Cosi fan tutte

In cinemas 15 October 2016

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart's barbed romance Così fan tutte, a comic masterpiece about the romantic complications that ensue when a pair of friends decide to test their fiancée's fidelity. Lesley Koenig's sleek production features a cast filled with rising Met stars, including Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella; Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov as their fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Danielle de Niese as their feisty maid Despina. Maurizio Muraro is the cynical Don Alfonso.

La Bohème

In cinemas 17 September 2016

In one of the most dramatic saves in Live in HD history, soprano Kristine Opolais sang the role of Mimi with only a few hours notice in Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Featuring a cast of hundreds, a glorious onstage snow scene, and a detailed reconstruction of the Latin Quarter in Paris, La Bohème also stars Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the passionate poet Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as the flirtatious Musetta, and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello. Stefano Ranzani conducts.

Tosca

In cinemas 27 August 2016

Puccini’s enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, features acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy’s production. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini’s sweeping, dramatic tale of murder, lust, and political intrigue.

Elektra

Strauss' Elektra

Screening from August 6, 2016

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NEW PRODUCTION!    The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conducts.

Composer: Richard Strauss Production: Patrice Chéreau Cast: Nina Stemme, Waltraud Meier, Adrianne Pieczonka, Eric Owens

Sung in German with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 2 hours 10 minutes inc. intermission

Roberto Devereux

Gaetano Donizetti's Roberto Devereux

Screening from July 2, 2016

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MET PREMIERE!   Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini.

Conductor: Maurizio Benini Production: David McVicar Cast: Sondra Radvanovsky, Matthew Polenzani, Elīna Garanča, Mariusz Kwiecien

Sung in Italian with Met Titles in English

Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes inc. intermission

Met Opera 2014-2015 season: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

Pietro Mascagni’s

Cavalleria Rusticana

and

Ruggero Leoncavallo’s

Pagliacci

NEW PRODUCTION

Screening from July 4, 2015

Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA CAST: Eva-Maria Westbroek, Marcelo Álvarez, Željko Lučić

PAGLIACCI CAST: Patricia Racette, Marcelo Álvarez, George Gagnidze, Lucas Meachem

CONDUCTOR: Fabio Luisi PRODUCTION: David McVicar Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date) TRAILER Click here for participating cinemas Return to the Met Opera 2014-2015 cinema season

Met Opera 2014-2015 season: LA DONNA DEL LAGO - Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini’s

La Donna del Lago

NEW PRODUCTION

Screening from June 13, 2015

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.

CONDUCTOR: Michele Mariotti CAST: Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Juan Diego Flórez, John Osborn, Oren Gradus PRODUCTION: Paul Curran Approximate running time: 3 hours 30 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: IOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE

Peter Tchaikovsky’s

Iolanta

and

Bela Bartók’s

Bluebeard’s Castle

NEW PRODUCTION

Screening from May 2, 2015

On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.

IOLANTA CAST: Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Alexey Markov, Elchin Azizov, Alexei Tanovitski

DUKE BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE CAST: Nadja Michael, Mikhail Petrenko

CONDUCTOR: Valery Gergiev PRODUCTION: Mariusz Treliński Approximate running time: 3 hours 39 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date) TRAILER Click here for participating cinemas

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN - Offenbach

Jacques Offenbach’s

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

Screening from April 11, 2015

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.

CONDUCTOR: Yves Abel PRODUCTION: Bartlett Sher CAST: Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Vittorio Grigolo, Thomas Hampson Approximate running time: 3 hours 46 minutes incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: THE MERRY WIDOW - Lehar

Franz Lehár’s

The Merry Widow

Limited encore screenings from September 12, 2015

The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her design team of Julian Crouch (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island) and costume designer William Ivey Long (Cinderella, Grey Gardens, Hairspray) have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s. Nathan Gunn co-stars as Danilo and Kelli O’Hara is Valencienne. Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

CONDUCTOR: Andrew Davis PRODUCTION: Susan Stroman CAST: Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Alek Shrader, Thomas Allen Approximate running time: 2 hours 32 minutes approx (inc. intermission) Originally screened in the 2014/2015 season

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Met Opera 2014-2015 season: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG - Wagner

Richard Wagner’s

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Screening from February 21, 2015

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.

CONDUCTOR: James Levine PRODUCTION: Otto Schenk CAST: Annette Dasch, Karen Cargill, Johan Botha, Paul Appleby, Johan Reuter, Johannes Martin Kränzle,  Hans-Peter König, Martin Gantner, Matthew Rose Approximate running time: 6 hours incl. intermission (Check closer to screening date)

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