Metropolitan Opera 2019-20 Live In HD Preview: Hui He Leads A Performance of ‘Madama Butterfly’

By David Salazar
(Credit: Richard Termine)

The Met Opera’s Live in HD series for the 2019-20 season continues on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 12, 2019 with a transmission of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

The broadcast, which kicks off 12:55 p.m. Eastern time, stars Hui He in the title role, Andrea Carè as Pinkerton, Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.

This is the first Live in HD broadcast for both Hui He and Carè; for DeShong, this will be HD transmission number five following “La Rondine,” “The Enchanted Island,” “Lulu,” and “Semiramide.” Szot will be appearing in his third such simulcast following appearnaces in “Manon” and “The Nose.”

“The character’s volatile emotions were expertly captured by Hui He throughout her time onstage, with her sensitivity to the words of others able to drive extended passages of suspicious or romantic fervor,” said OperaWire’s review of the soprano’s performance.

Find out which theaters in your local area are transmitting the simulcast by clicking here.

This is the third Live in HD transmission of the season. It will be followed by “Akhnaten” on Nov. 29, “Wozzeck” on Jan. 11, 2020, “Porgy and Bess” on Feb. 1, “Agrippina” on Feb. 29, “Der Fliegende Holländer” on March 14, “Tosca” on April 11, and “Maria Stuarda” on May 9, 2020.

UPDATE: Bruce Sledge makes his HD debut as Pinkerton replacing Andrea Carè