The much-anticipated 2016/17 Live in HD season from The Metropolitan Opera in New York returns to South African cinema screens from November this year with Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
In its eleventh year of The Met: Live in HD being screened on cinemas around the world, including Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau here, the new season presents ten opulent, full-length operas including Don Giovanni and five new productions, three of which are new to the series.
All the opera productions are exclusive to Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor theatres, and the season runs from 19 November till June 2017 with the staging of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera, Don Giovanni as the opening show.
The 2016-17 Live in HD season features the series’ first broadcasts of Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera L’Amour de Loin, which has its Met premiere this season; Verdi’s early Biblical epic Nabucco, starring Plácido Domingo in the title role; and Mozart’s Idomeneo, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.
In addition to the new productions of Tristan und Isolde and L’Amour de Loin, Live in HD audiences will see the Met’s new stagings of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, starring Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo; Dvořák’s Rusalka, with Kristine Opolais in her first Met performances of her international breakthrough role; and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, with Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian.
In addition, lovers of opera are invited behind the scenes with the Met’s stars. Singers serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast and crew members as well as the production teams. They introduce the popular behind-the-scenes features during the intermissions, giving cinema audiences an unprecedented look at what goes into staging an opera at one of the world’s greatest houses.
Following Mozart’s Don Giovanni is Wagner’s epic tragedy, Tristan und Isolde on 03 December. The season continues in 2017 with the series’ first broadcast of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (07 January 2017), Verdi’s famous Nabucco (04 February), Charles Gounod’s lush adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roméo et Juliette (11 February), Rusalka by Antonin Dvorak (25 March), Verdi’s favourite La Traviata (08 April), Idomeneo by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (24 April), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (20 May), and finally, Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (10 June).