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April 5, 2012

Around Cape Ann: Met's 'Manon' telecast live at Shalin Liu

The Metropolitan Opera's high definition simulcast telecast at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport can give Cape Ann opera fans the next best thing to being in the Met's New York City opera house.

Saturday's presentation, live at noon from The Met stage, delivers Massenet's "Manon," featuring acclaimed Russian soprano Anna Netrebko in the lead.

Netrebko portrays the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production, which opened at The Met last week after a 2010-2011 run at the Royal Opera House in London.

The Shalin Liu will host a pre-opera lunch at 11 a.m.

The final simulcast for The Met's 2011-2012 season, presented by Rockport Music, will be Verdi's "La Traviata" on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. (The 1 p.m. performance on April 14 is sold out). May will feature Wagner's Ring Cycle in the reprise performances by the Met in HD.

Tickets start at $20 for the operas. Call 978-546-7391, or visit

Poets of waterfront

The Cape Ann Museum presents "Sick uv th' tussle: Hiram Rich and Clarence Manning Falt, Poets of the Gloucester Waterfront" on Saturday at 3 p.m.

This lecture explores the history of the fishing industry through the lives of two poets, and the program is included with museum admission.

In the second installment of his Gloucester Rediscovery Project, David Rich explores the lives and poems of Hiram Rich (1832-1901) and Clarence Manning Falt (1861-1912), both born into Gloucester fishing families.

David Rich, the presenter and English teacher, was born in Gloucester, and is a graduate of Gloucester High School. The last of his family to fish was his grandfather, Frank D'Amico Jr., who retired in 1982. The poet Hiram Rich was his cousin.

To make a reservation, call Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, x11 or email

The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For details, visit

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