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Click here for the Met Opera Live in HD Series webpage.

Tickets

Tickets for general admission seating for the 2013-2014 season will soon beavailable 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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2013-14 Live in HD Schedule

Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin

October 5, 2013; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 4:05)

Giulio CesareAnna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky's fateful romance. Deborah Warner's new production, directed by Fiona Shaw, is set in the late 19th century and moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin's friend turned rival. Later performances in the run feature another extraordinary cast: Marina Poplavskaya, Peter Mattei, and Rolando Villazón. Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts.

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Shostakovich's The Nose

October 26, 2013; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 2:15)

Giulio CesareWilliam Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich’s opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol’s comic story. Pavel Smelkov conducts.

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Puccini's Tosca

November 9, 2013; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:35)

Giulio CesarePuccini’s timeless verismo score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia.

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Verdi's Falstaff

December 14, 2013; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:20)

Giulio CesareAn undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production—the first new Met Falstaff since 1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri (last season’s Dulcamara in the Opening Night production of L’Elisir d’Amore) sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.

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Dvorak's Rusalka

February 8, 2014; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 4:00)

Giulio CesareThe great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.

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Borodin's Prince Igor

March 1, 2014; 12:00 PM (Approx. run time 4:30)

Giulio CesareBorodin’s defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting.

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Massenet's Werther

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

Giulio CesareJonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts.

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Pucchini's La Boheme

April 5, 2014; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:25)

Giulio CesarePuccini’s moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo.

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Mozart's Cosi fan tutte

April 26, 2014; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 4:05)

Giulio CesareMusic Director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.

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Rossini's La Cenerentola

May 10, 2014; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:40)

Giulio CesareA peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in La Cenerentola—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.

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