The Metropolitan Opera Kicks Off 10-Day Series of Free Outdoor Screenings

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The Met’s ninth annual Summer HD Festival begins with an August 25 showing of Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute.
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

Before the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017–2018 season kicks off September 25 with a new production of Norma, Lincoln Center Plaza plays host to the company’s Summer HD Festival. The lineup kicks off August 25 with Ingmar Bergman's acclaimed film adaptation of The Magic Flute, with nine Met titles to follow from August 26 through September 4

The ninth annual festival highlights performances from the Met’s Live in HD series, which brings productions to movies theatres around the world. The Plaza seats 3,000 audience members on a first-come, first-served basis; no tickets are required.

Among the productions to be projected in front of the Metropolitan Opera House this year are Rigoletto, La Traviata, and—over the course of two nights due to its length—Tristan und Isolde.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center teams up with the Met August 25 to screen Bergman’s 1975 take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The event begins at 8 PM.

See below for the full list of Live in HD titles comprising the 2017 lineup, produced in association with WNET and PBS.

August 26
The Met’s 2013 production, directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, sets the action of Verdi’s tragedy in 1960 Vegas. Željko Lučić stars as the titular jester alongside Diana Damrau as Gilda and Piotr Beczala as a Rat Pack-esque Duke.

August 27
Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
A Met Opera mainstay, Tony winner Bartlett Sher’s production of Rossini’s iconic comedy stars Peter Mattei, Joyce DiDonato, and Juan Diego Flórez.

August 28
L’Amour de Loin
The Met’s 2016 premiere of this contemporary opera marked a milestone as the first title composed by a woman presented at the house in over 100 years. The production, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, features Susanna Phillips, Tamara Mumford, and Eric Owens.

August 29
Manon Lescaut
Richard Eyre’s staging of Puccini’s romance offers a film noir aesthetic. Met favorite Kristin Opolais stars alongside Roberto Alagna in the 2016 production.

August 30
Roberto Devereux
Sondra Radvanovsky made history last year as the first soprano to sing all three queens of Donizetti’s “Tudor Trilogy.” In Devereux, she takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth, starring alongside Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecien in David McVicar’s production. Radvanovsky reunites with the director this season, taking center stage with the title role in Norma.

August 31 (Act I) and September 1 (Acts II and III)
Tristan und Isolde
Wagner’s epic romance opened the Met’s 2016–2017 season with a cast led by Nina Stemme, Stuart Skelton, and René Pape.

September 2
Eugene Onegin
Anna Netrebko reprises one of her signature roles, the country girl-turned-princess Tatyana, in the 2017 revival of Deborah Warner’s production. Peter Mattei takes on the title role in Tchaikovsky’s opera.

September 3
Opera legend Plácido Domingo made his Met role debut earlier this year as the titular king of Babylon. Under the baton of Music Director Emeritus James Levine, the cast also included Liudmyla Monastyska, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, and Dmitry Belosselskiy.

September 4
La Traviata
Sonya Yoncheva, who will be seen in three Live in HD transmissions this upcoming season, showcased one of her signature roles last season by returning to the Verdi classic. In addition to the soprano as Violetta, the revival—which is expected to be the Met’s final mounting of Willy Decker’s stark staging—also features Michael Fabiano as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as Giorgio Germont.



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