Met Opera Live in HD

Met Opera Romeo et JulietteOregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Met Opera Live in HD season at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, began its 11th season on Oct. 8 with the 100th transmission in series history, a new production of Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Treliński, and starring Nina Stemme—the world’s preeminent Isolde. The event was hosted by Alex del Vecchio.

Catch a sneak peek of the season here:

Live in HD audiences around the world will see 10 live performances from the Met’s 2016-17 season, which celebrates the company’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center. This season’s HD transmissions include five new productions from the Met season and three operas new to the series. The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 20 million tickets sold over the first 10 years of the series. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world.

The 2016-17 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcasts of Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera "L’Amour de Loin" (pictured top left), which has its Met premiere this season; Verdi’s early Biblical epic "Nabucco," starring Plácido Domingo in the title role; and Mozart’s "Idomeneo," conducted by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine.

Elina Garanca and Renee Fleming in "Der Rosenkavalier." Photo by Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan OperaLive in HD audiences will see the Met’s new stagings of Gounod’s "Roméo et Juliette," starring Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo; Dvořák’s "Rusalka," with Kristine Opolais in her first Met performances of her international breakthrough role; and Strauss’s "Der Rosenkavalier," with Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian (pictured at right).

The season will also feature Mozart’s "Don Giovanni," with Simon Keenlyside in his first Met performances of the rakish title character; Verdi’s "La Traviata," with Sonya Yoncheva as the doomed Violetta; and Tchaikovsky’s "Eugene Onegin," with Anna Netrebko repeating one of her great triumphs of recent seasons opposite the Onegin of Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

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.

2016-17 Season FAQs

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

A.  The 2016-17 Live in HD series features 10 performances:

October 8 - Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, hosted by Alex del Vecchio

October 22 - Mozart's Don Giovanni, hosted by Gloria Hutchins & Bernice Isham

December 10 - Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin, hosted anonymously

February 4 - Verdi's Nabucco, hosted by Dorothy Black Crow & Akia Woods

February 25 -Dvorák's Rusalka, hosted by Diane & Bill Albright

March 11 - Verdi's La Traviata, hosted by Nancy White, Dennis White, & Martha Wallace

April 1 - Mozart's Idomeneo, host TBA

April 8 - Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, hosted Kari & Greg Steinke

April 22 - Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, hosted by Kate Madison & Don Stein

May 13 - Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, hosted anonymously

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 2016-17 performances in the Met Opera Live in HD season.

Met Opera L'Amour de LoinSusanna Phillps and Eric Owens star in this tale of "love from afar," in "L'Amour de Loin" on December 10. Photo by Kristian Schuller/Metropolitan Opera.

December 10 – L'Amour de Loin (Love from Afar)
Commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, where it was first seen in 2000, Kaija Saariaho’s breakthrough opera finally has its Metropolitan Opera premiere in a dazzling new production by Robert Lepage, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea. Conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut.

Met Opera Nabucco

February 4 – Nabucco
The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

Met Opera Rusalka

February 25 – Rusalka
Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Director Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts.

Met Opera La Traviata

March 11 – La Traviata
Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.