Thursday December 6, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Broadcasts of The Met: Live in HD continue at the Latchis Theatre with the new production of Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Machera" on Saturday at 12:55 p.m. A repeat broadcast will air on Sunday at 12:55 p.m.

Hugh Keelan, conductor of the Windham Orchestra, will presenting a talk on Verdi’s operas ( "Aida" is broadcast on Dec. 15 and 16) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday at noon at the Latchis Theatre. Admission is $10, $8 for Met Forever members.

"Un Ballo in Maschera" is Verdi’s classic drama of political intrigue and thwarted romance, staged by acclaimed opera director David Alden and led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. Some of the Met’s leading Verdi stars take on the central roles in the opera’s love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström’s wife and the object of the king’s secret passion. Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar, Gustavo’s page, and Stephanie Blythe is Mme. Ulrica Arvidsson, a fortune-teller with ominous news for the king. Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.

Running time is approximately 204 minutes, including two intermissions.

Tickets for The Met: Live in HD are $26, $24 for Met Forever members on Saturday, $24 for all on Sunday.

For ticket information, call Latchis Arts 802-254-1109, ext. 4, the Brattleboro Music Center 802-257-4523, order online at www.brattleborotix.com or e-mail mettix@latchis.com.