Once again we can look forward to the world’s leading artists on local screens delivered with state of the art visuals and sound via The Met Live in HD. These transmissions have changed the world of opera since what was once local now reaches 70 countries on six continents, as well as 750 theaters in the United States In the Berkshires opera lovers flock to the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington which offers pre-opera talks and reserved seating. The Beacon Cinemas in Pittsfield also offer the telecasts with general admission.
(Beware the Beacon and its sometime clueless guards on the lookout for diabetics who dare to bring food with them in case of low glucose levels which can plunge during a multiple-hour telecast. When will these venues learn that older folks who tend to like opera often live with dietary restrictions that make their popcorn stands off limits.)
The 2016-17 season from The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts has announced its coming year of telecasts. They will begin on October 8 with the 100th transmission in series history, a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Treliński, and starring Nina Stemme—the world’s preeminent Isolde.
Live in HD audiences around the world will see 10 live performances from the Met’s 2016-17 season, which celebrates the company’s 50thanniversary at Lincoln Center. This season’s HD transmissions include five new productions from the Met season and three operas new to the series. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 19 million tickets sold over the first 10 years of the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.
“As we approach our historic 100th live transmission, we’re particularly grateful to the thousands of artists and technicians who strive to make each show better than the last, and to the hundreds of thousands of audience members who fill cinemas around the world on Saturdays in quest of the Met,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb.
The 2016-17 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcasts of Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera L’Amour de Loin, which has its Met premiere this season; Verdi’s early Biblical epic Nabucco, starring Plácido Domingo in the title role; and Mozart’s Idomeneo, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. In addition to the new productions of Tristan und Isolde and L’Amour de Loin, Live in HD audiences will see the Met’s new stagings of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, starring Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo; Dvořák’s Rusalka, with Kristine Opolais in her first Met performances of her international breakthrough role; and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, with Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian. The season will also feature Mozart’s Don Giovanni, with Simon Keenlyside in his first Met performances of the rakish title character; Verdi’s La Traviata, with Sonya Yoncheva as the doomed Violetta; and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, with Anna Netrebko repeating one of her great triumphs of recent seasons opposite the Onegin of Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
Season at a Glance: The Met: Live in HD 2016-17
The HD season will begin on Saturday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m. with Tristan und Isolde. Future transmissions are as follows: Don Giovanni (October 22 at 12:55 p.m.); L’Amour de Loin (December 10 at 12:55 p.m.); Nabucco (January 7 at 12:55 p.m.); Roméo et Juliette (January 21 at 12:55 p.m.); Rusalka (February 25 at 12:55 p.m.); La Traviata (March 11 at 12:55 p.m.); Idomeneo (March 25 at 12:55 p.m.); Eugene Onegin (April 22 at 12:55 p.m.); and Der Rosenkavalier (May 13 at 12:30 p.m.). All ten operas will be Saturday matinee performances, transmitted live from the Met stage. All start times are Eastern Time; for local start times and rebroadcast information, please visit www.metopera.org/season/in-cinemas/.
The Met: Live in HD 2016-17 Schedule
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) NEW PRODUCTION
October 8, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Conductors: Sir Simon Rattle
Production: Mariusz Treliński
Set Designer: Boris Kudlička
Costume Designer: Marek Adamski
Lighting Designer: Marc Heinz
Projection Designer: Bartek Macias
Choreographer: Tomasz Wygoda
Cast: Nina Stemme (Isolde), Ekaterina Gubanova (Brangäne), Stuart Skelton (Tristan), Evgeny Nikitin (Kurwenal), René Pape (King Marke)
The season begins with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in his first Live in HDperformance. Nina Stemme stars as Isolde—a touchstone role she has sung with major opera companies around the world. Her Tristan is Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton, who sang Siegmund in the Met’s Ring cycle in 2013. The cast also includes Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne and Evgeny Nikitin as Kurwenal (both in Met role debuts), with René Pape reprising King Marke, a role he has sung to acclaim in three previous Met seasons. The staging, by Mariusz Treliński (who directed the 2015 Met double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle) is a co-production with the Festival Hall Baden-Baden, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera, and China National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Beijing.
