Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Metropolitan Opera Live on Screens in Cinemas

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW presents

the 2018-19 season of Met Opera Live in HD,

the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions.

UNCW Fisher Student Center

Lumina Theater

It features 10 productions and live interviews with cast, crew, production and other behind-the-scenes extras.
Shows are subtitled in English, and include a guest lecture 45 minutes prior to the broadcast. Distinguished guest speakers include local opera lover Jerry Nolan, as well as UNCW Department of Music professors Nancy King, Barry Salwen, and Helena Spencer.
All operas are broadcast live, unless noted as "encore" which means it is recorded live and rebroadcast.
Individual Tickets: $20 OLLI members, $24 nonmembers.

OLLI at UNCW: Met Live in HD from UNCW Ofc of Univ Relations on Vimeo.

2018 - 2019 Season -


La Fanciulla del West

Giacomo Puccini

Oct. 27

1 - 4:45 p.m.

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings 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 Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings Dick Johnson in Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" in the Metropolitan Opera's HD transmission.


Nico Muhly/Libretto Nicholas Wright

Nov. 10 at 1 - 4:20 p.m.

Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based on Winston Graham’s novel, which in turn inspired Alfred Hitchock’s suspenseful thriller, has its U.S. premiere at the Met this season. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role opposite Christopher Maltman as her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland, Iestyn Davies as his brother Terry, Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Marnie’s mother. Robert Spano makes his company debut conducting.

Marnie is a co-commission and co-production with English National Opera, where the production premiered in 2017.

Chrsitopher Maltman as Mark Rutland and Isabel Leonard in the title role of Nico Muhly's "Marnie."  Photo: Vincent Peters / Met Opera


Giuseppe Verdi

Nov. 17

1 - 5 p.m.

In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival Amneris. Aleksandrs Antonenko is the warrior Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

Soprano Anna Netrebko (pictured above in Verdi's "Il Trovatore") sings the title role in Verdi's "Aida." Photo: Marty Sohl/Met Opera

Samson et Dalila

Camille Saint-Saëns

Dec. 1 (encore)

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award–winning director of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

Elīna Garanča as Dalila and Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns' "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Vincent Peters/Met Opera

Adriana Lecouvreur

Francesco Cilea

Jan. 12

1 - 5 p.m.

For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections; Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet, Adriana’s faithful friend; and Carlo Bosi as the duplicitous Abbé.

Anna Netrebko in the title role of "Adriana Lecouvreur". Photo: Vincent Peters/Met Opera


Georges Bizet

Feb. 2

1 - 4:45 p.m.

Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire.

Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen"  Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

La Fille du Régiment

Gaetano Donizetti

NEW DATE!!! May 4

1 - 4 p.m.

Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage. Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.

La Fille du Régiment is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna.

Soprano Pretty Yende sings Marie in Donizetti's "La Fille du Régiment"

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

Mar. 23  (encore)

1 - 4:30 p.m.

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont.

Juan Diego Flórez (pictured above in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia") sings the role of Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Die Walküre 

Richard Wagner

April 13 (encore)

1 - 6:20 p.m.

The second installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle, Die Walküre, stars heroic soprano Christine Goerke as the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, whose encounter with the mortal twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, sung by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, leads her on a journey from Valhalla to earthbound humanity. Philippe Jordan conducts.

Soprano Christine Goerke sings Brünnhilde in Wagner's "Die Walküre"  Photo: Vincent Peters/ Met Opera

Dialogues des Carmélites 

Francis Poulenc

May 18 (encore)

1 - 4:30 p.m.


Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.

Isabel Leonard as Blanche de la Force in Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmélites." Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera

About The Met: Live in HD

The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries, makes the Met the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content and the only arts institution with an ongoing global series of this scale. When the series launched in 2006, the Met was the first arts company to experiment with alternative cinema content. Since then, the program has grown every season, with more than 24 million tickets sold to-date.

The Met: Live in HD series has increased accessibility to Met performances for audiences around the world. Met stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams and introducing popular behind-the-scenes features.