Opera on the big screen

New York's Metropolitan Opera is continuing with its live broadcasts of current performances on the screens of selected movie theaters across the country over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

Tinseltown, at 651 Medford Center, Medford, is one of the designated theaters and it will screen the Met's performance of "Macbeth" by Verdi at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.

At 10:10 a.m., prior to the Saturday showing of the Metropolitan Opera's "Macbeth" at Tinseltown, Rogue Opera's artistic director Willene Gunn will host a talk about the opera to the audience in the theater. Gunn was the Director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Opera Programs for thirty years before retiring in the Rogue Valley two years ago.

There will be an encore, taped performance of the opera at noon on Jan. 13, the Sunday after the live broadcast.

Met music director James Levine will conducts the Met's new production of Verdi's "Macbeth" which features Shakespearean director Adrian Noble, the opera stars Verdi specialists Lado Ataneli and Maria Guleghina as the ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The textt is in Italian.

The cast also includes American tenors Dimitri Pittas as Macduff and Russell Thomas as Malcom and Canadian bass-baritone John Relyea as Banquo.

During the intermission there will be backstage interviews with Guleghina and Relyea and conductor Levine as well as a special feature about the famous sleepwalking scene.

Since 1940, the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts also have been heard in Canada, and 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.

For more information about the Met broadcasts see . For details about all Met performances this season see .

Doors and box office opens at 10 a.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for children. Contact Tinseltown theaters for tickets at 770-2508.

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