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'Roberto Devereux' encore on Sunday

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 4:03 AM
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky plays Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti's 'Roberto Devereux'.

The Met: Live in HD continued its 10th anniversary season last Saturday with a live transmission of its new production of Roberto Devereux to an estimated attendance of 65,000 in North America, earning a gross of US$1.5 million.

It was seen live on more than 900 screens. An estimated additional 85,000 people saw it live on 800 screens in 35 countries in Europe, as well as in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica and Morocco. Delayed showings throughout Asia, Australia, Dubai, Madagascar, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as encore performances in North America and Europe, are expected to boost worldwide attendance of Roberto Devereux to more than 200,000.

Encore screenings will take place locally this Sunday, April 24, at Palace Cineplex in Kingston and Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay, starting 11:30 a.m.

Sir David McVicar's production starred Sondra Radvanovsky as Queen Elizabeth 1 completing her extraordinary challenge of singing Donizetti's three Tudor Queens in a single New York season. Roberto Devereux also featured Matthew Polenzani in the title role, Elina Garanca as Sara and Mariusz Kwiecien as the Duke of Nottingham. The live performance was conducted by Maurizio Benini.

During backstage access at the live transmission, the audience at Carib 5 was treated to interviews with the four lead members of cast. The live transmission was hosted by Met opera star Deborah Voigt and directed for cinema by Gary Halvorson.

Roberto Devereux was the ninth of 10 live transmissions to be shown this season. The final live transmission will be Strauss's Elektra on April 30. Director Patrice Chereau's acclaimed production stars Nina Stemme in the title role, with Adrianne Pieczonka as Chrysothemis, Waltraud Meier as Klytamnestr, and Eric Owens as Orest. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.

Tickets are on sale for The Met Opera's 2015-16 season at the participating cinemas' box offices and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.