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The Met: Live in HD goes 10 for 10

Published:Friday | September 25, 2015 | 9:00 AM
Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux', which plays live in April 2016.

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions, will mark its 10th season in 2015-16 with 10 live broadcasts to more than 2,000 cinemas in 70 countries around the world, including Jamaica.

The series will feature live transmissions of 10 performances, including all six new productions in the Met season.

Since its initial broadcast in 2006 to 76 cinemas, The Met: Live in HD has grown significantly, with classical music lovers around the world demonstrating that opera can have a place alongside Hollywood blockbusters in their local cinemas.

More than 17 million tickets have been sold over the first nine years of the series, and distribution has expanded every season to match the growing global demand for classical music on the big screen.

The Met: Live in HD is now the largest provider of alternative-cinema content in the world and a consistent new revenue stream for the Met, with average net profits of approximately US$17 million per season in recent years.

The 10 season of The Met: Live in HD will once again offer a variety of operatic styles to global cinema audiences, including five works being transmitted as part of the series for the first time. They are Wagner's Tannhauser, Berg's Lulu, Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles, Donizetti's Roberto Devereux and Strauss' Elektra. These works will be joined by performances of five repertory favourites - Verdi's Il Trovatore and Otello and Puccini's Turandot, Manon Lescaut and Madama Butterfly.

"The HD transmissions stimulate opera lovers and they are a catalyst for the singers, too," said Met general manager, Peter Gelb. "Knowing that a global audience is watching and listening, our opera stars are inspired to give their greatest performances."

The HD season will begin live at Carib 5 on Saturday, October 3, at 11:55 a.m. with Il Trovatore. Further live transmissions in the season are Otello (October 17 at 11:55 a.m.); Tannhauser (October 31 at 11 a.m.); Lulu (November 21 at 12:30 p.m.); Les Pecheurs de Perles (January 16 at 12:55 p.m.); Turandot (January 30 at 12:55 p.m.); Manon Lescaut (March 5 at 12:55 p.m.); Madama Butterfly (April 2 at 12:55 p.m.); Roberto Devereux (April 16 at 12:55 p.m.); and Elektra (April 30 at 12:55 p.m.).

All 10 live operas will be Saturday-matinee performances, transmitted live from the Met stage.

Encore performances will be shown on Sundays at 11:30 a.m., approximately one week after live shows, at Palace Cineplex (Liguanea) and Palace Multiplex (Montego Bay). Schedules are available at the Palace Amusement website.

Tickets are now on sale for The Met Opera's 2015-16 Season at the box office of Palace Cineplex and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.