The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD season 2018-2019


Metropolitan Opera HD Live - the 10th season in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi!

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 13th season on October 6, with the Met’s grand production of Verdi’s Aida, starring one of the world’s most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko. The company also announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become the Met’s Music Director for the start of the 2018–19 season, accelerating his arrival in the post by two seasons. 

“It is wonderful for the entire company that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will assume the position of Music Director two seasons ahead of schedule,” said General Manager Peter Gelb.  “The orchestra loves him, the chorus loves him, everyone in the building loves him. He is a truly great artist under whom the Met will only thrive.”  It was also announced that the Neubauer Family Foundation, founding sponsors of the Met’s Live in HD transmissions to movie theaters, has made a $15 million gift to name the Music Director position in honor of Nézet-Séguin’s appointment. In recognition of this gift, the position will be called the Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director.  Gelb said, “The Met is so fortunate to be the recipient of such enlightened and generous philanthropy from two of our most loyal supporters, who believe in the power of transformative gifts.”

The 2018–19 Live in HD season features ten transmissions, including four new productions: Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, directed by Darko Tresnjak and conducted by Sir Mark Elder with Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the U.S. premiere production of Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based on Winston Graham’s suspenseful thriller, directed by Michael Mayer with Isabel Leonard as the title character; Mayer’s new staging of Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey; and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in Sir David McVicar’s new staging. In addition to Aida and the four new productions, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Poulenc’s 20th-century masterpiece Dialogues des Carmélites for the first time in cinemas, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, along with classic revivals of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie and Jonas Kaufmann as Dick Johnson; Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen, starring Clémentine Margaine as the alluring gypsy, opposite Roberto Alagna as Don José; Laurent Pelly’s whimsical reimagining of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, with Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende as Tonio and Marie; and the most popular of Wagner’s four epic Ring operas, Die Walküre, with Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.

The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 24 million tickets sold since the inception of the series in 2006. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,200 movie theaters and performing arts centers in more than 70 countries.

 

Ticket Prices:

Tallinn - Coca-Cola Plaza: 17 € 

A.Le Coq Suite - 25 € (when buying four or more tickets, the discount for one ticket is 23€ for the show)


Tartu - Cinema Ekraan: 15 € 

Viljandi - Cinema Centrum: 15 € 
 

Ticket Discounts:

If you buy 4 or more tickets, then the price per ticket is 15 € in Coca-Cola Plaza and 12€ in Ekraan*
Children's ticket to Sunday encore shows at Coca-Cola Plaza: 8 €
Please notice that all opera ticket bookings will automatically release 20 days before the opera screening.

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MET Opera season 2018-2019

 

AIDA

Giuseppe Verdi

Libreto: Antonio Ghislanzoni

Live broadcast Sat October 6, 2018 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival Amneris.

Aleksandrs Antonenko is the warrior Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production.  
 

Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Production: Sonja Frisell
Set Designer: Gianni Quaranta
Costume Designer: Dada Saligeri
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Cast: Aida (Anna Netrebko), Amneris (Anita Rachvelishvili), Radamès (Aleksandrs Antonenko), Amonasro (Quinn Kelsey), The King (Ryan Speedo Green)

Duration: 3 h 36 min
Sung in Italian, with MET Titles in English.

 

SAMSON ET DALILA

Camille Saint-Saëns

Libreto: Ferdinand Lemaire

NEW PRODUCTION

Live broadcast Sat October 20, 2018 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi


Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew.

Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award–winning director of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years. Sir Mark Elder conducts.
 

Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
Production: Darko Tresnjak
Set Designer: Alexander Dodge
Costume Designer: Linda J. Cho
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
Cast: Samson (Roberto Alagna), Dalila (Elīna Garanča), High Priest (Laurent Naouri), Abimélech (Elchin Azizov), The Old Hebrew (Dmitry Belosselskiy)

Duration: 3 h 04 min
Sung in French, with MET Titles in English.

 

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

Giacomo Puccini

Libreto: Guelfo Civinni and Carlo Zangarini

Live broadcast Sat October 27, 2018 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson.

Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts.
 

Conductor: Marco Armiliato 
Production: Giancarlo Del Monaco
Set and Costume Designer: Michael Scott 
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Cast: Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), Dick Johnson (Jonas Kaufmann), Nick (Carlo Bosi), Jack Rance (Željko Lučić), Sonora (Michael Todd Simpson), Ashby (Matthew Rose), Jake Wallas (Oren Gradus)

Duration: 3 h 22 min
Sung in Italian, with MET Titles in English.

 

MARNIE

Nico Muhly

Libreto: Nicholas Wright

MET PREMIERE PRODUCTION 

Live broadcast Sat November 10, 2018 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

Nico Muhly’s Marnie, based on Winston Graham’s novel, which in turn inspired Alfred Hitchock’s suspenseful thriller, has its U.S. premiere at the Met this season. Isabel Leonard stars in the title role opposite Christopher Maltman as her blackmailing husband Mark Rutland, Iestyn Davies as his brother Terry, Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as Marnie’s mother. Robert Spano makes his company debut conducting.

Marnie is a co-commission and co-production with English National Opera, where the production premiered in 2017.
 

Conductor: Robert Spano
Production: Michael Mayer
Set and Projection Designers: Julian Crouch and 59 Productions
Costume Designer: Arianne Phillips
Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams
Cast: Marnie (Isabel Leonard), Mrs. Rutland (Janis Kelly), Marnie’s Mother (Denyce Graves), Terry Rutland (Iestyn Davies), Mark Rutland (Christopher Maltman)

Duration: 2 h 52 min
Sung in English, with MET Titles in English.


