Carmen: She’s a maneater. Watch out, boy, she’ll chew you up.

Photo courtesy Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

Opera: It’s like reality television, only more over the top. And this fall, it’s around every corner in Seattle, with international productions playing at local movie theaters and a new live show at McCaw Hall. Here’s what’s coming up in the local opera buffet:

Donizetti’s Anna Bolena
Saturday, October 15 at 9:55am (encore Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 pm) at Pacific Place 11, Oak Tree 6, and more
Anna Netrebko stars as Henry VIII’s mad second queen, and while it’s not exactly an evening on the town (yes, the first show starts before 10am), it is live from Lincoln Center in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. This year’s broadcasts go out to 1,600 theaters and to as far away as China.

Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Saturday, October 29 at 9:55am (encore Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 6:30pm), same theaters
The second of the Met’s Live in HD performances tackles a blockbuster, a cheery tale of bride-stealing and talking cemetery statues that warn of impending doom. Let F. Murray Abraham explain.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado
Wednesday, October 19 at 1pm and 6:30pm at Redmond Town Center
Try to follow: It’s an opera set in Japan that’s really about British politics and it’s performed by the Opera Australia Chorus. “Three Little Maids from School” is the song you’ll be humming as you leave. Premium Plus Upgrade seating includes free popcorn and in-theater wait service.

Bizet’s Carmen
Saturday, October 15–29 at Seattle Opera
The ultimate seductress comes to Seattle in a live—that’s real live, not aired live—production starring Anita Rachvelishvili and Malgorzata Walewska. Here, let Tom and Jerry explain it for you.

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