'The Met: Live in HD' season underway
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WASHINGTON, October 23, 2012— With its latest season already underway, the 2012-2013 edition of “The Met: Live in HD”—the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theaters around the world—promises to be another winner for area opera fans unable or unwilling to head up to the Big Apple to take in a live performance. The venues for these live opera simulcasts are many of your own local movie theaters, and the price for tickets, while generally higher than your average first-run film tab, is still astoundingly cheap by live opera standards.
“Our live transmissions continue to transform the public’s perception of opera and to excite our performers and our audiences around the world,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb in a press release earlier this season. “For our entire company, there is nothing quite like one of our adrenaline-packed Saturday matinee broadcasts,” he continued. Say, that’s pretty good marketing, we have to admit. But having taken in several Met simulcasts, we’d have to agree with Mr. Gelb’s sentiments, even the adrenaline-packed part.
The Met’s new HD theater season opened on October 13 with a performance of Donizetti’s popular L’Elisir d’Amore. But there are still plenty of additional opera offerings on tap. In a typical performance, the audience gets more than their money’s worth, as each opera dazzles with the world’s top opera stars along with production budgets most opera companies—including our own here in DC—can only dream about.
According to the opera company’s recent release,“The Met: Live in HD, is now shown in more than 1,700 theaters in 54 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The company was the first arts company to experiment as an alternative content provider, beginning on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than 9.6 million tickets sold to date. Close to 3 million tickets are expected to be sold in the current season alone.
“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.”
Tickets for this season’s Met transmissions are already on sale in the U.S. and Canada, with Met Members offered priority before tickets are made available to the general public.
For a PDF listing of U.S. theaters featuring Met performances this season, click here. For advance ticket sales, click here and follow the prompts. Note: Among many choices, DC area residents can enjoy these operas in IMAX at Alexandria’s Hoffman 22 with IMAX or at Tyson’s Corner 16 with IMAX and ETX in the Tyson’s Corner I shopping mall.
The following is a list of the Met’s HD performances for the remainder of the Fall opera season, through December 31, 2012. We’ll be back with 2013 info in late December. Information below is taken from the Met’s season press release, and Terry’s comments follow, geared toward movie theater patrons interested in viewing the simulcasts of these productions.
The Met’s 2012 List of coming HD attractions:
Otello – Giuseppe Verdi – October 27, 2012 at 12:55 p.m. ET (Approximate running time: 185 minutes)
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Production: Elijah Moshinsky
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Peter J. Hall
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