The Met: Live in HD Opens with Verdi's Aida for its 7th Season at the WYO

The Met: Live in HD Opens with Verdi's Aida for its 7th Season at the WYOThe Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts will begin its 13th season at the WYO on October 13, with the Met's grand production of Verdi's Aida, starring one of the world's most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko.

The company also announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will become the Met's Music Director for the start of the 2018-19 season, accelerating his arrival in the post by two seasons.

"It is wonderful for the entire company that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will assume the position of Music Director two seasons ahead of schedule," said General Manager Peter Gelb. "The orchestra loves him, the chorus loves him, everyone in the building loves him. He is a truly great artist under whom the Met will only thrive."

The 2018-19 Live in HD season features ten transmissions, including four new productions: Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila, directed by Darko Tresnjak and conducted by Sir Mark Elder with El?na Garan?a and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the U.S. premiere production of Nico Muhly's Marnie, based on Winston Graham's suspenseful thriller, directed by Michael Mayer with Isabel Leonard as the title character; Mayer's new staging of Verdi's La Traviata, conducted by incoming Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey; and Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda in Sir David McVicar's new staging. In addition to Aida and the four new productions, Live in HD audiences will have the chance to see Poulenc's 20th-century masterpiece Dialogues des Carmélites for the first time in cinemas, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, along with classic revivals of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West, with Eva-Maria Westbroek as Minnie and Jonas Kaufmann as Dick Johnson; Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Bizet's Carmen, starring Clémentine Margaine as the alluring gypsy, opposite Roberto Alagna as Don José; Laurent Pelly's whimsical reimagining of Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment, with Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende as Tonio and Marie; and the most popular of Wagner's four epic Ring operas, Die Walküre, with Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde.

The Met: Live in HD is the largest provider of alternative cinema content in the world, with more than 24 million tickets sold since the inception of the series in 2006. The series brings live Met performances to more than 2,200 movie theaters and performing arts centers in more than 70 countries.

Complete details, including casting, are available below.

Season at a Glance: The Met: Live in HD 2018-19

The Live in HD season will begin at the WYO on Saturday, October 13 at 10:55AM with Aida. Future transmissions are as follows: La Fanciulla del West (October 27 at 10:55AM); Samson et Dalila (November 3 at 10:55AM); Marnie (November 10 at 10:55AM); La Traviata (December 15 at 10:55AM); Adriana Lecouvreur (January 12 at 10:55AM); Carmen (February 2 at 10:55AM); La Fille du Régiment (March 2 at 10:55AM); Die Walküre (March 30 at 10AM); and Dialogues des Carmélites (May 25 at 10AM). We look forward to another great season of The Met Live: in HD at the WYO!

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