ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre’s 2022-23 season of Metropolitan Opera simulcasts from New York City continues on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m., with Verdi’s La Traviata. An encore will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m.
Soprano Nadine Sierra stars as the self-sacrificing courtesan Violetta—one of opera’s ultimate heroines—in Michael Mayer’s vibrant production of Verdi’s beloved tragedy. Tenor Stephen Costello is her self-centered lover Alfredo, alongside baritone Luca Salsi as his disapproving father, and Maestro Daniele Callegari on the podium.
Met artists serve as hosts for the Live in HD series, providing background on the operas, introducing exciting behind-the-scenes features, and conducting live interviews with stars, crew, and production teams. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.
“In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 26 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire,” said Strand, in a news release.
Francesco Maria Piave (1810–76) was Verdi’s librettist during his productive middle period. With La Traviata, Verdi and Piave fashioned an opera from a play, Dumas’s La Dame aux Camélias, set in contemporary times—an exception in the composer’s long career. La Dame aux Camélias was a meditation on the author’s youthful affair with the celebrated prostitute Marie Duplessis, known as a sophisticated and well-read woman whose charms and tact far surpassed her station.
This series is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Estimated running time is 3 hours 15 minutes, including two intermissions.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.RocklandStrand.com; by calling the box office at (207) 594-0070; or at the walk-up box office when the theater is open for scheduled shows, as well as one hour prior to each opera showtime.
Ticket prices for the live broadcasts are $27/Adults, $25/Strand Members, and $15/Students, including college students with ID.
Tickets for encore presentations are $23/Adults, $15/Strand Members, and $5/Students, including college students with ID.
One hundred tickets are available for each show, and will be sold as reserved seats.
Masks are recommended for Covid safety but not required, except in the balcony.
The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street, Rockland.
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