The Met: Live in HD opens new season at the Quick Center on Oct. 11 with Verdi's thrilling Shakespearean Tragedy, "Macbeth"


Opera fans can also enjoy "Sound Bites" a free lunchtime series at the Quick Center, debuting at 12 noon, Oct. 10

Image: MacbethAudiences to the Quick Center for the Arts will once again experience the Metropolitan Opera's thrilling sights, sounds and spectacle on the big screen with The Met: Live in HD. Verdi's Shakespearean Tragedy, "Macbeth," opens the season on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Transmission times are 1 p.m., live, (12:15 pre-performance talk); and 6 p.m. encore. Anna Netrebko stars in her first Met performances of the vocally and dramatically demanding role of Lady Macbeth. Former Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Adrian Noble's acclaimed production, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi, features a starry cast including Željko Lučić in the title role, Joseph Calleja as Macduff, and René Pape as Banquo. (Pre-performance talk with Jeffrey Johnson at 12:15 p.m.) Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students (including Fairfield University students).

Also for opera fans, the Quick Center will begin a brand new Lunch Series, Sound Bites, that premiers at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Jeffrey Johnson will discuss "Opera's Thrift Store; Coats, Pins, Books and the joy of unexpected objects" from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre. Bring your favorite lunch treat; beverages provided. Patrons can have their lunch waiting for them at the Quick Center that day by ordering in advance through Einstein Bros Bagels. To order your specially discounted lunch, call (203) 334-5906 ext. 3 and mention the Sound Bites lunch offer. Note that orders must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance. The series will feature a number of events throughout the year. Each event will feature a distinctive topic with enriching information and enlivening performances.

Upcoming The Met: Live in HD broadcasts include:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
Saturday, October 18, 2014
1 p.m. (live) and 6:30 p.m. (encore)

Georges Bizet's Carmen
Saturday, November 1, 2014
1 p.m. (live) and 6:30 p.m. (encore)

Gioachino Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
1 p.m. (encore) and 6 p.m. (encore)

Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
12 p.m.* (encore)

*pre-performance talk at 11:15 a.m. with Jeffrey Johnson

Tickets and subscriptions are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.quickcenter.com.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Because of construction on campus, there is currently no direct access to the Quick Center from North Benson Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 6, 2014

Vol. 47, No. 75

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