ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre’s 2022-23 season of Metropolitan Opera simulcasts from New York City begins Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. with Cherubini’s “Medea.” An encore will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. This Met-premiere production stars soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role.

Having triumphed at the Met in some of the repertory’s fiercest soprano roles, Radvanovsky stars as the mythic sorceress who will stop at nothing in her quest for vengeance. Joining Radvanovsky in this production of Cherubini’s rarely performed masterpiece is tenor Matthew Polenzani as Medea’s Argonaut husband, Giasone; soprano Janai Brugger as her rival for his love, Glauce; bass Michele Pertusi as her father, Creonte, the King of Corinth; and mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova as Medea’s confidante, Neris. Carlo Rizzi conducts.

This season marks the Met’s 16th Live in HD season, its award-winning series of live high-definition transmissions to cinemas around the world. “The Met: Live in HD” series has increased accessibility to Met performances for audiences around the world. Met artists serve as hosts for the Live in HD series, providing background on the operas, introducing exciting behind-the-scenes features, and conducting live interviews with stars, crew and production teams.

This series is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Estimated running time is 3 hours 10 minutes, including one intermission. Tickets can be purchased online at; by calling the box office at (207) 594-0070; or at the walk-up box office when the theater is open for scheduled shows, as well as one hour prior to each opera showtime. Ticket prices for the live broadcasts are $27/adults; $25/Strand members; and $15/students, including college students with ID. Tickets for encore presentations are $23/adults; $15/Strand members; and $5/students, including college students with ID. There are 100 tickets available for each show, which will be sold as reserved seats. Masks are recommended for COVID safety but not required, except in the balcony. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main St.