One of NYC’s great free cultural offerings returns: The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival. For 10 consecutive evenings, highlights from the Met’s Live in HD series will be screened in Lincoln Center’s plaza free of charge.
- August 25, 7:30pm – The Enchanted Isle: This world-premiere Baroque fantasy combines music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau with a new libretto inspired by Shakespeare.
- August 26, 7:30pm – Don Giovanni: Michael Grandage’s new production of one of opera’s supreme masterpieces stars Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the Met Orchestra.
- August 27, 8:00pm – La Sonnambula: Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez deliver the bel canto fireworks of Bellini’s score. Mary Zimmerman’s inventive production places the action in a contemporary rehearsal room where a production of La Sonnambula is being prepared.
- August 28, 7:45pm – Satyagraha: Philip Glass’s landmark opera, whose Sanskrit title translates as “truth force,” explores Mahatma Gandhi’s formative years in South Africa. The visually extravagant production, starring Richard Croft, is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch.
- August 29, 8:00pm – Salome: Karita Mattila gives a tour-de-force performance as the title heroine of Strauss’s powerful drama, based on Oscar Wilde’s play. Juha Uusitalo is Jochanaan in the Met’s striking production.
- August 30, 7:45pm – La Cenerentola: Rossini’s charming Cinderella story is ideally served by an extraordinary cast, led by Elīna Garanča in the title role, Lawrence Brownlee as her prince, and Alessandro Corbelli as Don Magnifico.
- August 31, 7:30pm – Faust: Jonas Kaufmann, Marina Poplavskaya, and René Pape bring Gounod’s retelling of the Faust legend to dramatic life in director des McAnuff’s new production, which updates the story to the dawn of the nuclear age.
- September 1, 8:00pm – Le Comte Ory: Bartlett Sher’s Met premiere production of Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy features a trio of bel canto stars: Juan Diego Flórez in the title role, Diana Damrau as Countess Adèle, and Joyce DiDonato in the trouser role of the page Isolier.
- September 2, 8:00pm – Il Trovatore: David McVicar’s acclaimed 2009 production stars four great Verdi singers: Sondra Radvanovsky is Leonora, Marcelo Álvarez is Manrico, Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Count di Luna, and Dolora Zajick is Azucena.
- September 3, 7:30pm – Anna Bolena: Anna Netrebko stars as the ill-fated queen in David McVicar’s Met premiere production, which opened the 2011–12 season. Ekaterina Gubanova is her rival, Jane Seymour, and Ildar Abdrazakov sings Henry VIII.
For information about casts and running times, see the Met’s website.
The Metropolitan Opera Guild is also presenting same-day, pre-screening lectures for each opera. Learn more here.