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The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2011-12 Season Continues Saturday, December 17 at UPAC with FAUST A New MET Production of Gounod’s Opera Starring Rene Pape

  |   December 11, 2011  |  Comment

The Bardavon is pleased to continue the The Met: Live in HD 2011-12 season, the Metropolitan Opera’s popular award-winning series of live transmissions. Join us at the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) on Saturday, December 17 at 1pm to experience a new production of Gounod’s Faust.

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod’s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

The Met: Live in HD at the Bardavon is made possible in large part through the generous support from the Jane Nuhn Charitable Trust. Additional support is also provided by the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust, The Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust, and the Benjamin Strong Opera Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. The sponsor is Red Wing Properties and Package Pavement.

Lunch and Learn: The Bardavon and two local restaurants are pleased to partner on a very special opportunity for opera lovers to be nourished by knowledge and great food.  At 11:30am, prior to each 1pm Saturday opera broadcast, ticket-holders are invited to enjoy an insightful talk on that day’s production lead by Leslie Gerber, who is a music teacher at Marist’s Center for Lifetime Studies and author of all HVP Playbill liner notes.  The Artist’s Palate (307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.483.8074) will host lunches prior to broadcasts at the Bardavon, and Frank Guido’s Little Italy (14 Thomas Street, Kingston, 845.340.1682) will host for UPAC broadcasts.  Please call the restaurants directly to make reservations.

The Met: Live in HD series was honored with a prestigious 2008 Peabody Award for its vividly designed, smartly annotated productions of Hansel and Gretel, Doctor Atomic, Peter Grimes, and other operas.  The Met employed state-of-the-art digital technology to reinvent the presentation of a classic art form. Additionally, The Met won a special Emmy Award in January 2009 for advancing technology through ongoing, live, global transmission of high-definition programming to movie theaters.

Tickets are $23 (Adult), $21.00 (Bardavon Member), and $16.00 (Children 12 and under) and are available at the:

Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072

UPAC Box Office, 602 Broadway, Kingston, 845.339.6088

or through TicketMaster 800.745.3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

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