Live HDTV Met Opera comes to Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY When New Yorks famed Metropolitan Opera began showing live, high-definition broadcasts of its productions in theaters around the country, it was a mixed blessing for Vermont opera fans. The chance to have a front-row seat for an entire Met season was a dream and yet the series wasnt available in any Vermont theater. That will change in January, when Middleburys newly restored Town Hall Theater begins showing the Met broadcasts. This is one of the most exciting developments for our theater, and for Vermonters, says THT Executive Director Douglas Anderson. In recent years people in this area had to drive to Albany or Hanover to see these broadcasts. After a long opera, that can be a long ride home. The fact that Town Hall Theater has been accepted by the Met is a story all by itself. When we rebuilt this theater, we took great care to install only the best systems, says Anderson. Our Bose sound system is first-rate, and our rear-projection screen is 20 feet in length. I think the Met was a little surprised when our systems met all of their criteria. Its a tribute to the fine job this community did in restoring this structure. Town Hall Theater will present five live operas this season, beginning on January 10 with Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna in Puccinis La Rondine. Each event is a Saturday matinee, generally starting at 1:00 pm. (The exception is La Cenerentola on May 9, which has a 12:30 pm curtain.) Tickets are on sale now, and will be sold on a per show basis, although next year the entire season will also be offered as a package. Tickets are $22, and may be purchased by calling the Town Hall Theater box office at 802 382-9222, or on-line at www.townhalltheater.org . Anderson notes that Town Hall Theater has only 232 seats, making it an extremely intimate venue for the Met broadcasts. The result will be thrilling, says Anderson. Youll catch every note and every nuance. For Tickets call the Town Hall Theater Box Office: 802 382-9222.

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