The Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy award-winning “The Met: Live in HD” series will opens its fifth season, featuring 12 live transmissions to theaters worldwide, Saturday, Oct. 9 with a new Ring. The series will be screened at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Two unparalleled artists, maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage, join forces to create a groundbreaking production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle for the Met. The cycle will launch with “Das Rheingold,” the prologue to Wagner’s epic drama.

“Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it’s a cosmos,” said Lepage, who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world’s greatest theatrical journey.

Bryn Terfel sings the leading role of Wotan for the first time with the company, heading an extraordinary cast that features Stephanie Blythe and Eric Owens in other leading roles. The Ring’s second installment, “Die Walküre,” will close season on May 14 with Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde and Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund, both in Met role debuts.

Season tickets to “The Met: Live in HD” transmissions at the Strand Theatre are $297, and individual seats are $27. Encore performances will take place Tuesdays at 1 p.m., 10 days after the live performance. Encore tickets are $23, general admission. For More information on “The Met Live in HD” at the Strand Theatre or to purchase tickets, call the box office, 594-0070, weekdays between noon and 4 p.m. or visit

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