'Manon Lescaut' on the screen

The second season of "Metropolitan Opera: Live in High Definition" will continue worldwide Saturday, Feb. 16 with the fourth of the Met's eight live opera transmissions: Puccini's "Manon Lescaut."

The Met's series expanded in 2008 to eight live operas presented in more than 600 movie theaters, arts centers, and universities in 13 different countries.

Organizers expect the total worldwide audience to reach one million for the entire series.

Tinseltown at 651 Medford Center, Medford, has been chosen as one of those venues.

"Manon Lescaut" will be shown at 10 a.m. at Tinseltown. Rogue Opera's Willene Gunn will speak before the opera at 9:40 a.m.

There will be a taped rebroadcast of the opera at noon on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Tinseltown.

Building on its 76-year-old international radio broadcast history &

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the Met now uses advanced media distribution platforms and state-of-the-art technology to attract new audiences and reach millions of opera fans around the world.

The Met's live HD transmissions subsequently air on PBS, and a selection of these performances will be available on DVD.

Finnish soprano Karita Mattila sings the title role of Manon Lescaut, the ill-fated heroine who is torn between love and riches. Mattila is singing the role at the Met for the first time this season in a performance that the New York Times called "riveting."

The opera also features Marcello Giordani as the Chevalier des Grieux, a poor student who falls in love with Manon and stays faithful to her until her death. The New York Times raved that Giordano was "the real thing, an Italian tenor who sang with ringing power and sweeping fervor"). Baritone Dwayne Croft sings Lescaut, Manon's brother who pities her fateful situation. The orchestra will be led by Met music director, Maestro James Levine.

Intermission content will feature the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Quiz, featuring soprano Renata Scotto as quizmaster. Ren&

233;e Fleming also will go backstage to interview some of the artists involved with the production.

Since 1940 Met opera broadcasts have been heard in Canada. In 1990 they expanded to include regular transmission to Europe. Today worldwide coverage has grown to include not only more than 30 European countries, but also South America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China.

Listeners can visit . For details about all Met performances this season, as well as ticket information, visit the Met's Web site at .

Tickets for shows at Tinseltown are $22 for adults $22, $20 for seniors and, $15 for children. Contact Tinseltown theaters for tickets at 770-1141.

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