Opera House Presents World’s Most Popular Opera

Opera House Presents World’s Most Popular Opera

FREDONIA – Live at the Met, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high definition (HD) opera transmissions to theaters around the world, continues its 2017-18 season at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House on Sat., Feb. 24, at 12:30 p.m., with Giacomo Puccini’s romantic masterpiece La Bohème.

The world’s most popular opera returns to the Met in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring an exciting cast of young stars, including Tenor Michael Fabiano as the poor poet Rodolfo who falls head over heels for his neighbor, the seamstress Mimi, sung by Soprano Sonya Yoncheva.

Puccini’s La Bohème – with more than 1,200 performances, it is the most-performed opera in Met history – also features Soprano Susanna Phillips reprising the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Baritone Lucas Meachem in the role of her sweetheart, the painter Marcello.  Marco Armilliato conducts the cast, which also includes Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends, Schaunard and Colline.

The New York Times calls the production “theatrical and inventive … a beloved masterpiece of emotional manipulation.”  Opera Wire calls it “riveting.”   The production runs three hours, 20 minutes, with two intermissions.

Live at the Met telecasts are now shown in more than 2,000 theaters in 73 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale.  The Met was the first arts company to experiment with this type of broadcast, beginning on a modest scale in 2006 and growing every season since then, with more than 10 million tickets sold to date.

Met Opera stars serve as hosts for the series, conducting live interviews with cast members, crew and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether, the worldwide audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.

Individual tickets to each of the operas in the season are $20, ($18 Opera House members, $10 students).   A flexible subscription of eight tickets which can be used however you want – one at a time to eight different operas, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is available for $142.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired.  Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.  For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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