The Met: Live in HD’s 2017-18 Season Kicks Off October 7 With A New Production of Bellini’s Norma

New York, NY (February 15, 2017) 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 7, with a new production of Bellini’s Normadirected by Sir David McVicar and conducted by Carlo Rizzi, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed Normas, Sondra Radvanovsky.

Live in HDaudiences around the world will see ten live performances from the Met’s 2017-18 season. The Met: Live in HDis the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 22 million tickets sold over the first 11 years of the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

The 2017-18 HD season was announced by Met General Manager Peter Gelb.

“This season, 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 Gelb. “The HD schedule includes repertory favorites and stimulating rarities with something for neophytes and aficionados alike.”

The 2017-18 Live in HDseason will feature the series’ first broadcast of Bellini’s Norma starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role; 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 Millerstarring 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 Kristine Opolais and Vittorio Grigolo; Mozart’sCosì fan tutteset in the 1950s in Coney Island, with an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’HaraThe season will also feature Mozart’s full-length German opera Die Zauberflöteconducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine (the abridged version of The Magic Flute was the first Live in HDtransmission 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 Bohèmefeaturing Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano as the young Parisian lovers, Mimì and Rodolfo.

Complete details, including casting, are available below.

Season at a Glance: The Met: Live in HD2017-18

The HD season will begin on Saturday, October 7 at 12:55 p.m. with Norma. Future transmissions are as follows: Die Zauberflöte(October 14 at 12:55 p.m.); The Exterminating Angel(November 18 at 12:55 p.m.); Tosca(January 27 at 12:55 p.m.); L’Elisir d’Amore (February 10 at 12:00 p.m.); La Bohème(February 24 at 12:30 p.m.); Semiramide(March 10 at 12:55 p.m.); Così fan tutte(March 31 at 12:55 p.m.); Luisa Miller(April 14 at 12:30 p.m.); and Cendrillon(April 28 at 12:55 p.m.). All ten operas will be Saturday matinee performances, transmitted live from the Met stage. All start times are Eastern Time; for local start times and rebroadcast information, please

The Met: Live in HD2017-18 Schedule

Norma –Vincenzo Bellini NEW PRODUCTION

October 7, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Conductor: Carlo Rizzi

Production: Sir David McVicar

Set Designer: Robert Jones

Costume Designer: Moritz Junge

Lighting Designer: Paule Constable

Cast:Sondra Radvanovsky (Norma), Joyce DiDonato (Adalgisa), Joseph Calleja (Pollione), Matthew Rose (Oroveso)

The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovskyin the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago—making her one of the world’s leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Joyce DiDonatoco-stars as Norma’s colleague and rival, Adalgisa, opposite Joseph Callejaas Pollione and Matthew Roseas Oroveso. Carlo Rizziconducts and Sir David McVicardirects the new production.

Die Zauberflöte(Mozart)

October 14, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Conductor: James Levine

Production: Julie Taymor

Set Designer: George Tsypin

Costume Designer: Julie Taymor

Lighting Designer: Donald Holder

Puppet Designers:Julie Taymor and Michael Curry

Choreographer: Mark Dendy

Cast:Golda Schultz (Pamina), Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night), Charles Castronovo (Tamino), Markus Werba (Papageno), Christian Van Horn (Sprecher), Sarastro (René Pape)

Met Music Director Emeritus James Levineconducts Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’sproduction of Mozart’s masterpiece, Die Zauberflöte. Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina with Kathryn Lewekas the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovoas the fairy tale prince Tamino, Markus Werbaas the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Hornas Sprecher, and René Papeas Sarastro. The holiday presentation of The Magic Flute, an abridged staging sung in English for families, was the first Live in HDperformance to be transmitted. This is the first time the full-length German opera will be seen in the series.

