Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Metropolitan Opera Live on Screens in Cinemas

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCW presents

the 2017-18 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.
All performances this season are live broadcasts in high-definition.
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.
Individual Tickets: $20 OLLI members, $24 nonmembers
SEASON TICKET SPECIAL OFFER! $220 includes all 10 operas, a wine and cheese reception to kick-off the season and one-year OLLI membership.

2017 - 2018 Season -


Saturday, Oct. 7

1 – 4:30 p.m.

The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago—making her one of the world’s leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Joyce DiDonato co-stars as Norma’s colleague and rival, Adalgisa, opposite Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Matthew Rose as Oroveso. Carlo Rizzi conducts and Sir David McVicar directs the new production.

Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Bellini's Norma

Die Zauberflöte

Saturday, Oct. 14

1 – 4:30 p.m.

Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina with Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher, and René Pape as Sarastro. This is the first time the full-length German opera will be seen in the series.

Markus Werba as Papageno in Mozart's

The Exterminating Angel

Saturday, Nov. 18

1 – 4:00 p.m.

The Exterminating Angel has its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Directed by the librettist Tom Cairns, the ensemble cast features Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar; Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile; Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila and Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, both in Met debuts; Alice Coote as Leonora Palma; Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado; Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila; Joseph Kaiser as Edundo de Nobile; Frédéric Antoun in his Met debut as Raúl Yebenes; David Portillo as Edmundo; David Adam Moore in his Met debut as Col. Álvaro Gómez; Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc; Kevin Burdette as Señor Russell; Christian Van Horn as Julio; and John Tomlinson as Dr Carlos Conde.

A scene from Tom Cairn's new production of Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel.


Saturday, Jan. 27

1 – 4:20 p.m.

The Met presents a new staging of Puccini’s dramatic tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar. Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel as the villainous Scarpia.

Kristine Opolais in the title role of Puccini's

L’Elisir d’Amore

Saturday, Feb. 10

12 – 3:00 p.m.

Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.

Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”

La Bohème

Saturday, Feb. 24

12:30 – 3:45 p.m.

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato.

Susanna Phillips as Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème.


Saturday, Mar. 10

1 – 5 p.m.

Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character in Semiramide. Rossini’s opera, which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years, will be conducted by Maurizio Benini and feature Elizabeth DeShong as the Commander of the Assyrian army Arsace, Javier Camarena as an Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as the prince Assur, and Ryan Speedo Green as the high priest Oroe.

Angela Meade seen here in the title role of Bellini’s Norma will sing the title character in Rossini's Semiramide in the 2017-18 season.

Così fan tutte

Saturday, Mar. 31

1 – 5 p.m.

Phelim McDermott returns to the Met staging Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte, led by David Robertson. Set in the 1950s on Coney Island, the cast features Amanda Majeski as the conflicted Fiordiligi; Serena Malfi as her sister, Dorabella; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the sisters’ fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Christopher Maltman as the cynical Don Alfonso.

A scene from Phelim McDermott's new production of Mozart'sCosì fan tutte .

Luisa Miller

Saturday, April 14

12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Met presents Luisa Miller, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006. Starring Sonya Yoncheva as a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness, attempting to save her father’s life. The cast also stars Plácido Domingo as Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.

Placido Domingo, seen here as Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata , will sing Miller in Verdi's Luisa Miller


Saturday, April 28

1 – 4:15 p.m.

Massenet’s enchanting opera Cendrillon, based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment and Massenet’s Manon. Joyce DiDonato adds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Coote as Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blythe as the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kim as the Fée, and Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera.

Joyce DiDonato in the title role of Laurent Pelly's new production of Massenet's Cendrillon .