Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Summer Encores

Carmen, Il Trovatore, Il Barbiere di Siviglia , La Traviata

The University of South Carolina Beaufort  Center for the Arts will present four The Met: Live in HD Summer Encores on the Historic  Beaufort campus on Wednesdy(s)  at 1 PM beginning July 10 -  July 31.  The Met Encores will include: Carmen on July 10 , Il Trovatore on July 17, Il Barbiere di Siviglia  on July 24 ,  and LaTraviata July 31.

Carmen -  July 10 at 1 PM  Approximate Running Time 2:58

Richard Eyre’s hit production stars Elīna Garanča as the seductive gypsy of the title, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don José. Carmen "is about sex, violence, and racism—and its corollary: freedom," the director says about Bizet’s drama. "It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It's sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking."

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Production: Richard Eyre; Barbara Frittoli, Elīna Garanča, Roberto Alagna, Teddy Tahu Rhodes 

Original transmission: Saturday, January 16, 2010

Il Trovatore – July 17 at 1 PM  Approximate Running Time: 2:40

David McVicar’s stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama premiered at the Met in the 2008–09 season. This revival stars four extraordinary singers—Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky—in what might be the composer’s most melodically rich score.

Marco Armiliato; Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky           

Il Barbiere di Siviglia  July 24 at  1 PM Approximate Running Time: 2:57

One of the most beloved operatic comedies of all time, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is presented in a production by director Bartlett Sher. Superstar tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Count Almaviva is joined by American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Rosina and Peter Mattei in the title role of the swaggering barber.

Conductor: Benini; Production: Bartlett Sher; Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, John Relyea

Original transmission: March 24, 2007


La Traviata- July 31 at 1 PM  Approximate Running Time 2:28

Natalie Dessay stars as Verdi’s most beloved heroine in Willy Decker's stunning production, first seen at the Met in 2010. Matthew Polenzani is her lover, Alfredo, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings his stern father, Germont. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: Willy Decker; Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky 

Original transmission: April 14, 2012

General seating is available at the door on the day of the broadcast, or in advance by calling the Center for the Arts box office (843) 521-4145.  Ticket price $15  Visit for additional programming information.

Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by the Neubauer Family Foundation. The HD Broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers, America’s Luxury Home Building.

For additional information contact USCB Center for the Arts 843-521-4145 or   . 


The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system serving the southeast coast of Georgia and South Carolina. The university’s two campuses, located on the waterfront in historic Beaufort, S.C. and at the gateway to Hilton Head Island in Bluffton, S.C., serve a diverse student body of 1,700.  USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity. For more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort and its arts programs, please visit or call the Office of Advancement at 843-208-8240.

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