The New Met: Live in HD On The Big Screen Launches With Aïda

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 13th season on 3 November, with the Met’s grand production of Verdi’s Aida, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko.

Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radamès and Anna Netrebko

Operatic superstar Anna Netrebko needs little introduction to opera buffs. The celebrated soprano takes centre stage in Verdi’s Aida one of the world’s most popular operas – along with Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radamès, and conducted by Maestro Nicola Luisotti.

Both Netrebko and Rachvelishvili earned high praise from critics: the New York Times, for example, stated that “there was something fresh and exploratory about [Netrebko’s] performance… Yet it also felt fully formed, dramatically deep. And she sang magnificently… The mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili… was a molten-voiced, impetuous and, in crucial moments, affectingly vulnerable Amneris.”

Screening date: 3 November 2018.

Dazzling costumes and scenery, along with acclaimed performances by tenor Roberto Alagna and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča led Vogue to describe Samson et Dalila as “a feast for the eyes and ears”, while WQXR hailed the production as “epic, pagan and sexy …[with] spectacular visual elements.” Conducted by Sir Mark Elder and staged by Tony Award–winning director Darko Tresnjak, Samson et Delila revisits the biblical story of the two lovers, whose romance ends in betrayal. This is Camille Saint Saens’s most regularly performed opera, and features the beloved arias “Printemps qui commence” (“Spring begins”) and “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” (“Softly awakes my heart”) – Elīna Garanča’s performance of which the New York Times called “sumptuous … She brought elegant and pining emotion to Dalila’s great aria”. Screening date: 28 November 2018

The 2018-19 Live in HD season features ten transmissions, including four new productions: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila (23 Nov), directed by Darko Tresnjak and conducted by Sir Mark Elder with Elna Garana and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the U.S. premiere production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie (15 Dec), based on Winston Graham’s suspenseful thriller, directed by Michael Mayer with Isabel Leonard as the title character; Mayer’s new staging of Verdi’s La Traviata (12 January, 2019), conducted by incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey; and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur (9 February 2019), starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in Sir David McVicar’s new staging.

Pretty Yende in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment

In addition to Aida and the four new productions, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Poulenc’s 20th-century masterpiece Dialogues des Carmélites (8 June 2019)for the first time in cinemas, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, along with classic revivals of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (1 Dec, 2018), with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie and Jonas Kaufmann as Dick Johnson; Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen (9 March, 2019), starring Clémentine Margaine as the alluring gypsy, opposite Roberto Alagna as Don José; Laurent Pelly’s whimsical reimagining of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment (30 March 2019), with Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende as Tonio and Marie; and the most popular of Wagner’s four epic Ring operas, Die Walküre (27 April 2019), with Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.

The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 24 million tickets sold since the inception of the series in 2006. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,200 movie theaters and performing arts centers in more than 70 countries.

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