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
October 22, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Production: Michael Grandage
Set and Costume Designer: Christopher Oram
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Choreographer: Ben Wright
Cast: Hibla Gerzmava (Donna Anna), Malin Byström (Donna Elvira), Serena Malfi (Zerlina), Rolando Villazón (Don Ottavio), Simon Keenlyside (Don Giovanni), Adam Plachetka (Leporello), Matthew Rose (Masetto), Kwangchul Youn (The Commendatore)
Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Tony Award winner Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Byström as Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore, and Rolando Villazón in his Live in HD debut as Don Ottavio.
L’Amour de Loin (Saariaho) MET PREMIERE
December 10, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Opening: December 1, 2016
Libretto: Amin Maalouf
Conductor: Susanna Mälkki
Production: Robert Lepage
Set Designer: Michael Curry
Costume Designer: Michael Curry
Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams
Lightscape Image Designer: Lionel Arnould
Cast: Susanna Phillips (Clémence), Tamara Mumford (The Pilgrim), Eric Owens (Jaufré Rudel)
One of the most highly praised operas of recent years, which had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2000, Kaija Saariaho’s yearning medieval romance L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), has its Met premiere this season. The production is by Robert Lepage, co-produced with L’Opéra de Québec, where it premiered to acclaim last summer, in collaboration with Ex Machina. Debuting Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki leads the performance, which stars Susanna Phillips as Clémence, Eric Owens as Jaufré, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages of love between them.
Nabucco (Verdi) FIRST TIME IN HD
January 7, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: James Levine
Production: Elijah Moshinsky
Set Designer: John Napier
Costume Designer: Andreane Neofitou
Lighting Designer: Howard Harrison
Cast: Liudmyla Monastyrska (Abigaille), Jamie Barton (Fenena), Russell Thomas (Ismaele), Plácido Domingo (Nabucco), Dmitry Belosselskiy (Zaccaria)
Met Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s early drama of Ancient Babylon, Nabucco, with Plácido Domingo adding a new role to his repertory as the title character. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the tour-de-force role of Abigaille, Nabucco’s willful daughter, with Jamie Barton as Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitri Belosselskiy as the prophet Zaccaria, the role of his 2011 Met debut.
Link to our detailed preview of Nabucco with video clips here.
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) NEW PRODUCTION
January 21, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Production: Bartlett Sher
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designed By: Jennifer Tipton
Choreographer: Chase Brock
Cast: Diana Damrau (Juliette), Vittorio Grigolo (Roméo), Elliot Madore (Mercutio), Mikhail Petrenko (Frère Laurent)
The electrifying team of Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunites for a new production of Gounod’s opera based on the Shakespeare play. Damrau makes her role debut as Juliette in Bartlett Sher’s new production, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Elliot Madore sings Mercutio and Mikhail Petrenko sings Frère Laurent. Sher’s staging is a La Scala production, initially presented by the Salzburg Festival, where it premiered in 2008.
Link to our detailed preview of Romeo and Juliet with video clips and additional photos can be found here.
Rusalka (Dvořák) NEW PRODUCTION
February 25, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
Production: Mary Zimmerman
Set Designer: Daniel Ostling
Costume Designer: Mara Blumenfeld
Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens
Choreographer: Austin McCormick
Cast: Kristine Opolais (Rusalka), Katarina Dalayman (The Foreign Princess), Jamie Barton (Ježibaba), Brandon Jovanovich (The Prince), Eric Owens (The Water Sprite)
Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvořák’s fairy-tale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka. Sir Mark Elder conducts Mary Zimmerman’s new staging, which also stars Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures Rusalka’s heart; Katarina Dalayman as Rusalka’s rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Ježibaba.
