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By Mary Adair Trumbly

The Highlands Performing Arts Center and The Bascom will present Great Art on Screen featuring “Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost,” on Friday, November 1, at 5:30 P.M.

This traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin, who left France for Tahiti in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions and colors ever purer and brighter.  Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved.

The next day, at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 2, PAC presents the musical theater classic, “42nd Street.” The American dream fable of Broadway features the iconic songs, “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby Of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames” and “I Only Have Eyes For You.” “42nd Street” follows young Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…

On Saturday, November 9, MET Opera presents Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes tenor Piero Pretti as Pinkerton, baritone Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.

Saturday, November 23, brings “Akhnaten,” a Met Opera Premiere. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt.

Both operas begin at 12:55 P.M. with a pre-opera discussion beginning at 12:30 P.M.

Tickets for all events are available at highlandspac.org or at the door. Highlands Performing Arts Center is located at 507 Chestnut Street.

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