The Met: Live in HD began its eighth season screening in more than 1,900 participating theatres in 64 countries, including Jamaica. Last Saturday, the live transmission of its new production of Eugene Onegin pulled in an estimated attendance of 82,000 in North America, earning a gross of US$1.9 million. It was seen live on more than 800 screens.
An estimated additional 108,000 people saw it live on 900 screens in 31 countries in Europe, 11 countries in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica, and Morocco. The Met: Live in HD, seen in 64 countries, has sold nearly 14 million tickets since its inception in 2006.
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 Eugene Onegin to more than 250,000. The encore screening of Eugene Onegin in the United States is on October 9 and in Canada on November 16.
Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin stars Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin; Anna Netrebko as Tatiana; and Piotr Beczala as Lenski. Director Deborah Warner's production was conducted by Valery Gergiev.
The live transmission, hosted by Deborah Voigt, was directed for cinema by Gary Halvorson.
The Met: Live in HD, the Met's award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theatres around the world, has expanded its worldwide distribution to more than 1,975 theatres in 64 countries, the largest global audience the initiative has ever reached. Lebanon joins the Live in HD network for the first time this season.
Eugene Onegin was the first of 10 live transmissions to be shown this season. The next transmission will be William Kentridge's dazzlingly innovative production of Shostakovich's The Nose on Saturday, October 26.
Eugene Onegin encores at 11:30 a.m. this Sunday, October 13, at Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre, Liguanea; and Palace Multiplex, Fairview Shopping Centre, Montego Bay. Tickets are on sale for the 2013/2014 season at participating theatre-box offices and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card. Season passes are available for all 10 live performances only.