Met Opera Live in HD

Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Met Opera Live in HD season, which starts at 10 a.m. October 11 with Verdi's "Macbeth," at the Newport Performing Arts Center, hosted locally by Bill & Karen Symms.

Follow the links to the OCCA website for more information, including synopses provided by the Met, about each opera event. Season tickets are now available ($180 general reserved, $150 senior reserved, $80 student reserved) by calling the box office at 541-265-ARTS. Single tickets are available beginning Sept. 11, available online at the OCCA website or at the box office.

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 65 countries around the world, will feature ten operas in the 2014-15 season, including all five new productions in the Met season. All ten performances, transmitted live from the Met stage, will feature the world’s finest singers, conductors, and theatrical artists.

The five new productions include two repertory favorites – Mozart’s "Le Nozze di Figaro," (pictured left) directed by Richard Eyre, and Lehár’s operetta "The Merry Widow," directed by Susan Stroman in her Met debut and starring Renée Fleming in the title role; and the verismo double bill "Cavalleria Rusticana" / "Pagliacci," directed by David McVicar – each of which has its first Live in HD transmission in the coming season.

Two operatic rarities having Met premieres in 2014-15 will also be transmitted as part of the series: Tchaikovsky’s lyrical fairy tale "Iolanta," starring Anna Netrebko in the title role and presented in a double bill with Bartók’s "Duke Bluebeard’s Castle," and Rossini’s bel canto gem "La Donna del Lago," starring Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez in the leading roles.

Met Music Director James Levine, who returns to a full performing schedule in 2014-15, will lead the HD transmission of "Le Nozze di Figaro," as well as the first HD performance of an opera with which he has long been associated, Wagner’s brilliant human comedy "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg."

Four of the series’ most popular operas will return with new casts. Anna Netrebko sings Lady Macbeth for the first time at the Met in Verdi’s Shakespearean tragedy "Macbeth," conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. When Bizet’s "Carmen" was first transmitted Live in HD in 2011, it became the best-selling transmission in series history; in 2014-15, it returns with Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the smoldering gypsy.

Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role of the poet who is four times unlucky in love in Offenbach’s "Les Contes d’Hoffmann," and the Met's effervescent production of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina.

Please check the events calendar for upcoming shows. At right are brief summaries of the season's operas and dates at a glance.

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. 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.

Watch a preview of the upcoming season provided by the Metropolitan Opera!

2014-15 Season FAQs

Q. Which operas are planned for the new Live in HD season?

A.  The 2014-15 Live in HD series features 10 performances:

October 11 - Verdi's Macbeth, hosted by Bill & Karen Symms

October 18 - Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, hosted by Kay Eldon

November 1 - Bizet's Carmen, hosted anonymously

November 22 - Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, hosted by Kay Moxness

December 13 - Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, hosted by Alex del Vecchio

January 31 - Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman, hosted by Evelyn & Paul Brookhyser and Maya Lichtenfield

February 7 - Lehár's The Merry Widow, hosted by Gloria Hutchins & Bernice Isham

February 21 - Tchaikovsky's Iolanta / Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle, hosted by Donna Rae Benson

March 21 - Rossini's La Donna del Lago, host TBA

April 25 - Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, hosted by Donna Rae Benson

Sixty countries around the world are participating in The Met: Live in HD this season. 

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.

Met Opera At A Glance

Upcoming 2014-15 performances in the Met Opera Live in HD season.

Met Opera The Merry Widow
Renée Fleming and Nathan Gunn in "The Merry Widow."

Jan. 31 – Les Contes d'Hoffman
The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production.

Feb. 7 – The Merry Widow
The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling femme fatale who captivates all Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman ("The Producers," "Oklahoma!," "Contact").

Feb. 21 – Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle
This intriguing double bill consists of an enchanting fairy tale (Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta") followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Bartók's "Duke Bluebeard’s Castle"). Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko.

Mar. 21 – La Donna del Lago
Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Apr. 25 – Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina.