Beginning Wednesday, June 19, the Met will present Summer Encores, featuring select performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series, in more than 400 movie theaters across the United States. The 2013 Summer Encores series offers screenings of four popular Live in HD transmissions: Bizet’s Carmen (June 19), Verdi’s Il Trovatore (June 26), Rossini’s Armida (July 10), and Verdi’s La Traviata (July 17). An additional two titles, Puccini’s Turandot and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, will also be shown in select theaters on varying dates. A list of participating national and international theaters, as well as showtimes, can be found by visiting www.metopera.org/hdlive. Detailed cast and opera information is included on the schedule below.
Tickets are on sale for Summer Encores now at participating theater box offices and via the web at www.metopera.org/hdlive. While all details are not yet available, normally these telecasts are shown at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, the Beacon Cinemas in Pittsfield, The Clark Art Museum in Williamstown and the Movieplex 8 in North Adams.
The Met: Live in HD, the company’s award-winning series of opera transmissions into movie theaters around the world, has just concluded its seventh season, and was shown in 64 countries and in more than 1,900 theaters. Since launching the series in December 2006, the Metropolitan Opera has become the leading producer of alternative cinema content, selling nearly thirteen million tickets in total. National CineMedia is the Met’s U.S. distributor to commercial movie theaters of the Live in HD series; many independent theaters and arts centers also participate in the exhibitions. The Met: Live in HD is made possible by a generous grant from the Neubauer Family Foundation. Bloomberg L.P. is the series’ global corporate sponsor.
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2013
Summer Encores Schedule
Wednesday, June 19, 7PM (originally transmitted live on January 16, 2010)
CARMEN— Called “a gripping and brilliant production” by The New York Times, Carmen stars Elīna Garanča as the seductive gypsy, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed soldier Don José. Acclaimed rising Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Met’s production by Olivier Award-winning British director Richard Eyre, which features Barbara Frittoli as Micaëla and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the toreador Escamillo. Christopher Wheeldon, artistic director and founder of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, created the choreography for what remains the Met’s best-selling transmission to date.
Wednesday, June 26, 7PM (originally transmitted live on April 30,2011)
IL TROVATORE— Starring four of the world’s most celebrated interpreters of the leading roles, David McVicar’s critically acclaimed production stars Marcelo Álvarez as the heroic troubadour of the title. In the role of Leonora, Sondra Radvanovsky is “remarkable…a spirited, feisty heroine” (Variety); Dolora Zajick is “a force of nature” (The New York Times) as Azucena, the gypsy with a dark secret; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s “vivid presence and rich baritone emphasize Count di Luna’s swings between hell-bent vengeance and romantic obsession” (Variety). Marco Armiliato conducts.
Wednesday, July 10, 7PM (originally transmitted live on May 1, 2010)
ARMIDA—Directed by Tony award winner Mary Zimmerman, Armida stars celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming as the mystical sorceress in one of the greatest virtuoso roles from the bel canto repertory. Fleming is joined by Lawrence Brownlee, who sings Armida’s chief love interest, Rinaldo, and four more tenors in the roles of the crusader knights. Barry Banks portrays Rinaldo’s rival Gernando. John Osborn sings Goffredo, and Banks, Kobie van Rensburg, and Yegishe Manucharyan are the knights Carlo, Ubaldo, and Eustazio, respectively. Riccardo Frizza conducts.
Wednesday, July 17, 7PM (originally transmitted live on April 14, 2012)
LA TRAVIATA—Natalie Dessay stars as the tragic courtesan Violetta Valéry in Willy Decker’s innovative modern-dress staging of La Traviata, which “delivers style, sparkle, and stirring drama” (Los Angeles Times). Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the tragic love story, which also stars Matthew Polenzani as the lovesick Alfredo and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his disapproving father, Giorgio Germont.
Additional Titles (Check Theater Participation and Showtimes at http://www.metopera.org/hdlive)
TURANDOT (originally transmitted live on November 7, 2009)
Franco Zeffirelli’s glittering production of Puccini’s last opera, described by The New York Times as “the Met at its best” stars Maria Guleghina as Turandot, Marina Poplavskaya as Liù, Marcello Giordani as Calàf, and Samuel Ramey as Timur. Andris Nelsons conducts.
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA(originally transmitted live on March 24, 2007)
Rossini’s comic opera, staged by Tony award-winning director Bartlett Sher, features an all-star cast including tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Count Almaviva, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Rosina, and baritone Peter Mattei in the title role of Figaro. John Relyea sings Don Basilio, and John Del Carlo sings Doctor Bartolo. Maurizio Benini conducts.