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.


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 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. 

  


Hamlet

Nov 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 

  


La Sylphide

Nov 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. 

  

 


The King and I

Dec 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.

 


La Bayadere

Jan 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. 

  

 


The Madness of George III

Jan 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. 

  


Carmen Suite/Petrushka

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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