Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is proud to present the 13th season of The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition simulcasts. At the Newport Performing Arts Center, the season kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 with the Met’s grand production of Verdi’s “Aida,” starring acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko (pictured right) and hosted by Dorothy Black Crow.
The company also announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become the Met’s Music Director for the start of the 2018-19 season. “It is wonderful for the entire company that 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.”
The 2018–19 Live in HD season features ten transmissions, including four new productions, two of which are Saint-Saëns’s “Samson et Dalila” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna (pictured at right) and hosted by Gloria Hutchins, and the U.S. première production of Nico Muhly’s “Marnie” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, based on Winston Graham’s suspenseful thriller, with Isabel Leonard as the title character.
Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West)” is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, hosted by Patty Olmsted.
The other two new productions are Mayer’s new staging of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey, and Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur,” starring Anna Netrebko in Sir David McVicar’s new staging.
In addition, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Poulenc’s 20th-century masterpiece “Dialogues des Carmélites” for the first time on screen. Classic revivals include 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.
Support from the Jeannette Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, the City of Newport, season benefactors Bill & JoAnn Barton, opera hosts, and OCCA members make the series possible.
General admission tickets cost $21 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. Get tickets online at coastarts.org, click links of individual opera events at right, visit the PAC box at 777 W. Olive Street in Newport or call 541-265-2787.
Catch a sneak peek of the season here:
The ever-popular live interviews conducted by Met opera stars feature cast, crew and production teams. These behind-the-scenes glimpses give patrons an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world's great houses. You'll be riveted in your seat until the intermission countdown flashes on the screen.
"I do not have sufficient words to express how the experience of these Met Opera Live in HD programs enrich my life," says Virginia Hepburn.
See details of the individual productions at right. Single ticket prices are $21 general, $18 senior, and $10 student, available online or at the box office. Buy tickets online at each event listing here on the website, or call 541-265-2787 to purchase single tickets.
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from the Neubauer Family Foundation. OCCA thanks the Jeannette B. Hofer Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, the City of Newport, season benefactors Anonymous and Bill and JoAnn Barton, opera hosts, OCCA members and you who purchase tickets, for making this a reality. Thank you.
2018-19 Season FAQs
Q. Which operas are planned for the new Live in HD season?
A. The 2018-19 Live in HD series features 10 performances:
October 13 - Verdi's Aïda, hosted by Dorothy Black Crow
October 20 - Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila hosted by Gloria Hutchins
October 27 - Puccini's Girl of the Golden West [La Fanciulla del West], hosted by Patty Olmsted
November 10 - Muhly's Marnie, hosted by Kay Moxness
December 15 - Verdi's La Traviata, hosted by Karen & Beedict Sarnaker
February 16 - Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, hosted by Susan Knowlton & Don Bourque
February 23 - Bizet's Carmen, hosted by Martha Wallace & Nancy White
March 2 - Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment, host TBA
March 30 - Wagner's Die Walküre, hosted by Alex del Vecchio
May 11 - Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, hosted by W. W. Clyde Reid
Download the season brochure here as a PDF.
Q. How are the operas chosen for the series? Are there some operas that might be more "challenging" for a general audience than others?
A. Various factors play a part in choosing the repertoire for Live in HD, including the music, the composers, the performers, a Met favorite, etc. In general, opera, when it's presented at the highest level both musically and theatrically, appeals to a very broad audience.