The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of opera in cinema will kick off on Saturday 26 October 2013 with a new production of Eugene Onegin, conducted by Valery Gergiev and starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, and Mariusz Kwiecien.
The Met: Captured Live in HD is the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, shown in more than 1,900 theatres in 64 countries. The Met is the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale and they were the first arts company to experiment as an alternative content provider, beginning on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than 12 million tickets sold to date.
Met opera 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; altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.
Met Music Director James Levine returns to the podium, leading a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff (from January 18, 2014), directed by Robert Carsen, and the first Captured Live in HD performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (from May 31, 2014).
The series also includes:
- William Kentridge’s innovative production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, starring Paulo Szot (from November 16, 2013)
- Puccini’s classic drama Tosca, with Patricia Racette as the tempestuous title character and Robert Alagna as her devoted lover (from December 14, 2013)
- Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s Rusalka, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (from March 1, 2014)
- a new production of Borodin’s rarely heard epic Prince Igor, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut, and starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role (from March 22, 2014)
- Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča in a new staging by Richard Eyre of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther (from April 12, 2014)
- Puccini’s timeless love story La Bohème, with Vittorio Grigolo starring in Franco Zeffirelli’s immensely popular production (from May 3, 2014); and
- Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in Rossini’s Cinderella story La Cenerentola, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi (from June 14, 2014).
“We have chosen a wide sampling of the best of our new season for the opera lovers around the world to enjoy locally,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “Our commitment to making opera accessible and affordable continues.”
Tickets for the 2013-2014 Captured Live in HD cinema season are now on sale from the Palace Nova Eastend and Event Cinemas Marion.
The Met: Captured Live in HD 2013-14 cinema season
When: October 2013 – June 2014
Where: Palace Nova Eastend and Event Cinemas Marion
Bookings: On sale now from participating cinemas
Photo: Mariusz Kwiecien and Anna Netrebko in ‘Eugene Onegin’. Photo by Lee Broomfield