Jacqueline Antaramian as Andromache and Deborah Voigt as Cassandra in Berlioz's "Les Troyens." -- Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

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‘Les Troyens’ opera to be shown at Marion Ross Center

Published 7:00pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

An all-American cast will bring the epic “Les Troyens” to life this Saturday in Albert Lea.

The opera is the revival of Francesca Zambello’s critically acclaimed 2003 production of Berlioz’ grand Trojan War epic. The Marion Ross Performing Arts Center will host the opera via high-definition streaming from the New York Metropolitan Opera at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The five-act epic sung in French with English subtitles begins at 11 a.m. because it runs approximately 300 minutes, with two intermissions. Coffee and cookies will be available for purchase during intermissions, catered by Prairie Wind Coffee. The opera series is presented by Albert Lea Civic Music and Albert Lea Community Theatre. General tickets are $20 and are $12 for students under age 30. Civic Music and ACT season ticket holders can see the opera for $18.

On Friday, a pre-performance discussion will be held at 12:15 p.m. at Prairie Wind Coffee. The half hour discussion covers the history of the opera, the singers and the synopsis. All are welcome.



• Prairie Wind Coffee hosts Meet the Met from 12:15 to 12:45 where people can learn more about the Saturday showing of “Les Troyens.”

• The Albert Lea Eagles hosts Sound of Rak karoake.

• The Albert Lea Moose Club hosts MegaForce Karoake starting at 7:30 p.m.


• The Albert Lea Eagles hosts a charity dinner. The club is also introducing a new tap beer system with a bottomless tap beer special. Entertainment is by Kat Blu.

• The Albert Lea Moose Club hosts KB Karoake starting at 7 p.m.

• The Marion Ross Performing Arts Center hosts the live showing of the Met Opera’s “Les Troyens” at 11 a.m.



• The Alden American Legion Post No. 404 hosts a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Menu includes scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, coffee, milk and juice. Cost is $5.