16/17 – MET season overview

MET: Live In HD 2016-17 Season


The Metropolitan Opera in New York is celebrating its 11th season of the ground breaking Live in HD programme. Still the benchmark for the very best of live cinema today, this year the Met is bringing us a selection of 10 wonderful operas from their 2016/2017 season, beamed live to cinemas across Ireland on Saturday evenings, starting in October 2016.

This season the fabulous music and drama on offer includes favourite works from composers Verdi (Nabucco, La Traviata); Mozart (Don Giovanni, Idomeneo); and Wagner (Tristan und Isolde). Also on the menu are Dvorak’s Rusalka, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin,  Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and a dazzling new production of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin.

Travel around the world from 6th Century BC Jerusalem to 18th Century Verona also taking in Crete in the aftermath of the Trojan War and 19th Century Russia, amongst other locations, as you experience the world renowned Met Opera staging at these incomparable live broadcasts. Enjoy ‘up-close’ encounters with today’s most celebrated opera stars, amongst them Nina Stemme (Tristan und Isolde); Thomas Hampson (La Traviata); and Diana Damrau (Romeo et Juliette).

With Classical Arts Ireland, you can enjoy all of this – in your local cinema!

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Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) 8th October 2016
Don Giovanni (Mozart) 22nd October 2016
L’Amour de Loin (Saariaho) 10th December 2016
Nabucco (Verdi) 7th January 2017
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) 21st January 2017
Rusalka (Dvorak) 25th February 2017
La Traviata (Verdi) 11th March 2017
Idomeneo (Mozart) 25th March 2017
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) 22nd April 2017
Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss) 13th May 2017





2016_01_TRISTAN_ISOLDE_01_206Saturday, October 8th, 2016 | 17:00
Tristan und Isolde opens the Met’s Live in HD season in a new production by Mariusz Treliński (the director responsible for the 2014–15 double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle), and will be well served by a cast of outstanding Wagnerians: Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke, with Sir Simon Rattle conducting, in one of his rare appearances at the Met.

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Don GiovanniSaturday, October 22nd, 2016 | 17:55
The charismatic baritone Simon Keenlyside plays the title hero, opera’s ultimate cad, who goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. The ensemble of great Mozartean singers includes Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Rolando Villazón, and Kwangchul Youn. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

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L’AMOUR DE LOIN (Saariaho) New Production

L'Amour de LoinSaturday, December 10th, 2016 | 17:55
Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera finally has its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

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"Va, pensiero" during Verdi's "Nabucco." Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera Taken at the Metropolitan Opera during the rehearsal on September 23, 2011.

Saturday, 7th January, 2016 | 17:55
The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

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ROMEO_JULIETTE_2016_01_02_RGBSaturday, January 21st, 2017 | 17:55
When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher’s new production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.

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RUSALKA (Dvořák)

2016_02_RUSALKA_01_210Saturday, February 25th, 2017 | 17:55
Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

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La TraviataSaturday, March 11th, 2017 | 17:55
Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

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The final scene from Act II of MozartÕs ÒIdomeneo.Ó Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, March 25th, 2017 | 16:55
Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.

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EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky)

ONEGPD_1719aSaturday, April 22nd, 2017 | 17:55
Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei as the lovestruck Tatiana and the aristocratic Onegin. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts. Note: Peter Mattei will replace Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the title role of Onegin, who unfortunately has withdrawn due to illness.

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Saturday, May 13th, 2017 | 17:30
The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.

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