The Exterminating Angel –Thomas Adès MET PREMIERE

November 18, 2017 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Conductor:Thomas Adès

Libretto:Tom Cairns, in collaboration with the composer

Production: Tom Cairns

Set and Costume Designer: Hildegard Bechtler

Lighting Designer: Jon Clark

Projection: Finn Ross

Cast: Audrey Luna (Leticia Maynar), Amanda Echalaz (Lucia de Nobile), Sally Matthews (Silvia de Ávila), Sophie Bevan (Beatriz), Alice Coote (Leonora Palma), Christine Rice (Blanca Delgado), Iestyn Davies (Francisco de Ávila), Joseph Kaiser (Edmundo de Nobile), Frédéric Antoun (Raúl Yebenes), David Portillo (Eduardo), David Adam Moore (Col. Álvaro Gómez), Rod Gilfry (Alberto Roc), Kevin Burdette (Señor Russell), Christian Van Horn (Julio), John Tomlinson (Dr. Carlos Conde)

The Exterminating Angelhas its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès.The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film. Directed by the librettist Tom Cairns, the ensemble cast features Audrey Lunaas Leticia Maynar; Amanda Echalazas Lucia de Nobile; Sally Matthewsas Silvia de Ávila and Sophie Bevanas Beatriz,both in Met debuts; Alice Coote as Leonora Palma; Christine Riceas Blanca Delgado; Iestyn Daviesas Francisco de Ávila; Joseph Kaiseras Edundo de Nobile; Frédéric Antounin his Met debut as Raúl Yebenes; David Portilloas Edmundo; David Adam Moorein his Met debut as Col. Álvaro Gómez; Rod Gilfryas Alberto Roc; Kevin Burdetteas Señor Russell; Christian Van Hornas Julio; and John Tomlinsonas Dr Carlos Conde. The Exterminating Angelis a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered in 2016.

Tosca – Giacomo Puccini NEW PRODUCTION

January 27, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Conductor: Andris Nelsons

Production: Sir David McVicar

Set and Costume Designer: John Macfarlane

Lighting Designer: David Finn

Choreographer: Leah Hausman

Cast: Kristine Opolais (Tosca), Vittorio Grigolo (Cavaradossi), Bryn Terfel (Scarpia), Patrick Carfizzi (Sacristan)

Andris Nelsons conducts a new staging of Puccini’s dramatic tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar. Kristine Opolais and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel as the villainous Scarpia.

L’Elisir d’Amore(Donizetti)

February 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Conductor: Domingo Hindoyan

Production: Bartlett Sher

Set Designer: Michael Yeargan

Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber

Lighting Designed By: Jennifer Tipton

Cast: Pretty Yende (Adina), Matthew Polenzani (Nemorino), Davide Luciano (Belcore), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Dulcamara)

Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, staged by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina, with Matthew Polenzanias Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Davide Luciano makes his Met debut as the role of Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Belcore and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. Domingo Hindoyan makes his company debut conducting.

La Bohème(Puccini)

February 24, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Conductor: Marco Armiliato

Production: Franco Zeffirelli

Set Designer: Franco Zeffirelli

Costume Designer: Peter J. Hall

Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler

Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì), Susanna Phillips (Musetta), Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo), Lucas Meachem (Marcello), Alexey Lavrov (Schaunard), Matthew Rose (Colline), Paul Plishka (Benoit/Alcindoro)

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of La Bohème,the most-performed opera in Met history. Sonya Yonchevastars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabianoas the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillipsreprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachemsings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. The cast also features Alexey Lavrovand Matthew Roseas Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro in this performance, led by Marco Armiliato.

Semiramide(Rossini) FIRST TIME IN HD

March 10, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Conductor:Maurizio Benini

Production: John Copley

Set Designer: John Conklin

Costume Designer: Michael Stennett

Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler

Cast: Angela Meade (Semiramide), Elizabeth DeShong (Arsace), Javier Camarena (Idreno), Ildar Abdrazakov (Assur), Ryan Speedo Green (Oroe)

Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character in Semiramide. Rossini’s opera, which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years, will be conducted by Maurizio Beniniand feature Elizabeth DeShongas the Commander of the Assyrian army Arsace, Javier Camarenaas an Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakovas the prince Assur, and Ryan Speedo Greenas the high priest Oroe.

