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The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2017-18

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2017-18

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.

  • 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 opera’s full title Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti means ‘Thus do they all, or The School for Lovers’. The story begins with a wily old cynic and experimental philosopher, Don Alfonso, who determines to overturn the perfect, formulaic worlds of two young men, named Ferrando and Gugliemo. He bets them that their respective fiancées would not stay faithful for a moment if put to the test, and the challenge is accepted. Before long, fiancées (and sisters) Fiordiligi and Dorabella discover that their lovers are leaving to ‘go to war’, and two handsome strangers (Ferrando and Gugliemo in disguise) arrive on a mission of seduction. As Don Alfonso ups the ante and throws increasingly extreme situations at all four lovers, they begin to react emotionally and each character cannot help but reveal, and discover, who they really are. With certainty a distant memory, who knows how the story will end?
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  • 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.