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Featuring two Crane alumnae, Met: Live in HD season returns operas back oct. 5: Series kicks off with Tchaikovsky; Verdi, Puccini, Dvorak operas coming up

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POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas will begin their eighth season of Met: Live in HD broadcasts next month at the Roxy Theater, 20 Main St.

The 10-production series features live transmissions beamed from the Metropolitan Opera stage via robotic cameras placed around and behind the stage. Intermission features and English subtitles again will bring the stories to life.

All productions will be shown on Saturdays at the Roxy. There also will be encore presentations on Sundays.

Once again, two of SUNY Potsdam’s alumnae will take the Met stage in starring roles. Star soprano Renée Fleming, class of ’81, will appear in one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvorák’s “Rusalka,” on Feb. 8. Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, class of ’92, will sing the role of the sharp-tongued Mistress Quickly in Verdi’s “Falstaff” on Dec. 14.

The series opener, Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” stars Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala in a new production. The series also includes an innovative production of Shostakovich’s “The Nose,” starring Paulo Szot, on Oct. 26. Puccini’s classic drama “Tosca” will feature Patricia Racette as the tempestuous title character and Robert Alagna as her devoted lover on Nov. 9.

Met Music Director James Levine will return to the podium to lead a new production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” on Dec. 14, starring Ambrogio Maestri in the iconic basso buffo title role, Angela Meade as Alice Ford and Ms. Blythe as Mistress Quickly.

Ms. Fleming will star as the lovelorn mermaid in Dvorák’s “Rusalka,” conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Feb. 8, followed by a new production of Borodin’s rarely heard epic “Prince Igor,” starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role on March 1.

Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch will lead a new staging of Massenet’s tragic romance “Werther” on March 15.

Puccini’s timeless love story “La Bohčme” will feature Vittorio Grigolo starring in Franco Zeffirelli’s immensely popular production on April 5.

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez will return to the Met stage in Rossini’s Cinderella story “La Cenerentola,” led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi on May 10.

Levine will conduct the first Live in HD performance of Mozart’s “Cosě fan Tutte” to close out the season on April 26.

The season schedule:

nTchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”: Live on Oct. 5 at 12:55 p.m., encore on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

nShostakovich’s “The Nose”: Live on Oct. 26 at 12:55 p.m., encore on Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

n Puccini’s “Tosca”: Live on Nov. 9 at 12:55 p.m., encore on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

n Verdi’s “Falstaff”: Live on Dec. 14 at 12:55 p.m., encore on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

n Dvorák’s “Rusalka”: Live on Feb. 8 at 12:55 p.m., encore on March 2 at 6:30 p.m.

n Borodin’s “Prince Igor”: Live on March 1 at noon, encore on March 9 at 6 p.m.

n Massenet’s “Werther”: Live on March 15 at 12:55 p.m., encore on April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

n Puccini’s “La Bohčme”: Live on April 5 at 12:55 p.m., encore on April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

n Mozart’s “Cosě fan Tutte”: Live on April 26 at 12:55 p.m., encore on May 4 at 6:30 p.m.

n Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”: Live on May 10 at 12:55 p.m., encore on May 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets, $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for college students and $9 for youth age 18 and under, are available by calling the Community Performance Series box office at 267-2277 or by visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

Opera fans also may reserve tickets online at www.cpspotsdam.org or www2.potsdam.edu/cps/eventpgs/methd.html.

Doors open a half-hour before show time, with immediate seating for advance ticket holders. For more information on the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season, visit the Metropolitan Opera website at www.metopera.org/hdlive.

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