"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 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 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. Eight are broadcast live, with L'Amour du Loin (Sun 11 Dec) and Nabucco (Sun 8 Jan) available as Encores, the day after their live performances. This is a recording of the live performance, complete with all the additional content but available at an earlier time of day.
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. (That's from 10:00 in person, or from 11:00 via the booking line.)
*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.
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Conductor: Robin Ticciati
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Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the naïve heroine of Tchaikovsky’s opera, adapted from Pushkin’s classic novel . Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana’s love until it’s too... More info
Conductor: James Levine
Production: Robert Carsen
Cast: Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Elīna Garanča (Octavian), Erin Morley (Sophie), Matthew Polenzani (A Singer), Marcus Brück (Faninal), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs)
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