Ten Productions Feature in 2013-2014 Met Live Season
The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theaters, will feature 10 productions in the 2013-14 season, offering a microcosm of the Met season to opera lovers around the world.
Met Music Director James Levine returns to the podium, leading a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff (December 14), directed by Robert Carsen, and the first Live in HD performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte (April 26). The series opens on October 5 with Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, starring Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Piotr Beczala in a new production conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Deborah Warner, and also includes William Kentridge’s innovative production of Shostakovich’s The Nose, starring Paulo Szot (October 26).
Puccini’s classic drama Tosca followswith Patricia Racette as the tempestuous title character and Robert Alagna as her devoted lover (November 9). Renée Fleming appears in one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvořák’s Rusalka, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (February 8) and there is a new production of Borodin’s rarely heard epic Prince Igor, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov in his Met debut, and starring Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role (March 1).
Jonas Kaufmann and Elīna Garanča appearin a new staging by Richard Eyre of Massenet’s tragic romance Werther(March 15) and there will be a chance to see Puccini’s timeless love story La Bohème, with Vittorio Grigolo starring in Franco Zeffirelli’s immensely popular production (April 5). Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez willsing rolesin Rossini’s Cinderella story La Cenerentola, led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi (May 10).
“We have chosen a wide sampling of the best of our new season for the opera lovers around the world to enjoy locally,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “Our commitment to making opera accessible and affordable continues.” The operas will be transmitted to more than 1,900 theaters in 64 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale.
Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features. Altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.
Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky – October 5, 2013
The Nose – Shostakovich – October 26, 2013
Tosca – Puccini – November 9, 2013
Falstaff – Giuseppe Verdi – December 14, 2013
Rusalka – Dvořák – February 8, 2014
Prince Igor – Alexander Borodin – March 1, 2014
Werther – Jules Massenet – March 15, 2014
La Bohème – Puccini – April 5, 2014
Così fan tutte – Mozart – April 26, 2014
La Cenerentola – Rossini – May 10, 2014