POTSDAM – The Met: Live in HD will return for the second show of the 2010-11 season with the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky's masterpiece, "Boris Godunov," starring German bass René Pape on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 31. The Russian epic follows a ruthless czar who murdered a child heir to the throne in order to ascend to power, and his struggles with guilt.
Directed by Stephen Wadsworth, the New York Times said the opera production "comes to life through the nuanced and affecting performances of the cast and chorus." Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky's epic spectacle that captures the suffering and ambition of a nation, with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Vladimir Ognovenko and Ekaterina Semenchuk leading the huge cast. Pape is singing the monumental title role for the first time at the Met in this production.
SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas sponsor the 2010-11 season of The Met: Live in HD. "Boris Godunov" will be screened live at noon Oct. 23, with an encore transmission at noon Oct. 31 at the Roxy Theatre. The expected running time of the opera is five hours.
Ticket prices are: $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.
Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Snell Music Theater.
You can also reserve tickets online by visiting www.cpspotsdam.org.