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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7:30pm
Far From the TreeFar From the TreePlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from London's West End

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

An American GI's chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer leads Paris to become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war.

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the "City of Light."  Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, stunning designs and show-stopping choreography, and with a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris was captured live in performance during its West End run for exclusive screenings in cinemas throughout the US.

Experience this "old-fashioned, big-hearted spare-no-expense Broadway romance!" (Wall Street Journal)

The production runs two hours, 40 minutes. 

 


Saturday, September 29, 2018
7:30pm
Christopher RobinChristopher Robin

In this heatwarming live action adventure, the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and loveable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

“Sometimes the timing of a good story is everything, and this particular story comes at a time when the world at large needs a little more hope, a little more innocence and a lot more Pooh.” - Dallas Morning News.

“See the movie, and take the time to think, think, think with your loved ones.” - Arizona Republic.

“Movies about saying goodbye to childhood friends, and finding them again, work on our emotional defenses like nothing else.” - Chicago Tribune. 

Rated PG for some action, 104 mins.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018
7:30pm
Christopher RobinChristopher RobinPlease see the previous entry for more information about this film.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
7:30pm
Part of Freedonia Marxonia

FREE General Admission

The State University of New York at Fredonia's annual Freedonia Marxonia festival presents the 1932 comedy Horse Feathers.

The film stars the four Marx Brothers - Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo.  Groucho plays the scheming president of Huxley College, Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, who plans to make the school's football team a winner.  Harpo and Chico are mistakenly recruited as professionals to play on the team for the big game against rival Darwin U.  Zeppo is Frank Wagstaff, son of the college president.

Elements of the era are depicted in the film, such as Prohibition, a speakeasy, and bootleg liquor.  Actress Thelma Todd has the featured female role of Connie Bailey, the "college widow," a term of the time for a woman who remains near a college after graduation in order to associate with college men.  Jokes are made about the amateur status of college football players and how eligibility rules are stretched by schools - a reference that remains relevant today.

Horse Feathers is the Marx Brothers' fourth feature motion picture. The original review by The New York Times stated the movie "...aroused riotous laughter from those who packed the theatre for this first performance. Some of the fun is even more reprehensible than the doings of these clowns in previous films, but there is no denying that their antics and their patter is helped along by originality and ready wit."  It is listed as No. 65 on the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 funniest movies in American cinema, "100 Years ... 100 Laughs."

This screening will present the recently remastered version of Horse Feathers. Unrated, the film runs 67 minutes. 

The evening will include prizes, as well!

The Freedonia Marxonia festival, created by a student at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1987, celebrates the Marx Brothers and their 1933 movie Duck Soup, set in the fictional country of "Freedonia."

Freedonia Marxonia is supported through the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation. 

 


Friday, October 5, 2018
7:30pm
Part of Freedonia Marxonia

General Admission - Pay What You Will to benefit the 1891 Fredonia Opera House

As part of the State University of New York at Fredonia's annual Freedonia Marxonia celebration, and with support from an anonymous donor, actor/writer/director Frank Ferrante brings his acclaimed show An Evening with Groucho to the Fredonia Opera House.

Described by The New York Times as "the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx's material,"  Ferrante also has been called "the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines as they were intended," by Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera co-author Morris Ryskind.

Discovered by Groucho's son Arthur when Ferrante was a drama student at the University of Southern California, Ferrante originated the off-Broadway title role in Groucho: A Life in Revue (written by Arthur), portraying the comedian from age 15 to 85.

For this role, Ferrante earned New York's Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle nomination.  He reprised the role in London's West End and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Comedy Performance of the Year. 

Ferrante also played the Groucho role in the off-Broadway revival of The Cocoanuts and has played Captain Spalding in several productions of Animal Crackers, winning a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his portrayal at Goodspeed Opera House and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his performance in Washington, D.C, at Arena Stage.  In Boston, he played the Huntington Theatre in its record-breaking run of Animal Crackers and landed on the cover of American Theatre magazine.

He has now performed as Groucho more than 2,500 times in more than 400 cities worldwide.  Recently, he toured An Evening with Groucho in Australia playing 35 cities as well as in extended runs at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. 

Ferrante directed and played the lead role, Pseudolus, in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre, receiving rave reviews and acknowledgement in the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten performances in the country for 2017.

Other regional roles include Max Prince in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor (which he also directed); George S. Kaufman in By George (which he wrote); Oscar in The Odd Couple; and leads in The Sunshine Boys, Lady in the Dark and Anything Goes. He has performed more than 1,200 performances as the comic Latin lover Caesar in the cirque show Teatro ZinZanni in Seattle, San Francisco and Amsterdam.  On television, Ferrante played a speaking mime on Rob Corddry's Emmy Award-winning comedy Children's Hospital, and can be heard as the voice of Lyman, Odie's first owner, on the animated series Garfield, and on SpongeBob SquarePants as Patrick's boss. Additionally, he stars in the web series Caesar's World now viewable on Funny or Die.

