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New York Metropolitan Opera Live In HD 2015–16

The Metropolitan Opera returns to our cinemas with a fine new season that celebrates a decade of Live In HD. Details of the ten world-class presentations, broadcast live via satellite, can be found below. Encore screenings will also be programmed for each production.

There will be one week of Members’ priority booking. Each cinema has a designated on-sale date and time; please see below for your local cinema. General sales will open a week later.

Live: Adults £30 / Members £25 / Students and Retired £25 / Student Members and Retired Members £23 / Children £8
Encore: Adults £20 / Members £15.50 / Students and Retired £15.50 / Student Members and Retired Members £13.50 / Children £8

Members’ priority booking dates and times:

City Screen, York – Monday 20 July, 11.00am | Book tickets
Harbour Lights, Southampton – Monday 20 July, 2.00pm | Book tickets
The Cameo, Edinburgh – Tuesday 21 July, 11.00am | Book tickets
Clapham Picturehouse – Wednesday 22 July, 10.00am | Book tickets
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool – Wednesday 22 July, 12.00 noon | Book tickets
The Little Theatre Cinema, Bath – Wednesday 22 July, 2.00pm | Book tickets
Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton – Thursday 23 July, 10.00am | Book tickets
The Ritzy, Brixton – Thursday 23 July, 2.00pm | Book tickets
Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge – Saturday 25 July, 11.00am | Book tickets
Greenwich Picturehouse – Sunday 26 July, 11.00am | Book tickets
Cinema City, Norwich – Sunday 26 July, 2.00pm | Book tickets
Regal Picturehouse, Henley-on-Thames – Monday 27 July, 11.00am | Book tickets
Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford – Tuesday 28 July, 11.00am | Book tickets
Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse – Tuesday 28 July, 2.00pm | Book tickets
Exeter Picturehouse – Wednesday 29 July, 10.00am | Book tickets
Stratford Picturehouse, London – Wednesday 29 July, 12.00 noon | Book tickets
East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café – Wednesday 29 July, 2.00pm | Book tickets
The Gate, Notting Hill – Thursday 30 July, 10.00am | Book tickets
Picturehouse at National Media Museum, Bradford – Thursday 30 July, 12.00 noon | Book tickets

Saturday 3 October, 5.55

Guiseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore

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Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met – Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Angela Meade sings Leonora in later performances. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

Estimated run time 187 mins

Saturday 17 October, 5.55

Guiseppe Verdi’s Otello

The Met season opens with Verdi’s masterful Otello, inspired by Shakespeare’s play and matching it in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor’s dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desdemona, Otello’s innocent wife and victim; and baritone Željko Lučić plays the evil Iago, who masterminds Otello’s demise. Dynamic maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Estimated run time 207 mins

Saturday 31 October, 4.00

Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser

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James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor, Johan Botha, takes on the daunting title role of the young knight caught between true love and passion. Eva-Maria Westbroek is Elisabeth, adding another Wagner heroine to her Met repertoire after her acclaimed Sieglinde in the Ring a few seasons ago. On the heels of his recent triumph in Parsifal, Peter Mattei sings Wolfram, and Michelle DeYoung is the love goddess, Venus.

Estimated run time 271 mins

Saturday 21 November, 5.30

Alban Berg’s Lulu

Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge (The Nose) applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine. Soprano Marlis Petersen has excited audiences around the world with her portrayal of the tour-de-force title role, a wild journey of love, obsession and death. Susan Graham joins a winning cast, including Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter.

Estimated run time 267 mins

Saturday 16 January, 5.55

Georges Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs De Perles

Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Her suitors are tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, who sing the lilting duet Au Fond Du Temple Saint, which opera fans know and adore. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda brings his romantic flair to the lush score from the composer of Carmen.

Estimated run time 174 mins

Saturday 30 January, 5.55

Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot

Christine Goerke, Lise Lindstrom and Nina Stemme, three of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, take turns in the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand. Tenors Marcelo Álvarez and Marco Berti are Calàf, the brave prince who sings Nessun Dorma and wins her love. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Estimated run time 215 mins

Saturday 5 March, 5.55

Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the stirring score.

Estimated run time 213 mins

Saturday 2 April, 5.55

Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly

Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Two of the world’s foremost Butterflys, sopranos Kristine Opolais and Patricia Racette, share the title role. Tenors Massimo Giordano and Roberto Alagna sing Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.

