Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Live in HD Preview: Rossini’s ‘Semiramide’ Hits Cinemas

(Credit: Ken Howard)

This Saturday, audiences around the world will get a chance to see a rare performance of Rossini’s final Italian opera “Semiramide” in cinemas as part of the company’s famed Live in HD broadcast.

The showcase kicks off at 12:25 p.m. EDT and will star Angela Meade in the title role alongside Elizabeth DeShong as Arsace, Ildar Abdrazakov as Assur, and Javier Camarena as Idreno. The work also features Ryan Speedo Green. Maurizio Benini conducts.

This is the first time that the opera has been staged at the Met in 25 years and is the first time it appears as part of the company’s live in HD series. It is also the sixth Rossini opera to be featured in the series after “Armida (only once),” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia (two times),” “La Cenerentola (two times as well),” “Le Comte Ory (only once),” and “La Donna del Lago (only once).”

This is the latest work in the Live in HD transmission of the season. It will then be followed by “Così fan tutte” on March 31, “Luisa Miller” on April 14, and “Cendrillon” on April 28.


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