A BRAND new season of operatic treats is in store for cinema and theatregoers.

Screenings from New York’s Metropolitan Opera come to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts this autumn.

Beginning with an encore screening of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde on October 15 starring Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan and (in a rare Met appearance) conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the programme continues through to May with nine breathtaking productions.

Three charismatic singers, Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien, share the role of Don Giovanni, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de theatre on October 22.

Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera L’Amour de Loin finally has its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage screened live on December 10.

The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his long-time collaborator James Levine, in Verdi’s Nabucco on January 7.

Opera’s classic lovers return in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation Romeo et Juliette on January 21.

On February 25, Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting Song to the Moon.

In Verdi’s La Traviata on March 11, Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta (a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015) opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont.

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