Met Opera Live in HD

Yonghoon Lee as Manrico and Anna Netrebko as Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to announce the 2015-16 Met Opera Live in HD season, which starts at 10 a.m. October 10 with Verdi's "Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)," at the Newport Performing Arts Center, hosted anonymously.

Soprano Anna Netrebko’s dramatic and vocal skills are on full display in her next new role at the Met – Leonora, the Verdi heroine who sacrifices her own life for the love of the gypsy troubadour. Tenor Yonghoon Lee sings the ill-fated Manrico, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is his rival, and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is the mysterious gypsy with the troubled past. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

The performance launches the tenth season of the Met’s Live in HD series, transmitted to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world. Catch a sneak peek here:

This season features ten operas in the 2015-16 season, including four new productions in the Met season and the Met premiere of Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece "Roberto Devereux," with the legendary Sonya Radyanovsky as the Queen. All ten performances, transmitted live from the Met stage, will feature the world’s finest singers, conductors, and theatrical artists.

Aleksandrs Antonenko in the title role in Verdi's "Otello." Photographed by Kristian Schiller / Metropolitan OperaThe four new productions include two repertory favorites – Verdi’s "Otello," coming up at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 (sponsored by Joann Anselone and Jess Smith), and Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" (placed by director Richard Eyre in occupied France in a film noir setting) – as well as Bizet's not-often-seen "Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)" and the powerful "Elektra," featuring the extraordinary soprano Nina Stemme, by Richard Strauss.

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece, "Tannhäuser," in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade (see more below in "Next Up"), as well as "Lulu," Berg's masterful tale of love, obsession and death, as envisioned by acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge.

Two of the Met's most popular operas round out the season's offerings, such as Zeferelli's golden production of "Turandot" and Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production of "Madama Butterfly," which has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006.

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.

2015-16 Season FAQs

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

A.  The 2015-16 Live in HD series features 10 performances:

October 10 - Verdi's Il Trovatore (The Troubadour), hosted Anonymously

October 17 - Verdi's Otello, hosted by Joann Anselone & Jess Smith

October 31 - Wagner's Tannhäuser, hosted by Alex del Vecchio

November 21 - Berg's Lulu, hosted by Kay Moxness

February 6 - Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), hosted by Gloria Hutchins & Bernice Isham

February 13 - Puccini's Turandot, hosted by Alex del Vecchio

March 5 - Puccini's Manon Lescaut, hosted by Dorothy Mack

April 2 - Puccini's Madama Butterfly, hosted Anonymously

April 16 - Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, hosted by Paul & Evelyn Brookhyser

April 30 - Strauss's Elektra, hosted by Donna Rae Benson

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.

Met Opera At A Glance

Upcoming 2015-16 performances in the Met Opera Live in HD season.

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Peter Mattei as Wolfram in Wagner's Tannhäuser. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

October 31 – Tannhäuser
James Levine conducts Wagner’s early masterpiece in its first return to the Met stage in more than a decade. Today’s leading Wagnerian tenor Johan Botha takes on the daunting title role, opposite soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Elisabeth.

November 21 – Lulu
Acclaimed artist and director William Kentridge ("The Nose") applies his unique theatrical vision to Berg’s notorious femme fatale who shatters lives, including her own. Musically, the masterful score is in the sure hands of Met Music Director James Levine.

February 6 – Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers)
Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand.

February 13 – Turandot
Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China. Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her hand. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.

March 5 – Manon Lascaut
The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. 

April 2 – Madama Butterfly
Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart.

April 16 – Roberto Devereux
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, directed by Sir David McVicar, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux.

April 30 – Elektra
The genius director Patrice Chéreau didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme – unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner – who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance.