Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Metropolitan Opera Live on Screens in Cinemas

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW presents

the 2019/2020 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.
SEASON TICKET SPECIAL OFFER! $220 includes all 10 operas, a wine and cheese reception(after Manon on October 26) to kick off the season and a one-year OLLI membership.
Click "enroll yourself" to purchase ticket
or call 910.962.3195 (M-F, 8 - 5) to order to tickets by phone. 

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2019 - 2020 Season -


Met Live in HD Schedule for 2019-2020

Puccini’s Turandot

Saturday, Nov. 2

1 – 4:30 p.m.

Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the company. Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess, alongside tenor Yusif Eyvazov as the unknown prince vying for her love.



Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Saturday, Nov. 9

1 – 4:30 p.m.

Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns to cinemas, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes Andrea Carè as Pinkerton, Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.



Glass’s Akhnaten

Saturday, Nov. 23

1 – 5 p.m.

Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful Satyagraha by Philip Glass, returns to the Met with a new staging of Glass’s Akhnaten, conducted by Karen Kamensek in her Met debut. Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role of the Egyptian pharaoh who attempted to inspire his people to adopt a new religion, abandoning the worship of the old gods for that of a single deity. In her Met debut, J’Nai Bridges sings the role of Nefertiti, Akhnaten’s bride, and Dísella Lárusdóttir is Queen Tye, the pharaoh’s mother.

One of the staging’s distinctive visual features is provided by the Gandini Juggling Company, whose movements are perfectly choreographed with the orchestral score. This production of Akhnaten was originally created by LA Opera, Improbable and English National Opera, where it premiered, winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.  TICKETS


Massenet’s Manon

Saturday, Dec. 7

1 – 5:15 p.m.

Manon’s story - from innocent country girl to celebrated courtesan to destitute prisoner - is one of the great tragic tales in literature and music. Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score.


A reception for Season Ticket Holders will take place immediately after Manon. 


Berg’s Wozzeck

 Saturday, Jan. 11

1 – 3 p.m.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts William Kentridge’s new production of Alban Berg’s expressionistic masterpiece Wozzeck, regarded for its intense emotional power and brilliant score as one of the most significant operas of the 20th century. Composed during and in the aftermath of World War I, Berg’s dark exploration of a soldier besieged by the evils of society is staged by Kentridge in a ramshackle warren of stairs, ramps, discarded furniture and debris. His own theatrically animated charcoal drawings, along with other projected drawings, maps and film clips, evoke a nightmarish world of crashed planes, searchlights, ghostly gas masks and battlefields. Peter Mattei makes his role debut as Wozzeck opposite Elza van den Heever as Marie, the mother of his child. Singing the roles of Wozzeck’s tormentors are Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, Gerhard Siegel as the Captain, and Christian Van Horn as the Doctor. Andrew Staples makes his Met debut as Andres. Kentridge, who previously directed Berg’s Lulu and Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Met, unveiled the new production at the 2017 Salzburg Festival, where it received critical acclaim. Kentridge’s production is a co-production of the Met, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Australia and Salzburg Festival.  TICKETS

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

By George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

Saturday, Feb. 1

1 – 4:45 p.m.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time since 1990, in a new production directed by James Robinson in his company debut. America’s “folk opera,” as the 1935 creators described it, tells the story of disabled beggar Porgy, sung by Eric Owens, and his love for the drug-addicted Bess, portrayed by Angel Blue. David Robertson conducts a stellar cast that also includes Donovan Singletary as fisherman Jake, Golda Schultz as his wife Clara, Latonia Moore as the bereaved widow Serena, Frederick Ballentine as drug dealer Sportin’ Life, Alfred Walker as the brutal stevedore Crown, and Denyce Graves as Maria, town matriarch and operator of the local cook-shop. Infused with the timeless melodies of the much-loved classics “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin,” and “My Man’s Gone Now,” the new co-production with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera was hailed as a triumph at its premiere in London earlier this year. TICKETS

Porgy and Bess

Handel’s Agrippina

Saturday, Feb. 29

1 – 5:15 p.m.

In the Met’s first-ever performances of Agrippina, Handel’s satire of sex and power politics, Sir David McVicar reconceives a production he originally created for the Monnaie in Brussels in 2000, evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell but simply kept going, right up to the present. Holding a distorted mirror to contemporary society as Handel did when he staged this opera, the production presents the corrupt intrigues of the political classes, brought to life by Joyce DiDonato as the power-hungry empress Agrippina, Brenda Rae as the scheming, seductive Poppea, and Kate Lindsey as the feckless teenager Nerone. Iestyn Davies portrays the ambitious officer Ottone, and Matthew Rose is the emperor Claudius, on whose vacated throne Agrippina is determined to install her son. Renowned for his interpretations of the Baroque repertoire, Harry Bicket conducts. TICKETS

Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer

Saturday, March 14

1 – 3:45 p.m.

François Girard, whose mystical, blood-drenched vision for Wagner’s Parsifal became one of the Met’s most intensely visceral highlights in recent seasons, turns to another Wagnerian masterpiece, Der Fliegende Holländer, conducted by Valery Gergiev. For the first time at the Met, Sir Bryn Terfel sings the role of the mysterious Dutchman, condemned to roam the seas for eternity, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose love can set him free. In a nod to Senta’s obsession with a portrait of the legendary title seafarer, the Met stage is transformed into a colossal oil painting. Franz-Josef Selig portrays Senta’s father Daland, Sergey

Skorokhodov takes on the role of the huntsman Erik, David Portillo sings the Steersman, and Mihoko Fujimura is Senta’s nurse Mary. Der Fliegende Holländer is a co-production with L’Opéra de Québec and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam. TICKETS


Puccini’s Tosca

Saturday, April 11

1 – 4:20 p.m.

Sir David McVicar’s bold staging of Puccini’s operatic thriller returns to the Live in HD series after its acclaimed broadcast in 2017. This time, star soprano Anna Netrebko is the passionate title diva, opposite Brian Jagde as her lover, the idealistic painter Mario Cavaradossi. Michael Volle is the menacing Baron Scarpia, the evil chief of police. Bertrand de Billy conducts the electrifying score, which features some of Puccini’s most memorable melodies. TICKETS

Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda

Saturday, May 23*

1 - 4:15 p.m.


Donizetti’s drama, focused on the political and personal rivalry between two queens, returns to the Met with Diana Damrau as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, and Jamie Barton as her rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Stephen Costello sings the role of Mary’s lover, Leicester; Andrzej Filończyk is the chancellor Cecil; and Michele Pertusi sings the Earl Talbot. Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar’s sweeping production. TICKETS

Maria Stuarda


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.