Friday, January 27, 2012

'3 Superstars in Berlin' -- via Crownpoint

Now that the Metropolitan Opera's movie-theater showings have gotten opera lovers accustomed to the commute between home and Stonecrest or Concord Mills, a concert featuring two Met favorites may put another multiplex on their radar.

Anna Netrebko (right) and Jonas Kaufmann are the big draws of "3 Superstars in Berlin," showing Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Crownpoint Stadium 12. The third singer in the spotlight: Uruguayan bass Erwin Schrott.

While Schrott also has a major career -- with Mozart's Don Giovanni as one of his specialties -- he's not as well-known to U.S. audiences as his two colleagues. Maybe this concert, taped at an outdoor venue in Germany last year, will let him gain from their box-office power.

The Met's multiplex audiences know them well. Netrebko -- offstage, Schrott's wife -- appeared most recently as Henry VIII's doomed wife in Donizetti's "Anna Bolena." Kaufmann starred last in the 1940s-era updating of Gounod's "Faust" in December. The movie-theater series has yet to feature Schrott.

In the concert, the three will mix-and-match in music ranging from "Don Giovanni" and "Faust" to "Porgy and Bess" and "West Side Story." The screening starts at 7 p.m. at Crownpoint on Monroe Road.