 

Free with required registration. Private Zoom link will be emailed to registrants 24 hours before the meeting. Please be sure to sign up for a free Zoom account ahead of time. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

For any questions, please contact Membership and Special Events Associate Manager, Leta Mumgaard, at

Al Hirschfeld, Behind The Lines: A Zoom visual visit of the Hirschfeld Century

Join David Leopold as he takes us on a tour of the Hirschfeld Century, an 82-year era in which Al Hirschfeld both recorded and defined so much of popular culture, especially through his drawings of productions on Broadway and in Hollywood. He was there at the birth of television and captured its first half-century. He recorded more popular music than any MP3, CD, LP, or wax cylinder ever did. His drawings of dance are among his most accomplished works. Leopold has spent 25 years studying Hirschfeld’s work, the first 13 as Hirschfeld’s Archivist, visiting him in his studio once or twice a week. In addition to curating exhibitions at the Library of Congress, the Field Museum in Chicago, and the Academy of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles among others, he is the Creative Director of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. His book, The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age (Knopf), has been called by The Washington Post, “An instant classic.” Booklist declared, “Leopold emulates the economy and fluidity of Hirschfeld’s drawings in this star-studded, anecdote-rich, critically clarifying, and thoroughly enlightening portrait of the portraits.” His illustrated talk will show you rarely seen images as well as old favorites, and will include a post-show audience Q&A moderated by Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director of the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall.

A link to the live broadcast will be emailed to ticket holders in their confirmation receipts and again 24 hours in advance of the show.

Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin in SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR (Virtual Staged Reading)

A virtual staged reading directed by Bob Balaban

To Benefit Guild Hall of East Hampton, NY

One of the most popular romantic comedies of our time, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn. It remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays. The plot follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers.

The performance will benefit Guild Hall and launch our new vision for the 2020 Summer Season with a focus on restarting the local creative economy through collaborations with regional artists, musicians, and performers, online and offline.

“Delicious wit, compassion, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia.” The New York Times

 “Genuinely funny and genuinely romantic.” New York Post

After you purchase your tickets a link to the reading will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the reading.