The Warner Announces The 2018-2019 Met Opera: Live In HD Season
The Warner Theatre has announced the 2018-19 Met Opera: Live in HD Season, featuring 10 Saturday matinee simulcasts in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre. This year's Season is sponsored by Viron Rondo Osteria and will include 4 new productions and starry revivals featuring the world's leading artists. Yannick Nézet-Séguin has been announced as the Met's Music Director for the start of the season, conducting La Traviata and Dialogues des Carmelités. Due to a scheduling conflict, La Traviata will be shown as an encore presentation. A complimentary 45 minute pre-opera lecture will be offered in the Studio Theatre Lobby two hours before each broadcast, sponsored by Mitchell Auto Group.
The season opens with Verdi's AIDA on October 6, followed by Saint-Saëns's SAMSON ET DALILA on October 20, Puccini's LA FANCIULLA WEST on October 27, Muhly's MARNIE on November 10, Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on December 29 (encore presentation), Cilea's ADRIANA LECOUVREUR on January 12, Bizet's CARMEN on February 2, Donizetti's LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT on March 2, Wagner's DIE WALKÜRE on April 14 and closes with Poulenc's DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES on May 11.
Full and Half-Season Subscriptions are available. Become a member of the Warner Theatre Opera Guild and reserve seats for the upcoming 2018-19 Season before the public! To purchase a subscription or to buy tickets, call 860-489-7180. Tickets go on sale to the General Public July 18.
The 2018-19 Met Opera: Live in HD Season is sponsored by Viron Rondo Osteria. The 2018-19 Met Opera Lecture Series is sponsored by Mitchell Auto Group.
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.