Live in High Definition

About Live in High Definition

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, the Opera House is able to present live and captured live broadcasts of productions from theatres around world. This series includes theatre productions from Broadway, from London's National Theatre, and from world tours, as well as unique one-time only features such as live broadcasts of radio shows such as NPR's "Wait, Wait! ... Don't Tell Me" and "This American Life."

Assistive listening headsets are available for use with all Live in HD Series events.  Simply ask any usher or Opera House staff member.  Headset funding provided by Robert & Marilyn Maytum, the Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions Club, and by a grant from Theatre Development Fund's TAP Plus program in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts.

What are HD productions like??

Here is a short clip from London's National Theatre illustrating what National Theatre Live is.  All our Live in HD productions are similar in nature, whether they are ballet from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet, opera from NYC's Metropolitan Opera or theatre from London's National Theatre or Kenneth Branagh Theatre Co.


Coppelia

Jun 23 2018 - 1:00pm
Captured live via satellite from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet

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

Swanhilda notices that her fiancé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppelia, who sits reading on her balcony each day.  But Coppelia, nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, is not what she seems; and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson.

The Bolshoi's unique version of Coppelia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancé with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. 

The company's stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous "dance of the hours," and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

The ballet runs two hours, 45 minutes. 

  

 


An American in Paris

Sep 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. 

 


King Lear

Oct 18 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. 

  


The Madness of George III

Jan 10 2019 - 7:31pm
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. 

  


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