Metropolitan Opera's 2018 Summer HD Festival to Offer 11 Titles in Free Outdoor Screenings

Classic Arts News   Metropolitan Opera's 2018 Summer HD Festival to Offer 11 Titles in Free Outdoor Screenings
The lineup features ten filmed productions from the Met, as well as the Marx Brother's A Night at the Opera.
Metropolitan Opera's 2011 Summer HD Festival on Lincoln Center Plaza
Metropolitan Opera's 2011 Summer HD Festival on Lincoln Center Plaza Richard Termine/Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera's Summer HD Festival returns in August for a tenth season. Lincoln Center Plaza will play host to the series of free, outdoor screenings, including ten filmed performances from the Met's Live in HD catalog.

As in recent years past, the festival will kick off with a screening of an opera-related feature—not a filmed Met production. This year's title: the Marx Brothers' 1935 comedy A Night at the Opera, presented in a partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The Plaza seats 3,000 audience members on a first-come, first-served basis; no tickets are required.

The Met's 2018–2019 season begins September 24 with Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, directed by Darko Tresnjak.


The remainder of the Summer HD Festival lineup follows:

Elīna Garanča and Renée Fleming <i data-rte2-sanitize="italic">Der Rosenkavalier</i>
Elīna Garanča and Renée Fleming Der Rosenkavalier Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

August 25 at 8 PM
Roméo et Juliette
Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau star in Gounod's take on the Shakespearean tragedy. Tony winner and Lincoln Center mainstay Bartlett Sher directs the production, which premiered in the 2016–2017 season.

August 26 at 7:45 PM
Sir David McVicar's staging of Bellini's opera opened the 2017–2018 season with a cast including bel canto stars Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, and Joseph Calleja.

August 27 at 8 PM
Nina Stemme takes on the title role in the stark, Patrice Chéreau-helmed production of the Richard Strauss opera.

August 28 at 8 PM
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Christopher Maltman, Isabel Leonard, and Lawrence Brownlee took the stage in the 2014 performance of Rossini's lighthearted comedy, directed by Sher.

August 29 at 7:30 PM
William Kentridge's intense staging of the Berg masterpiece played the Met in 2015 with a cast led by Marlis Petersen.

August 30 at 7:45 PM
Tony winner Mary Zimmerman returned to the Met in 2017 with the Dvorak opera. Kristine Opolais took center stage as the title water nymph.

August 31 at 8 PM
L'Elisir D'Amore
Pretty Yende and Matthew Polenzani starred in the most recent revival of Sher's 2013 production.

September 1 at 8 PM
Un Ballo in Maschera
David Alden's 2012 production boasted a cast including Radvanovsky, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Kathleen Kim, and Stephanie Blythe.

September 2 at 7:15 PM
Der Rosenkavalier
The outlandish production from Robert Carsen marked current Carousel star and Tony nominee Renée Fleming's final performance as the Marschallin—a signature role—opposite Elīna Garanča.

September 3 at 8 PM
Madama Butterfly
Opolais took on the title role of Cio Cio San in the Puccini tragedy in 2016.

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