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Tickets

Tickets for general admission seating for the 2014-2015 season are now available for purchase. Ticket sales are not available after 12:00PM the Friday before the Saturday performance to allow the college to process ticket orders. Ticket prices are:

  • $18      Met Members, Opera Roanoke Subscribers and Senior Citizens
  • $20      Adult
  • Free     Students (with current valid school ID) and Children

Tickets may be purchased individually online or at the door one hour prior to performance.

Special Requirements

Email events@virginiawestern.edu with special seating requirements or call (540) 857-6492. Special arrangements must be made by 5 p.m. on Thursday prior to the performance on Saturday. For all performances, doors open one hour before show time.

Directions

Performances are held in Whitman Theater in the Business Science Building.

Parking is available in parking lot 1 on the South Campus. Use the cobblestone walkway between Chapman Hall and the Bookstore. Enter the third floor of Webber Hall, cross the pedestrian bridge and take the stairs (on the right) or the elevator (on the left) down to the first floor. Click here for a campus map.

General Information

Please turn cell phones and electronic devices off during performances.

Box Lunches

McAlisters’ Deli will offer sandwiches, desserts and sides for sale at each opera performance. No advance purchase is necessary.

Mailing List

Join the Virginia Western Met Opera Live in HD Mailing List to be kept up to date on Met Opera Live in HD performances. Email events@virginiawestern.edu or call 540-857-6492.

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2014-15 Live in HD Schedule

The new season of the Met's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world features ten presentations.

Verdi’s Macbeth

October 11, 2014; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:15)

MacBethStar soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s masterful adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as the noble Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi conducts.

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Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro - New Production

October 18, 2014; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:50)

FigaroMet Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in an 18th-century manor house in Seville during the 1930s. Dashing bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov leads the cast in the title role of the clever servant, opposite Marlis Petersen as his bride, Susanna, Peter Mattei as the philandering Count they work for, Amanda Majeski as the long-suffering Countess, and Isabel Leonard as the libidinous pageboy Cherubino.

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Bizet’s Carmen

November 1, 2014; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:40)

CarmenRichard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.

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Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia

November 22, 2014; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:25)

SivigliaThe Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy—featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera—stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

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Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

December 13, 2014; 12:00 PM (Approx. run time 6:00)

NurnbergJames Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.

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Lehár’s The Merry Widow - New Production

January 17, 2015; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:00)

Merry WidowThe great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Andrew Davis conducts.

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Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann

January 31, 2015; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:45)

HoffmannThe magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley, and Christine Rice sing the three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.

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Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta/Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle - New Production

February 14, 2015; 12:30 PM (Approx. run time 3:40)

IolantaOn the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

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Rossini’s La Donna del Lago - Met Premiere

March 14, 2015; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:30)

LaDonnaBel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.

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Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana/Leoncavallo's Pagliacci - New Production

April 25, 2015; 12:30 PM (Approx. run time 3:30)

PagliacciOpera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

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