 

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Libreto: Emanuel Schikaneder

Encore on Sat December 3, 2018 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

This was the groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met’s heralded Live in HD series, seen by opera lovers in movie theaters around the world. Adults and children alike were enchanted by the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version.

Under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a winning ensemble cast – including Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa, and René Pape – brings fresh life to Mozart's timeless fairy tale.
 

Conductor: James Levine
Cast: Tamino (Matthew Polenzani), Pamina (Ying Huang), Papageno (Nathan Gunn), Queen of the Night (Erika Miklósa), Sarastro (René Pape).
 

Duration: 2 h 30 min
Sung in English, with MET Titles in English.

 

LA TRAVIATA

Giuseppe Verdi

Libreto: Francesco Maria Piave

NEW PRODUCTION

Live broadcast Sat December 15, 2018 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons.

Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont. 
 

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin 
Production: Michael Mayer
Set Designer: Christine Jones
Costume Designer: Susan Hilferty
Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams
Cast: Violetta Valéry (Diana Damrau), Alfredo Germont (Juan Diego Flórez), Giorgio Germont (Quinn Kelsey
 
Duration: 3 h 07 min
Sung in Italian, with MET Titles in English.
 

 

ADRIANA LECOUVRER

Francesco Cilea

Libreto: Arturo Colautti

NEW PRODUCTION

Live broadcast Sat January 12, 2019 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

For the first time at the Met, Anna Netrebko sings the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur, the great 18th-century actress in love with the military hero Maurizio, sung by Piotr Beczała. Gianandrea Noseda conducts Cilea’s tragedy, directed by Sir David McVicar, with the action partially set in a working replica of a Baroque theater. The cast also features Anita Rachvelishvili as the Princess of Bouillon, Adriana’s rival for Maurizio’s affections; Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet, Adriana’s faithful friend; and Carlo Bosi as the duplicitous Abbé. 

Adriana Lecouvreur is a co-production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Wiener Staatsoper; San Francisco Opera; and L’Opéra National de Paris.
 

Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Production: Sir David McVicar
Set Designer: Charles Edwards
Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer: Adam Silverman
Cast: Adriana Lecouvreur (Anna Netrebko), The Princess of Bouillon (Anita Rachvelishvili), Maurizio (Piotr Beczała), The Abbé (Carlo Bosi), Michonnet (Ambrogio Maestri), The Prince of Boullion (Maurizio Muraro)

Duration: 3 h 33 min
Sung in Italian, with MET Titles in English.

 

CARMEN

Georges Bizet

Libreto: Henri Meilhac ja Ludovic Halévy

Live broadcast Sat February 2, 2019 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010.

Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire. 
 

Conductor: Louis Langrée
Production: Sir Richard Eyre
Set and Costume Designer: Rob Howell
Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford
Cast: Carmen (Clémentine Margaine), Micaëla (Aleksandra Kurzak), Don José (Roberto Alagna), Escamillo (Alexander Vinogradov)

Duration: 3 h 21 min
Sung in French, with MET Titles in English.

 

LE FILLE DU RÈGIMENT

Gaetano Donizetti

Libreto: Georges Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard

Live broadcast Sat March 2, 2019 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for a feast of vocal fireworks on the Met stage. Maurizio Muraro is Sergeant Sulplice, with Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. Enrique Mazzola conducts. 

La Fille du Régiment is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and the Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna. 
 

Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Production: Laurent Pelly
Set Designer: Chantal Thomas
Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly
Lighting Designer: Joël Adam
Cast: Marie (Pretty Yende), Tonio (Javier Camarena), Marquise of Berkenfield (Stephanie Blythe), Sulpice (Maurizio Muraro)

Duration: 2 h 35 min
Sung in French, with MET Titles in English

 


DIE WALKÜRE

Richard Wagner

Libreto: Richard Wagner

Live broadcast Sat March 30, 2019 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

The second installment of Wagner’s Ring cycle, Die Walküre, stars heroic soprano Christine Goerke as the warrior goddess Brünnhilde, whose encounter with the mortal twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, sung by Stuart Skelton and Eva-Maria Westbroek, leads her on a journey from Valhalla to earthbound humanity. Philippe Jordan conducts. 
 

Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Production: Robert Lepage
Set Designer: Carl Fillion
Costume Designer: François St-Aubin
Lighting Designer: Etienne Boucher
Cast:  Brünnhilde (Christine Goerke), Sieglinde (Eva-Maria Westbroek), Siegmund (Stuart Skelton), Fricka (Jamie Barton), Wotan (Greer Grimsley), Hunding (Günther Groissböck)

 

Duration: 4 h 55 min
Sung in German, with MET Titles in English
 

DIALOGUES DES CARMÈLITES

Francis Poulenc

Libreto: Francis Poulenc, after Georges Bernanos

Live broadcast Sat May 11, 2019 in Tallinn, Tartu and Viljandi
 

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads an accomplished ensemble in Poulenc’s devastating modern masterpiece of faith and martyrdom.

Isabel Leonard is the young Blanche de La Force, opposite Met legend Karita Mattila as the First Prioress.
 

Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production: John Dexter
Set Designer: David Reppa
Costume Designer: Jane Greenwood
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Cast: Blanche de la Force (Isabel Leonard), Mme. Lidoine (Adrianne Pieczonka), Constance (Erin Morley), Mère Marie (Karen Cargill), First Prioress (Karita Mattila), Chevalier de la Force (David Portillo), Marquis de la Force (Dwayne Croft)

Duration: 3 h 09 min
Sung in French, with MET Titles in English