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Metropolitan Opera performances transmitted to FLC campus

By Indiana Reed

Special to The PREVIEW

Following a successful inaugural season, the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College will once again partner with The Metropolitan Opera to screen performances of The Met: Live in HD during the opera’s 2013-2014 season.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, Aug. 21.

“The Met does offer its members advance purchase, so community folks who are members of The Metropolitan Opera can purchase tickets Friday, Aug. 16,” said Charles Leslie, director, Community Concert Hall, who successfully negotiated the arrangement to bring opera to Durango. “Patrons who would like to purchase the entire season will be able to do so starting August 19.”

As last year, The Met’s performances will be screened in the Vallecito Room of the FLC Student Union. Equipment installed during the Student Union’s renovation meets The Met’s broadcast standard requirements, enabling the special programming.

The Met: Live in HD series will kick off Saturday, Oct. 5, and features 10 live performances. The “magic” of The Met: Live in HD events is that they are delivered 100 percent live via satellite. Audiences throughout the world experience the production at the same time as the audience sitting in the Metropolitan Opera itself.

Additionally, between acts, The Met: Live in HD viewers are treated to backstage interviews and other features the “in person” audiences never see. Productions will be screened in Durango on Saturday mornings, typically 10 or 10:55 a.m.

The scheduled 2013-2014 program is:

• Oct. 5, 2013, 10:55 a.m. — Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky).

• Oct. 26, 2013, 10:55 a.m. — The Nose (Shostakovich).

• Nov. 9, 2013, 10:55 a.m. — Tosca (Puccini).

• Dec. 14, 2013, 10:55 a.m. — Falstaff (Verdi).

• Feb. 8, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — Rusalka (Dvorak).

• March 1, 2014, 10 a.m. — Prince Igor (Borodin).

• March 15, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — Werther (Massenet).

• April 5, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — La Boheme (Puccini).

• April 26, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — Così fan tutte (Mozart).

• May 10, 2014, 10:55 a.m. — La Cenerentola (Rossini).

Advance tickets for individual shows $24 ($22 for seniors, students, children and Met members)) and season packages ($207 for all 10 performances) will be available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657. All sales are  final.

Tickets will also be available on the morning of each performance, one hour in advance of show time, at the FLC Student Union.

This story was posted on August 15, 2013.