Live Via Satellite at Highlands PAC

The Highlands Performing Arts Center presents Live via Satellite the MET Opera and the National Theatre of London.  

 January and February offer four productions.  At 12:55 P.M. Saturday, January 13, the MET Opera will broadcast “The Opera House,” a new documentary. This film by multiple Emmy Award–winning filmmaker Susan Froemke surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. 

On Saturday, January 20, at 1:00 P.M. the National Theatre will present “Follies.”  “Follies” is a dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim performed for the first time on the National Theatre’s Olivier Stage.  The cast includes Imelda Staunton, who was recently on NT Live screens in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?;” Tracie Bennett; and Janie Dee. The production will also include a 21-piece orchestra.  It promises to be a visual and musical extravaganza, and we are delighted to be bringing it to a local audience.

On Saturday, January 27, at 12:55 P.M. the MET Opera will broadcast Puccini’s “Tosca.”  Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing.  Sonya Yoncheva stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo and Bryn Terfel.  James Levine conducts.

On Saturday, February 10, at noon The MET Opera presents Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”  Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.”  Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing.  Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

For those “in the know,” the MET will broadcast “La Boheme” on February 24, but it will be shown in Highlands on Saturday, March 17.

Beverly Wichman will host a pre-opera discussion 30 minutes before each MET Opera.  Tickets are available online at, at the door, or by calling (828) 526-9047.  Highlands Performing Arts Center, is located at 507 Chestnut Street.