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The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera’s Live in HD se­ries

Santa Feans gen­er­ally think of the opera sea­son as be­gin­ning at the top of July, but since the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera’s Live in HD se­ries has be­come a part of our lives, the sea­son be­gins both then and now. Ten of the Met’s pro­duc­tions will be wing­ing their way in real time (with some re­peated in evening “en­core screen­ings”) to cine­mas around the world. At the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter they ar­rive on Satur­day morn­ings, usu­ally at 11 a.m. but an hour or half hour ear­lier in the case of es­pe­cially long works. One of the most dis­cussed of­fer­ings in the se­ries will be broad­cast Satur­day, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. (with no en­core screening): Wag­ner’s Tris­tan

und Isolde, in a new pro­duc­tion di­rected by Mar­iusz Tre­lin´ski and con­ducted by Si­mon Rat­tle, star­ring Nina Stemme and Stu­art Skel­ton as the doomed lovers and René Pape as King Marke.

Among other sea­son high­lights: Kaija Saari­aho’s L’amour de loin, which was given its Amer­i­can pre­miere by Santa Fe Opera in 2002, now with Su­sanna Phillips in the lead­ing part (Dec. 10); Gounod’s Roméo et Juli­ette, re­called from Santa Fe’s most re­cent sum­mer, in a new Met pro­duc­tion not set in the Amer­i­can Civil War (been there, done that) but rather as an 18th-cen­tury cos­tume drama star­ring so­prano Diana Dam­rau and tenor Vit­to­rio Grigolo, with bari­tone El­liot Madore repris­ing the role of Mer­cu­tio, which he sang here over the sum­mer (Jan. 21); Dvorˇák’s

Rusalka, in a new pro­duc­tion with so­prano Kris­tine Opo­lais in the ti­tle role (Feb. 25); Tchaikovsky’s Eu­gene One­gin, star­ring the revered Dmitri Hvoros­tovsky in the great­est bari­tone role of Rus­sian opera, along with the Met’s house so­prano, Anna Ne­tre­bko (April 22); and Strauss’ Der

Rosenkava­lier in a new pro­duc­tion fea­tur­ing, as the Marschallin, Renée Flem­ing, ap­proach­ing the end of her stage ca­reer, along with Elˉïna Garancˇa as Octavian and Erin Mor­ley as So­phie (May 13). Tick­ets are $22 to $28; the Len­sic is at 211 W. San Fran­cisco St. Call 505-988-1234 or visit www.tick­etssantafe.org.

If broad­cast opera is your bag, you should also mark your cal­en­dar for Sun­days at 11:15 a.m., when ev­ery week or two (more or less) The Screen, on the Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign cam­pus, shows pro­duc­tions of op­eras and a few bal­lets from lead­ing in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. Com­ing up in the ro­ta­tion are Fide­lio from the Salzburg Fes­ti­val, with Adri­anne Piec­zonka and Jonas Kauf­mann (Oct. 16); Norma, from the Royal Opera, Covent Gar­den, with Sonya Yoncheva, So­nia Ganassi, and Joseph Calleja (Oct. 30); and Shostakovich’s The Golden Age, with the prin­ci­pals, soloists, and corps of the Bol­shoi Bal­let (Nov. 6). The Screen is at 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. Tick­ets are $20, with var­i­ous dis­counts ap­pli­ca­ble; call 505-473-6494. Keep an eye on the “Com­ing Soon” page at www.the­screensf.com. — James M. Keller

Stu­art Skel­ton and Nina Stemme in Tris­tan und Isolde

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