Metropolitan Opera Announces 2024 Summer HD Festival

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2024 Summer HD Festival.

the company will present HD recordings on the Lincoln Center Plaza from August 23, through September 2.

The free festival will feature ten screenings from the Met’s celebrated Live in HD series and will also include a special screening of the 1998 film “The Red Violin,” directed by François Girard and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Greta Scacchi, and Carlo Cecchi, opens the festival on August 23 at 8PM, co-presented with Film at Lincoln Center.

For each presentation, more than 2,500 seats will be available on the plaza on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required, and there are no rain dates.

Here is the complete listing of operas and start times: 

Friday, August 23, at 8PM: “The Red Violin”

Inspired by the $1.7 million sale of a Stradivarius in 1990, the film follows a mysterious violin from its creation in 17th-century Cremona to a Montreal auction block more than three hundred years later. Along the way, the instrument traces a perilous journey around the globe and is witness to centuries of passion, heartbreak, and unrest. In bringing this sweeping tale to the big screen, director François Girard scouted locations across three continents and assembled a cast of thousands, including Carlo Cecchi, Samuel L. Jackson, Greta Scacchi, and Sylvia Chang.

Saturday, August 24, at 7:30PM: Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”

Soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Benjamin Bernheim perform together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s Shakespeare adaptation, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium. Bartlett Sher’s staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent.

Sunday, August 25, at 8PM: Verdi’s “Nabucco”

Baritone George Gagnidze sings the role of Nabucco, alongside Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille. Mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova and tenor SeokJong Baek are Fenena and Ismaele, and bass Dmitry Belosselskiy is the high priest Zaccaria. Daniele Callegari conducts Verdi’s early masterpiece.

Monday, August 26, at 8PM: Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas”

Mexican composer Daniel Catán’s 1996 opera stars soprano Ailyn Pérez as Florencia in a new production by Mary Zimmerman. The cast also features Gabriella Reyes as the journalist Rosalba, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the ship’s captain, baritone Mattia Olivieri as his first mate, tenor Mario Chang as the captain’s nephew Arcadio, and mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera and baritone Michael Chioldi as the feuding couple Paula and Alvaro, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium.

Tuesday, August 27, at 8PM: Puccini’sLa Rondine

Soprano Angel Blue stars in Puccini’s work opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his company debut as Ruggero. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging with soprano Emily Pogorelc and tenor Bekhzod Davronov also starring.  

Wednesday, August 28, at 7:30PM: Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” 

Director Ivo van Hove directs the company premiere of American composer Jake Heggie’s work “Dead Man Walking.” Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato starring as Sister Helen, bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the death-row inmate Joseph De Rocher, soprano Latonia Moore as Sister Rose, and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as De Rocher’s mother.

Thursday, August 29, at 7:30PM: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”

Director Ivo van Hove directs and Nathalie Stutzmann conducts with a cast that includes baritone Peter Mattei as Don Giovanni, bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana María Martínez, and Ying Fang, and tenor Ben Bliss.

 Friday, August 30, at 7:30PM: Anthony Davis’s “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X”

Anthony Davis’s opera is shown in a production by Robert O’Hara. Baritone Will Liverman sings Malcolm while soprano Leah Hawkins plays his mother, Louise, as well as his wife, Betty. The cast also includes mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis as his sister Ella, bass-baritone Michael Sumuel as his brother Reginald, and tenor Victor Ryan Robertson as Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Kazem Abdullah conducts.

Saturday, August 31, at 7:30PM: Bizet’s “Carmen”

English director Carrie Cracknell directs a new production of Bizet’s masterpiece with mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, tenor Piotr Beczała, soprano Angel Blue, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen. Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Sunday, September 1, at 7:30PM: Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino”

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s work with soprano Lise Davidsen. Director Mariusz Treliński directs the production which stars Brian Jagde as Don Alvaro, baritone Igor Golovatenko as Don Carlo, mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi as Preziosilla, bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone, and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano.

Monday, September 2, at 8PM: Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”

Asmik Grigorian sings the role of Cio-Cio-San alongside tenor Jonathan Tetelman mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, and baritone Lucas Meachem.