Thursday October 11, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The series of broadcasts of The Met: Live in HD at the Latchis Theatre, begins this weekend with Donizetti’s "L’Elisir D’Amore," which will be presented on Saturday at 12:55 p.m., with an encore performance on Sunday at 12:55 p.m.

Tenor James Anderson will speak at noon on Saturday for 40 minutes about "The Performing of Opera," including his personal experiences of performing in "L’Elisir d’Amore," featuring one of the most famous tenor arias in history, "Una Furtiva lagrima." Anderson has enjoyed a career in demand in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe, including Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, the United States, South America and South Africa.

In 2004, Anderson relocated back to the U.S., now residing with wife Kate and daughter Cassandra in Brattleboro. He recently returned to France for performances of Wagner’s "Meistersinger." In Brattleboro, Anderson teaches singing and was the stage director for our recent production of "Sister Angelica." He sang the demanding tenor part in Mahler’s "Das Lied von der Erde." He will sing The Britten Serenade for Tenor and Horn with Hugh Keelan and the Windham Orchestra in November.

General admission for the talk is $10, $8 for Met Forever members.

Soprano Anna Netrebko takes center stage as Adina, the irresistible heroine of the first-ever comedy to open the Live in HD season. Matthew Polenzani (Alfredo in last season’s "La Traviata") is Nemorino, the simple villager who wins Adina’s heart with the help of a mysterious "elixir of love" that bears a suspicious resemblance to French wine.

The new production, by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher opened the Met’s 2012-13 season to critical acclaim. Charismatic baritone Mariusz Kwiecien sings Belcore, Nemorino’s swaggering rival, and Ambrogio Maestri is the potion-peddling traveling salesman Doctor Dulcamara. Italian conductor Maurizio Benini leads the performance. Running time is approximately 185 minutes, including one intermission.

General admission is $26, $24 for Met Forever members. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Latchis 802-254-1109, ext. 4 or the BMC at 802-257-4523, e-mail mettix@latchis.com or visit www.brattleborotix.com.