Ancient and epic tragedy: Semiramide

(Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)
Angela Meade in the title role of Rossini’s Semiramide

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), in partnership with the Met: Live in HD, is proud to present Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide.

The ancient Babylonian tale will stream live on Saturday, Mar. 10, at 12:55 p.m. and will last approximately three hours and 29 minutes with one intermission. Dr. James Caplinger, from the University of Charleston, will give a complimentary lecture beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $14 for seniors and $10 for children/students. For tickets or more information, call GVT’s Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit

(Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)
Elizabeth DeShong as Arsace in Rossini’s Semiramide

Angela Meade stars as the bloodthirsty title character alongside Elizabeth DeShong in the trouser role of Arsace. Onstage with them is Ildar Abdrazaka as Semiramide’s lost son Assur and the production will be conducted by Maurizio Benini.

“Angela Meade’s high-horsepower voice and hummingbird nimbleness is a rare match for Semiramide’s semiquavers … Each aria and duet is the vocal equivalent of an Olympic figure-skating routine … Meade glides through one musical triple lutz after another as if she could keep going all night.” —New York Magazine

The program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

(Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)
A scene from Act I of Rossini’s Semiramide