The Metropolitan Opera Live 2019–2020
The Metropolitan Opera Live
The Metropolitan Opera's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD series returns to the big screen with the 2019-2020 season. All live events take place on Saturdays. In addition to the live events, encore presentations at select locations take place on Wednesdays. The full schedule of events follows below. Don’t miss the chance to experience incomparable performances live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as special interviews and behind-the-scenes features exclusive to the Live in HD series, all from the comfort of your neighborhood cinema!
Upcoming 2019-2020 Season:
Franco Zeffirelli directed eleven spectacular operas at the Met, starting in 1964 with Falstaff. Most of those productions have been retired, but Turandot and La Bohème seem to be irreplaceable. Christine Goerke will sing the murderous Ice Princess, collector of the severed heads of men. With Roberto Aronica as Calaf and James Morris as Timur.
Lisette Oropesa will sing the jewel-obsessed heroine, with Michael Fabiano as her totally smitten lover, des Grieux, the periodically de-frocked priest who retreats to religion when he loses at love. Two operas about Manon remain in the standard repertoire (the other is Manon Lescaut by Puccini), both based on the somewhat autobiographical story by Abbé Prévost.
Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns to cinemas, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes Andrea Carè as Pinkerton, Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.
A Met premiere, based on the life of Akhnaten (Amenhotep IV). The opera is sung in several languages, including the ancient Egyptian of a poem by Akhnaten himself. Counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo is the pharaoh of the title, and J’Nai Bridges is Nefertiti in this production by Phelim McDermott, conducted by Karen Kamensek in her Met debut.
A new production by William Kentridge. An expressionistic masterpiece with intense emotional power. Berg composed it in the aftermath of World War I, exploring the darkness of trauma survivors who live with their lies about themselves, until they can’t. Peter Mattei is the emotionally destroyed Wozzek, and Elza van den Heever is Marie, the conflicted mother of his child.
The Met has chosen this new production by James Robinson to open the new season in September. This opera was last seen at the Met in 1990. Eric Owens sings Porgy and Angel Blue sings Bess. Denyce Graves returns to the Met to sing Maria.
Another Met Premiere. A rarely seen Handel satire of sex and power politics suggesting the scandalous Roman Empire can be seen in the corrupt intrigues of contemporary political classes. Joyce DiDonato is the power-hungry Empress Agrippina and Kate Lindsey is the irresponsible teenager Nerone.
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Der Fliegende Holländer | IN THEATERS March 14 - Get Tickets
Encore March 18 at select theaters - Get Tickets
A new production directed by François Girard who directed the Met’s visceral Parsifal. For the first time at the Met Sir Bryn Terfel sings the role of the mysterious Dutch Captain who has been condemned to wander, sailing the world’s seas until the love of a pure woman can set him free. That will be Anja Kampe as Senta.
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Tosca | IN THEATERS April 11 - Get Tickets
Encore April 15 at select theaters - Get Tickets
The David McVicar production starring Anna Netrebko, whose Act 2 scene with Scarpia is one of the dramatic highlights of the season. Michael Volle is the villainous police chief Scarpia, and Brian Jagde will sing the role of Tosca’s lover, Cavaradossi.
Jamie Barton sings the imperious Queen Elizabeth I, who captures and imprisons Mary Queen of Scots, for political, but mostly personal reasons, as they both lust after Leicester. Diana Damrau sings the doomed Mary, who, as she prepares for the chopping block, comments that she has never before removed her clothing for such fine company.
Theaters featuring The Metropolitan Opera Live 2019 - 2020:
Riverview 14 GDX (Riverview)
Holland 7 (Holland)
Jackson 10 (Jackson)
Kalamazoo 10 (Kalamazoo) *Encore performance available.
Krafft 8 (Port Huron)
Oxford 7 (Oxford)
Quality 10 GDX (Saginaw)
Quality 16 (Ann Arbor) *Encore performance available.
W. Columbia 7 (Battle Creek)
Forum 8 (Columbia)