Ferrante has directed M*A*S*H star Jamie Farr in the Kaufman & Hart comedy George Washington Slept Here and revivals of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound and Lost in Yonkers.  He directed and developed the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Old Wicked Songs and brought Groucho: A Life in Revue to PBS as director, producer and actor.

Ferrante also was a question on the TV program Jeopardy: "He took his portrayal of Groucho Marx to New York in 1986."  The answer: "Who is Frank Ferrante?"

An Evening with Groucho is presented with support from an anonymous donor.  Pay What You Will admission is at the door to benefit the Fredonia Opera House.  Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 716-679-1891. 

Freedonia Marxonia is supported through the Hahn Family Freedonia Marxonia Fund of the Fredonia College Foundation.

 


Saturday, October 6, 2018
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $175 Live at the Met Subscription, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Aida at the Met in this kick-off to the Live at the Met season. 

Mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili is her formidable rival Amneris with Aleksandrs Antonenko as the warrior Radames in Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece.

This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists.

Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike. 

Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met's monumental production, which runs three hours, 56 minutes, with two intermissions. 

  

 


Saturday, October 20, 2018
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

When mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera in the title roles of Camille Saint-Saens’ biblical epic Samson et Dalila.

Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimelech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew.

Darko Tresnjak, the 2014 Tony Award-winning director of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies in this, the first new Met production of Samson et Dalila in 20 years. 

Sir Mark Elder conducts this production, which runs three hours, 29 minutes, with two intermissions. 

 


7:30pm

Admission by Goodwill Donation ($20 Suggested Donation)
Opera House Rental Event to Benefit EAR Scholarship

Dan Berggren returns to his folk music and radio roots, singing fresh acoustic folk music based in mountain tradition and enviro-awareness.

Songs about life, love, and hard-working people taking care of our planet and each other are all woven together with humor and stories of community.

The concert benefits the State University of New York at Fredonia's Communication Department EAR Scholarship (Excellence in Audio & Radio).

Admission is by donation at the door (suggested donation is $20). 

 


Thursday, October 25, 2018
7:00pm

Starring Ian McKellen

Broadcast live via satellite from London's West End

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

The Chitester Festival Theatre's production of King Lear, starring Ian McKellen, received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  The Independent called McKellen's performance in the title role an "extraordinarily moving portrayal."

Jonathan Munby directs this "nuanced and powerful" (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two aging fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

With a rating equivalent to PG-13, the production runs approximately three hours, 40 minutes. 

  


Saturday, October 27, 2018
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Giacomo Puccini's gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson.  Baritone Zeljko Lucic is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance.

Puccini’s “American” opera, based on David Belasco’s play The Girl of the Golden West, had its glamorous and highly publicized 1910 world premiere at the Metropolitan Opera, with the composer in the audience.

The drama is set during the California Gold Rush, and the girl of the title is one of Puccini’s most appealing heroines - a strong, independent woman determined to win the man she loves.  Although it fell out of favor with audiences for a few decades following its original success, La Fanciulla del West has rebounded in popularity in recent years and is now counted among Puccini’s best works. 

Marco Armiliato conducts this production, which runs three hours, 42 minutes, with two intermissions. 

  


Friday, November 2, 2018
7:30pm
Tammy Pescatelli Presents ... Jeffrey Jena

General Admission $20, $18 (Opera House members), $10 (Students)

At a time when a lot of guys his age are winding down their careers, Jeffrey Jena is finding his second wind. At a time when a lot of guys in their early 60s are going to their kid's college graduations, he is coaching his son's 8th grade golf team!

In the 1980s and 1990s, Jena was one of the premier comics on television and the comedy club circuit. Over the past decade, he has established himself as one of the country's top corporate and cruise entertainers.  "My audience," he says, "has moved from smoke-filled clubs to sleek cruise ships and private events.  I just followed them."  And, they have responded!

At recent events he received high praise and standing ovations for his blend of one liners, storytelling and touching personal tales.  His act is focused on family and coming to fatherhood later in life. Both he and his wife were well into their 40s when their son Miles arrived. "If you want the whole story behind that," Jena teases, "you gotta see the show!"

In his years as a stand-up comic, Jena appeared on more than 40 national television shows, including Comics Unleashed, The Bob and Tom Show, The Dennis Miller Show, Evening at the Improv, NBC Friday Night and on the Showtime Comedy Club Network.

