Fathom Events Sets 'Met: Live in HD' Season with 3 Premieres

Saturday August 6, 2022
Originally published on July 27, 2022

Ryan Speedo Green as Young Emile Griffith in Terence Blanchard's "Champion." Photo Zenith Richards / Met Opera
Ryan Speedo Green as Young Emile Griffith in Terence Blanchard's "Champion." Photo Zenith Richards / Met Opera  

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 16th season on October 22 and will feature ten Saturday matinee performances broadcast from the Met stage to movie theaters. Tickets are on sale now through Fathom Events or participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations, visit fathomevents.com (participating theaters are subject to change).

Kelli O'Hara, Joyce DiDonato, and Rene?e Fleming in "The Hours"
Kelli O'Hara, Joyce DiDonato, and Rene?e Fleming in "The Hours"  

In addition to Fathom's live Saturday transmissions, an encore of each opera will be broadcast in theaters on the following Wednesday, with presentations in both the afternoon and evening.

The 2022-23 season begins with a live transmission of Cherubini's "Medea," a Met-premiere production starring soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role.

In addition to "Medea," the 2022-23 Live in HD season will feature two more company premieres, both led by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Kevin Puts's "The Hours," in its world-premiere production, starring the powerhouse trio of soprano Renée Fleming, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and soprano Kelli O'Hara, and the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard's first opera, "Champion," about the life of boxer Emile Griffith. Four additional new productions will be presented throughout the season: Giordano's "Fedora" with soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role; Wagner's "Lohengrin" starring tenor Piotr Beczala; and two Mozart operas conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, including a cinematic staging of "Don Giovanni" by Ivo van Hove and Simon McBurney's production of "Die Zauberflöte," which raises the orchestra pit to allow interaction with the cast.

A scene from Simon McBurney's production of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte." Photo: Donald Cooper / English National Opera
A scene from Simon McBurney's production of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte." Photo: Donald Cooper / English National Opera  

"Our 2022 - 23 Live in HD season picks up where we will have left off at the end of the current season, with more new productions and more Met premieres than in recent decades," said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. "Our lessons learned during the two years of the pandemic are that the future of the Met, and of opera, rely upon ceaselessly breaking new and diverse artistic ground. It's our path forward."

Live in HD audiences will also have the chance to see Michael Mayer's celebrated production of Verdi's "La Traviata" starring soprano Nadine Sierra as Violetta, and the return of two of Robert Carsen's productions, including Verdi's "Falstaff," with baritone Michael Volle singing the title role in his first Verdi opera at the Met, and Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier," with soprano Lise Davidsen and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Marschallin and Octavian.

"We're excited for this next season of 'The Met: Live in HD' series," said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events. "We are always proud of Fathom's ability to bring the best in live opera to theater audiences all over the country — especially in communities that may not have the chance to see such amazing artistry live."

The Met: Live in HD season at a glance:

October 22, "Medea"
November 5, "La Traviata"
December 10, "The Hours"
January 14, "Fedora"
March 18, "Lohengrin"
April 1, "Falstaff"
April 15, "Der Rosenkavalier"
April 29, "Champion"
May 20, "Don Giovanni"
June 2,Die Zauberflöte (June 3).
All performances will be Saturday matinees transmitted live from the Met stage. A special encore screening of "The Magic Flute" will also be presented on December 3.