Met Opera Live in HD season, tickets

Sep 13, 2017
Following the rapturous response to his last opera, “The Tempest,” the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel,” inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name.

Rockland — Tickets are on sale for the Met’s Emmy and Peabody awards-winning Live in HD series’ 2017-18 season, which begins Saturday, Oct. 7, with the company’s new production of Bellini’s “Norma.”

Now in its 12th season, the series brings New York City’s prestigious Metropolitan Opera to movie theater audiences nationwide. Featuring new talent as well as seasoned veterans, The Met: Live in HD 2017-18 season features 10 transmissions including five new productions, two of which are Met premieres. The Strand Theatre will broadcast each live event on a Saturday; and re-broadcast an encore performance on a following Tuesday.

In addition to seeing the opera presentations, audiences go behind the scenes with the leading artists that make the Met one of the most renowned opera houses in the world. Backstage access includes special interviews with cast and crew and other features exclusive to the Live in HD series.

Tickets for The Met: Live in HD 2017-18 are available online at rocklandstrand.com; by calling the box office at 594-0070 weekdays between noon and 4 p.m.; or at the downtown theater when it is open for scheduled shows.

A 10-performance Season Ticket Package is $255. Tickets for individual live broadcasts are $27, $15/ for students. Encore performance tickets are $23/$5 and are sold day-of-show only, at the box office 90 minutes prior to show time. Student ticket pricing is available to college students with ID. Handling fees apply to phone and online sales.

The season opens with “Norma” Oct. 7, rebroadcast Oct. 17, both at 1 p.m. Bellini’s bel canto tragedy stars Sondra Radvanovsky in 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 DiDonato co-stars as Norma’s colleague and rival, Adalgisa, opposite Joseph Calleja as Pollione and Matthew Rose as Oroveso. Carlo Rizzi conducts and Sir David McVicar directs the new production.

On Oct. 14, rebroadcast Oct. 24, the series presents “Die Zauberflöte” at 1 p.m. Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Tony Award–winner Julie Taymor’s production of Mozart’s masterpiece. Golda Schultz makes her Met debut as Pamina with Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Charles Castronovo as the fairy tale prince Tamino, Markus Werba as the bird-catching Papageno, Christian Van Horn as Sprecher and René Pape as Sarastro. The holiday presentation of “The Magic Flute,” an abridged staging sung in English for families, was the first Live in HD performance to be transmitted. This is the first time the full-length German opera will be seen in the series.

Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel” will make its Met premiere Nov. 18, rebroadcast  Nov. 28, at 1 p.m., conducted by the composer. The 2016 opera, 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 Luna as Leticia Maynar; Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile; Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila and Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, both in Met debuts; Alice Coote as Leonora Palma; Christine Rice as Blanca Delgado; Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila; Joseph Kaiser as Edundo de Nobile; Frédéric Antoun in his Met debut as Raúl Yebenes; David Portillo as Edmundo; David Adam Moore in his Met debut as Col. Álvaro Gómez; Rod Gilfry as Alberto Roc; Kevin Burdette as Señor Russell; Christian Van Horn as Julio; and John Tomlinson as Dr. Carlos Conde. “The Exterminating Angel” is a co-commission and co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Royal Danish Theatre; and Salzburg Festival, where the production premiered last year.

A new production of Puccini’s “Tosca” will be presented Jan. 27, rebroadcast Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. Levine conducts a new staging of Puccini’s dramatic tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar. Sonya Yoncheva and Vittorio Grigolo star as the heroine Tosca and her lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel as the villainous Scarpia.

“L’Élisir d’Amore” will be presented Feb. 10 and encored Feb. 20 at noon. Donizetti’s comic gem, staged by Bartlett Sher, stars Pretty Yende as the spirited Adina with Matthew Polenzani as 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.

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production of “La Bohème,” presented Feb. 24 and rebroadcast March 6 at 12:30 p.m. In the most-performed opera in Met history, Sonya Yoncheva stars as Mimì opposite Michael Fabiano as the passionate writer Rodolfo. Susanna Phillips reprises the role of the flirtatious Musetta and Lucas Meachem sings the role of her lover, the painter Marcello. This performance, led by Marco Armiliato, also features Alexey Lavrov and Matthew Rose as Rodolfo and Marcello’s friends Schaunard and Colline; and Paul Plishka as Benoit and Alcindoro.

Rossini’s “Semiramide,” which has not been seen at the Met in 25 years, makes its HD premiere March 10, rebroadcast March 20, at 1 p.m. Angela Meade makes her Met role debut as the title character. The opera will be conducted by Maurizio Benini and features Elizabeth DeShong as the Commander of the Assyrian army Arsace, Javier Camarena as an Indian king Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as the prince Assur and Ryan Speedo Green as the high priest Oroe.

A new production of “Così fan tutte,” set in the 1950s on Coney Island, will be live March 31 and encored April 10, both at 1 p.m. Phelim McDermott returns to the Met to stage Mozart’s comedy, led by David Robertson. The cast features Amanda Majeski as 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 tutte” is a co-production with the English National Opera.

Another Live in HD premiere will be Verdi’s “Luisa Miller,” not been seen at the Met since 2006, presented April 14 and rebroadcast April 24 at 12:30 p.m. Levine conducts the revival starring Sonya Yoncheva as peasant girl Luisa opposite Piotr Beczala as 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 features Plácido Domingo as Luisa’s father Miller; Olesya Petrova as Federica; Alexander Vinogradov, in his Met debut, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as Walter and Wurm respectively — the ruthless men determined to tear Luisa and Rodolfo apart.

The Live in HD season concludes with “Cendrillon” April 28, with an encore May 8, at 1 p.m. Massenet’s enchanting opera 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 Régiment” and Massenet’s “Manon.” Joyce DiDonato adds another role to her Met repertory as the title character, which she has sung to acclaim at the Grand Teatre del Liceu, Santa Fe Opera and Royal Opera, Covent Garden. The cast also stars Alice Coote as Prince Charmant, Stephanie Blythe as the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, Kathleen Kim as the Fée and Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe. “Cendrillon” is 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.

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

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