Thursday March 14, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Broadcasts of the The Met: Live in HD at the Latchis Theatre continue on Saturday and Sunday at noon with a rare revival of "Francesca da Rimini" by Riccardo Zandonai.

The first time the Met has staged the work in more than 25 years, Piero Faggioni’s production, which sets the action in Renaissance Italy, will star Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and Italian tenor Marcello Giordani as Francesca and Paolo, the star-crossed lovers whose doomed romance inspired an episode in Dante’s Inferno. Marco Armiliato conducts a cast that also includes the American baritone Mark Delavan as Gianciotto, Francesca’s brutal husband and American tenor Robert Brubaker as the wicked Malatestino. American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.

Running time is approximately 213 minutes, including three intermissions.

Tenor opera singer Jim Anderson will present a Pre-Opera Talk at 11a.m. at The Latchis for $10 general admission and $8 for Met Forever members.

General Admission is $26 for Saturday, $24 for Sunday and $24 for Met Forever Members both days. Tickets are available at brattleborotix.com, by e-mailing sjmpr@comcast.net, contacting Latchis Arts 802-254- 1109, ext. 4 and the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523.


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