Beginning Wednesday, June 21, the Met will present Summer Encores, featuring select performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series, in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States. The 2017 Summer Encores series offers screenings of four popular Live in HD transmissions: Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (June 21), Verdi’s Macbeth (June 28), Verdi’s Nabucco (July 12), and Bizet’s Carmen (July 19).
A list of participating national and international theaters, as well as show times, can be found by visiting www.metopera.org/hdlive. Detailed cast and opera information is included on below.
Tickets are on sale for Summer Encores now at participating theater box offices and via the web at http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas/Theater-Finder/.
The Met: Live in HD, the company’s award-winning series of opera transmissions into cinemas around the world, is now shown in more than 70 countries and in over 2,000 movie theaters. Since launching the series in December 2006, the Metropolitan Opera has become the leading producer of alternative cinema content, selling more than 22 million tickets in total. Fathom is the Met’s U.S. distributor to commercial movie theaters of the Live in HD series; many independent theaters and arts centers also participate in the exhibitions. The Met: Live in HD is made possible by a generous grant from the Neubauer Family Foundation. Bloomberg Philanthropies is the series’ global sponsor.
The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017
Summer Encores Schedule
Wednesday, June 21, 7PM (transmitted live on January 16, 2016)
LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES— Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her affection. Tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien are her suitors, who sing the rapturous duet “Au fond du temple saint,” adored by opera fans worldwide. Director Penny Woolcock explores enduring themes of love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly depicts the mystical wonder of Southeast Asia, and conductor Gianandrea Noseda breathes new life into Bizet’s lush score.
Wednesday, June 28, 7PM (transmitted live on October 11, 2014)
MACBETH— Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers a searing portrayal as Lady Macbeth, the murderously cunning consort of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s tragic Shakespearean adaptation also features Joseph Calleja as Macduff and René Pape as Banquo, with Fabio Luisi conducting.
Wednesday, July 12, 7PM (transmitted live on January 7, 2017)
NABUCCO— Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Verdi’s early drama of ancient Babylon, with Plácido Domingo adding a new role to his Met repertoire as the title character. Soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska gives a tour-de-force role performance as Abigaille, Nabucco’s willful daughter, while the acclaimed Met Chorus delivers a moving performance of the iconic “Va, pensiero.”
Wednesday, July 19, 7PM (transmitted live on January 16, 2010)
CARMEN— Sir Richard Eyre’s gritty production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Tenor Roberto Alagna plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the timeless score, which features one beloved melody after another.