MET: Live In HD 2017-18 Season



The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, will begin its 12th season on October 7th, with a new production of Bellini’s Norma directed by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed Normas, Sondra Radvanovsky.

The 2017-18 Live in HD season continues with the Met premiere of Thomas Adès‘s The Exterminating Angel; Rossini’s Semiramide, which has not been staged at the Met in 25 years; Verdi’s tragedy Luisa Miller starring Sonya Yoncheva and Plácido Domingo; and the Met premiere of Massenet’s Cendrillon, starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role. In addition to the productions new to Live in HD, audiences can see the Met’s new stagings of Puccini’s Tosca, starring Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo; Mozart’s Così fan tutte set in the 1950s in Coney Island, with an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara. The season will also feature Mozart’s full-length German opera Die Zauberflöte (the abridged version of The Magic Flute was the first Live in HD transmission in the series); Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, starring Pretty Yende in her first Met performances as the spirited Adina with Matthew Polenzani reprising Nemorino, and Puccini’s La Bohème featuring Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young Parisian lovers, Mimì and Rodolfo.

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Get a sneak peek of the recently announced Met: Live in HD 2018-19 season.


Norma (Bellini) 7th October 2017 | 17:55
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) 14th October 2017 | 17:55
The Exterminating Angel (Adès) 18th November 2017 | 17:55
Tosca (Puccini) 27th January 2018 | 17:55
L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) 10th February 2018 | 17:00
La Bohème (Puccini) 24th February 2018 | 17:30
Semiramide (Rossini) 10th March 2018 | 17:55
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) 31st March 2018 | 17:55
Luisa Miller (Verdi) 14th April 2018 | 17:30
Cendrillon (Massenet) 28th April 2018 | 17:55



NORMA (Vincenzo Bellini)

Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title role of Bellini's Norma. Photo by Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera.

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 | 17:55
A new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, Norma, opens the Met’s Live in HD season, with Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover, and Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule.

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A scene from Mozart's Die Zauberflošte. Photo: Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 | 17:55
The full-length, German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.

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Saturday, November 18th, 2017 | 17:55
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.

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TOSCA (Puccini)

Saturday, January 27th, 2018 | 17:55
Rivaling the splendour of Franco Zeffirelli’s Napoleonic-era sets and costumes, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for extraordinary singing. Sonya Yoncheva stars as the title prima donna alongside Vittorio Grigolo in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi and Željko Lučić as the depraved police chief Scarpia.

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L’ELISIR D’AMORE (Donizetti)

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 | 17:00
Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met as the feisty Adina, opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts.

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LA BOHEME (Puccini)

Saturday, February 24th, 2018 | 17:30
The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production starring a cast of young stars, including Sonya Yoncheva as the fragile Mimì and Michael Fabiano as the poet Rodolfo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

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Saturday, March 10th, 2018 | 17:55
This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast.

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Saturday, March 31st, 2018 | 17:55
A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott’s clever vision of Mozart’s comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other’s faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

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Saturday, April 14th, 2018 | 17:30
Plácido Domingo adds yet another role to his legendary Met career in this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy of fatherly love. Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role opposite Piotr Beczała in the first Met performances of the opera in more than ten years.

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Saturday, April 28th, 2018 | 17:55
For the first time ever, Massenet’s sumptuous take on the Cinderella story comes to the Met. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as the imperious Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly’s imaginative storybook production.

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Get a sneak peek of  the recently announced 2018-19 Met: Live in HD season. Tickets go on sale 1st September 2018 in all participating venues.

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