As an actor, he has been seen on Murder She Wrote, Hunter, appeared in shows with Jenny McCarthy and Weird Al Yankovic and in several films including Raising the Dead with Allison Eastwood.

He has opened for artists as varied as Barry Manilow, Jeffrey Osborne, The Temptations, Delbert McClintock and Englebert Humperdink.  He also has written material for a wide variety of comedians including Ron White and Marty Allen.  A frequent guest on the Bob and Tom nationally syndicated radio show and the Mark Germain Talk Show in Los Angeles, he also is one of the most requested and played comedy artists on Sirius/XM satellite radio. He recently taped a special for VidAngel's Dry Bar Comedy series and which can be downloaded on its streaming service.

As one of the top comedy instructors in the country, Jena's students are working on television and in clubs across America. Former students include Bob and Tom Show regular Patrick Keane, NBC Last Comic Standing winner Dat Phan, and David Waite who has appeared on the Comedy Central network.  

 


Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:00pm

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

ENCORE screening of 2015 broadcast ... captured live via satellite from London's National Theatre

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. 

As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

"Benedict Cumberbatch is a blazing five-star Hamlet!" ... Daily Telegraph 

"This is a Hamlet for a world on the edge: a warning from history, and a plea for new ideas from a new generation." ... Variety

"One of the most visually and atmospherically stunning productions I’ve ever seen, of anything, ever." ... Time Out 

  


Friday, November 9, 2018
7:30pm
General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students/Children
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

 
Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

For more than forty years, Staines has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, he became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge.

Staines quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was "simply Boston's best performer," Staines has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving more than 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, "He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic."

Over the decades, you have heard Staines singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, HBO's award winning series Deadwood, and Public Radio's Mountain Stage. Additionally, his music has been used in a number of films including Off and Running, with Cyndi Lauper, and The Return of the Secaucus Seven, John Sayles' debut as a writer-director.

In 1975, Staines won the National Yodeling Championship in Kerrville Texas.  In the fall of 2015 Yankee Magazine, New England's premiere magazine, published its "80th Anniversary Issue."  In the issue, along with the likes of Stephen King and Katherine Hepburn, Staines was chosen as "One of the 80 gifts New England has given to America." 

"Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Staines continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities.

Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland. Iestyn Davies is Mark's brother Terry, with Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland; and acclaimed soprano Denyce Graves is Marnie's mother.

Robert Spano conducts this production, which runs three hours, 17 minutes, with one intermission. 


Thursday, November 15, 2018
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph.  Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love.

La Sylphide is one of the world's oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in Danish ballet master August Bournonville's style.  The ballet of the same name marks the start of dancing on pointe.  It is not fortuitous that it was in that ballet that the ballerina — Marie Taglioni, the first ballerina of the romantic era — was to rise on pointe, since the sylphide, after all, is a maiden of the air.

Staged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece. 

The ballet runs two hours, with one intermission. 

  

 


Thursday, December 6, 2018
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from London's Palladium

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event recorded live from London's iconic Palladium.

Making their West End debuts, Broadway's "undisputed Queen" (The Sunday Times) Kelli O'Hara reprises her Tony Award-winning performance as Anna Leonowens alongside Tony- and Oscar-nominated Ken Watanabe as the King of Siam. Also returning to her Tony Award-winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, this beloved musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to teach his many wives and children.

Boasting one of the finest scores ever written including Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall we Dance, and featuring a company of more than 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre - it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

"Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit” -- The Times

"We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!” -- Daily Mail

“Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture” -- The Telegraph

This production runs approximately three hours, with one intermission.

 


Saturday, December 15, 2018
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, in Giuseppe Verdi's beloved La Traviata.  Tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover.  Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

Verdi's La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities - and challenges.  Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons.

The production runs three hours, seven minutes, with two intermissions. 

 


Thursday, January 10, 2019
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from London's Nottingham Playhouse

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

In National Theatre Live's first-ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse comes the multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III.

Written by one of Britain's best-loved playwrights, Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall) in the title role and Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs Downstairs).

It's 1786 and King Gorge III is the most powerful man in the world.  But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy.  With the King's mind unraveling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. 

With a rating equivalent to PG-13, the production runs approximately three hours, 30 minutes. 

  


Saturday, January 12, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on - for the first time at the Met - the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on- and offstage passion.

The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczala as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri.

Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where The Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”

The opera occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day, yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier - and lover - Maurice of Saxony.  Francesco Cilea's operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the production, which runs three hours, 33 minutes, with two intermissions. 

 


Thursday, January 31, 2019
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, igniting heated passions and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love.

