Due to renovations, Beacon Cinema dropping Met Live in HD series

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PITTSFIELD >> The Beacon Cinema says it will be unable to present the Live in HD broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera's 2016-17 season due to impending theater renovations.

"We recognize that these broadcasts are very important to a segment of our audience and we have been pleased to present them as part of our commitment to the community", said Beacon owner Richard Stanley in a news release.

"However, as we approached the final planning stages of converting our theaters to luxury reclining seating, we realized that it would be impossible for us to accommodate these broadcasts during construction. The distributor of the Met broadcasts requires that participating theaters take the full series, so we did not have the option of skipping some of the broadcasts during construction. It was an all or nothing deal."

The planned upgrade to reclining seats is expected to begin later this year and take approximately 12 weeks to complete. No decision has been made about future broadcasts although Stanley has held out the possibility that the Beacon might be able to show non-live encore performances of the series.

The upgrades are being supported in part through a five-year Tax Increment Financing agreement that was approved by a 7-2 margin in the City Council in May.

The Met Live in HD series will continue to be shown at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington and will be returning to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown after a two-year absence.

The series begins at noon on Oct. 8 with Marius Trelinski's new production of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" with Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan and Sir Simon Rattle conducting.

THE MET LIVE IN HD

• Oct. 8: Wagner — "Tristan und Isolde." Noon. (Encore — Oct. 19, noon)

• Oct. 22: Mozart — "Don Giovanni." 1 p.m. (Encore — Nov. 2, 1 p.m.)

• Dec. 10: Saariaho — "Amour de Loin." 1 p.m. (Encore — Dec. 21. 1 p.m.

• Jan. 7: Verdi — "Nabucco." 1 p.m. (Encore — Jan. 15, 1 p.m.)

• Jan. 21: Gounod — "Romeo et Juliette." 1 p.m. (Encore — Jan. 29, 1 p.m.

• Feb. 25: Dvor├ík — "Rusalka." 1 p.m. (Encore — March 1, 1 p.m.

• March 11: Verdi — "La Traviata." 1 p.m. (Encore — March 15, 1 p.m.

• March 25: Mozart — "Idomeneo." 1 p.m. (Encore — March 29, 1 p.m.

• April 22: Tchaikovsky — "Eugene Onegin." 1 p.m. (Encore — April 26, 1 p.m.

• May 13: R. Strauss "Der Rosenkavalier." 12:30 p.m. (Encore — May 17. 12:30 p.m.)


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