A Weekend's Cultural Potpourri at Guild Hall

A bouquet of art, opera, and salsa
Greer Grimsley, center, sings Wotan in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” which will be simulcast at Guild Hall on Saturday. Richard Termine/Met Opera

Caravaggio, Wagner, and Cuban salsa are on the cultural menu at Guild Hall this weekend, starting tomorrow evening at 7 with a screening of the documentary “Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood.” 

Part of Guild Hall’s Great Art on Screen series, the film illuminates the struggles and successes of the revolutionary and controversial artist, following his tumultuous life through Milan, Venice, Rome, and, after his murder of a young man, in exile to Naples, Sicily, and Malta.

The film features 4K projection, unprecedented access to the artworks themselves, and commentary from such experts as Claudio Strinati and Mina Gregori, who are authors, and Rossella Vodret, curator of the exhibition “Inside Caravaggio” at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. Tickets are $18, $16 for members.

Next up in the Met: Live in HD at Guild Hall is Robert Lepage’s innovative staging of Wagner’s “Die Walküre,” which will be simulcast on Saturday at noon. The opera is set in mythological times, when gods, giants, dwarves, and humans all contended for power. 

The second opera in Wagner’s Ring cycle, “Die Walküre” features some of the Ring’s most interesting characters: Wotan, leader of the gods; Fricka, his wife; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and his willful warrior daughter Brünnhilde, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance.

The cast features Christine Goerke, a soprano, as Brünnhilde, Jamie Barton as Fricka, and Stuart Skelton, a tenor, and Eva-Maria Westbroek, soprano, as the incestuous twins. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan, and Philippe Jordan conducts. Tickets are $22, $20 for members, and $15 for students. The opera runs for approximately five and a half hours, including two intermissions.

In collaboration with the Southampton Cultural Center and Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, Guild Hall will host a six-session Cuban salsa course with Jaime Ruiz designed to introduce beginners to the key principles and moves of that dance form.

Starting on Tuesday, the course will begin with learning the steps and then move on to dancing in pairs. Mr. Ruiz trained at the Mangosta Academy in Chile during the 1980s and was part of a professional dance troupe in that country, where he performed jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance as well as salsa.

The one-hour sessions will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 7. The cost is $60, $15 for individual classes.