Metropolitan Opera Live-in-HD season

Sep 03, 2014
Renée Fleming stars as “The Merry Widow,” the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s operetta, with Nathan Gunn as Danilo.

Rockland — The Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 65 countries around the world will feature 10 operas in the 2014-15 season. Transmitted live from the Met stage, the performances will feature the world's finest singers, conductors and theatrical artists.

More than 14 million tickets to the series have been sold since its inception in 2006. The Strand Theatre will again broadcast the HD series when the season begins in October, and tickets are on sale now.

New Met productions part of this series include three repertory favorites: Mozart's “Le Nozze di Figaro,” directed by Richard Eyre; Lehár's operetta “The Merry Widow,” directed by Susan Stroman in her Met debut and starring Renée Fleming in the title role; and the verismo double bill “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci,” directed by David McVicar.

Operatic rarities having Met premieres in 2014-15 include Tchaikovsky's lyrical fairy tale “Iolanta,” starring Anna Netrebko in the title role and presented in a double bill with Bartók's “Duke Bluebeard's Castle”; and Rossini's bel cantogem “La Donna del Lago,” starring Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in the leading role. The eighth season will begin Oct. 11 with a new production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” featuring Netrebko delivering her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth for the first time at the Met. Bizet’s “Carmen,” Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg,” Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” and Offenbach’s “Les Contes D’hoffman” complete the series.

Met Member Priority and General Public season tickets are available by calling 594-0070. Single-seat ticket purchases also may be done online. Encore re-broadcasts will be offered for each performance.

For the broadcast schedule and ticketing information, visit

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

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