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The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2017-18

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2017-18

The 2017-18 season of The Met: Live in HD will kick off October 29 with Norma. The series will continue with Die Zauberflöte (November 12), The Exterminating Angel (December 10), Tosca (February 11), L’Elisir d’Amore (March 4), La Bohème (April 8), Semiramide (April 29), Così fan tutte (May 27), Luisa Miller (June 17), and Cendrillon (July 22).

The Met’s groundbreaking series launched in 2006 and quickly established the company as the world’s leading alternative cinema content provider. More than 21 million tickets have been sold since the series’ inception, and the series currently reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

“We’re replenishing our core repertoire with new productions of Così fan tutte, Norma, and Tosca, while stretching our horizons with The Exterminating Angel and Cendrillon,” said Peter Gelb, Met General Manager. “It’s a season of repertory favorites and stimulating rarities, with something for neophytes and aficionados alike.”

Among the season’s revivals are some rarely performed stagings, including Verdi’s Luisa Miller, and Rossini's Semiramide, last performed at the Met in 1993.

  • Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835)
    Runtime: 209 Minutes
    Starring: Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja, Matthew Rose
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1831. This opera is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to find herself betrayed by her lover. But equally gripping is her relationship with the younger woman who is the new object of her former lover’s attention and in whom Norma sees both a rival and a second self. The title role demands dramatic vocal power combined with the agility and technique of a coloratura singer. It is a daunting challenge that few can rise to: those who have are part of operatic lore.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Runtime: 209 Minutes
    Starring: Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronovo, Markus Werba, Christian Van Horn, René Papa
    Language: German (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden, Vienna, 1791. Die Zauberflöte—a sublime fairy tale that moves freely between earthy comedy and noble mysticism—was written for a theater located just outside Vienna with the clear intention of appealing to audiences from all walks of life. The story is told in a Singspiel (“song-play”) format characterized by separate musical numbers connected by dialogue and stage activity, an excellent structure for navigating the diverse moods, ranging from solemn to lighthearted, of the story and score. The composer and the librettist were both Freemasons—the fraternal order whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals—and Masonic imagery is used throughout the work. The story, however, is as universal as any fairy tale.
  • Thomas Adès (1971-)
    Runtime: 172 Minutes
    Starring: Audrey Luna, Amanda Echalaz, Sally Matthews, Sophie Bevan, Alice Coote, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Frédéric Antoun, David Portillo, David Adam Moore, Rod Gilfry, Kevin Burdette, Christian Van Horn, John Tomlinson
    Language: English
    The Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.
  • Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Runtime: 198 Minutes
    Starring: Sonya Yoncheva, Vittorio Griogolo, Bryn Terfel, Patrick Carfizzi
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Teatro Costanzi, Rome, 1900. Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Critics, for their part, have often had problems with Tosca’s rather grungy subject matter, the directness and intensity of its score, and the crowd-pleasing dramatic opportunities it provides for its lead roles. But these same aspects have made Tosca one of a handful of iconic works that seem to represent opera in the public imagination. Tosca’s popularity is further secured by a superb and exhilarating dramatic sweep, a driving score of abundant melody and theatrical shrewdness, and a career-defining title role.
  • Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
    Runtime: 179 Minutes
    Starring: Pretty Yende, Matthew Polenzani, Davide Luciano, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Teatro Cannobiana, Milan, 1832. Met premiere: January 23, 1904. L’Elisir d’Amore has been among the most consistently popular operatic comedies for almost two centuries. The story deftly combines comic archetypes with a degree of genuine character development rare in works of this type. Its ending is as much a foregone conclusion as it would be in a romantic comedy film today—the joy is in the journey, and Donizetti created one of his most instantly appealing scores for this ride.
  • Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
    Runtime: 196 Minutes
    Starring: Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips, Michael Fabiano, Lucas Meachem, Alexey Lavrov, Matthew Rose, Paul Plishka
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    World premiere: Teatro Regio, Turin, 1896. Met company premiere: Los Angeles (on tour), November 9, 1900. La Bohème, the passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. It has a marvelous ability to make a powerful first impression and to reveal unsuspected treasures after dozens of hearings. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things—a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbor—that make up our everyday lives.
  • Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Runtime: 240 Minutes
    Starring: Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ryan Speedo Green
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: La Fenice, Venice, 1823. Semiramide encourages her lover Assur to murder her husband, King Ninus. Her son, Ninius, disappears, believed dead, and Semiramide rules in her own right. Fifteen years later, as the opera opens, she is about to announce the name of her successor. Idreno and Assur are the leading candidates for the throne and the hand of Azema, but it turns out that Semiramide has taken a fancy to young Arsace, her victorious military leader who has been summoned back to Babylon. However Arsace himself is in love with Azema, and she loves him. Not only that, but although he has been raised in the distant state of Scythia, something only the high priest Oroe knows is that Arsace is actually Ninius, the son of Ninus and Semiramide, rescued and spirited away to safety after the coup. As the queen announces that Arsace is her successor, the ghost of her late husband appears from his tomb, demanding that Arsace punish the late king’s murderers. Assur and Semiramide resort to mutual recriminations, while Oroe tells Arsace of his true identity. All the principals gather in Ninus’ tomb, where Assur has decided to kill Arsace. Oroe forestalls him by ordering Arsace to kill Assur, but the queen interposes herself in the darkness and is killed instead. Assur is arrested, and Arsace, horrified at having killed his own mother, finally accepts the throne with great reluctance.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Runtime: 236 Minutes
    Starring: Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O'Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, Christopher Maltman
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790. The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Così fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love—from the loftiest to the basest—is explored in this extraordinary opera.
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Runtime: 238 Minutes
    Starring: Piotr Beczala, Plácido Domingo, Alexander Vinogradov, Dmitry Belosselskiy
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Luisa Miller is in love with a stranger, and like all fathers, Miller is worried about this suitor. His suspicions are correct — the man calls himself Carlo, but is really Rodolfo, son of the powerful Count. The double-crossing Wurm knows his true identity, and reveals it to Miller, craftily trying to win Luisa for himself. He also tells the Count that his son Rodolfo is in love with Luisa. The Count is furious — he has higher plans for his only son's marriage. He arrests Miller, and tries to arrest Luisa too, before Rodolfo intervenes. Wurm tells Luisa the only way to save her father from the Count is to write a letter, claiming she never loved Rodolfo and pledging herself to Wurm. Distraught, Luisa agrees, and Wurm's poisonous plan is set in motion…
  • Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
    Runtime: 197 Minutes
    Starring: Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, Laurent Naouri
    Language: French (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique, Paris, 1899. A storybook kingdom. Pandolfe, a country gentleman, has married Madame de la Haltière, an imperious countess. She and her daughters, Noémie and Dorothée, bully Pandolfe’s daughter from his first marriage, Lucette—known as Cendrillon.