One of the most hotly anticipated parts of every Met Opera season has to be the Live in HD Series.
Arguably the most successful aspect of Peter Gelb’s tenure with the company, the video recordings of live performances work on so many levels. Not only do they connect with audiences worldwide, but they immortalize performances and interpretations of beloved works and performers for years and years to come. Knowing that you will be able to continually go back to a great performance is a treasure that is so hard to come by in live theater and the Met’s ability to capitalize on this is fantastic.
Here are the HD performances for the 2017-18 season.
“Norma” (October 7): After its opening night, Bellini’s opera will be featured on the HD series for the time with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joseph Calleja and Joyce DiDonato in the leading roles.
“Die Zauberflöte” (October 14): James Levine conducts Rene Pape, Golda Schultz, Kathryn Lewek, Charles Castronuovo and Markuys Werba in the Mozart classic.
“The Exterminating Angel” (November 18): Composer Thomas Adès conducts his own opera in a production that includes Audrey Luna, Alice Coote, Iestyn Davies, Sally Matthews, David Portillo and Amanda Echalaz among others.
“Tosca” (January 27): David McVicar’s new production will mark the third time Puccini’s masterpiece is put on HD. This time Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann will star in the work with Bryn Terfel as the villanous Scarpia. Andris Nelsons conducts. UPDATE: Vittorio Grigolo will sing the role of Cavaradossi instead of Jonas Kaufmann
“L’Elisir d’Amore” (February 10): Pretty Yende, hot off a tremendous 2016-17 season with the company stars opposite Matthew Polenzani in the Donizetti comedy. Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and Davide Luciano play Dulcamara and Belcore respectively while Domingo Hindoyan conducts.
“La Bohème” (February 24): Sonya Yoncheva, Susanna Phillips and Michael Fabiano star in Puccini’s timeless masterwork.
“Semiramide” (March 10): Angela Meade takes on the iconic title role with Elzabeth DeShong, Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov and Ryan Speedo Green rounding out the cast. Maurizio Benini conducts.
“Così fan tutte” (March 31): David Robertson conducts Phelim McDermott’s new production which stars Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Adam Platchetka, Christopher Maltman and Kelly O’Harra.
“Luisa Miller” (April 14): Plácido Domingo, Sonya Yoncheva and Piotr Beczala lead the starry cast in Verdi’s timeless tale.
“Cendrillon” (April 28): Joyce DiDonato will lead Massenet’s cinderella story in the Met’s first ever production of the work. Alice Coote, Laurent Naouri, Stephanie Blythe and Kathleen Kim round out the cast.