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The Metropolitan Opera - 2013-14 Live in HD

The Metropolitan Opera House
The Metropolitan Opera House

So how would you like to get away from it all and saunter off for a complete day somewhere exciting like New York City and visit the famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts? And while there, why not take in a riveting performance at the lauded Metropolitan Opera? What's that? You don't have enough ready cash for an Air Canada $265 return flight or an even more expensive $275 Orchestra Premium ticket at the Met? No problem. You can now visit the Big Apple and watch the Met's series of live high-definition transmissions to movie theatres that feature 10 performances right here at home in the comfort of your local Cineplex establishment.

The operas arrive in high definition via satellite with digital surround sound on screens as large as 60 feet wide. This means that everyone now sits in the aforementioned Met Orchestra Premium section. Popcorn and cola of course, are extra.

Cineplex Entertainment offers this unique entertainment in theatres spread across the country, and Canadian audiences have already enjoyed the sights and sounds of myriad shows ranging from the lofty Metropolitan Opera to the lowly World Wrestling Entertainment. You can laugh with top notch comedians, rock with great musicians, listen to live speaking engagements, documentaries and family programs and enjoy world premieres. Yup, now thanks to our ever advanced technology, we can become virtual tourists and thus save a lot of cash.

It all started in 2006 when to build revenue and attract new audiences, the Met broadcast a series of six performances live via satellite into over 100 movie theaters across North America, Japan, Britain and several other European countries. Since then, the transmissions have progressed such that the Met reports that 91% of available seats were sold for the HD performances. The New York Times reported that 324,000 tickets were sold worldwide for the 2006/07 season, while each simulcast cost $850,000 to $1 million to produce. The series expanded in 2007-8 to include more than 700 locations across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and 920,000 people, which exceeded the total number of people who attended live performances at the Met over the entire season - attended the 8 screenings, bringing in a gross of $13.3 million from North America and $5 million from overseas. Yes, the Met and Cineplex have created a winning formula!

With the Internet, year-round online video and audio of hundreds of complete operas and excerpts are readily available to viewers via Met Player, the Met Opera's online archive of recorded performances. Hundreds of complete operas and selections are also available on Rhapsody, a service free for online listening, and downloadable with payment.

The Metropolitan Opera Radio channel on Sirius XM Radio is available to listeners via the internet in addition to satellite broadcast. The Met's official site also provides complete composer and background information, detailed plot summaries, and cast and characters for all current and upcoming opera broadcasts, as well as for every opera broadcast since 2000.

In addition, the Met's online archive database provides links to all Rhapsody, Sirius XM, and Met Player operas, with complete program and cast information. The online archive also provides an exhaustive searchable list of every performance and performer in the Metropolitan Opera's history.

There are also many YouTube videos that highlight the Met , including a Texaco commercial featuring a cowboy herding cattle while listening to opera, Martha Stewart on a backstage tour and many others. With these resources, anyone can become an opera buff!

The Metropolitan Opera Company was founded in 1880 and a limited number of private boxes appealed primarily to those with money, the first subscribers, members of the exalted Morgan, Roosevelt, and Vanderbilt families. Their new opera house opened on October 22, 1883, and was an immediate success. With the advent of high-definition video, we can join the Morgans, Roosevelts, and Vanderbilts in the enjoyment of world-class performing arts that was once far out of our price range. Here is an outline of the 2013-14 Met Series in HD:

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Live: October 5, 2013 - 12:55 PM
Featuring: Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien; Conductor: Valery Gergiev (Encores: November 16, 2013 & November 18, 2013) Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the love struck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky's fateful romance. Deborah Warner's new production set in the late 19th century moves episodically from farmhouse to ballroom, with a powerful snowstorm providing the dramatic setting for the finale. Piotr Beczala is Lenski, Onegin's friend turned rival.

