Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin

Another classic Met Live in HD performance, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

on March 22, 2020 at 5:30 PM
They’ve got plenty of something They’ve got plenty of something

This season, the Metropolitan Opera offers the opportunity for “loyal supporter[s} of the Met” to revel in home versions of Live in HD telecasts for “a tax-deductible contribution of $10,000, over and above one’s current annual Patron commitment.”

on September 04, 2019 at 10:43 AM
Another sloe-eyed vamp Another sloe-eyed vamp

The Met Live in 2018-2020 HD series (including Joyce DiDonato‘s role debut as Carlotta Campion) is now on sale.

on July 30, 2019 at 5:17 PM
Star-crossed Star-crossed

For more than 40 years, the magnificent opening image from Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites has served as an icon for the Met.

on May 16, 2019 at 2:23 PM
Safe passage Safe passage

A Met HD cinema broadcast of Puccini’s Tosca on Saturday, 27 January, concluded the first run of a production marked by upheaval in the ten months between its announcement and its New Year’s Eve premiere.

on January 28, 2018 at 8:53 AM
Sgombra è la sacra megaplex Sgombra è la sacra megaplex

I suspect that David McVicar’s new production of the Metropolitan Opera’s Norma had its most congenial showing as a totality, specifically in the HD format at the movie theater.

on October 09, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Water, logged Water, logged

So, how excited are you to read another piece about the Mary Zimmerman Rusalka?

on February 26, 2017 at 7:00 AM
Chat: I puritani Chat: I puritani

“King of the High D’s” Javier Camarena headlines an HD video performance of I puritani this afternoon live from the Compañia Nacional de Ópera in Mexico.

on May 22, 2016 at 11:02 AM
Screen queen Screen queen

This season’s Met Donizetti Tudor Trilogy concluded with Roberto Devereux, given its penultimate performance by HD transmission Saturday, April 16. It is good to see these works finally given here; they are too important, too crucial a part of the operatic repertory to have been ignored for as long as they have. 

on April 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Chat: Madama Butterfly Chat: Madama Butterfly

Welcome, cher public, to the real-time chat for this afternoon’s Met broadcast and HD of Madama Butterfly, starting at 1:00 PM.

on April 02, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Half a million marks Half a million marks

Unlike my friend Greg Freed, who entertainingly wrote of his ambivalence about seeing Il trovatore in a movie theater this season, I have embraced the Met Live in HD transmissions as a part of the modern operagoing experience.

on November 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Out here in the dark Out here in the dark

This is the tenth season of the Met’s HD broadcasts, not that I would know it.

on October 05, 2015 at 11:29 AM
Joseph Gordon-Who? Joseph Gordon-Who?

This weekend Il Trovatore outgrossed the The Walk, a new IMAX film directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley.

on October 04, 2015 at 1:38 PM
Red queen Red queen

Joyce DiDonato is taking her Mary Stuart on the road, so to speak.

on April 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM
The Met: What is to be done? The Met: What is to be done?

Coming as Peter Gelb did from the music industry, opera lovers hoped that he would display a more distinctive knack for casting and an improved talent pipeline than Joe Volpe offered during the waning years of his tenure.

on April 15, 2014 at 1:24 AM
No business like snow business No business like snow business

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is his masterwork and its themes of social convention and unrequited longing surely struck a deep chord in a composer who, in late 19th century Russia, was gay and had to conduct himself carefully.

on April 07, 2014 at 2:04 AM
Ready, aim… Ready, aim…

“Including staff benefits, Gelb says a full-time chorus member at the Met earns an astonishing $300,000 (£180,000) a year, while the players of the Met Orchestra earn more than any orchestra in the US.”

on March 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM
Metropolitan Opera 2014-2015 Metropolitan Opera 2014-2015

Here you are, cher public, details of the Met’s (to be perfectly frank) not particularly spectacular mid-decade season.

on February 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM
An audience with La Cieca An audience with La Cieca

La Cieca is happy to announce a meet-and-greet gathering for New York City area parterre readers on November 24 starting at 2:30 pm at Symphony Space. The focal event of the afternoon will be a screening of Les Vêpres Siciliennes from the Royal Opera House at 3:00 pm, with socializing (pictured, above) to occur during…

on November 06, 2013 at 2:16 PM
Save the date! Save the date!

La Cieca asks all members of the cher public in the New York City area to pencil in 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 24 as combination meet-and-greet of the parterriani and viewing of the HD film of Les Vêpres siciliennes at Symphony Space.

on November 03, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Quand viendra l’instant des suprêmes adieux Quand viendra l’instant des suprêmes adieux

American tenor Bryan Hymel will make his Met debut, singing the role on December 26, December 29 matinee, January 1, and January 5 matinee (the date of the global HD transmission).

on December 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Wingless victory Wingless victory

Of particular visual interest in last weekend’s Lohengrin (though not perhaps so tantalizing as Jonas Kaufmann‘s aristocratic bare feet, pictured above) is the very obvious change in the staging that was made between the antegenerale (in which Anja Harteros sang Elsa) and the telecast opening night.

on December 12, 2012 at 2:08 AM
Once in half a lifetime Once in half a lifetime

Then and now: the “Dio ti giocondi, o sposo” duet from Otello.

on November 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Scent of mystery Scent of mystery

La Cieca has been sniffing around her generally reliable (and fragrant) sources, and she thinks she has pieced together a list of the dozen operas to be featured in the 2013-2014 season of “The Met: Live in HD.”

on October 07, 2012 at 2:17 PM