Tickets Now on Sale For The Met: Live in HD 2018–19 Season, Launching With Anna Netrebko in the Title Role of Verdi’s ‘Aida’ on October 6
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera Bring Ten Live Transmissions From the Legendary Met Stage to Cinema Audiences Nationwide
DENVER – July 18, 2018 – Tickets are now available for the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series. Entering its 13th season, the popular series brings New York City’s esteemed Metropolitan Opera performances to local cinemas across the country. Featuring opera’s celebrated stars, as well as rising new artists, the new season will feature eleven transmissions, including four new productions, and a special holiday encore of the popular 2006 broadcast of The Magic Flute.
In addition to the high-definition opera productions, moviegoers will experience behind-the-scenes content with the people who make up one of the most renowned opera companies in the world—including exclusive interviews with cast, crew and production teams.
Tickets for The Met: Live in HD 2018–19 season can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.
Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera present The Met: Live in HD 2018–19 season in more than 700 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“The Met: Live in HD allows audiences around the country to experience the magic of the opera and the best-of-the-best in operatic talent from around the world,” Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said. “There is nothing quite like seeing a beautiful opera performed live on stage at the renowned Metropolitan Opera. Our long-standing partnership with the Met continues to draw hundreds of thousands of fans, and we are thrilled to help bring these incredible productions to the big screen.”
The Met Live in HD 2018–19 season includes:
(casting subject to change)
AIDA (Giuseppe Verdi) – Revival
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, October 10 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival Amneris. Aleksandrs Antonenko is the warrior Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production.
SAMSON ET DALILA (Camille Saint-Saëns) – New Production / First Time in HD
Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, October 24 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award–winning director of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years. Sir Mark Elder conducts.
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (Giacomo Puccini) – Revival
Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, October 31 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
MARNIE (Nico Muhly/Libretto Nicholas Wright) – Met Premiere / First Time in HD
Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, November 14 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based on Winston Graham’s novel, which in turn inspired Alfred Hitchock’s suspenseful thriller, has its U.S. premiere at the Met this season. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role opposite Christopher Maltman as her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland, Iestyn Davies as his brother Terry, Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Marnie’s mother. Robert Spano makes his company debut conducting.
THE MAGIC FLUTE (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) – Revival
Encore: Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. local time
Julie Taymor’s dazzling production returns to select cinemas this holiday season in an encore presentation of the company's first-ever Live in HD transmission. James Levine conducts a winning ensemble including Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn and René Pape in this abridged, English-language version of Mozart’s classic fable.
LA TRAVIATA (Giuseppe Verdi) – New Production
Saturday, December 15, 2018 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, December 19 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont.
ADRIANA LECOUVREUR (Francesco Cilea) – New Production / First Time in HD
Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, January 16 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections; Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet, Adriana’s faithful friend; and Carlo Bosi as the duplicitous Abbé.
CARMEN (Georges Bizet) – Revival
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, February 6 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
Saturday, February 9 – 12:55 p.m. local time
Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire.
LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT (Gaetano Donizetti) – Revival
Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 12:55 p.m. ET/ 11:55 a.m. CT/ 10:55 a.m. MT/ 9:55 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, March 6 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage. Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts.
DIE WALKÜRE (Richard Wagner) – Revival
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET/ 11:00 a.m. CT/ 10:00 a.m. MT/ 9:00 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, April 3 – 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. local time
The second installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle, Die Walküre, stars heroic soprano Christine Goerke as the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, whose encounter with the mortal twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, sung by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, leads her on a journey from Valhalla to earthbound humanity. Philippe Jordan conducts.
DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES (Francis Poulenc) – Revival / First Time in HD
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. ET/ 11:00 a.m. CT/ 10:00 a.m. MT/ 9:00 a.m. PT
Encores: Wednesday, May 15 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. local time
Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom. Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.
For artwork/photos related to The Met: Live in HD 2018–-19 season, visit the Fathom Events press site.
About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with theater locations in all top 100 DMAs® (Designated Market Areas) and ranks as one of the largest overall theater content distributors. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), Fathom Events offers a variety of unique entertainment events in movie theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top Broadway stage productions, major sporting events, epic concerts, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events and popular anime franchises. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live Digital Broadcast Network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 941 locations and 1,496 screens in 181 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards events and new product launches. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
About The Met: Live in HD
The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,200 theaters in more than 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 25 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, the series has made world-class performances accessible to millions of opera lovers each season.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Digital support of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Met: Live in HD series is supported by Rolex. The HD Broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®.
For more information about Live in HD, visit www.metopera.org/HD .
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