Estimated run time 228 mins

Saturday 16 April, 5.55

Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills – and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux. Tenor Matthew Polenzani is Devereux, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien complete the principal quartet in the bel canto masterpiece, conducted by Donizetti specialist Maurizio Benini. As with the earlier Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, the production is by Sir David McVicar, who with this staging completes an enormously ambitious directorial accomplishment.

Estimated run time 191 mins

Saturday 30 April, 5.55

Richard Strauss’s Elektra

The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From The House Of The Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme – unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner – who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother, Klytämnestra. Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass-baritone Eric Owens are Elektra’s troubled siblings. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.

Estimated run time 130 mins

29 thoughts on “New York Metropolitan Opera Live In HD 2015–16

  1. Your new website is not as easy and informative in the section Screen Arts as the old one. Please do something about it. In the old one it was very simple to get the programs of all different Opera Houses and Theatres you show, under Screen Arts there were separate links to ROH, MET,NT etc, and now you provide a general list of all of them but incomplete. Sorry but it is A MESS now. Please, please, please IMPROVE and make it customer friendly and not a designer choice!!!!!!

  2. Your new web site is stupid. Why isn’t the Met on Screen and Arts? Why aren’t the Arts films separated like before into ROH NT Bolshoi etc.?
    It’s nonsense -please go back to the old system

  3. Booking in person is fine except that if there are 5 or 6 people in front all the best seats have gone to telephone callers. Surely some seats could be kept back for people queuing at the cinema alternatively the phone lines could open later

  4. This is 17 July and I see that details of the Met 2015-16 have been online since July8!! Purely by chance. I thought that I kept up to date on PictureHouse news.
    I agree with others that your information routes are now chaotic and not very helpful – when they used to be very good. All far too confusing.

    Yesterday 16 July I attended show at Regal Henley. I asked if there was any news about the Met programme (which we have been waiting for) and I was told, with a smile, no nothing yet?????

    The Regal is a wonderful place but your overall organisation is disorganised, incomprehensible and a poor service to members. Remember too that many of us (at least at the Regal) are getting on a bit and while we are often competent in email, blogs, twitter, etc are really out of our range. Please keep it simple and helpful.

  5. Are the Met Opera encore screenings tickets the same price as the live screenings, as implied in your recent email? In previous years, I think they were slightly cheaper.

    • Hi Keith,

      Encore screening are at a cheaper price as usual this year. Pricing is as follows:

      Adults £20 / Members £15.50 / Students and Retired £15.50 / Student Members and Retired Members £13.50 / Children £8

      All the best.

  6. How much are the encore programmes of the Met Opera 2015-16 season?
    Can’t find information on your website anywhere.

    • Hi Heather,

      Thank you for getting in touch. Encore pricing is as follows:

      Adults £20 / Members £15.50 / Students and Retired £15.50 / Student Members and Retired Members £13.50 / Children £8

  7. Regrettably I agree with the comments above. Buying tickets should be easy but you have contrived to make it far more opaque and difficult than in previous years. Why so? Where’s the crucial telephone number for booking by phone? Buried somewhere, no doubt but not at all easy to find; indeed, not found yet so the hunt’s on before 11.00 tomorrow!

  8. One of the staff at Brighton Komedia last night told me they will only schedule Encore performances IF the demand for the first showing indicates sufficient interest in a further screening.
    Can I therefore trust you when you say “Encore screenings will also be programmed for each production” ? LULU? TANNHAUSER ? ELECTRA?

    • Hi Brian. Generally with Screen Arts content demand will dictate whether there will be an Encore performance. We expect high demand for the Met. Opera and there will be an encore screening for each production. Each encore screening at Dukes @ Komedia will take place on the Monday following the live date at 12.30; these will be on sale on Thursday at 10.00, along with the live productions.

  9. Cameo online booking for MET was not operating at the stated time. The telephone queue is enormous and reducing so sloooowly.I’ve lost the will to live. Why are there no encore performances scheduled for Otello, Turandot etc?.

  10. Why is there no online access to screenings at the Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh? Was this not supposed to be available from 11am this morning??!!

  11. The premium rate phone booking system has now crashed with reports of “technical problems” and the online booking system is still not operating. Please get a grip.

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