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Janelle Gelfand on the classical music scene

Janelle's pen has taken her to Japan, China, Carnegie Hall, Europe (twice), East and West Coasts, and Florida. In fact, Janelle was the first Enquirer reporter to report from Europe via e-mail -- in 1995.

Janelle began writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer as a stringer in 1991 while writing a Ph.D. dissertation in musicology at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She joined the Enquirer staff in 1993.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she graduated from Stanford University, Janelle has lived in Cincinnati for more than 30 years. In her free time, this pianist plays chamber music with her circle of musical friends in Cincinnati.

She covers the Cincinnati Symphony, May Festival and Cincinnati Opera, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, chamber music ensembles, and as many recitals and events at CCM and NKU as possible.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Met -- Coming to a theater near you!

Local opera fans will no longer have to take a road trip to see the Metropolitan Opera's high definition broadcasts in movie theaters.

The Met's new initiative -- beaming live opera into movie theaters around the world, which began last year -- is coming to a movie theater near you. The Deerfield Towne Center movie theater in Mason and the Springdale Showcase Cinemas will present eight opera performances, Dec. 15 to April 26.

The series will open at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 with Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette," starring Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna and conducted by Placido Domingo.

A family-friendly New Year's Day performance(1 p.m.) is planned of "Hansel and Gretel," in a new English-language production by Richard Jones.

Metropolitan Opera music director and Cincinnati native James Levine will conduct three of the operas in the series: Verdi's "Macbeth," starring Maria Guleghina (Jan. 12); Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" starring Karita Mattila (Feb. 16); and Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde," starring Deborah Voigt and Ben Heppner (March 22).

The worldwide audience is expected to reach a million for the entire series. Because of the HD series' popularity, it's suggested that you purchase tickets early.
Tickets: $22 adults; $20 seniors; $15 children. 1-800-638-6737; get the whole schedule, see a trailer, read about the cast and production and purchase tickets at

Alice Coote as Hansel and Christine Schafer as Gretel, Nick Heavican and Anne Deniau, Metropolitan opera
Anna Netrebko surrounded in a colorful scene from Romeo et Juliette, Ken Howard\Metropolitan Opera


at 11/29/2007 11:18:00 AM Blogger Janelle Gelfand said...

Apparently the phone number the Met gave us gives you a person at the Met who tells you to contact your theater or go online. Going online is easiest -- but clearly more trouble for those of you who are not computer-savvy (and are probably not reading this...)

After some investigation, I got this suggestion: You may purchase tickets at the theater box offices in person (yes, there are still tickets left) or you can call and listen to their phone tree (not fun). Here are direct lines to local box offices:

Springdale Showcase Cinema: 513-671-6917

Deerfield Towne Center: 513-770-0964

But they will probably tell you to call their ticket line...

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