Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Live in High Definition’ Series Continues with Hansel and Gretel Jan. 1

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2007-2008 Live in High Definition performance series will continue on Tuesday, January 1, at 1 p.m. at the Lehman College Lovinger Theatre with a performance of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required.

Hosted by the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, the series is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s efforts to increase music and art education in schools, and to make opera accessible to communities throughout the country. The Lovinger Theatre is the official Bronx site for the program, which is broadcast via satellite.

Hansel and Gretel, a new English-language production by Richard Jones, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, stars Christine Schäfer and Alice Coote. Other performances in this series include Verdi’s Macbeth on January 12 at 1:30 p.m.; Puccini’s Manon Lescaut on February 16 at 1 p.m.; Britten’s Peter Grimes on March 15 at 1:30 p.m.; Puccini’s La Bohème on April 5 at 1:30 p.m.; and Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment on April 26 at 1:30 p.m.

Founded in 2003 as part of the Bronx New Century High School Initiative/New Visions for Public Schools, the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music combines a rigorous academic program with high-quality music instruction, which the students receive with assistance from the Lehman College Music Department.

A senior college of the City University of New York, Lehman is located at Goulden Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard in the northwest Bronx and is accessible by bus as well as the #4 and “D” subway lines. Free attended parking is also available. For ticket information, call the Lehman Stages Box Office at 718-960-8025.


Contact: Yeara Milton/ 718-960-7963