Fredonia Opera House presents Il Trovatore

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Il Trovatore as part of its Live at the Met Summer Encore Series of operas on Thursday, at 7 p.m.

“We’re very excited to be presenting encore broadcasts of six of the Metropolitan Opera’s most highly acclaimed Live in HD transmissions this summer,” says Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis. “These productions offer a great way for opera buffs to relive some of the Met’s best-loved productions from the past few seasons. They also provide a great way for people unfamiliar with opera to give the genre a try.”

David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama premiered at the Met in the 2008-09 season. This revival stars four extraordinary singers – Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Alvarez and Dmitri Hvorostovsky – in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.

The opera’s immense popularity, with some 229 productions worldwide in the three years following its 1853 premiere, remains true today. It ranks 21st on the Operabase list of most performed operas worldwide in the past five years. Marco Armiliato conducts this production, which the New York Times calls “rousing, satisfying, truly fun.”

Live at the Met live opera broadcasts and Summer Encores screenings are made possible by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, who funded the purchase of the satellite transmission and projection equipment used in the series. Support for the series also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

Tickets to the Live at the Met Summer Encores Series operas are $15 and are available in advance by calling or visiting the Box Office at 716-679-1891 Tuesday Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org. The Series continues with Rossini’s Armida on July 11; Verdi’s La Traviata on July 18; Puccini’s Turandot on July 25; and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia on Aug. 8.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.