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Metropolitan Opera Performances Will Stream in Cinemas Across Australia Beginning This Month

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The season kicks off with Boris Gudanov on October 30.

Metropolitan Opera Performances Will Stream in Cinemas Across Australia Beginning This Month

Opera fans across Australia will soon be able to enjoy performances from the Metropolitan Opera, with six new productions set to premiere in Australian cinemas nationally beginning on October 30.

The season kicks off with Boris Gudanov on October 30.

Learn more at http://themetinaustralia.info/.

The full lineup is as follows:

Boris Gudanov

October 30

René Pape, the world's reigning Boris, reprises his overwhelming portrayal of the tragic Tsar caught between grasping ambition and crippling paranoia. Conductor Sebastian Weigle leads Mussorgsky's masterwork, performed in its original 1869 version.

Fire Shut Up In My Bones

November 20

The first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage and featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man's journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship.

Eurydice

February 19

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium, with a libretto by MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice's point of view.

Cinderella

March 12

In this New Year's Day performance, Laurent Pelly's storybook staging of Massenet's Cendrillon, a hit of the 2017-18 season, is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which includes mezzo-soprano Emily D'Angelo as Cinderella's Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians.

Rigoletto

April 12

Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi's timeless tragedy, resetting the opera's action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber.

Ariadne Auf Naxos

May 7

The exhilarating soprano Lise Davidsen brings one of her signature roles to the Met for the first time as the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss' enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne's lover, the god Bacchus, and Thomas Allen as the Major-Domo. Marek Janowski conducts.

Don Carlos

June 11

For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi's epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition.

Turandot

July 9

Christine Goerke returns to the Met stage as the fearsome title princess-a signature role that the "blazing soprano [sings] with steely sound and chilling intensity" (The New York Times). Franco Zefrelli's dazzling production also stars Yusif Eyvazov as Calàf, Gabriella Reyes as Liù, and James Morris as Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Lucia Di Lammermoor

August 6

In an electrifying new staging by Australian theatre and film director Simon Stone, Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory's most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Donizetti's classic.

Hamlet

September 3

When Australian composer Brett Dean's Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, "New opera doesn't often get to sound this good ..." This riveting contemporary masterpiece comes to cinemas, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work's premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to the Met.


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