Live Met opera broadcast

"Tristan und Isolde" marks the sixth in a series of eight performances that are being telecast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York via satellite into more than 350 movie theaters across the country.

The show will be aired live at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Tinseltown, Medford Center, Biddle Road, Medford.

A taped version of the broadcast will be shown at noon Sunday, March 23.

At 9 a.m. prior to the broadcast, there will be a 20-minute talk by Rogue Opera Artistic Director Willene Gunn.

The Met breaks new ground with the March 22 live HD transmission of "Tristan und Isolde," conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.

For this transmission of Wagner's great love story, the Met will use live editing and multiple-frame effects to enhance the viewing experience for movie-goers.

During key dramatic moments in the opera, audiences in theaters worldwide will see between five and six frames on the screen, capturing close-ups, wide angles, and reactions shots &

all at once and cued to the music.

Deborah Voigt sings Isolde for the first time at the Met. The Finnish bass Matti Salminen portrays King Marke, the role of his 1981 Met debut, American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung sings Brangane, and German baritone Eike Wilm Schulte sings Kurwenal.

The discussion at intermission will include live backstage interviews hosted by soprano Susan Graham, who will speak with Salminen.

Met General Manager Peter Gelb will interview the telecast's director, Barbara Willis-Sweete, who also directed this season's telecast of "Hansel and Gretel."

During the second intermission of this epic opera performance, Met Technical Director Joseph Clark will host a time-lapsed video presentation of the building of the "Tristan" sets. Jay Saks is audio producer.

The role of Tristan was being played by Canadian tenor Ben Heppner who has become ill and will not be performing. The role of Tristan is being recast.

Tickets are $22 for adults; $20 for seniors; and $15 for children. See /hdlive.

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