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Editor's Pick: Performance

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD
operaPhoto courtesy Metropolitan Opera

Since its doors first opened in 1962, the Hopkins Center has shared a connection with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center—both buildings were designed by architect Wallace Harrison. This opera season, the two arts centers will also share performances, as The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD brings world-class opera from Lincoln Center to Hanover. Upper Valley audiences will experience the excitement of the 2007-08 season through eight afternoons of Met performances transmitted live in high-definition (HD) video.

Ten high-definition cameras located throughout the Met’s theater capture the singers, costumes, and orchestra—projecting them larger than life onto the big screen at the Loew. In crystal-clear HD and digital stereo surround sound, the performances are immediate and thrilling. During intermissions, there are live backstage tours, behind-the-scenes costume changes, scenery moves, and interviews with the artists.

“We’re delighted and honored to be a broadcast presenter for the Metropolitan Opera’s new HD simulcast program,” says Jeffrey James, director of the Hopkins Center. “We immediately contacted the Met when this program was launched last year in commercial movie theatres, and are now pleased to be among the first colleges and universities to be carrying the broadcasts in their second year. We also welcome the participation of our local community partner Opera North, and, judging by healthy advance sales of the eight-opera series, we are looking forward to a popular on-screen opera season at the Hop this year.”

General admission is $25 and a Met Pass for all eight shows is $169, Dartmouth students $5. All shows take place in the Loew Auditorium. For tickets and information, call the Hopkins Center Box Office at 646-2422 or visit

Performance schedule

  • Dec. 15–Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette
  • Jan. 6–Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (encore presentation, not live)
  • Jan.12–Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth
  • Feb. 16–Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut
  • March 15–Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes
  • March 22–Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde
  • April 5–Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème
  • April 26–Gaetano Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment

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Last Updated: 12/17/08