Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Met: Captured Live in HD’s 2012-13 Season Features 12 Operas, Including Seven New Productions (Two of Which Are Met Premieres)

Captured Live in HD season kicks off on
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 November with a new production of
L’Elisir d’Amore starring Anna Netrebko


International stars include Roberto Alagna, Marcelo Álvarez, Piotr Beczala, Stephanie Blythe, Olga Borodina, Katarina Dalayman, Diana Damrau, David Daniels, Natalie Dessay, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Barbara Frittoli, Elīna Garanča, Marcello Giordani, Susan Graham, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jonas Kaufmann, Simon Keenlyside, Mariusz Kwiecien, Peter Mattei,
René Pape, Sondra Radvanovsky, Deborah Voigt, and Eva-Maria Westbroek

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The Met: Captured Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of captured live screenings in cinemas around the world, will feature 12 productions in the 2012-13 season. The series opens on 3 & 4 November with Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien in a new production by Bartlett Sher, and continues with Verdi’s Otello (November 17 & 18), starring Johan Botha and Renée Fleming, conducted by Semyon Bychkov; the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Tempest (December 1 & 2), conducted by the composer, directed by Robert Lepage, and starring Simon Keenlyside; Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (December 15 & 16), with Elīna Garanča, Giuseppe Filianoti, and Barbara Frittoli;  a new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (January 12 & 13), directed by David Alden, conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi, and starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Stephanie Blythe; Verdi’s Aida (January 26 & 27), starring debuting soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, Olga Borodina, and Roberto Alagna; Berlioz’s Les Troyens (February 9 & 10), conducted by Luisi and starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, and Marcello Giordani; the Met premiere of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (February 23 & 24), directed by David McVicar and starring Joyce DiDonato in the title role; a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto (March 23 & 24), starring Željko Lučić, Diana Damrau, and Piotr Beczala, directed by Michael Mayer in his Met debut, conducted by Michele Mariotti; a new production of Wagner’s Parsifal (April 13 & 14), starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, and René Pape, directed by François Girard and conducted by Daniele Gatti; Zandonai’s rarely heard Francesca da Rimini (May 4 & 5), with Eva-Maria Westbroek and Giordani; and a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare (May 18 & 19), directed by McVicar and starring David Daniels as Caesar and Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra.
“Our captured live continue to transform the public’s perception of opera and to excite our performers and our audiences around the world,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “For our entire company, there is nothing quite like one of our adrenaline-packed Saturday matinee screenings.”

About The Met: Captured Live in HD in Australia
The Met: Captured Live in HD, the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1800 cinemas in 54 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The Met was the first arts company to experiment as an alternative content provider, beginning on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than ten million tickets sold to date. Close to 3 million tickets are expected to be sold in the current season alone.
Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live (captured live for Australia) interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, the Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg.
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