BLUE HILL — Bagaduce Music and Friends of the Blue Hill Public Library will present a preview of Jules Massenet’s opera, “Manon” 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at 5 Parker Point Road. A live performance of the opera will be simulcast at The Grand in Ellsworth the following day from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
According to the Met’s website, “Exhilarating soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly’s revealing production. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet’s sensual score.”
Special guest opera enthusiasts Cathleen and Paul Bauschatz and Beth Brand, from the Collins Center Opera Outreach Committee, will summarize the plot, introduce the music and offer some ideas of special ways to enjoy the Saturday simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free. For more information, call the library at 207-374-5515.