The Met: Live in HD
The Metropolitan Opera's Award-winning Series of Live Cinema Simulcasts

The Met: Live in HD's 2017-18 Season
Kicks Off October 7 With
A New Production of Bellini's Norma


The season will feature ten transmissions, live from the Met stage,
including five new productions and
starry revivals featuring the world's leading artists

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, will begin its 12th season on October 7, with a new production of Bellini's Norma directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, starring one of the world's most acclaimed Normas, Sondra Radvanovsky.

Live in HD audiences around the world will see ten live performances from the Met's 2017-18 season. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 22 million tickets sold over the first 11 years of the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

Season at a Glance: The Met: Live in HD 2017-18
The HD season will begin on Saturday, October 7 at 9:55 a.m. with Norma. Future transmissions are as follows: Die Zauberflöte (October 14 at 9:55 a.m. The Exterminating Angel (November 18 at 9:55 a.m.); Tosca (January 27 at 9:55 p.m.); L'Elisir d'Amore (February 10 at 9 a.m.); La Bohème (February 24 at 9:30 a.m.); Semiramide (March 10 at 9:55 a.m.); Così fan tutte (March 31 at 9:55 a.m.); Luisa Miller (April 14 at 9:30 a.m.); and Cendrillon (April 28 at 9:55 a.m.). All ten operas will be transmitted live from the Met stage.

TICKET INFORMATION
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Patron $75

Individual Tickets
$24 general
$22 senior
$18 youth (18 and under)
available in advance online and at the box office the day of the opera

Opera Poster

Statement from the Metropolitan Opera regarding James Levine

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it is suspending its relationship with James Levine, pending an investigation, following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct committed by Mr. Levine that took place from the 60s to the 80s, including the earlier part of his conducting career at the Met.

Mr. Levine will not be involved in any Met activities, including conducting scheduled performances at the Met this season. The Met has appointed Robert J. Cleary, former United States attorney and currently head of the investigations practice at Proskauer Rose, to lead a full and complete investigation into the relevant facts.

"Based on these new reports, the Met has made the decision to act now, while we await the results of the investigation," said Peter Gelb, Met General Manager, whose actions are fully supported by the leadership of the Met Board and its Executive Committee. "This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected."

There will be no further comments or statement regarding this issue from the Met at this time.

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Tosca - Giacomo Puccini
New Production

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Production: Sir David McVicar
Set and Costume Designer: John Macfarlane
Lighting Designer: David Finn
Choreographer: Leah Hausman
Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Tosca), Vittorio Grigolo (Cavaradossi), Zeljko Lucic (Scarpia), Patrick Carfizzi (Sacristan)
Runtime: 173 minutes, 2 intermissions

A new staging of Puccini's dramatic tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar. Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Zeljko Lucic as the villainous Scarpia.

Sir Bryn Terfel has had to withdraw from the Met's new production of Puccini's Tosca as he takes enforced rest due to vocal fatigue. "I am extremely disappointed to have to cancel these performances," said Sir Bryn. "I was particularly happy to be returning to the Metropolitan Opera with this exciting new staging, and it is a terrible shame not to be a part of it."

Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli's set and costumes of the Napoleonic era, Sir David McVicar's ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva and Anna Netrebko.

Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the Met's new production of Puccini's Tosca, replacing James Levine. Maestro Villaume, who recently conducted Massenet's Thaïs at the Met, is Music Director of the Dallas Opera and Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia. He made his Met debut in 2004 conducting Puccini's Madama Butterfly, and his subsequent performances with the company have included Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila, Bizet's Carmen, Massenet's Manon and Gounod's Roméo et Juliette.


Tosca

Showtimes:
Saturday, January 27, 9:55 a.m.



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L'Elisir d'Amore (Donizetti)

Conductor: Domingo Hindoyan
Production: Bartlett Sher
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designed By: Jennifer Tipton
Cast: Pretty Yende (Adina), Matthew Polenzani (Nemorino), Davide Luciano (Belcore), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Dulcamara)
Runtime: 160 minutes, 1 intermission

Donizetti's comic gem L'Elisir d'Amore, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina's arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.


L'Elisir d'Amore

Showtimes:
Saturday, February 10, 9 a.m.



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La Bohème (Puccini)

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Production: Franco Zeffirelli
Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli
Costume Designer: Peter J. Hall
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì), Susanna Phillips (Musetta), Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo), Lucas Meachem (Marcello), Alexey Lavrov (Schaunard), Matthew Rose (Colline), Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro)
Runtime: 175 minutes, 2 intermissions

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello's friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato.


La Bohème

Showtimes:
Saturday, February 24, 9:30 a.m.



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Semiramide (Rossini)
First Time in HD

Conductor: Maurizio Benini
Production: John Copley
Set Designer: John Conklin
Costume Designer: Michael Stennett
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Cast: Angela Meade (Semiramide), Elizabeth DeShong (Arsace), Javier Camarena (Idreno), Ildar Abdrazakov (Assur), Ryan Speedo Green (Oroe)
Runtime: 240 minutes, 1 intermission

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance-its first in nearly 25 years-with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.


Semiramide

Showtimes:
Saturday, March 10, 9:55 a.m.



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Così fan tutte (Mozart)
New Production

Conductor: David Robertson
Production: Phelim McDermott
Set Designer: Tom Pye
Costume Designer: Laura Hopkins
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Cast: Amanda Majeski (Fiordiligi), Serena Malfi (Dorabella), Kelli O'Hara (Despina), Ben Bliss (Ferrando), Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo), Christopher Maltman (Don Alfonso)
Runtime: 211 minutes, 1 intermission

A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott's clever vision of Mozart's comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island-complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other's faithfulness. Così fan tutte is a co-production with the English National Opera.


Così fan tutte

Showtimes:
Saturday, March 31, 9:55 a.m.



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Luisa Miller (Verdi)
First Time in HD

Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
Production: Elijah Moshinsky
Set and Costume Designer: Santo Loquasto
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Luisa), Olesya Petrova (Federica), Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo), Plácido Domingo (Miller), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter), Dmitry Belosselskiy (Wurm)
Runtime: 218 minutes, 2 intermissions

Plácido Domingo adds yet another chapter to his legendary Met career with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love, which has not been seen at the Met since 2006. Starring Sonya Yoncheva as a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczala as Rodolfo in Verdi's tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father's life. The cast also stars Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.

Bertrand de Billy will conduct the Met's productions of Verdi's Luisa Miller, replacing James Levine. Maestro de Billy made his Met debut in 1998. He is principal guest conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie and was formerly Music Director at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, as well as principal guest conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. He regularly conducts for such companies as the Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Paris Opéra, the Salzburg Festival, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2018 he will also conduct performances of Tosca and Cendrillon at the Met.


Luisa Miller

Showtimes:
Saturday, April 14, 9:30 a.m.



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Cendrillon (Massenet)
Met Premiere

Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
Production: Laurent Pelly
Set Designer: Barbara de Limburg
Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Cast: Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon), Alice Coote (Le Prince Charmant), Stephanie Blythe (Madame de la Haltière), Kathleen Kim (La Fée), Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe)
Runtime: 167 minutes, 1 intermission

Massenet's enchanting opera Cendrillon, based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment and Massenet's Manon. Joyce DiDonato adds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Coote as Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blythe as the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kim as the Fée, and Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe. Cendrillon is produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera.


Cendrillon

Showtimes:
Saturday, April 28, 9:55 a.m.



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About The Met: Live in HD
Live in HD audiences around the world will see ten live performances from the Met's 2017-18 season. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 22 million tickets sold over the first 11 years of the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

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.

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.