Tickets for the highly anticipated 2013-2014 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD season go on sale this month at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Met Member season tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 16; general public season tickets will available Wednesday, Aug. 21, and online single ticket sales will start Friday, Aug. 30. The Met Live season includes 10 live opera Saturday broadcasts from New York, with Tuesday encore broadcasts scheduled for each.

The series will open Oct. 5 with Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” starring Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala in a new production conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Deborah Warner. The early season also includes William Kentridge’s innovative production of Shostakovich’s “The Nose” Oct. 26, starring Paulo Szot; and Puccini’s classic drama “Tosca” Nov. 9, with Patricia Racette as the tempestuous title character and Robert Alagna as her devoted lover.

Met Music Director James Levine will return to the podium to lead a new production of Verdi’s “Falstaff” Dec. 14, directed by Robert Carsen. The series will continue into 2014 with Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s “Rusalka,” conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin Feb. 8; a new production of Borodin’s rarely heard epic “Prince Igor” conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut and starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role March 1; Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča in a new staging by Richard Eyre of Massenet’s tragic romance “Werther” March 15; Puccini’s timeless love story “La Bohème” with Vittorio Grigolo starring in Franco Zeffirelli’s immensely popular production April 5; the first Live in HD performance of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” conducted by Levine, April 26; and Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in Rossini’s Cinderella story “La Cenerentola,” led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi, May 10.

The season ticket price is $255, plus a $15 service charge. Individual tickets for live broadcast are $27; tickets for encore broadcasts are $23, $5 for students; contact the Strand for group single ticket pricing. For more information on all upcoming concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or