La Bayadere is one of the greatest works in classical ballet history - a story of love, death and vengeful judgement, set in India.  Dazzling costumes and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the "Kingdom of the Shades," illuminate this tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya's doomed love for her warrior Solor, and their ultimate redemption. 

From its first performance, the ballet was universally hailed by critics as one of the French choreographer Marius Petipa's supreme masterpieces, particularly "The Kingdom of the Shades," which has become one of the most celebrated pieces in all of classical ballet.

As staged by the Bolshoi, one of the greatest ballet companies in the world, this is a must-see theatrical event.

The ballet runs three hours, 20 minutes with two intermissions. 

  

 


Saturday, February 2, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performance, with impassioned tenor Roberto Alagna who captivated audiences as her lover, Don José, in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world.

The production runs three hours, 21 minutes, with one intermission. 

 


Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks - including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis,” with its nine high Cs - in Gaetano Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment.

Maurizio Muraro is the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

This frothy comedy mixes humor with a rush of buoyant melody and notorious vocal challenges. The story concerns a young orphan girl raised by an army regiment as their mascot and begins at the moment of her first stirrings of love. Complications (and comedy) ensue when her true identity is discovered. The action is startlingly simple and unencumbered by intricate subplots, allowing the full charm of the characters and their virtuosic music to come across in an uninhibited way. 

This production runs two hours, 35 minutes, with one intermission. 

  


Friday, March 8, 2019
7:30pm
Tammy Pescatelli Presents ... Aaron Kleiber

General Admission $20, $18 (Opera House Members), $10 (Students)

Aaron Keibler has been entertaining his entire life - from climbing atop his grandmother's coffee table as a child, being voted class clown in high school to taling the stage at comedy clubs across North America today.

On the strength of his energizing, crowd-pleasing live performances, Kleiber has emerged as one of the most in-demand acts in stand up, touring alongside Bob Saget, Jim Breuer, Bert Kreischer, John Witherspoon, Josh Blue and Steve-O.  He has appeared on the #Deathsquad tour with Doug Benson, Tom Segura, Tony Hinchcliffe and Brian Redband as well as on the top-rated podcast Doug Loves Movies with Doung Benson and the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show.

He has opened for comedy greats Billy Gardell, Emo Phillips and Bobcat Goldthwait as well as one of his comedy idols, Sinbad.  Now, he is a bonafide headliner himself playing clubs all across the US and Canada. 

Kleiber made his nationally televised stand up debut on AXS-TV's Gotham Comedy Live in 2013; and his set was featured as part of its Best of the Season episode.  Named a Top 5 Finalist in the 2014 Big Sky Comedy Festival, he also has been named Best Comedian three times by Pittsburgh Magazine.

As an accomplished comedic actor, Kleiber can be seen in a guest-starring role on the Nickelodeon series Supah Ninjas.  He costarred in the film Help Me, Help You opposite Sabrina Bryan, appeared in the acclaimed drama Warrior starring Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte, and was featured in the original series The Mercury Men on the SYFY Network.  Seen as the face of the Pennsylvania Lottery as President Grover Cleveland, he also has appeared in numerous national and regional television commercials.

Kleiber studied improv comedy and writing at the legendary Second City in Chicago before having his first of three children.  A native of Pittsburgh, Kleiber has been a fixture in the city's booming comedy scene producing multiple shows monthly including the weekly Comedy Sauce showcase, the longest running independent comedy show in Pittsburgh, and StandUp GetDown, an original stand up comedy gameshow/party/competition now being booked all over the country.

He can be heard weekly on his hit podcast Grown Dad Business, chatting with other comedians and creatives about parenting, childhood and the comedy life. 


Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance.  Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. 

The second opera in Richard Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle, Die Walküre has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.

Philippe Jordan conducts this production, which runs four hours, 55 minutes, with two intermissions. 

 

 


Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:30pm

General Admission $17, $15 Opera House Members, $10 Students
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Monroe Crossing plays an average of 150 shows a year in intimate rooms, at major venues, and outdoor festivals. They are favorites among bluegrass connoisseurs and non-bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music!

Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds. When combined, their individual histories make for a very unique ensemble sound. Band members are:  Derek Johnson - guitar & lead vocals; Lisa Fuglie - fiddle, mandolin, guitar & lead vocals; Matt Thompson - mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals; Mark Anderson - bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson - banjo, dobro, harmonica & harmony vocals. Because they met through the music of Bill Monroe, they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003. In 2007, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. They have twice been selected to showcase at the annual “World of Bluegrass” convention hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and they have appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2016, Monroe Crossing had the honor of being the first Minnesota bluegrass band to ever perform in South Korea.

