The Met’s 2020–21 Live in HD season will feature
ten live transmissions and two special encore presentations.
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Update: the Metropolitan Opera will not resume performances until January 2021 at the earliest.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct six Live in HD transmissions,
the most ever by a single conductor in an HD season.
The series will reach more than 70 countries on six continents,
including over 900 theaters in the United States.
The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 15th consecutive season on October 10, with a new production of Verdi’s Aida starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, led by the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in his first of six productions in the new season.
The 2020–21 Live in HD season features ten live transmissions, including four new productions: the first new staging of Aida in more than 30 years, directed by Michael Mayer; Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte conducted by celebrated maestro Gustavo Dudamel; and two new productions by Ivo van Hove in his Met debut season: a cinematic staging of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and the highly anticipated Met premiere of Jake Heggie’s 21st-century masterpiece Dead Man Walking, starring Joyce DiDonato.
In addition to the four new productions, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Sir David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Il trovatore; Beethoven’s sole opera, Fidelio; Bartlett Sher’s staging of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; a visually striking take on Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Anna Netrebko’s highly anticipated role debut as Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco; and Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena in a rare revival of Bellini’s Il Pirata.
Select cinemas will also offer two special encore presentations of popular Live in HD transmissions from past seasons. Continuing a holiday tradition, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the company’s first-ever Live in HD transmission from 2006, will return to cinemas on December 5. And even though the opera house will be dark for the month of February, cinema audiences will be able to enjoy a special encore of the 2015 transmission of Lehár’s The Merry Widow, starring Renée Fleming, on February 27. Dates of encore screenings may vary from country to country.
The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative content to cinemas in the world, with more than 28.7 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.
2020–21 Live in HD Season at a Glance:
The Live in HD season will begin on October 10 with Aida, and continues with Il trovatore (November 7), Fidelio (December 12), Die Zauberflöte (January 16), Roméo et Juliette (January 30), Don Giovanni (March 27), Dead Man Walking (April 17), Die Frau ohne Schatten (April 24), Nabucco (May 8), and Il Pirata (May 22).
All performances will be Saturday matinees transmitted live from the Met stage. Special encore screenings will include The Magic Flute (December 5) and The Merry Widow (February 27), with dates varying internationally.