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L’Amour de Loin: Live in HD from New York and scholarship applications

L’Amour de Loin: Live in HD from New York

The second in the 2016/17 series of Met: live in HD opera broadcasts, co-presented by the Lakes District Arts Council (LDAC) and the Beacon Theatre, takes place on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. sharp at the Beacon. Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera, L’Amour de Loin, was described by the New York Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score.”

Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, it has its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love, Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea, and Tamara Mumford is the pilgrim who brings messages back and forth. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

Tickets are $12 each, and available at the door the afternoon of the broadcast. Look for our ad in the Lakes District News.

Applications now being accepted for scholarship

To be eligible for the LDAC scholarship, a student must be attending Grade 12 in the Lakes District, demonstrate an involvement in the arts and a commitment to pursue post-secondary education in the arts.

For more information, phone Hilda Earl, scholarship committee chair at 250-691-1793, check out LDAC’s website at or e-mail Hilda Earl at