Monroe Crossing has recorded 15 CDs to date. Their latest release is entitled, "Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country." It is a collection of cover songs from the golden era of country music (1950s & '60s). Songs from George Jones, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are brought back to life with bluegrass instrumentation and that special Monroe Crossing vocal blend.

Whether playing traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, original bluegrass, or even songs outside the bluegrass genre, Monroe Crossing is one of the most active and most entertaining acts on the bluegrass scene today!  

Series Sponsored by The Gilman Family

 


Friday, April 26, 2019
7:30pm
Four-time Grammy Award Winner and Founding Member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

 

General Admission $30, $25 (Opera House Members), $15 (Students)
Folk in Fredonia Music Series 

McEuen and his unique cast of iconic Americana string wizards share the music and memories of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible 50-year career and its landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album, initiated by John.  With narrative and early NGDB music, McEuen takes us on the band's incredible journey interwoven with Nitty Gritty favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard early classics, and Carter Family music, all in a multimedia presentation that features archival footage.  Add to that new selections from his latest album, Made in Brooklyn.

McEuen helped found the NGDB in 1966.  In October of 2017, following the band's 50th anniversary tour, McEuen left the group to pursue his own tour dates and projects, which include this special multimedia concert.

In 1971, McEuen initiated what Rolling Stone called "the most important record to come out of Nashville" and what the 2004 ZAGAT survey called "the most important record in country music" - Will the Circle be Unbroken.  The platinum-selling album was inducted into the Library of Congress in 2004 and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011 as a historic recording.

In 1977, the NGDB became the first American band to tour the then Soviet Union.  With 28 sold out shows, the tour included a televised broadcast reaching 130 million people.  The band and its tour are featured in 2017's Free to Rock documentary about how American music helped bring down the Iron Curtain.

John McEuen and the String WizardsJohn McEuen and the String Wizards

McEuen is a four-time Grammy winner: in 2004 for Best Country Instrumental with special guests Earl Scruggs; in 2009 when Mr. Bojangles was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as a historic recording; in 2010 as producer for Steve Martin's Best Bluegrass Album The Crow, and 2011's Hall of Fame induction for Will the Circle be Unbroken.  He recently was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame; and Deering Banjos made a special "John McEuen" model in his honor.

McEuen has performed continually for more than five decades.  He has performed more than 9,500 concerts, and traveled more than 3 million miles to do it.  He has appeared on more than 300 television shows, both with NGDB and solo; recorded more than 40 albums that have earned four platinum and five gold recognitions; won Grammy, Country Music Association, American Country Music, and International Bluegrass Music Association awards; received an Emmy nomination; and performed as guest artist on 25 other noted artist's albums.

In all of this, he has influenced some of today's most acclaimed artists:  "I went to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in college at Gallagher Arena.  A bunch of guys in the dorm pooled our monies together and threw in an extra buck to pay one of the guys to sleep out for tickets.  We got front row seats!  We were having the time of our lives when during a fiddle solo, John McEuen leaped over the monitors and past the edge of that stage and landed in between John Mathiason and me.  McEuen never missed a lick of that solo!  THAT MOMENT is forever etched in my soul!" -- Garth Brooks, 2014

 


Saturday, May 11, 2019
12:00pm
Live via satellite from NYC's Metropolitan Opera

General Admission $20, $18 Opera House members, $10 Students, $175 Live at the Met Subscription, $142 Live at the Met Flex Subscription

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Francis Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom.  Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.

One of the most successful operas of the later decades of the 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is a rare case of a modern work that is equally esteemed by audiences and experts. The opera focuses on a young member of an order of Carmelite nuns, the aristocratic Blanche de la Force, who must overcome a pathological timidity in order to answer her life’s calling. The score reflects key aspects of its composer’s personality: Francis Poulenc was an urbane Parisian with a profound mystical dimension, and the opera addresses both the characters’ internal lives and their external realities.

The opera takes place between 1789 and 1794 in Paris and in the town of Compiègne in northeastern France, the site of the Carmelite nuns’ convent. Its historical basis is the martyrdom of a group of 16 Carmelite nuns and lay sisters from Compiègne, who chose to offer themselves as victims for the restoration of peace to France during the Revolution. 

The production runs three hours, nine minutes, with one intermission. 

  

 


Friday, May 24, 2019
7:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

General Admission $15, $10 Students, $116 Live in HD Flex Subscription

Carmen is as sensual and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle.

The passionate one-act ballet Carmen Suite by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug.

This double-bill production encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian ballet. 

The ballet runs two hours, 20 minutes with one intermission. 

  


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