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The Met: Live in HD to premiere in October, with many Utah theaters participating

Published August 21, 2013 1:54 pm
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The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's series of live transmissions to movie theaters, will reach its widest-ever global audience in its eighth season, which begins on October 5 with a new production of Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin."

Met Music Director James Levine makes his highly-anticipated return to the screen with Verdi's "Falstaff" on December 14 and the first Live in HD performance of Mozart's "Così fan tutte" on April 26.

All 10 high-definition productions will be shown live worldwide, and the majority of encore presentations in the United States will be shown on Wednesdays evenings, following the live transmission. For complete information on locations and tickets, visit www.metopera.org/hdlive. There are a number of Utah theaters that show the events, with the closest one to downtown being the Salt Lake Century 16 at 125 E. 3300 South.

The Live in HD series, the world's largest provider of alternative content, reaches more than 1,900 theaters in 64 countries, and offers subtitles in nine languages, including Swedish for the first time this season

The Met: Live in HD Complete 2012-13 Schedule with info provided by The Met: *Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 – EUGENE ONEGIN (10:55 a.m. MT)Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky's fateful romance. Deborah Warner's new production, directed by Fiona Shaw, is set in the late 19th century and captures the splendor and passion of Tchaikovsky's opera. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin's friend turned rival. Russian maestro Valery Gergiev conducts. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 – THE NOSE (10:55 a.m. MT)William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich's opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its sold-out inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat, whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol's comic story. Pavel Smelkov conducts. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 – TOSCA (10:55 a.m. MT)Puccini's timeless verismo score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia. *Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 – FALSTAFF (10:55 a.m. MT)An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen's production—the first new Met Falstaff since 1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role of the blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa and Franco Vassallo. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 –RUSALKA (10:55 a.m. MT)The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting "Song to the Moon" in Dvorák's soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium.*Saturday, March 1, 2014 – PRINCE IGOR (10:55 a.m. MT)Borodin's defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea Noseda conducting. *Saturday, March 15, 2014 – WERTHER (10:55 a.m. MT)Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen. Maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts. Saturday, April 5, 2014 – LA BOHÈME (10:55 a.m. MT)Puccini's moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history—and with good reason. Anita Hartig stars as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with Vittorio Grigolo as her passionate lover, Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as Musetta and Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello. Saturday, April 26, 2014 – COSÌ FAN TUTTE (10:55 a.m. MT)Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart's beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the clever Despina and Maurizio Muraro as the cynical Don Alfonso. Saturday, May 10, 2014 – LA CENERENTOLA (10:55 a.m. MT)A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in "La Cenerentola"—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola's stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro's tutor, Alidoro, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score. *New Production




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