Experience the Romance of 'La Bohème' Through The Met: Live in HD


Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo and Anita Hartig in her Met debut as Mimì, in Puccini's “La Bohème.”

Opera's most beloved romance will take to stage and screen on Saturday, April 5, as The Met: Live in HD presents Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème."

Puccini's moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Metropolitan Opera history. An exciting young cast will take the stage in Franco Zeffirelli's classic breathtaking production—which features a cast of hundreds, a glorious onstage snow scene and a detailed reconstruction of the Latin Quarter in Paris.

Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her highly anticipated Met debut as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, and Italian star tenor Vittorio Grigolo plays her passionate lover, Rodolfo. American mezzo-soprano Susanna Phillips sings the flirtatious role of Musetta, while Massimo Cavalletti portrays the painter Marcello in the performance.

Puccini's "La Bohème" will screen live from the Metropolitan Opera stage at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at Potsdam's Roxy Theater. There will be an encore screening at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

The opera will be performed in Italian, with English subtitles. The approximate running time is three hours, including two intermissions.

The 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD is sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas.

All productions will be shown live worldwide on Saturdays. There will also be encore presentations offered on Sundays locally. Doors open a half-hour before show time, and there is immediate seating for advance ticket holders.

In The Met: Live in HD, robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, capture the beauty and power of live performance from striking angles, and heighten attention to both performance and production. Intermission features and English subtitles bring the stories to life.

Tickets prices are the lowest available in the nation: $18 for an adult, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under. 

Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater. You can also reserve tickets online by visiting www.cpspotsdam.org or www2.potsdam.edu/cps/eventpgs/methd.html.

For more information on the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season, visit the Metropolitan Opera website at www.metopera.org/hdlive.

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and its award-winning opera program, visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution.