For those who may not have the chance to see the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, now the opera house is coming to Hall County — at least, live on the big screen.
The Met’s Live in HD series, now in its second year, kicks off this weekend with "Romeo et Juliette," which will be broadcast live at Hollywood Cinemas in Gainesville.
"Romeo et Juliette" will be shown live at 1 p.m., and there will be an encore performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The opera, composed by Charles Gounod, is an ultrasensual interpretation of Shakespeare’s play and is an ideal vehicle for star soprano Anna Netrebko, in her role of Juliette, according to www.metoperafamily.org.
Nathan Gunn plays Mercutio; Placido Domingo is the conductor.
"Romeo et Juliette" will run three hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.
This is the first of eight operas to be shown at the Hollywood Cinemas, which include "Hansel and Gretel," "Macbeth," "Manon Lescaut," "Peter Grimes," "Tristan and Isolde," "La Bohème" and "La Fille du Régiment." The next performance, "Hansel and Gretel," will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 1.
Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Tickets can be purchased online at NCM Fathom, in person at Hollywood Cinemas in Gainesville or by calling the Met at 800-638-6737.
Hollywood Cinemas is located at 120 Green Hill Circle in Gainesville.