The Sunrise Theater will again be host to the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts with the season opening on Saturday, Oct. 12. “The Met: Live in HD” series, which now reaches more than 70 countries, has made world-class performances accessible to millions of opera lovers each year. Season tickets and individual opera tickets are now available at the Sunrise Theater office or by calling (910) 692-3611.

  • Puccini’s “Turandot”: Saturday, Oct. 12. Run time 3 hours, 22 minutes.
  • Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production returns to cinemas with powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke taking on the role of the icy title princess, alongside tenor Roberto Aronica as the unknown prince vying for her love.
  • Massenet’s “Manon”: Saturday, Oct. 26. Run time, 4 hours, 12 minutes.
  • Massenet’s tale of passion, excess and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role.
  • Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”: Saturday, Nov. 9. Run time, 3 hours, 32 minutes.
  • Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging features soprano Hui He in the devastating title role as Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores.
  • Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten:” Saturday, Nov. 23. Run time, 3 hours, 56 minutes.
  • Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines the transcendent contemporary creation, with a stunning production that employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt.
  • Berg’s “Wozzeck”: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Run time, 1 hour, 57 minutes.
  • Berg’s 20th century shocker stars baritone Peter Mattei in the title role with soprano Elza van den Heever as the long-suffering Marie in the groundbreaking and bold new staging set in an apocalyptic wasteland.
  • The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”: Saturday, Feb. 1. Run time, 3 hours, 40 minutes.
  • The modern American masterpiece stars bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue transporting audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants.
  • Handel’s “Agrippina”: Saturday, Feb. 29. Run time, 4 hours, 10 minutes.
  • As the imperious title empress, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads the Met premiere of Handel’s tale of deception and deceit in the wry new production, which gives this Baroque black comedy a politically charged, modern updating.
  • Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer”: Saturday, March 14. Run time 2 hours, 44 minutes.
  • Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation.
  • Puccini’s “Tosca”: Saturday, April 11. Run time, 3 hours, 17 minutes.
  • Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko takes on the soaring title diva of Puccini’s grand melodrama with tenor Brian Jagde as Tosca’s impassioned lover and baritone Michael Volle as the sinister Scarpia.
  • Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda”: Saturday, May 9. Run time, 3 hours, 6 minutes.
  • A pseudo-historical opera about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her bitter rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays.

The Sunrise Theater is a thriving entertainment center featuring first run and independent films, music concerts, local theater, and live broadcasts of the Met Opera and Bolshoi Ballet. The Sunrise Theater continues to be the cornerstone of theater arts and entertainment in the North Carolina Sandhills dedicated to serving the community.

The Sunrise Theater (The Sunrise Preservation Group, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Call (910) 692-8501 or visit for further information.

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