Metropolitan Opera magic comes to Springfield

Live on screen at a movie theater near you

click to enlarge A scene from Puccini's Madama Butterfly. - PHOTO BY KEN HOWARD/METROPOLITAN OPERA
Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
A scene from Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

It is a well-kept secret that you can watch a live performance of New York City's Metropolitan Opera right here at our local AMC Springfield 12 movie theater. The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series brings the magic of the Met to movie theaters in more than 70 countries worldwide, including here in Springfield. The 2019-2020 series includes 10 performances.

Opera fans rave about these screenings and say they are not to be missed. If you love music or theater or aren't so sure about opera, this is an easily accessible way to check out opera at its finest. The cost of a senior ticket is only $20.

A complete schedule, along with ticket information, is online at Met.FathomEvents.com. Madama Butterfly, Porgy and Bess and Tosca are just a few of the offerings this season. In addition to screenings of the live performances, which are always the Saturday matinee, encores are also presented the following Wednesday evening. The content is the same, but not live.

" 'Live from the Met' is a real gift to anyone who enjoys great music and drama but can't get to an opera house very often," says Virginia Scott, who regularly attends these performances. "The operas are subtitled and filmed like movies with close-ups and wide-angle shots, and interviews with the singers between acts are a bonus."

An encore performance of Madama Butterfly will be shown Saturday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at AMC Springfield 12, 3141 Mercantile Drive. (The live performance was Nov. 9). The Metropolitan Opera describes Anthony Minghella's modern-classic production as an evocative setting for Puccini's tragedy, featuring Placido Domingo, Andrea Care and Hui He as the naïve geisha who awaits the return of her American lieutenant.

Next on the docket is Akhnaten on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11:55 a.m., which is a new production. In this Met premiere of Phillip Glass's modern masterpiece, acrobats and jugglers conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt. An encore screening will be Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the theater on the day of the screening, provided they aren't sold out. For more information on the 2020 performances on Jan. 11, Feb. 1, Feb. 29, March 14, April 11 and May 9, visit metopera.org/HDLive.

"Going to the opera in Chicago or New York involves travel and considerable expense," said Scott. "But, 'Live from the Met' comes every few weeks, fall through spring, to a theater just minutes away. I've enjoyed many of my favorites, along with works that I'd never otherwise get to see," said Scott.

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