Fathom Events & Metropolitan Opera Renew Partnership for Live in HD Series

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Marty Sohl)

Fathom Events and the Metropolitan Opera have renewed The Met: Live in HD series.

The renewal will extend a cultural tradition that has delivered scores of performances from the Met’s stage at New York’s Lincoln Center directly to cinema screens nationwide since 2006.

The partnership between the Met and the leading event-cinema distributor will be renewed through the 2025–26 season which will culminate in the 20th anniversary of the Live in HD program.

The announcement comes ahead of the Dec. 10 Live in HD transmission of “The Hours” by Kevin Puts and is one of seven new Met productions presented in the 2022-23 season, including the opening Live in HD performance, the Met premiere of Cherubini’s “Medea.” The other new productions are Giordano’s “Fedora,” Wagner’s “Lohengrin,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” and “Die Zauberflöte.”

In a statement Ray Nutt, Fathom Events chief executive officer said, “The Met is a cultural touchstone and one of the most iconic global performing-arts brands. As exceptional and distinctly special is the work that The Met brings to audiences, Peter and his team are just as exceptional. They have been an enormously valuable partner in our own growth at Fathom Events. During the term of this new agreement, we will have been partnered for two decades, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Met to bring more high-quality performances to fans around the country.”

Met General Manager Peter Gelb added, “The Met’s Live in HD series has brought the beauty and power of opera to millions of people who ordinarily would not have access to it. We are grateful to have such an excellent partner in Fathom and look forward to continuing our shared mission of making world-class opera available to cinema audiences throughout the United States and beyond.”

Over the years the Live in HD series has obtained an annual audience of 580,000 and has seen a total revenue of over $205 million which translates to approximately 10 million tickets sold.