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The Met: Live in HD 2010-11 Season
Netrebko dazzles in Massenet's 'Manon' April 7

The 2011-12 season of the Met Opera Live in HD continues with the Met's new production of Jules Massenet's "Manon" at 9 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 7 at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street in Newport.

Anna Netrebko dazzles as "Manon" on April 7.Anna Netrebko’s dazzling portrayal of the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly’s new production travels to the Met from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Piotr Beczala and Paulo Szot also star, with the Met’s Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi on the podium. Run time is approximately three-and-three-quarter hours, with two intermissions.

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), OCCA members, season benefactors and individual opera hosts are proud to present this season. "Manon" is hosted by Patty Olmsted (see next column for more). Contact Catherine Rickbone to find out more about hosting an opera.

Download a synopsis at the OCCA website, you want more of the story, click here to visit the OCCA website and read a synopsis of "Manon" issued by the Met, or check out the video preview in the middle of the next column.

Tickets and information

Ticket prices are $20 for reserved general admission seating, $17 for seniors, and $10 for students. Casting for the performances is subject to change without notice; for the most current information, call the Newport Performing Arts Center box office at 888-701-7123 or 541-265-2787, or visit the Coast Arts website.

Next up: 'La Traviata' at 10am Apr. 14

Verdi's "La Traviata" concludes the 2011-12 Met Live in HD season.Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

This new production, showing at the PAC at 10 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 14 is hosted jointly by Lavern Weber and Pat Lewis. Run time is approximately three-and-a-quarter hours, with one intermission.

About your host
"I feel very fortunate to be able to experience opera up close and personal here at the Performing Arts Center," says "Manon" host Patty Olmsted. "I lived in Europe for 30 years and attended relatively few operas over that period of time. Though I enjoyed them, they were often difficult to understand, and were, of course, never in English. I was able to read about some of them before I saw them performed, but I still didn't understand many of the details or subtleties of the stories being told. I didn't get as much from each opera as I wished. For this reason I didn't take advantage of many of the operas that were available.
"When I moved to the Newport area recently, and discovered operas shown in HD from the Met right here at PAC, I was understandably excited," Olmsted continued. "What a wonderful treat to not only experience the opera on the big screen, but to read the subtitles while listening to the glorious music. The interviews with the performers during the intervals have been especially entertaining. I feel privileged to be living where grand opera has been brought to us."
– Patty Olmsted

See a video of Anna Netrebko performing a part of "Manon."
See video preview of "Manon" 
The Metropolitan Opera has added several lush video previews of the upcoming opera "Manon." View them here, at the Met Opera's website.
2012-13 Met Season Preview
• Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (New

• Verdi's Otello
• Ades's The Tempest
  (Met Premiere)

• Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito
• Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera
  (New Production)

• Verdi's Aida
• Berlioz's Les Troyens
• Donizetti's Maria Stuarda
  (Met Premiere)

• Verdi's Rigoletto
  (New Production)

• Wagner's Parsifal
  (New Production)

• Zandonai's Francesca di Rimini
• Handel's Giulio Cesare
  (New Production)

No dates have yet been set for performances at the Performing Arts Center. Stay tuned!
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The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation.
Global corporate sponsorship of The Met Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg.
The HD Broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers.

OCCA presentations of The Met: Live in HD series are sponsored by the Jeanette B. Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, and the City of Newport. 2011-12 Season Benefactors are Anonymous and Bill & JoAnn Barton. OCCA receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission and from the National Endowment of the Arts.