ROCKLAND — The 2021-2022 season of Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts from New York City’s Lincoln Center to movie theaters across the globe continues with Aucoin’s “Eurydice.” Presentations at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., are Saturday, Dec. 11, and Tuesday, Dec. 21. Both shows are at 1 p.m. Due to a scheduling conflict with Eurydice’s live transmission time on Dec. 4, both Strand shows will be encore presentations.

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. Brilliant American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story—a product of the Met’s commissioning program. With a libretto by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the production, leading Aucoin’s evocative music and an immersive new staging by Mary Zimmerman. Soprano Erin Morley sings the title role, opposite baritone Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as his otherworldly alter-ego. Bass-baritone Nathan Berg is Eurydice’s father and fellow resident of the underworld, with tenor Barry Banks as Hades himself.

The Strand Theatre’s COVID-19 safety protocols for Met Opera performances include setting the auditorium capacity at 30%, or 100 seats per show; providing reserved seating with a buffer of empty seats around each group; and requiring all patrons and staff to wear masks for the duration of their stay. These protocols may be revised as local conditions change. Please refer to the Strand Theatre website or call (207) 594-0070 for more information.

The estimated run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission. Encore tickets: $23/adults; $15/Strand members; $5/students 18 and younger, and college students with ID. All tickets are for reserved seats, and are available at; by calling (207) 594-0070; or at the box office when the theater is open for shows, and one hour before each opera show time.

Barry Banks as Hades in Matthew Aucoin’s “Eurydice.” Photo by Marty Sohl / Met Opera