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You don’t have to travel into New York to go the Metropolitan Opera! For our 20th Anniversary Season, Staller Center will present the full schedule of live HD opera from the Met via satellite, shown on the big screen in the Main Stage Theatre. Last season, Staller Center was the first university arts center in the region to screen live performances of the acclaimed operas from the Met. As many as a dozen operas will be presented in 2008-09, including well-known classics and new productions from the Metropolitan Opera. Performances are projected in high definition with Dolby Digital surround sound. Most operas will be presented on Saturday or Sunday afternoons. In some cases, the screening will be a rebroadcast of an opera captured at an earlier date.

The complete schedule will be announced by September 1.

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Tickets: $22 general admission; $20 senior citizens with ID on file; $15 students and children.




2008–09 Live in HD Schedule


September 22, 2008, 6:30 pm (Live)
Renée Fleming stars in three of her most acclaimed roles for the Opening Night Gala performance. Music Director James Levine and Marco Armiliato conduct fully staged performances of the second act of Verdi’s
La Traviata, the third act of Massenet’s Manon, and the final scene from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio. Tenor Ramón Vargas and baritones Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft join the soprano for this season-opener. ( North America theater locations only)


October 12, 2008, 1 pm (Encore from October 11)

Karita Mattila caused a sensation when she sang Salome at the Met for the first time in 2004. She reprises her stunning interpretation of the part, including her unforgettable Dance of the Seven Veils; Mikko Franck conducts.


Doctor Atomic
Met Premiere
November 9, 2008, 1 pm (Encore from November 8)

Director Penny Woolcock makes her Met debut directing John Adams’s contemporary masterpiece about a momentous episode of modern history: the creation of the atomic bomb. Baritone Gerald Finley plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, with Alan Gilbert conducting.


LA Damnation De Faust

New Production
December 7, 2008, 1 pm
(Encore from November 22)

Berlioz’s contemplation of good and evil is interpreted by Robert Lepage, one of theater’s most imaginative directors. Marcello Giordani stars in the title role opposite Susan Graham as Marguerite and John Relyea as Méphistophélès. James Levine conducts this rarely staged masterwork.  



New Product ion
January 3, 2009, 12 pm (Encore from December 20)

Renée Fleming plays the Egyptian courtesan in search of spiritual sustenance and Thomas Hampson is the monk who falls from grace. Massenet’s sensual score is presented in a new production by John Cox with Jesús López-Cobos conducting.


La Rondine

New Product ion
January 10, 2009, 1 pm (Live)

Nicolas Joël directs this new production, which stars opera’s charismatic real-life duo Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, in Puccini’s gorgeously melodic look at love. Marco Armiliato conducts.



Orfeo ed Euridice

January 24, 2009, 1 pm (Live)

This hit from the 2006–07 season, directed by Mark Morris, will feature the artistry of Stephanie Blythe and Danielle de Niese in the title roles. Music Director James Levine conducts.


Lucia di Lammermoor

February 7, 2009, 1 pm (Live)

Mary Zimmerman’s hit production, which opened the

2007–08 season, stars the charismatic Anna Netrebko opposite Rolando Villazón as her lover and Mariusz Kwiecien as her tyrannical brother; Marco Armiliato conducts.



Madama Butterfly

March 8, 2009, 6 pm (Encore from March 7)

Patricia Racette returns to the title role in Anthony

Minghella’s stunning production, a new classic in the Met repertory. This critically acclaimed staging opened the 2006–07 season at the Met and in Times Square . Marco Armiliato conducts.



La Sonnambula

New Product ion

March 22, 2009, 1 pm (Encore from March 21)

Mary Zimmerman’s new production explores the opera’s dual elements of sleep and wakefulness in a staging set in the present day. Bellini’s lyrical score soars with Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez in the leading roles; Evelino Pidò conducts.



La Cenerentola

May 9, 2009, 12:30 pm (Live)

Elı¯na Garancˇa, who had her triumphant Met debut last season, stars in the title role of Rossini’s Cinderella story. She appears opposite Lawrence Brownlee, with Maurizio Benini conducting.


All times Eastern. Cast, repertory, and schedule

subject to change



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