FRYEBURG — The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “Met Opera Live in HD” series is returning to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center for the 2016-17 season.

Held in Fryeburg Academy’s state-of-the-art theater, the live simulcast’s high-definition picture and surround sound audio makes it seem as if patrons are actually watching the performance inside New York City’s famed opera house.

“Tristan und Isolde” opens the Met season at noon Saturday, Oct. 8, in a new production by Mariusz Trelinski. The cast of Wagnerians includes Nina Stemme as Isolde and Stuart Skelton as Tristan, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting in one of his rare appearances at the Met.

The estimated run time is 4 hours and 47 minutes, including two intermissions. There will not be a catered lunch before this opera.

White Mountain Cider Company will cater this season’s operas starting Saturday, Dec. 10. Lunch will be served in the lobby during the hour before each opera.

Joe De Vito is returning to host his always informative and entertaining Opera Lecture Series at 3 p.m. every Thursday before a “Live in HD” show. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, provides an inside look at the upcoming opera’s music, story, composer and more.

The 2016-17 season will also feature “Don Giovanni,” Oct. 22; “L’Amour de Loin,” Dec. 10; “Nabucco,” Jan. 7; “Romeo et Juliette,” Jan. 21; “Rusalka,” Feb. 25; “La Traviata,” March 11; “Idomeneo,” March 25; “Eugene Onegin,” April 22;, and “Der Rosenkavalier,” May 13.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchesed in advance online at www.fryeburgacademy.org, or by calling the box office at 207-935-9232. Season tickets, which grant access to all 10 operas for the price of nine, are available through Oct. 8.

The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is at 18 Bradley St.


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