Published: Nov. 18, 2011

College of Music faculty artist hits big screen

Contact(s): Kathleen Adams College of Music office: (517) 353-9958

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Molly Fillmore, a voice faculty member at Michigan State University's College of Music, will hit the big screen Nov. 19 as she performs the role of Mrs. Naidoo in the Metropolitan Opera fall production of "Satyagraha" in New York City this month.

The production, which opened Nov. 4, will have a total of seven performances on the stage at the MET, but the Saturday performance will be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD Series, now available in more than 1,500 movie theaters in 54 countries.

Two Lansing venues - Celebration Cinema and Lansing Mall Cinema - will broadcast the opera at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, with an encore presentation at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

Following an international career as a mezzo-soprano, Fillmore recently moved into the dramatic soprano repertoire and joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the past four seasons.

Loosely based on the life of Mohandas Gandhi, the title of the opera, Satyagraha, refers to Gandhi's concept of non-violent resistance to injustice. The text is sung in the original Sanskrit (with English subtitles). Fillmore sings the role of Mrs. Naidoo, an aid and co-worker to Gandhi during his formative early years in South Africa.