Thursday December 13, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Broadcasts of The Met: Live in HD continue at the Latchis Theatre on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., with Verdi’s "Aida."

The Metropolitan Opera presents a live performance of one of the most popular and beloved operas of all time, Aida, in a spectacular staging that captures the grandeur of ancient Egypt. More than 200 artists fill the Met stage for this performance of Verdi’s tragedy, which sets a heartbreaking love triangle against the backdrop of an empire at war.

Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska makes a spectacular Met debut as Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, opposite two major Met stars: tenor Roberto Alagna as the war hero Radamès and Olga Borodina as the pharaoh’s daughter Amneris, Aida’s formidable rival. George Gagnidze sings Amonasro, Aida’s cunning father, and Stefan Kocán is the imposing Egyptian priest Ramfis.

Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts his first company performances of the opera and star soprano Renée Fleming hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the cast. Running time is approximately 216 minutes, including two intermissions.

Admission is $26 on Saturday; Met Forever members pay $24. Sunday’s encore presentation is $24. For information and to purchase tickets, call 802-254-1109, ext. 4, visit or call Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523.