"This week we are visiting London, a city with 19 venues for Met Live in HD – virtually all of them sold out last August before tickets went on sale at home [the US]. Friends here finally unearthed four tickets to 'L’Elisir d’Amore' far to the northwest in Kensal Rise where we found a jewel-box: a 75 seat theater in a converted Edwardian music hall, with fabulous light installations by the light sculptor Bruce Monro and one of the “top 5 public sound systems in the country;” the whole viewing room is a sound system. Astonishingly, all profits go to charity and the cinema is staffed by devoted local volunteers. Owner Teresa Graham bills herself as Head of Parties and Fun and greeted us with flutes of champagne." From The Portable Met blog. Just a sample of what to look forward to, although we can't promise Teresa herself behind the box office at each opera!
The 2016/2017 season of live broadcasts from the Met celebrates its 100th screening, of Tristan und Isolde on October 8, and continues with Don Giovanni (October 22), L’Amour de Loin (December 11), Nabucco (January 8), Roméo et Juliette (January 21), Rusalka (February 25), La Traviata (March 11), Idomeneo (March 25), Eugene Onegin (April 22) and finally, Der Rosenkavalier (May 13). That’s 10 transmissions live from the Met stage: five brand new productions, three operas new to the ‘Live’ series, and several starry revivals featuring leading artists in the world of opera.
Tickets for the season will be available from Thu 5 May from 10:00 in an exclusive members’ booking window*, and then will go on sale to the general public from 10:00 on Mon 9 May.
*Join now, and begin to reap the benefits! Members also get a £5 discount on Met tickets. If you are a member and are trying to purchase tickets for an opera which takes place beyond the expiry of your membership, please call the booking line so they can process this over the phone for you. The booking line is 020 3011 5523, and it is answered between 11:00 - 6:30, Mon - Fri.
For a terrifically engaging insight into the thrills, spills and trills of a young opera singer, read this exclusive account from Soraya Mafi.
And don't forget, there is still one more treat in store in the 2015/16 season...
We're always on the lookout for even more than just great films. We regularly present the best theatre and opera from near and far, as well as providing special shows for very special audiences, like our Carers & Babies and Kids Club screenings. And our Q&A guests always praise the Lexi audience for being so engaged and engaging.
Click through to the individual categories, above, to see what's currently on offer.