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TORRINGTON – The Warner Theatre will present The Metropolitan Opera’s popular "Live in HD" series for the 2011-2012 season. The new initiative will debut at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the Warner’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre with an encore performance of Strauss’s Capriccio.

Renée Fleming will sing her first complete Met performance as the elegant Countess in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio. Fleming sang the demanding final scene of the opera in a gala opening of the Met’s 2008-09 season, but this season’s performance is her first time singing the full opera with the company.

Andrew Davis, who led the Met premiere of the opera in 1998, returns to conduct its first revival, which also stars Joseph Kaiser as the composer Flamand, Russell Braun as the poet Olivier, Sarah Connolly as Clairon, Morten Frank Larsen in his Met debut as the Count, Peter Rose as the flamboyant La Roche, and Barry Banks and Olga Makarina as a temperamental Italian tenor and soprano; all are making Met role debuts.

Patrons who attend this summer encore performance will be admitted to a VIP pre-show reception at 6:45 p.m. where they will learn more about The Met’s upcoming 2011-2012 Live in HD season.

Information will also be available regarding membership in the Warner Theatre Opera Guild.

The Warner’s Opera Guild is a group of patrons dedicated to supporting opera programming at the historic theatre. Its members were responsible for raising the money necessary to purchase the essential equipment to present the live broadcasts. Opera Guild members enjoy a host of special perks for pledging their support of the initiative.

To learn more about the Opera Guild contact the Development Department at 860-489-7180, ext. 189.

Tickets for the "Summer with the Met" performances are $20, $18 (for seniors and students with I.D.) and $10 for children 13 and under. To purchase tickets patrons should contact the Warner Box office at 860-489-7180 or online at




alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.