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Live Met opera broadcast

"Tristan und Isolde," Wagner's great love story, marks the sixth in a series of eight performances that are being telecast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York via satellite into more than 350 movie theaters across the country.

The show will be aired live at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Tinseltown, Medford Center, Biddle Road, Medford.

A taped version of the broadcast will be shown at noon Sunday, March 23.

The Met breaks new ground with this transmission of "Tristan und Isolde," using live editing and multiple-frame effects.

During key dramatic moments in the opera, audiences in theaters worldwide will see between five and six frames on the screen, capturing close-ups, wide angles, and reaction shots — all at once and cued to the music.

Met Music Director James Levine conducts.

Deborah Voigt sings Isolde for the first time at the Met. Tristan will be played by Robert Dean Smith who will be making his Met debut.

The Finnish bass Matti Salminen portrays King Marke, the role of his 1981 Met debut, American mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung sings Brangäne, and German baritone Eike Wilm Schulte sings Kurwenal.

The discussion at intermission will include live backstage interviews hosted by soprano Susan Graham, who will speak with Salminen.

Met General Manager Peter Gelb will interview the telecast's director, Barbara Willis-Sweete, who also directed this season's telecast of "Hansel and Gretel."

During the second intermission, Met Technical Director Joseph Clark will host a time-lapse video presentation of the building of the "Tristan" sets. Jay Saks is audio producer.

Tickets are $22 for adults; $20 for seniors; and $15 for children. See www.metoperafamily.org/hdlive online.

Deborah Voigt as Isolde in Wagner's “Tristan und Isolde.” Photo by Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera