Opera fans across New York City eagerly await the Summer HD Festival each year at Lincoln Center Plaza, and this year’s festival is fast approaching. An Upper West Side staple, the Summer HD Festival offers outdoor screenings of opera performances, running from August 23rd through September 2nd. These screenings are aimed at giving opera lovers access to performances by the Metropolitan Opera, as well as introducing newcomers to the joy of opera.

 

Residents of the luxury Upper West Side residences at The Chatsworth are fortunate enough to live within blocks of Lincoln Center, turning this internationally acclaimed festival into a local affair. This year’s festival will kick off on Friday, August 23rd, with a screening of Funny Face, Stanley Donen’s classic 1957 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. The film features beloved Gershwin tunes and an infamous Bohemian dance number, as well as those famous shots of Audrey at the Palais Garnier, Place de l’Opéra.

 

Opera screenings begin on Saturday, August 24th with 2018’s performance of Verdi’s Aida, featuring superstar soprano Anna Netrebko in the eponymous role as one of a pair of star-crossed lovers. Another Verdi opera from the 2018 season, Luisa Miller, will be screened as the second-to-last opera in the series on Sunday, September 1st.

 

Sunday, August 25th and Monday, August 26th will feature a pair of iconic operas with very different styles and themes. Sunday’s screening, certain to be a crowd favorite, will be 2010’s performance of Bizet’s classic Carmen, starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna as the tortured pair of lovers. Romance will be followed by the screening of another performance from 2010, Das Rheingold by Wagner. The first in Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, Das Rheingold is as good a place as any to dive into the depths of German opera, replete as it is with magic helmets, feuding gods, and harmonic maidens.

 

Other screenings will include operas by Puccini, Donizetti, Cilea, Massenet, Poulenc, and Saint-Saëns, providing festivalgoers with a wide range of operatic styles and traditions.

When the show is over, residents are blocks away from their re-imagined pre-war homes at The Chatsworth, where they may be overheard humming a few stray bars as they pass through the sophisticated grand entrance and head upstairs to dream of arias and arpeggios.

 

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