Così fan tutte(Mozart) NEW PRODUCTION

March 31, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Conductor: David Robertson

Production: Phelim McDermott

Set Designer: Tom Pye

Costume Designer: Laura Hopkins

Lighting Designer: Paule Constable

Cast: Amanda Majeski (Fiordiligi), Serena Malfi (Dorabella), Kelli O’Hara (Despina), Ben Bliss (Ferrando), Adam Plachetka (Guglielmo), Christopher Maltman (Don Alfonso)

Phelim McDermott returns to the Met staging Mozart’s comedy Così fan tutte,led by David Robertson.Set in the 1950s on Coney Island, the cast features Amanda Majeskias the conflicted Fiordiligi; Serena Malfi as her sister, Dorabella; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara as their feisty maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka as the sisters’ fiancés, Ferrando and Guglielmo; and Christopher Maltman as the cynical Don Alfonso. Così fan tutteis a co-production with the English National Opera.

Luisa Miller(Verdi) FIRST TIME IN HD

April 14, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Conductor: James Levine

Production: Elijah Moshinsky
Set and Costume Designer: Santo Loquasto
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler

Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Luisa), Olesya Petrova (Federica), Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo), Plácido Domingo (Miller), Alexander Vinogradov (Walter), Dmitry Belosselskiy (Wurm)

Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts a revival of Luisa Miller,which has not been seen at the Met since 2006.Starring Sonya Yonchevaas a peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczalaas Rodolfo in Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life. The cast also stars Plácido Domingoas Luisa’s father Miller, with Olesya Petrova as Federica, and Alexander Vinogradov in his Met debut and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively, the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.

Cendrillon(Massenet) MET PREMIERE

April 28, 2018 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Conductor:Bertrand de Billy

Production: Laurent Pelly

Set Designer: Barbara de Limburg

Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly

Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler

Cast: Joyce DiDonato (Cendrillon), Alice Coote (Le Prince Charmant), Stephanie Blythe (Madame de la Haltière), Kathleen Kim (La Fée), Laurent Naouri (Pandolfe)

Massenet’s enchanting opera Cendrillon,based on Cinderella, premieres at the Met conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, whose Met credits include staging Donizetti’s La Fille du Régimentand Massenet’s Manon.Joyce DiDonatoadds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, a role she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Cooteas Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blytheas the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kimas the Fée, and Laurent Naourias Pandolfe. Cendrillonis produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Brussels; and Opéra de Lille. This production was first performed at The Santa Fe Opera.

The Met: HD Live in Schools

The Met’s HD Live in Schools program will continue for its 11th season, partnering with 45 school districts across the country to bring the Met’s live HD transmissions to students and teachers. The Met’s HD education program includes backstage visits for students, who learn how costumes and scenery are constructed; Q&As with artists; access to final dress rehearsals; in-school workshops; and teacher training workshops. Program and curriculum guides are created for in-school use in conjunction with HD screenings. HD Live in Schools is generously supported by Bank of America, with program support provided through a partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

In the coming season, students will study Die Zauberflöte, Tosca, L’Elisir d’Amore, Così fan tutte,and Cendrillon.

About The Met: Live in HD

The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 theaters in 71 countries, makes the Met the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content and the only arts institution with an ongoing global series of this scale. When the series launched in 2006, the Met was the first arts company to experiment with alternative cinema content. Since then, the program has grown every season, with more than 22 million tickets sold to date.

The Met: Live in HD series has increased accessibility to Met performances for audiences around the world. With a global average ticket price of $23 in the 2016-17 season, the series has made world-class performances accessible to millions of opera lovers each season.

Met stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing popular behind-the-scenes features.

Tickets for the 10 transmissions in the 2017-18 Live in HD season will go on sale on July 19, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada, with Met Members offered priority before tickets are made available to the general public. International ticket sales dates and details on ordering tickets for the 2017-18 Live in HDseries vary from country to country and will be announced separately by individual distributors.

The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr.

Within months of their initial live transmissions, the Live in HD programs are shown on PBS. The PBS series, Great Performances at the Met, is produced in association with PBS and WNET, with support from Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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