Season will feature the world-premiere staging of "The Hours", company premieres of "Champion" and "Medea", and four additional new productions
The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 16th season on October 22 and will feature ten Saturday matinee performances broadcast from the Met stage to movie theaters. Tickets are on sale now through Fathom Events or participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit www.fathomevents.com (participating theaters are subject to change).
In addition to Fathom’s live Saturday transmissions, an encore of each opera will be broadcast in theaters on the following Wednesday, with presentations in both the afternoon and evening.
The 2022–23 season begins with a live transmission of Cherubini’s “Medea”, a Met-premiere production starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role.
In addition to “Medea”, the 2022–23 Live in HD season will feature two more company premieres, both led by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Kevin Puts’s “The Hours”, in its world-premiere production, starring the powerhouse trio of soprano Renée Fleming, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and soprano Kelli O’Hara, and the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s first opera, “Champion”, about the life of boxer Emile Griffith. Four additional new productions will be presented throughout the season: Giordano’s “Fedora” with soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role; Wagner’s “Lohengrin” starring tenor Piotr Becza?a; and two Mozart operas conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, including a cinematic staging of “Don Giovanni” by Ivo van Hove and Simon McBurney’s production of “Die Zauberflöte”, which raises the orchestra pit to allow interaction with the cast.
“Our 2022–23 Live in HD season picks up where we will have left off at the end of the current season, with more new productions and more Met premieres than in recent decades,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “Our lessons learned during the two years of the pandemic are that the future of the Met, and of opera, rely upon ceaselessly breaking new and diverse artistic ground. It’s our path forward.”
Live in HD audiences will also have the chance to see Michael Mayer’s celebrated production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” starring soprano Nadine Sierra as Violetta; and the return of two of Robert Carsen’s productions, including Verdi’s “Falstaff”, with baritone Michael Volle singing the title role in his first Verdi opera at the Met, and Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier”, with soprano Lise Davidsen and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Marschallin and Octavian.
“We’re excited for this next season of The Met: Live in HD series,” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events. “We are always proud of Fathom’s ability to bring the best in live opera to theater audiences all over the country – especially in communities that may not have the chance to see such amazing artistry live.”
2022–23 Live in HD Season at a Glance:
The Live in HD season will begin on October 22 with “Medea” and continues with “La Traviata” (November 5), “The Hours” (December 10), “Fedora” (January 14), “Lohengrin” (March 18), “Falstaff” (April 1), “Der Rosenkavalier” (April 15), “Champion” (April 29), “Don Giovanni” (May 20), and “Die Zauberflöte” (June 3). All performances will be Saturday matinees transmitted live from the Met stage. A special encore screening of “The Magic Flute” will also be presented on December 3.
About The Met: Live in HD
The Met: Live in HD series has made the Met the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content and the only arts institution with an ongoing global series of this scale. When the series launched in 2006, the Met was the first arts company to experiment with alternative cinema content. Since then, the program has expanded, with more than 29.4 million tickets sold to date and robust attendance in the world’s five largest cinema markets: the United States, Germany, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom. In North America, weekend box office ratings also remain strong, often placing Live in HD presentations among the weekend’s top 15 highest-grossing films.
The Met: Live in HD series has increased accessibility to Met performances for audiences around the world. With a global average ticket price of $23, the series has made world-class performances accessible to millions of opera lovers each season.
Met artists serve as hosts for the Live in HD series, providing background on the operas, introducing exciting behind-the-scenes features, and conducting live interviews with stars, crew, and production teams.
The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, the Neubauer Family Foundation. Digital support of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Met: Live in HD series is supported by Rolex. The HD broadcasts are also supported by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury homebuilder.
For more information about The Met: Live in HD, visit metopera.org/hd.
About Fathom Events
Fathom is a recognized leader in the entertainment industry as one of the top distributors of content to movie theaters in North America. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom operates the largest cinema distribution network, delivering a wide variety of programming and experiences to cinema audiences in all of the top U.S. markets and to more than 45 countries. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com.