Shostakovich: The Nose : Live: October 26, 2013 - 12:55 PM
Featuring: Paulo Szot; Conductor: Pavel Smelkov (Encore: November 30, 2013) William Kentridge stormed the Met with his inventive production of Shostakovich's opera, which dazzled opera and art lovers alike in its inaugural run in 2010. Now Paulo Szot reprises his acclaimed performance of a bureaucrat whose satirical misadventures in search of his missing nose are based on Gogol's comic story.

Puccini: Tosca : Live: November 9, 2013 - 12:55 PM
Featuring: Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna; Conductor: Riccardo Frizza (Encores: December 7, 2013 & December 16, 2013) Puccini's timeless verismo score is well served by two exceptional casts. Patricia Racette and Sondra Radvanovsky share the title role of the jealous diva, opposite two leading tenors - Roberto Alagna and Marcello Giordani. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia.

Verdi: Falstaff : Live: December 14, 2013 - 12:55 PM
Featuring: Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe; Conductor: James Levine (Encores: January 18, 2014, January 20, 2014 & February 5, 2014) An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen's production - the first new Met Falstaff since 1964 - is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.

Dvorák: Rusalka ; Live: February 8, 2014 - 12:55 PM
Featuring: Renée Fleming, Piotr Beczala; Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Encores: March 29, 2014 & March 31, 2014) The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting "Song to the Moon" in Dvorák's soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Jezibaba.

Borodin: Prince Igor : Live: March 1, 2014 - 12 pm
Featuring: Ildar Abdrazakov, Oksana Dyka; Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda (Encores: April 12, 2014 & April 14, 2014) Borodin's defining Russian epic, famous for its Polovtsian Dances, comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Dmitri Tcherniakov's new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. Star bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov takes on the monumental title role, with Gianandrea.

Massenet: Werther : Live: March 15, 2014 -12.55 pm
Featuring: Jonas Kaufmann, Elina Garanca; Conductor: Alain Altinoglu (Encores: May 24, 2014 & May 26, 2014) Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The new production is directed and designed by Richard Eyre and Rob Howell, the same team that created the Met's recent hit staging of Carmen.

Puccini La Bohème : Live: April 5, 2014 - 12.55 pm
Featuring: Maija Kovalevska, Anita Hartig; Conductor: Stefano Ranzani (Encores: June 7, 2014, June 9, 2014 & June 18, 2014) Puccini's moving story of young love is the most performed opera in Met history - and with good reason. Maija Kovalevska, Anita Hartig, and Barbara Frittoli star as the frail Mimì in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with Joseph Calleja and Vittorio Grigolo sharing the role of her passionate lover, Rodolfo.

Mozart: Così Fan Tutte Live: April 26, 2014 - 12.55 pm
Featuring: Isabel Leonard, Danielle de Niese; Conductor: James Levine (Encores: June 21, 2014 & June 23, 2014) Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart's beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.

Rossini: La Cenerentola : Live: May 10, 2014 - 12.55 pm
Featuring: Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez; Conductor: Fabio Luisi (Encores: July 5, 2014, July 7, 2014 & July 16, 2014) A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in La Cenerentola - a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast.
Paulo Szot as Kovalyov in Shostakovichs The Nose

Patricia Racette as Tosca in a scene from Act II of Puccinis Tosca

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of a Verdis Falstaff

Renee Fleming in the title role of Dvoraks Rusalka

Ildar Abdrazakov as Prince Igor Svyatoslavich in Borodins Prince Igor

Jonas Kaufmann debuts as the title character in a new production of Massenets Werther

Anita Hartig makes her Met debut in Franco Zeffirellis production of the Puccinis La Boheme

Danielle de Niese as Despina in Mozarts Cosi fan tutte

Met Music Director James Levine leads three operas in the 2013-14 season Mozarts Cosi fan tutte, Verdis Falstaff, and Bergs Wozzeck

Joyce DiDonato sings Angelina in Rossinis La Cenerentola

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Local Cineplex Theatres:
Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas, 7555 Montrose Road,
Niagara Falls ON, L2H 2E9,
(905) 357-1900
Cineplex Odeon Seaway Mall Cinemas 800 Niagara Street,
Welland ON, L3C 1M3,
(905) 735-6402

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