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A Met screening with a star in the audience

Fresno’s own Jacqueline Antaramian, the Fresno State theater graduate who starred in last year’s StageWorks Fresno production of “Master Class” after understudying the role of Maria Callas on Broadway, made her Metropolitan Opera debut a few years ago in the non-singing role of Clytaemnestra in ”Iphegenie En Tauride.” The opera community must have taken notice, because director Francesca Zambello cast her in last year’s production of Berlioz’s  ”Les Troyens.”

The production was featured in a rebroadcast of the Met’s Live in HD series Wednesday night at Edwards. And guess what? Antaramian, home for a visit, was there in person. How cool is that? I couldn’t make the screening, alas, because I was still at work — I’m still kicking myself for missing this one — but I asked Hazel Antaramian Hofman, Jacqueline’s sister, to take a photo for the Beehive. (Jacqueline is pictured above, center, with some very recognizable Fresno theater folks.) Thanks, Hazel!

Denver’s Westword newspaper caught up with Antaramian — who spent 10 years at the Denver Center Theatre Company — to talk about her performance in “Les Troyens,” in which she played the role of Andromache, Hector’s grieving wife. It’s interesting to read her take on the experience. Meanwhile, dare we hope that Antaramian will come back to Fresno soon to perform again?

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