Passengers aboard the Newport Adventure Van will be treated to some high culture on Saturday, March 10, when they disembark to a screening of Rossini’s “Semiramide.”
The two-act opera will be shown on the big screen at the Newport Performing Arts Center as part of The Met: Live in HD series.
First performed in Venice in 1823, the tragedy tells the story of Queen Semiramide, who has ruled Babylon for decades after conspiring with her lover Assur to murder her husband, King Nino. As the opera opens, Semiramide is due to elect her successor. Assur assumes the crown is his, but is furious when Semiramide leaves it to the young officer Arsace, whom she loves. Only the high priest Oreo knows that Arsace is Semiramide and Nino’s son, lost since his father’s murder.
The four-hour performance will be screened with one intermission. The Newport Adventure Van will depart at 9:30 am from the Newport 60+ Activity Center and return around 2:30 pm. The cost for this trip is $32.
For more information or to book a spot, drop by the center at 20 SE 2nd Street, or call 541-265-9617.