Richard Eyre’s hit production of “Carmen” stars Elina Garanca as the seductive gypsy of the title, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don Jose.

FRYEBURG — The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center will once again take part in the Met Summer Encores, a series of screenings from the groundbreaking Met Live in HD series, in more than 400 movie theaters across the United States. This summer’s encore series offers screenings of six classic Live in HD transmissions: Carmen (June 19), Il Trovatore (June 26), Armida (July 10), La Traviata (July 17), Turandot (July 24), and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (July 31).

All screenings of the Summer Encores will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Tickets may be ordered through the box office by calling 207-935-9232 or by visiting www.fryeburgacademy.org. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Purchase the full summer season and receive admission to one of the performances for free. The theater is at 18 Bradley Street, Fryeburg Academy. Parking is free.

Wednesday, June 19: CARMEN — Georges Bizet

Original transmission date: Saturday, January 16, 2010. Richard Eyre’s hit production stars Elina Garanca as the seductive gypsy of the title, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don Jose. Carmen “is about sex, violence, and racism — and its corollary: freedom,” the director said about Bizet’s drama. “It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It’s sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking.” Conductor: Yannick Nezet-Seguin; Production: Richard Eyre; Barbara Frittoli, Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, Mariusz Kwiecien

Wednesday, June 26: IL TROVATORE — Giuseppe Verdi

Original transmission date: Saturday, April 30, 2011. David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama premiered at the Met in the 2008-09 season. This revival stars four extraordinary singers — Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Alvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky — in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score. Marco Armiliato; Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Wednesday, July 10: ARMIDA — Gioachino Rossini

Original transmission date: Saturday, May 1, 2010. This mythical story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison has inspired operatic settings by a multitude of composers, including Gluck, Haydn, and Dvorak. Renee Fleming stars in the title role of Rossini’s version, opposite no fewer than five tenors. Director Mary Zimmerman described the work as “a buried treasure, a box of jewels.” Armida is a fanciful and magical tale with “an epic, enchanted quality and a tremendous visual element.” Conductor: Riccardo Frizza; Production: Mary Zimmerman; Renee Fleming, Lawrence Brownlee, Bruce Ford, Barry Banks, Kobie van Rensburg

Wednesday, July 17: LA TRAVIATA — Giuseppe Verdi

Original transmission date: Saturday, April 14, 2012. Natalie Dessay stars as Verdi’s most beloved heroine in Willy Decker’s stunning production, first seen at the Met in 2010. Matthew Polenzani is her lover, Alfredo, and Dimitri Hvorostovsky sings his stern father, Germont. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Willy Decker; Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, Dimitri Hvorostovsky

Wednesday, July 24: TURANDOT — Giacomo Puccini

Original transmission date: Saturday, November 7, 2009. Director Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Puccini’s last opera is a favorite of the Met repertoire. Maria Guleghina plays the ruthless Chinese princess of the title, whose hatred of men is so strong that she has all suitors who can’t solve her riddles beheaded. Marcello Giordani sings Calaf, the unknown prince who eventually wins her love and whose solos include the famous “Nessun dorma.” Conductor: Andris Nelsons; Production: Franco Zeffirelli; Maria Guleghina, Marina Poplavskaya, Marcello Giordani, Samuel Ramey

Wednesday, July 31: IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA — Gioachino Rossini

Original transmission date: Saturday, March 24, 2007. One of the most beloved operatic comedies of all time, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is presented in a production by director Bartlett Sher. Superstar tenor Juan Diego Florez as Count Almaviva is joined by American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Rosina and Peter Mattei in the title role of the swaggering barber. Conductor: Benini; Production: Bartlett Sher; Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, John Relyea

For more information, visit www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/liveinhd/summer-hd-encores.aspx.


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