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Met Opera starting 5th season of streaming live to Albert Lea theater

The fifth season of The Met: Live in HD at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center will kick off Oct. 8 with a new production of Richard Wagner’s opera “Tristan und Isolde.”

Albert Lea Civic Music and Albert Lea Community Theatre have partnered since 2012 to bring the Metropolitan Opera’s series of award-winning, high-definition live transmissions to Albert Lea.

Each broadcast from New York City is produced with at least 10 cameras and is enhanced by specially produced features that offer audiences a look behind the scenes during intermission. The features include interviews with singers, directors, designers and stage technicians, as well as documentaries and other short features.

“Tristan und Isolde” will be conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in his first Live in HD performance, a news release states.

Nina Stemme performs as Isolde and Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangane in Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde." Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Nina Stemme performs as Isolde and Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangane in Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.” Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Nina Stemme stars as Isolde — a touchstone role she has sung with major opera companies around the world. Tristan will be performed by Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton. Others in the cast include acclaimed singers Ekaterina Gubanova, Evgeny Nikitin and Rene Pape.

According to a news release, the music in the opera has “astounded, infuriated and inspired audiences since it was first heard, and the title roles are acknowledged as among the most extraordinarily demanding in opera.”

The three acts of the opera are originally set aboard a ship on the Irish Sea. The opera pays homage to the Celtic ambience and the themes associated with ancient Celtic culture of mysticism, knowledge of the magic arts, an evolved warrior code and a non-Christian vision of the possibilities of the afterlife, the release stated. 

A Meet the Met opera talk will be at 10:30 a.m. before the broadcast.

This season’s opera schedule is the following:

• 11 a.m. Oct. 8, “Tristan und Isolde”

• 11:55 a.m. Oct. 22, “Don Giovanni”

• 11:55 a.m. Dec. 10, “L’Amour de Loin”

• 2 p.m. Dec. 31, “The Magic Flute”

• 11:55 a.m. Jan. 7, “Nabucco”

• 11:55 a.m. Jan. 21, “Romeo and Juliette”

• 11:55 a.m. Feb. 25, “Rusalka”

• 11:55 a.m. March 11, “La Traviata”

• 11:55 a.m. March 25, “Idomeneo”

• 11:55 a.m. April 22, “Euguen Onegin”

• 11:30 a.m. May 13, “Der Rosenkavalier” 

More information on The Met: Live in HD is available online at albertleacivicmusic.com or actonbroadway.com.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. A five-ticket package is also available for $90.

They can be purchased in advance by phone at 1-877-730-3144, online at actonbroadway.com or from 4 to 6 p.m. at the box office every Thursday at 147 N. Broadway.

Onscreen English subtitles are available for all transmissions.