Every year, Metropolitan Opera audiences get pumped for a few things. But not many carry as much excitement as the Live in HD series.
Every year the Met chooses a handful (or two) performances to showcase around the globe on the silver screen. Those are usually high profile presentations of new productions with opera’s greatest stars. And as you might expect, this year is no different. So without further ado, here is a breakdown of the Live in HD series for the 2018-19 season.
Verdi’s “Aida” (October 6, 2018): The HD performance will star Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, and Aleksandrs Antonenko under the musical direction of Nicola Luisotti.
Saint-Saens’ “Samson et Dalila” (October 20, 2018): The opening night production will get its live transmission on Oct. 20,2018, with Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca in the title roles.
Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West” (October 27, 2018): Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek star in the Puccini opera under maestro Marco Armiliato.
Muhly’s “Marnie” (November 10, 2018): Isabel Leonard leads the new production. Christopher Maltman and Iestyn Davies also appear in the Muhly opera.
Verdi’s “La Traviata” (December 15, 2018): Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey in a new production by Michael Mayer.
Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” (Jan 12, 2019): The New Years Eve new production will also get a run on the big screen with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala in leading roles. The new production is by David McVicar and also stars Anita Rachvelishvili.
Bizet’s “Carmen” (Feb. 2, 2019): Clémentine Margaine takes on her signature role opposite Roberto Alagna under Louis Langrée. Aleksandra Kurzak also stars.
Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” (March 2, 2019): The Donizetti work will showcase Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena in the leading roles alongside Stephanie Blythe as the Marquise of Berkenfield and Alessandro Corbelli as Suplice.
Wagner’s “Die Walküre” (March 30, 2019): The second opera in Wagner’s tetralogy gets an HD showcase with a cast that includes Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Stuart Skelton, Jamie Barton, and Greer Grimsley under Phillippe Jordan.
Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites” (May 11, 2019): Nézet-Séguin leads a cast that includes Isabel Leonard, Adrianne Pieczonka, Erin Morley, and Karita Matilla, among others, in Poulenc’s masterwork.