Renée Fleming & “Met at the Movies”

This morning’s Democrat and Chronicle reported that Sweden’s King Gustaf has awarded the 2008 Polar Music Prize to Rochester native Renée Fleming. You have the opportunity to see and hear Renée on the Big Screen in the very first Metropolitan Opera Live in HD theatre presentation on Monday September 22, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

“Met at the Movies” will be showing in two local theaters this year – the Regal Eastview (70 Eastview Mall Drive, Victor) and now at Tinseltown USA (2291 Buffalo Road, Rochester).

The season kicks off with the Opening Night Gala, starring Renée Fleming in fully staged performances of scenes from three different Operas: Verdi’s La Traviata (Act II), Massenet’s Manon (Act III), and the final scene from Richard Strauss’s Capriccio. Tenor Ramón Vargas and baritones Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft co-star. Met Music Director James Levine and Marco Armiliato conduct.

“Met at the Movies” will present 11 HD Theater broadcasts this season – four prior to the live radio broadcasts, and one following the radio season. Here’s a schedule of what to expect:

Monday, September 22, 2008 Opening Night Gala (6:30 p.m. EDT)
Saturday, October 11, 2008 Salome (1:00 p.m. EDT)
Saturday, November 8, 2008 Doctor Atomic (1:00 p.m. EST)
Saturday, November 22, 2008 La Damnation De Faust (1:00 p.m. EST)
Saturday, December 20, 2008 Thaïs (12:00 p.m. EST)
Saturday, January 10, 2009 La Rondine (1:00 p.m. EST)
Saturday, January 24, 2009 Orfeo Ed Euridice (1:00 p.m. EST)
Saturday, February 7, 2009 Lucia Di Lammermoor (1:00 p.m. EST)
Saturday, March 7, 2009 Madama Butterfly (1:00 p.m. EST)
Saturday, March 21, 2009 La Sonnambula (1:00 p.m. EDT)
Saturday, May 9, 2009 La Cenerentola (1:00 p.m. EDT)

Stay tuned to Classical 91.5 for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see one of these performances.