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
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
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