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The National Theatre presents: Twelfth Night
Film Screening

October 28, 2017, 5:30pm

The Olivier Music Barn

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.

The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia’s upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.

Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. An ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools Presents: Twelfth Night
Live Performance

October 27, 2017, 5:30pm

The Olivier Music Barn

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools returns with one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night. Shipwrecked on the island of Illyria, Viola must disguise herself as a man in order to make her way in a new world. Directed by nationally renowned Marti Lyons and featuring a cast of professional actors, Twelfth Night makes us reflect on our own definitions of identity, gender, and even love.

Glyndebourne presents: Don Giovanni (2010)

October 21, 2017, 5:30pm

The Olivier Music Barn

A “sublime staging which should become an Glyndebourne classic” said the Wall Street Journal of Jonathan Kent’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni, with its shades of La dolce vita. Gerald Finley is surrounded by a visually and vocally charismatic cast under the ever-alert baton of Vladimir Jurowski, conducting the rarely heard Vienna edition of Mozart’s score.

Glyndebourne presents: La traviata (2014)

October 20, 2017, 5:30pm

The Olivier Music Barn

A story of sacrifice, love and surrender

Alfredo, a young man from the provinces, falls in love with Violetta, the stylish toast of Paris. But she’s not the marrying kind–at least not until now.
However, their dreams of domestic bliss are threatened by both a merciless society that condemns Violetta’s racy past and an equally merciless disease.

Verdi’s most beloved opera

The age-old “tart with a heart” is a familiar dramatic trope. In versions ranging from an ancient Sanskrit drama to Greta Garbo’s Camille to the film Moulin Rouge, it has always been a gauge of a society’s ideas about morality.
Verdi’s version is based on the true story of Marie Duplessis, a Parisian courtesan immortalised by her lover, the author Alexandre Dumas, fils. Verdi was powerfully drawn to her story during a time in his career when he focused increasingly on vivid and complex outsiders who push the boundaries of society.
There’s rarely a dry eye in the house when this poignant tale unfolds through Verdi’s robust, tuneful, full-hearted and full-throated score, laced throughout with melodies as familiar as the story.

Honors Musicale

October 14, 2017, 4:00pm

The Olivier Music Barn

Eight Montana State University students will join Professors Ilse-Mari Lee and Robert Rydell for a special performance at Tippet Rise on Saturday October 14th at 4PM in the Olivier Music Barn. The Honors Musicale will feature cellists Ilse-Mari Lee and David Kirk, pianist Benjamin Carroll, violist Madeleine Price, violinists Cami Kohler, Elliot Harrison and John Schlender; along with actors Keegan Grady and Sarah Amish in performances of works by Mac Bruch, William Shakespeare, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mark O’Connor, Franz Liszt and Ilse-Mari Lee. Anchoring the program will be Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by Professor of History Robert Rydell. The students are all students in the Honors College at Montana State University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Nursing, Film and Photography, and Conservation Biology and Ecology.

Glyndebourne presents: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2015)

October 13, 2017, 5:30pm

The Olivier Music Barn

“Die Entführung has knocked everything else sideways,” wrote Goethe of this landmark work by the 26-year-old Mozart. A popular Singspiel in which tuneful Viennese comedy meets serious Enlightenment philosophy, the piece is often cited as his first fully mature stage work.

Like many other contemporary works, Die Entführung was inspired by the 18th-century vogue for all things Eastern after the Ottoman Empire’s failed Siege of Vienna in 1683. The plot concerns the attempt of the Spanish nobleman Belmonte to rescue his beloved Konstanze from the seraglio of the Pasha Selim in Turkey. Though the opera reflects the 18th-century European view of “the Orient” as strange, opulent and dissolute, its humane and surprising resolution defies all stereotypes and highlights the keen contemporary pertinence of this startlingly deep masterwork.

Die Entführung features some of Mozart’s most spectacularly virtuosic vocal music, particularly for Konstanze, composed for the celebrated Austrian soprano Caterina Cavalieri: Mozart wrote, “I have sacrificed Konstanze’s aria a little to the flexible throat of Mlle Cavalieri.” In Die Entführung , Mozart also evoked the brilliant flute- and percussion-laden sound of Turkish military marching bands, as he had done in earlier works like the famous Rondo alla turca from his A-Major Piano Sonata, K. 331/300i.

Music director Robin Ticciati conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, carrying on Glyndebourne’s distinguished history with Die Entführung which began with its seminal 1935 production. This new production is directed by David McVicar, creator of such triumphant Glyndebourne productions as Giulio Cesare and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg .
The luminous soprano Sally Matthews will return to Glyndebourne as Konstanze, as will Edgaras Montvidas after his Festival 2014 triumph in Eugene Onegin, while the German bass Tobias Kehrer, Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen and American tenor Brenden Gunnell make their Glyndebourne debuts as Osmin, Blonde and Pedrillo.

The National Theatre presents: Hedda Gabler

September 30, 2017, 5:30pm

The Olivier Music Barn

“I’ve no talent for life.”

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.
Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).

The National Theatre presents: Saint Joan

September 29, 2017, 5:30pm

The Olivier Music Barn

Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France.

As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production.

Book Reading and Talk: Isabelle, Pretty Shield and the Greenough Sisters: Celebrating Southeast Montana Women

September 10, 2017, 2:00pm

The Tiara Acoustic Shell

Beth Judy, author of Bold Women in Montana History, reads from her new book about the fearless femmes who dared to dream and resolved to take action in Montana. Ms. Judy will read excerpts from her book about the famed rodeo queens Alice and Marge Greenough; Crow culture keeper Pretty Shield; and renowned modernist painter and rancher Isabelle Johnson, whose family homesteaded part of the Tippet Rise property for much of the 20th century. A Q&A session will follow the reading.