MetOpera : Live in HD Season

2019 | 2020

Live in HD Series (Encore viewings ONLY this Season)

Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)

Met Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts Franco Zeffirelli's celebrated

production of Turandot, which stars Christine Goerke in the title role of the icy Chinese

princess who has renounced all men. Roberto Aronica sings Calaf, the suitor who risks his

head for her hand and sings the famed aria "Nessun dorma." Eleonora Buratto is the slave

girl Liu, and James Morris is Calaf's long-lost father, Timur.

ENCORE: Sunday October 20, 2019 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)




Manon (Jules Massenet)

Manon's story from innocent country girl to celebrated courtesan to destitute prisoner is

one of the great tragic tales in literature and music. Lisette Oropesa stars as the irresistible

title character, the tragic beauty who yearns for the finer things in life, in Laurent Pelly's

revealing production. Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux, whose desperate

love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Massenet's sensual score.

ENCORE: Sunday November 03, 2019 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)




Madama Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini)  

Hui He stars as Cio-Cio-San, the devoted geisha who gives everything for the American

naval officer Pinkerton, sung by Andrea Care. Elizabeth DeShong is her devoted

companion Suzuki, and Placido Domingo adds another role to his remarkable repertoire,

singing Sharpless for the first time. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts Anthony Minghella's

beautiful, atmospheric production.

ENCORE: Sunday November 17, 2019 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)



Akhnaten (Philip Glass)

Phelim McDermott, whose productions include the hugely successful Satyagraha by Philip

Glass, returns to the Met with a new staging of Glass's Akhnaten, conducted by Karen

Kamensek in her Met debut. Anthony Roth Costanzo sings the title role of the Egyptian

pharaoh who attempted to inspire his people to adopt a new religion, abandoning the worship

of the old gods for that of a single deity. In her Met debut, J'Nai Bridges sings the role of

Nefertiti, Akhnaten's bride, and Dísella Larusdottir is Queen Tye, the pharaoh's mother.

One of the staging's distinctive visual features is provided by the Gandini Juggling Company,

whose movements are perfectly choreographed with the orchestral score. This production of

Akhnaten was originally created by LA Opera, Improbable, and English National Opera,

where it premiered, winning the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production.

ENCORE: Sunday December 01, 2019 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)




The Magic Flute

ENCORE: Sunday December 15, 2019 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)




Wozzeck (Alban Berg)

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts William Kentridge's new production of Alban Berg's

expressionistic masterpiece Wozzeck, regarded for its intense emotional power and brilliant

score as one of the most significant operas of the 20th century. Composed during and in the

aftermath of World War I, Berg's dark exploration of a soldier besieged by the evils of

society, is staged by Kentridge in a ramshackle warren of stairs, ramps, discarded furniture,

and debris. His own theatrically animated charcoal drawings, along with other projected

drawings, maps, and film clips, evoke a nightmarish world of crashed planes, searchlights,

ghostly gas masks, and battlefields. Peter Mattei makes his role debut as Wozzeck opposite

Elza van den Heever as Marie, the mother of his child. Singing the roles of Wozzeck's

tormentors are Christopher Ventris as the Drum-Major, Gerhard Siegel as the Captain, and

Christian Van Horn as the Doctor. Andrew Staples makes his Met debut as

Andres. Kentridge, who previously directed Berg's Lulu and Shostakovich's The Nose at the

Met, unveiled the new production at the 2017 Salzburg Festival, where it received critical

acclaim. Kentridge's production is a co-production of the Met, Canadian Opera Company,

Opera Australia, and Salzburg Festival.

ENCORE: Sunday January 19, 2020 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)




The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time since 1990, in a new

production directed by James Robinson in his company debut. America's "folk opera," as the

1935 creators described it, tells the story of disabled beggar Porgy, sung by Eric Owens, and

his love for the drug-addicted Bess, portrayed by Angel Blue. David Robertson conducts a

stellar cast that also includes Donovan Singletary as fisherman Jake, Golda Schultz as his

wife Clara, Latonia Moore as the bereaved widow Serena, Frederick Ballentine as drug

dealer Sportin' Life, Alfred Walker as the brutal stevedore Crown, and Denyce Graves as

Maria, town matriarch and operator of the local cook-shop. Infused with the timeless melodies

of the much-loved classics "Summertime," "It Ain’t Necessarily So," "Bess, You Is My

Woman Now," "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin," and "My Man's Gone Now," the new co-production

with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera was hailed as a triumph at its

premiere in London earlier this year.

ENCORE: Sunday February 09, 2020 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)




Agrippina (George Frideric Handel)

In the Met's first-ever performances of Agrippina, Handel's satire of sex and power politics,

Sir David McVicar reconceives a production he originally created for the Monnaie in

Brussels in 2000, evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell but

simply kept going right up to the present. Holding a distorted mirror to contemporary society

(as Handel did when he staged this opera), the production presents the corrupt intrigues of the

political classes, brought to life by Joyce DiDonato as the power-hungry empress Agrippina,

Brenda Rae as the scheming, seductive Poppea, and Kate Lindsey as the feckless teenager

Nerone. Iestyn Davies portrays the ambitious officer Ottone, and Matthew Rose is the

emperor Claudius, on whose vacated throne Agrippina is determined to install her son.

Renowned for his interpretations of the Baroque repertoire, Harry Bicket conducts.

ENCORE: Sunday March 08, 2020 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)




Der Fliegende Hollander (Richard Wagner)

François Girard, whose mystical, blood-drenched vision for Wagner's Parsifal became one

of the Met's most intensely visceral highlights in recent seasons, turns to another Wagnerian

masterpiece, Der Fliegende Hollander, conducted by Valery Gergiev. For the first time at the

Met, Sir Bryn Terfel sings the role of the mysterious Dutchman, condemned to roam the seas

for eternity, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose love can set him free. In a nod to

Senta's obsession with a portrait of the legendary title seafarer, the Met stage is transformed

into a colossal oil painting. Franz-Josef Selig portrays Senta's father Daland, Sergey

Skorokhodov takes on the role of the huntsman Erik, David Portillo sings the Steersman,

and Mihoko Fujimura is Senta's nurse Mary. Der Fliegende Hollander is a co-production

with L'Opera de Quebec and Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam.

ENCORE: Sunday March 22, 2020 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)




Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)

Sir David McVicar's bold staging of Puccini's operatic thriller returns to the Live in HD

series after its acclaimed broadcast in 2017. This time, star soprano Anna Netrebko is the

passionate title diva, opposite Brian Jagde as her lover, the idealistic painter Mario

Cavaradossi. Michael Volle is the menacing Baron Scarpia, the evil chief of police. Bertrand

de Billy conducts the electrifying score, which features some of Puccini's most memorable


ENCORE: Sunday April 19, 2020 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)



Maria Stuarda (Gaetano Donizetti)

Donizetti's drama, focused on the political and personal rivalry between two queens, returns

to the Met with Diana Damrau as the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, and Jamie Barton as

her rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Stephen Costello sings the role of Mary's lover, Leicester;

Andrzej Filonczyk is the chancellor Cecil; and Michele Pertusi sings the Earl Talbot.

Maurizio Benini conducts Sir David McVicar's sweeping production.

ENCORE: Sunday May 17, 2020 11:30am @ Palace Cineplex (Sovereign Centre)