The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2017-18

The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2017-18

The 2017-18 season of The Met: Live in HD will kick off October 29 with Norma. The series will continue with Die Zauberflöte (November 12), The Exterminating Angel (December 10), Tosca (February 11), L’Elisir d’Amore (March 4), La Bohème (April 8), Semiramide (April 29), Così fan tutte (May 27), Luisa Miller (June 17), and Cendrillon (July 22).

The Met’s groundbreaking series launched in 2006 and quickly established the company as the world’s leading alternative cinema content provider. More than 21 million tickets have been sold since the series’ inception, and the series currently reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 71 countries around the world.

“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 Peter Gelb, Met General Manager. “It’s a season of repertory favorites and stimulating rarities, with something for neophytes and aficionados alike.”

Among the season’s revivals are some rarely performed stagings, including Verdi’s Luisa Miller, and Rossini's Semiramide, last performed at the Met in 1993.

  • Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    Runtime: 240 Minutes
    Starring: Angela Meade, Elizabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ryan Speedo Green
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: La Fenice, Venice, 1823. Semiramide encourages her lover Assur to murder her husband, King Ninus. Her son, Ninius, disappears, believed dead, and Semiramide rules in her own right. Fifteen years later, as the opera opens, she is about to announce the name of her successor. Idreno and Assur are the leading candidates for the throne and the hand of Azema, but it turns out that Semiramide has taken a fancy to young Arsace, her victorious military leader who has been summoned back to Babylon. However Arsace himself is in love with Azema, and she loves him. Not only that, but although he has been raised in the distant state of Scythia, something only the high priest Oroe knows is that Arsace is actually Ninius, the son of Ninus and Semiramide, rescued and spirited away to safety after the coup. As the queen announces that Arsace is her successor, the ghost of her late husband appears from his tomb, demanding that Arsace punish the late king’s murderers. Assur and Semiramide resort to mutual recriminations, while Oroe tells Arsace of his true identity. All the principals gather in Ninus’ tomb, where Assur has decided to kill Arsace. Oroe forestalls him by ordering Arsace to kill Assur, but the queen interposes herself in the darkness and is killed instead. Assur is arrested, and Arsace, horrified at having killed his own mother, finally accepts the throne with great reluctance.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    Runtime: 236 Minutes
    Starring: Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O'Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, Christopher Maltman
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790. The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an old story (it has antecedents in Boccaccio, Shakespeare, and Cervantes, among others) with a startlingly modern tone; and a beautiful score depicting questionable behavior. Così fan tutte was only moderately successful at its premiere and remained just outside the standard repertoire for more than a century. Così still poses unique challenges, and correspondingly unique rewards, for the public today. Every possible impression of love—from the loftiest to the basest—is explored in this extraordinary opera.
  • Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Runtime: 238 Minutes
    Starring: Piotr Beczala, Plácido Domingo, Alexander Vinogradov, Dmitry Belosselskiy
    Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
    Luisa Miller is in love with a stranger, and like all fathers, Miller is worried about this suitor. His suspicions are correct — the man calls himself Carlo, but is really Rodolfo, son of the powerful Count. The double-crossing Wurm knows his true identity, and reveals it to Miller, craftily trying to win Luisa for himself. He also tells the Count that his son Rodolfo is in love with Luisa. The Count is furious — he has higher plans for his only son's marriage. He arrests Miller, and tries to arrest Luisa too, before Rodolfo intervenes. Wurm tells Luisa the only way to save her father from the Count is to write a letter, claiming she never loved Rodolfo and pledging herself to Wurm. Distraught, Luisa agrees, and Wurm's poisonous plan is set in motion…
  • Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
    Runtime: 197 Minutes
    Starring: Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, Laurent Naouri
    Language: French (with English subtitles)
    Premiere: Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique, Paris, 1899. A storybook kingdom. Pandolfe, a country gentleman, has married Madame de la Haltière, an imperious countess. She and her daughters, Noémie and Dorothée, bully Pandolfe’s daughter from his first marriage, Lucette—known as Cendrillon.