The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's Emmy® and Peabody award-winning series of live performance transmissions opens the season with Das Rheingold, part one of Wagner's epic Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelungs), on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts. The live performance at 1 p.m. is sold out, however there are seats available for the encore performance at 6 p.m.

For this, the fifth season, the series has expanded to 1,500 theaters worldwide (an increase of 300 theaters), while adding Egypt, Portugal and Spain to its network of now 46 participating countries. The Met: Live in HD is an Arts & Mind presentation.

Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage join forces to create a groundbreaking new Ring for the Met, the company's first new production in almost 25 years.

"The 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. "The Ring is about to change," he continued, "I try to be extremely respectful of Wagner's storytelling, but in a modern context."

Levine, who has conducted every complete cycle of Wagner's masterpiece performed by the Met since 1989, said, "It's one of those works of art that you think you know, but every time you return to it, you find all kinds of brilliant moments that hadn't struck you with the same force before."

Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel sings the leading role of Wotan for the first time with the company, heading an extraordinary cast that includes Stephanie Blythe as Fricka. Deborah Voight, who will make her role debut as Brünnhilde in the Ring's second installment, Die Walküre, will host the transmission.

Running time is approximately 2 hours, 35 minutes. Tickets for reserved seating are $22 general, $20 seniors and $15 children and students and are available online at quickcenter.com or by calling the box office at 203-254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396.

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