ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre’s 2022-23 season of Metropolitan Opera simulcasts from New York City continues Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. with Puts’ “The Hours.” An encore will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m.

Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in this world-premiere production of “The Hours” from Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman, the powerful story follows three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society.

The exciting premiere radiates with star power with Kelli O’Hara and Joyce DiDonato joining Fleming as the opera’s trio of heroines. Phelim McDermott directs this compelling drama, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct Puts’ poignant and powerful score. This live cinema transmission is part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series, bringing opera to movie theaters across the globe.

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 and 15 minutes, including an intermission. Tickets can be purchased online at RocklandStrand.com; 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. One hundred tickets are available for each show and 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.