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The Met: Live in HD Continues at the Warner With Dvorak's RUSALKA Today

The Met: Live in HD Continues at the Warner With Dvorak's RUSALKA Today

The Met: Live in HD continues today, February 8 at 1pm in the Warner's Nancy Marine Studio Theatre with Dvorak's Rusalka.

The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting "Song to the Moon" in Dvorák's soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Jezibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin is on the podium.

A pre broadcast lecture by Jeffrey Engel begins at 11am. Tickets are $27.00, $25.00 for seniors, $16.00 for children. Students with ID can purchase a ticket for $20.00 day of show. Call the Warner box office at 860-489-7180 or buy online at www.warnertheatre.org.

Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as "Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre." Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat Studio Theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA's mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region.

To learn more about the Warner Theatre, visit www.warnertheatre.org.

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