Metropolitan Opera back in Potsdam for another stunning season


Renee Fleming
World-renowned opera star and SUNY Potsdam alumna Renée Fleming, Class of 1981, will be featured in two of the nine operas broadcast by the Metropolitan Opera directly to Potsdam’s Roxy Theater.

North Country residents will have the truly unique opportunity to view nine live and nine encore Metropolitan Opera performances without the expense of a trip to New York City as SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and Potsdam’s Roxy Theater bring The Metropolitan Opera’s groundbreaking series “The Met: Live in HD” back to Potsdam for a second season.

The Met’s wildly popular series of live, high-definition performance transmissions to nearly 1,000 venues in dozens of countries around the world has won a Peabody and Emmy Award. It delivers the grandeur and excitement of world-class opera in startling high definition and digital surround sound with the benefit of English subtitles.

In the 2008-09 season, the series reached more than one million people in North America alone.

Employing several robotic cameras and state-of-the-art technology, “The Met: Live in HD” captures the onstage action from striking angles and heightens attention to the narrative elements of both performance and production. Behind-the-scenes features, live interviews with cast and crew, insightful short documentaries and bird’s-eye views of the productions offer an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera.

This is the second year a venue in northern New York will feature the performances thanks to a collaborative effort between SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and The Roxy Theater in Potsdam. A total of 18 performances will be available for audiences to enjoy.

“Opera is for everyone! For all of us who love the combination of great singing, great drama, great orchestral playing, great costumes and a day at the movies, the ‘Met Live in HD’ broadcasts are a dream come true,” said Dr. Deborah Massell, SUNY Potsdam faculty member at The Crane School of Music, who helped to organize the event. “This series is exciting and readily accessible to newcomers with its English subtitles and gorgeous productions, and it will fulfill the highest expectations of veteran opera lovers. Listening and watching together is another opportunity to connect the music school, the town and the wider upstate community, as well as support local business.”

“The staff at the Roxy Theater and I are excited and pleased to be a part of these presentations,” said Jeff Szot, president J.S. Cinemas Inc. “We are always looking for ways to help serve and improve the entertainment needs of the North Country. It’s great to be able to bring an event to town that would normally only be found in larger cities.”

Each live performance will take place on a Saturday, with an encore performance shown on a Sunday. Every performance begins at 1 p.m.
The 09-10 season will feature “Tosca” (October 10 and 18), “Aida” (October 24 and 25), “Turandot” (November 7 and 8), “Les Contes d'Hoffmann” (December 19 and January 31), “Der Rosenkavalier” (January 9 and February 21), “Carmen” (January 16 and February 28), “Simon Boccanegra” (February 6 and March 21), “Hamlet” (March 27 and March 28) and “Armida” (May 1 and May 2).

Tickets for the 2009–10 series will go on sale in September. Prices for live and encore performances are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. Those purchasing the entire season, will receive one show free.

Tickets are available at the CPS Box Office in person in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater Lobby, by phone at (315) 267-2277 or online at; or in person at Northern Music & Video or The Roxy Theater, both located in downtown Potsdam.

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