La Traviata (Verdi)
March 11, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Production: Willy Decker
Set and Costume Designer: Wolfgang Gussmann
Lighting Designer: Hans Toelstede
Choreographer: Athol Farmer
Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta Valéry), Michael Fabiano (Alfredo Germont), Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont)
Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. Thomas Hampson sings one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s disapproving father, in a revival of Willy Decker’s staging conducted by San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti.
Idomeneo (Mozart) FIRST TIME IN HD
March 25, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: James Levine
Production: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Set and Costume Designer: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Cast: Elza van den Heever (Elettra), Nadine Sierra (Ilia), Alice Coote (Idamante), Matthew Polenzani (Idomeneo), Alan Opie (Arbace)
James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s classic production, which has its first Met revival in over a decade this season, stars Matthew Polenzani in the title role. The cast also includes Elza van den Heever as Elettra, Nadine Sierra as Ilia, Alice Coote as Idamante, and Alan Opie as Arbace.
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
April 22, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET
Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Production: Deborah Warner
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Costume Designer: Chloe Obolensky
Lighting Designer: Jean Kalman
Video Designers: Finn Ross and Ian William Galloway
Choreographer: Kim Brandstrup
Cast: Anna Netrebko (Tatiana), Elena Maximova (Olga), Alexey Dolgov (Lenski), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Onegin), Štefan Kocán (Gremin)
Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the naïve heroine of Tchaikovsky’s opera, adapted from Pushkin’s classic novel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana’s love until it’s too late. Robin Ticciati, Music Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera, conducts the revival of Deborah Warner’s staging, which opened the Met’s 2013-14 season. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Onegin’s friend-turned-rival, Lenski, with Elena Maximova as Tatiana’s sister Olga and Štefan Kocán as Prince Gremin.
Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss) NEW PRODUCTION
May 13, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Conductor: James Levine
Production: Robert Carsen
Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designers: Robert Carsen, Peter Van Praet
Cast: Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Erin Morley (Sophie), Matthew Polenzani (A Singer), Marcus Brück (Faninal), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs)
The Met’s first new production since 1969 of Strauss’s rich romantic masterpiece is conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen, whose most recent Met production was the hit 2013 staging of Falstaff. Renée Fleming sings one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, opposite Elīna Garanča in her first North American performances as Octavian, the impulsive young title character. The cast also includes Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Marcus Brück in his Met debut as Faninal, and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Der Rosenkavalier is a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Teatro Regio di Torino.
The Met: HD Live in Schools
The Met’s HD Live in Schools program will continue for its tenth season, partnering with 40 school districts across the country to bring the Met’s live HD transmissions to students and teachers. The Met’s HD education program includes backstage visits for students, who learn how costumes and scenery are constructed; Q&As with artists; access to final dress rehearsals; in-school workshops; and teacher training workshops. Program and curriculum guides are created for in-school use in conjunction with HD screenings. Major funding for HD Live in Schools is made possible by Bank of America, with program support provided through a partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
In the coming season, students will study Don Giovanni, Nabucco, Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata, and Eugene Onegin.
About The Met: Live in HD
The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 theaters in 70 countries, makes the Met the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content and the only arts institution with an ongoing global series of this scale. When the series launched in 2006, the Met was the first arts company to experiment with alternative cinema content. Since then, the program has grown every season, with more than 19 million tickets sold to date.
The Met: Live in HD series has increased accessibility to Met performances for audiences around the world. With a global average ticket price of $23 in the 2015-16 season, the series has made world-class performances accessible to millions of opera lovers each season.
Met stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features.
Tickets for the 10 transmissions in the 2016-17 Live in HD season will go on sale on July 20, 2016 in the U.S. and Canada, with Met Members offered priority before tickets are made available to the general public. International ticket sales dates and details on ordering tickets for the 2016-17 Live in HD series vary from country to country and will be announced separately by individual distributors.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr.