Live Via Satellite Series

The Highlands Performing Arts Center has unveiled the 2017-18 Season for the Live via Satellite Series, featuring the MET Opera and the National Theatre
of London.  

The MET Opera offers two operas in October.  At 12:55 P.M. Saturday, October 7, we’ll present “Norma” by Vincenzo Bellini.  This new production of Bellini’s masterpiece stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa – a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts.  Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” will be staged at 12:55 P.M. Saturday, October 14.  Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length, magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.

Before each opera there will be a pre-opera discussion led by Beverly Wichman beginning at 12:30 P.M.

The National Theatre of London also will present two theatrical screenings in October.  Billie Piper returns to her Olivier-winning role in “Yerma” at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 21. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child, in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it “shatteringly powerful” and “an extraordinary theatrical triumph.” Please note that the performance contains strobe lighting.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will be staged at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 28.  In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.  

Tickets are available at, at the door, or by calling (828) 526-9047.  Highlands Performing Arts Center is located at 507 Chestnut Street.